2018 Ohio GIS Conference Abstracts and Bios

 2018 Ohio GIS Conference

 CEAO  URISAOGRIP

September 24-26, 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

This is a tentative agenda and is subject to change. Last Updated: 9/20/2018
Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Franklin Room B&C
Workshop - ArcGIS Pro: Mapping and Visualization Basic
This workshop will open with an overview of ArcGIS Pro and cover key aspects of the application specific to everyday workflows for the GIS professional. The workshop will focus on how to build maps, scenes, and layouts in ArcGIS Pro. It will provide an overview of how to author content in both 2D and 3D. Learn how to display your data and work with symbols and styles. Learn how to configure labels for your layers and specify text symbols. Generate effective layouts to display and distribute your work. Finally, learn how you can leverage arcade to take your cartography to the next level,

Ryan Sellman - Esri
Ryan Sellman is a Solution Engineer with Esri, where he focuses on developing GIS solutions that support the business requirements of local government customers. Ryan specializes in ArcGIS platform design and Web GIS implementations within the local government space. Prior to his role with Esri, Ryan worked for Summit County, OH's Planning & GIS Division as a GIS Technical Application Administrator for 4 years. Ryan earned a B.A. from Youngstown State University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Planning & GIS from the University of Akron in 2012.

Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Fairfield Room
Workshop - GIS Infrastructure Show and Tell Intermediate
This session will provide an entry level understanding of Esri’s Web GIS infrastructure and how it has evolved alongside modern GIS. Gain a deeper understanding of the difference between ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Learn about components within ArcGIS Enterprise which include Portal for ArcGIS, the Hosting server (ArcGIS Server), and ArcGIS Data Store. With many of Ohio’s local governments currently using a hybrid Enterprise/Online approach, come partake in the discussion as a handful of cities and counties share their infrastructure design while voicing successes, failures, and overall evolution of their approach towards a web GIS.

John Reese - Stark County GIS Department


Brandon Brown - City of Dublin
Brandon has been heavily involved with GIS and public service for over 20 years. He is in his 15th year as The City of Dublin’s Data and GIS Administrator. Previous to joining the City, he was employed as a GIS Analyst/Programmer for Livingston County, Michigan and Lucas County, Ohio. Brandon holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Ohio University. Brandon’s professional honors include published articles in GIS trade journals and requested speaking engagements at professional conferences and webinars. Material honors include being the recipient of an OGRIP (Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program) “Best Practices” award in GIS and an Esri SAG “Special Achievements in GIS” award.

Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Marion Room
Workshop - Negotiating Success for Women in GIS BasicIntermediate
Modeled after the successful American Association of Geographers “Walking the Tightrope” series for women in geography, this session will discuss negotiation readiness and is designed to promote the professional development of women and minorities in GIS. This session is open to all conference attendees and will provide participants with resources to improve negotiation skills and insights into the challenges faced by women when negotiating in a professional setting.
Negotiation is a method by which people settle differences, and a process by which compromise or agreement is reached while avoiding argument and dispute. We negotiate when taking new jobs, when drafting contracts, when buying cars, and when getting children to eat their vegetables. Negotiation is an incredibly complex and useful skill to have, but few people are taught how to negotiate in school, and society presses little girls in particular to be modest about success, to defer to the needs of others, and that standing up for their own needs makes them rude or uncooperative. This hands-on session will begin with a brief introduction to the topic, discussing Why We Negotiate, What We Negotiate For, and What “Winning” Means in Negotiation. Following a discussion of the contradictions of negotiating while female, we will provide practical resources to learn how (and how not) to negotiate successfully. We will break into smaller groups to practice negotiation using practical scenarios, and end with a group discussion to share our experiences and suggestions for future success.
Participants should leave the session armed with multiple online and printed resources to help their negotiation skills grow, and have a better understanding of where and when negotiation can positively contribute to career advancement. Additionally, we hope to facilitate discussion among men and women to raise awareness about the positive and negative consequences of Negotiating While Female.

Kelly Wright - LJB, Inc
Kelly Wright is a GIS Applications Specialist with LJB Inc, an A&E firm near Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Texas (2004) and a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science and Technology from the University of Southern California (2017). She was the recipient of the 2018 Jacques May Thesis Award from the American Association of Geographers’ Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, and the 2017 USC Esri Student Development Center Student of the Year Award for her work developing GIS applications to help humanitarian aid workers collect demographic data about Tungiasis, a parasitic disease affecting millions living in the tropics. She co-presented a Cleaning Dirty Data workshop in addition to a Women in GIS panel session at the 2017 Ohio GIS Conference.

Monday 9:00am - 11:00am
Madison Room
Workshop - Survey 123 IntermediateAdvanced
The aim of workshop is to understand the various uses of Survey 123. Part one of the workshop focuses on the traditional uses of Survey 123 by building a survey, using the survey in the field and then viewing the data in a web map/web app. The second part of the workshop focuses on nontraditional uses of Survey 123 such as using the application inside of collector and then linking the data to outside services.

Michael Mordini - Butler County Engineer's Office
Mike is the GIS Specialist for the Butler County Engineer’s office. He holds an MA in Geography, a BS in Land Surveying and a BA in History. Mike has over 15 years of experience in Surveying and GIS including work in both the public and private sectors.

Monday 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Franklin Room
Why GIS Matters to the USGS Coastal-Marine Hazards and Resources Program Intermediate
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Coastal-Marine Hazards and Resources Program (CMHRP) focuses on understanding coastal change, geologic hazards and catastrophic events, ocean resources for America’s needs, as well as coastal and marine ecosystem science through a variety of technologies, data, mapping products, and tools. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is used to support the program’s research themes and facilitate resource management through web mapping applications and data portals, conducting gap analysis to aid in data acquisition prioritizations, and visualization of the data and derived products. From the 3D Nation Elevation Requirements Benefits Study, to the Coastal Change Hazards Portal, GIS matters to the USGS CMHRP.

Xan Fredericks, GISP - US Geological Survey
Xan Fredericks is a US Geological Survey Cartographer and the Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal-Marine Hazards and Resources Program. She also serves as the Chair of the USGS Lidar Points of Contact Working Group and is the USGS Southeast Region Lidar Point of Contact, coordinating short-range projects and facilitating long-range programs through the creation and administration of project proposals and agreements. In addition to coordination, Xan provides technical evaluations, data validation, and publication guidance and review of resulting products. With more than a decade of GIS experience, she has disseminated over 80 lidar-derived GIS datasets with FGDC-compliant metadata. Xan is an active member of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping, the 3D Elevation Program Working Group, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) for which she is currently serving as the GIS Division Assistant Director.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Franklin Room B&C
Workshop - Sharing Web Layers in the ArcGIS Platform Intermediate
This workshop will discuss sharing workflows both conceptually and with hands-on demos from ArcGIS Pro. Sharing workflows refers to the process of taking your local data and web-enabling them so they can be leveraged by more users and within the broader ArcGIS Platform. Topics include sharing workflows from desktop to a portal (ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise), defining data stores, sharing web layers and web maps from ArcGIS Pro and the portal geoinformational model. Moreover, we will cover how to best use your web layers and maps once they’ve been shared in apps like Esri’s configurable templates, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.

Ryan Sellman - Esri
Ryan Sellman is a Solution Engineer with Esri, where he focuses on developing GIS solutions that support the business requirements of local government customers. Ryan specializes in ArcGIS platform design and Web GIS implementations within the local government space. Prior to his role with Esri, Ryan worked for Summit County, OH's Planning & GIS Division as a GIS Technical Application Administrator for 4 years. Ryan earned a B.A. from Youngstown State University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Planning & GIS from the University of Akron in 2012.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Fairfield Room
Workshop - Nuts and Bolts of EGIS: HELP SAVE PINKY!!!!! BasicIntermediate
Friends, Pinky is in dire need of your assistance! The Brain went to work on his plan for taking over the world, only to discover that Pinky had “organized” his files and notes! Now Brain can’t find any of his information about ideas or gadgets and is very, very, very mad! He has told Pinky, “if you cannot get my files organized properly, I will BANISH you from the lab!”. Pinky is terrified (he has never lived anywhere else) of losing his home and friendship with the Brain. Will you help Pinky save the day?!

John Woodard - Davey Resource Group
John Woodard also known as “Woody” has been working in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) since 2001. John holds the following professional certifications GISP & EA (Enterprise Architecture). He has a Masters in Geography/GIS from the University of Akron, Ohio and a Masters in Digital Science concentrated in Enterprise Architecture from Kent State University. He is currently employed as the GIS/IT Program Developer for The Davey Resource Group. John is an avid scuba diver and beekeeper.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Marion Room
Workshop - Geocaching Workshop Basic
Start the 2018 Ohio GIS Conference with a bit of geeky mapping fun! Join Precision Laser and Instrument as we traverse points around the conference center to have fun and win prizes. Using a combination of Trimble hardware and Trimble TerraFlex mapping app, we’ll chart a course for fun.

Doug Kotnik - Precision Laser and Instrument, Inc.
28 years of experience in GIS and GPS technology. Working across many disciplines including county government, engineering and private consulting. Former GIS Director for Butler County, Ohio. Doug is currently in charge of MGIS / GPS Sales and Service in Ohio for Precision Laser and Instrument, Inc. Specializing in the sale and integration of GNSS technology with GIS and data collection methodology.

Monday 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Madison Room
Workshop - Horizontal Well Tax Distribution Intermediate
Do you have what you need to determine how to distribute horizontal well revenues to the tax districts where those resources are extracted from? If you have access to GIS, then you have (or can get) everything you need to fairly distribute this money in an equitable way.
This workshop will cover a process, developed by Buckeye Hills, to do just that. From data acquisition to final product. Specifically you will learn how to:
• Create tax districts, if you don't have any
• Why good parcel data is best for this process
• Acquire and extract horizontal wells from ODNR's data
• Determine how much of each horizontal well crosses tax district boundaries
• Identify and clean errors in the data
• Produce a spreadsheet that can be easily used by auditor staff


Jason Pyles - Buckeye Hills Regional Council
Jason is the GIS Coordinator at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, Ohio. He manages the data for Buckeye Hills' RTPO, and leads their other GIS efforts, assisting both the Regional Council's programs as well as their members. Jason holds a BS degree in Geography/GIS from the Ohio State University, is a member of the Ohio Chapter of URISA, and has been an officer in the Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership since 2012.

Dru Sexton - Buckeye Hills Regional Council
Dru currently holds the position of GIS Specialist with Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, Ohio. In that capacity he works on a wide range of projects using GIS to aid in the economic development of Southeastern Ohio. He obtained his BA in Geography from Bowling Green State University and his MS in GIS from Johns Hopkins University. Dru also serves as an active member in the Ohio Chapter of URISA, Appalachian Ohio Geospatial Data Partnership, and the NE Ohio GIS Symposium.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin A
Travel Time Reliability in PostGIS and R Advanced
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required to report on several performance measures introduced in MAP-21. Additionally, these measures might need to be included in the federally required Congestion Management Plan (CMP). Now, most MPOs in Ohio have access to the National Performance Measure Research Data Set and related tools that simplify reporting; however, if you want a better idea of how the sausage is made or if you want to come up with your own performance measures, learn how an open source database like Postgres, with its spatial extension PostGIS, can give you the tools to start asking the vehicle probe data vendors a whole bunch of questions that they weren't anticipating. Then, learn how to use R, the open source statistical programming language, to create visualizations that will figuratively stun your boss, your committees, your board of directors, and even your pets (no animals were harmed in the writing of this abstract).

Michael Fuller - Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments
Michael Fuller has alternated sitting, standing, and kneeling in front of a computer in cubicle 4012 at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) for over three years, finding enough answers on stackoverflow to allow him to continue this exercise regimen. He won TMACOG's fantasy football league in 2017 and still has not finished his master's thesis.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin B
Forget About the “Final Final” PDF: Story Mapping a Plan Deliverable Basic
The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is respectfully submitting the Rickenbacker Area Study story map for consideration as a presentation at the 2018 Ohio Planning Conference. This multi-year, multi-faceted report took a comprehensive approach to studying conditions affecting its study area that cut across our organization’s departmental silos, looking at factors relating to transportation, housing, energy, placemaking, and more. We chose to present the content thematically rather than create chapters centered on each department’s area of expertise. This allows us to focus on the flow of the narrative.

As such we realized a novel approach was needed to synthesize our findings; meanwhile we hoped to create something more modern and gripping than a traditional report document.

MORPC settled on using Esri’s Cascade Builder Story Map template as the sole deliverable. All of the items that would necessarily be included in the body of a report are included in our story map, while being mindful of both length and clarity. The thematic approach spurred us towards creative collaboration, using techniques we borrowed from agile development. The process was sometimes challenging; at times there were many “cooks in the kitchen.” We would like to share the lessons we learned along the way.

Daniel Eisenberg - MORPC
Daniel Eisenberg is a Senior Planner in the Data and Mapping Department at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. He acts as the primary web map applications developer and GIS services administrator, and has been using GIS and Esri products for almost 9 years. Daniel holds a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Annie McCabe - MORPC
Annie has been a GIS Specialist for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for 9 years. She earned her B.S. in GIS and her M.A. in Geography, both from The Ohio State University. Over the past two years she has been working the MOPRC team on the Rickenbacker Area Study. She also part of the MORPC inSight2050 teams working on, inSight2050 Corridor Concepts and the inSight2050 Technical Assistance Program.

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin C
Using GIS to Define Access to Veteran Healthcare in Ohio Basic
Due to the ongoing war on terrorism and extended war in Afghanistan, the number of military veterans entering the healthcare system is increasing. According to a 2016 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) statistic, Ohio is home to approximately 800,000 military veterans and the number is expected to increase as veterans continue to return home from military service. Settling back into civilian life, veterans seeking healthcare are faced with barriers of travel distance and time to VA healthcare facilities. This study aims to use GIS to analyze access to veteran healthcare for Ohio military veterans, either to VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) or Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). Currently, service area boundaries for VAMCs and CBOCs define where veterans access healthcare. These boundaries were used in this study to define the number of veterans within these service areas and identify how distance plays a role in veterans’ access to healthcare facilities. Analysis revealed areas within the state of Ohio where veterans are concentrated yet lack reasonable access to VA healthcare facilities. Results from this study were compared with selected states to determine whether Ohio veterans have disproportionate access to VA healthcare facilities.

James Shively - Altamira Technologies
James is a Senior GIS Analyst with Altamira Technologies, working as a defense contractor at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. James received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Central Michigan University, a post-baccalaureate certificate of GIS from The Pennsylvania State University (PSU), and is pursuing his masters of GIS degree, also from PSU. James is a military veteran with two family members currently on active duty and three in veteran status. James has been working as a geospatial professional for over 19 years in the public and private sector and is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP).

Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00am
Franklin D
Mobile GIS and Asset Management for Small and Medium Municipal Utilities Basic
This presentation will demonstrate the WaterPoint Network mobile app and integrated water leak detectors. The app mixes the capabilities of GIS mapping, Asset Management, and GIS based work orders. It has features specifically designed for municipal and rural utilities with water, wastewater, storm water, gas, electric, and street departments. We will demonstrate how a small to medium size utility can put an easy to use mobile device in the hands of everyday utility workers to map and maintain under and above ground utility distribution systems. Attendees will learn how they can capture GIS assets with a tablet or smart phone with or without high end GNSS receivers. We will also show technologies that can work with mobile GIS and merge and map acoustic leak detection and leak noise correlation with GIS data. We will explain how GIS capable pipe & cable locators can interact with GIS maps, GNSS receivers, and mobile apps to accurately record real identified locations and true depths of underground lines.

Mark Beatty - Utility Technologies, LLC


Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin A
Your Digital Government is His Smart City is Her Intelligent Community - I'm Stuck in the Middle Basic
Ahhh buzzwords. We wouldn't be technologists, consultants or government employees without them. We'll take a quick journey through them, assign some meaning and then I would like to share some of our experiences wading through the muck. Edge video analytics for traffic systems, AI based parking decisions, connected and autonomous vehicles (cars, trucks and flying things), data infrastructure/analytics/visualizations are all on the table. Bring your stories of the future to share!

Brandon Brown - City of Dublin
Brandon has been heavily involved with GIS and public service for over 20 years. He is in his 15th year as The City of Dublin’s Data and GIS Administrator. Previous to joining the City, he was employed as a GIS Analyst/Programmer for Livingston County, Michigan and Lucas County, Ohio. Brandon holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Ohio University. Brandon’s professional honors include published articles in GIS trade journals and requested speaking engagements at professional conferences and webinars. Material honors include being the recipient of an OGRIP (Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program) “Best Practices” award in GIS and an Esri SAG “Special Achievements in GIS” award.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin B
“The Little County that Could” – ArcGIS Online and Parcel Maps Basic
Small counties face many challenges today with tight budgets and limited resources. One such demand has been from the public wanting their local governments to provide innovative user-friendly timely services to them. Many small counties today have GIS in some form and majority of these counties use it to manage their parcel – tax map data in some aspect. Nominally staffed GIS/Mapping departments in small counties must rely on constrained tools and systems with minimal access to instructional assets. There are several options out there in parcel web mapping, but limited when you are small county. Fortunately, ESRI provides an opportunity through ArcGIS Online. ESRI has given small counties cost effective tools and knowledge through ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online that can leverage methods to effectively deliver fresh web parcel mapping apps to the populace.
The statement “I thought I could” with ArcGIS Online for small counties becomes real.

Jason Gillow - Pickaway County Auditor
Jason Gillow, GIS Coordinator for Pickaway County GIS Department under the Pickaway County Auditor. He has been in this position over four years, before this he worked over 13 years for Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission in regional GIS. He has a BA in Business Administration in Management and Associate of Applied Science, Recreation and Wildlife Technology. He is responsible for starting the OVRDC GIS User Group; and he is active in other GIS user groups.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin C
Measuring Access to Opioid Treatment Services Using GIS Intermediate
In recent years the number of drug overdose deaths has reached epidemic levels. In 2016, Ohio's drug overdose death rate was the second highest in the U.S., and most of these involved opioids such as Fentanyl and heroin. The medical community is trying to tackle the issue by reducing the number of opioid prescriptions. Governments are attempting to address the problem by curtailing illegal distribution, and increasing access to the anti-overdose medication Naloxone. What role does the GIS community have to play in stopping overdose deaths? At The Ohio State University, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis collaborated with researchers in the College of Public Health to identify locations in Franklin County where access to opioid addiction treatment services is lacking relative to the need for these services. Using overdose fatality locations as a proxy, researchers used hotspot analysis to identify census tracts with high concentrations of treatment service users. Using network analysis, researchers computed the travel time by transit from service user locations to treatment centers of various types, then aggregated the travel times to identify tracts with poor access to treatment services. Researchers hope that identification of these "recovery deserts" will help decision makers prioritize accessibility to treatment services, either by expanding those services or by improving mobility for users to access existing services.

Adam Porr - Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
Adam is a GIS Research Analyst at the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and a graduate student in the Master of City and Regional Planning Program at the Ohio State University. After spending a decade as an electrical engineer (B.S. 2006 and M.S. 2013, both from OSU), Adam discovered a passion for sustainability and began pursing a career more closely aligned with this. Adam and his family reside in Clintonville (Columbus). He is a tireless advocate of Free Software and enjoys camping, gardening, and fermenting all sorts of things.

Tuesday 9:10am - 9:40am
Franklin D
Understanding Vector and Raster Data Basic
Understanding Vector and Raster Data. Many GIS users have not had a formal class in the basics of vector and raster data. They use it, but just understand it from hearsay or common use. Learn the basics of vector and raster data models, data structures, and data formats. Learn how to turn an excel document into a shapefile. Last, what is the difference between a join and a relate.

Professor Shubat teaches at the University of Akron and is the Program Director for the ABET Accredited Introduction to Geographic and Land Information’s Systems Associate Degree Program.



Larry Shubat - Univ of Akron
Professor Shubat received his Masters Degree in Geodesy at The Ohio State University in 1987, and a second Masters Degree in Geography/GIS in 2005 from The University of Akron. He served 20 years in the US Army in the Mapping, Charting and Geodesy fields. He is currently teaching at The University of Akron in the Surveying and Mapping Technology program and he is the Program Director of the ASAC of ABET Accredited Geographic and Land Information Systems Associate Degree.

Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin A
Navigatin' QGIS 3 Layouts Basic
Ahoy! Even though I be a pirate, I got a mighty queer feelin' lootin' GIS software fer use on other 'puters we were nah licensed fer. So I mutinied 'n switched t' QGIS. Nah only did I nah 'ave t' worry about licensin' ('n angerin' th' likes o' cap'n Jack), but it also gave me more firepower without th' expensive upgrades.

Th' only thin' that kept me from switchin' t' QGIS completely was th' map layouts. But I 'ave learned me way around those waters 'n will show ye how t' nah only make maps like ye do in ArcMap, but also show ye how t' use:
*multiple layouts in a single file,
*independent multi-page layouts,
*variable page sizes 'n orientations in a single layout,
*feature-driven page sizes 'n orientation in Atlas (th' QGIS answer t' data driven pages)!

'n all stored within one file fer yer project!

'n if ye gimme an hour, I'll also demonstrate th' new Reports 'n other new features o' QGIS 3 as time permits.

Don't be alarmed if ye happen t' spot a pirate in yer midst.
It'll jus' be me,

Nathan Saylor
Cap'n o' Th' Arrow

Nathan Saylor - Hardin County
Nathan Saylor has been serving GIS needs since 2006. In 2011, Nathan began his position as the Hardin County GIS Coordinator. In 2013 he launched his side business Saylor Mapping to use GIS to answer needs for local cemeteries. Though an occasional user of QGIS already, in 2014 he expanded his exploration and use of Free and Open Source Software solutions. Today, he uses FOSS to handle nearly all his GIS needs. Nathan can often be found on Twitter (@gisn8) hanging out in #GISChat (formerly #GISTribe) with colleagues around the world.

Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin B
Bringing the Power of Place to your Economic Development Decisions with GIS Advanced
Summit County Planning and GIS is uniquely situated to utilize our powerful capabilities on the ArcGIS platform to facilitate economic development within our County using advanced spatial capabilties, analysis, a collaborative web application, and diverse datasets. Using these capabilities, we can conduct land availability searches near logistics routes, utilities, identify land use/zoning restrictions, provide information on workforce availability, and highlight neighborhood demographics. This kind of search would take economic developers hours, if not days, to compile results to bring back to a business. Our web application, the Development Data Hub, created using Web AppBuilder, allows us to use the power of our GIS systems to perform such queries in minutes, even seconds. This has drastically reduced the time that our development team needs to gather information, thus demonstrating our productivity and creating a new atmosphere in the County using GIS and technology to attract and retain businesses.

Carissa Signore - Summit County
Carissa is the GIS Technical Applications Administrator 2 for Summit County and has been employed with the County for 2 1/2 years. Her education includes a Bachelor's degree in History from the Honors College at The University of Akron, a 3 month internship with Esri at their Redlands headquarters, and a Master's of Science degree in GIS from The University of Akron. In addition to this education Carissa is also working towards her Ohio state certification in economic development through OEDA to further integrate the County's powerful GIS systems with innovative strategies in economic development. Carissa is responsible for web application development, database administration, architecture maintenance, data creation, Python programming, web service solutions, and various other GIS administrative tasks for Summit County.

Dennis Tubbs - Summit County
Mr. Tubbs has been with Summit County for 25 years, and of those 7 years he has been working for the County Executive as a Senior Administrator, Deputy Director and was promoted to Assistant Director in January of 2017. His duties include supervision of the county’s GIS (Geographic Information System) activities, Planning Commission, Economic Development, and addressing activities for various communities across the County. Mr. Tubbs has 18 years of engineering technician experience with The Summit County Engineers Office, during which he was promoted to Technical Applications Administrator/Engineering Tech. Supervisor. Prior to working for the county, Mr. Tubbs worked for Environmental Design Group for 8 years as an engineering Technician / Construction inspector. Mr. Tubbs is married with two sons and resides in Copley Township. He attended Garfield High School and Akron University.

Bryan Herschel - Summit County


Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin C
Using GIS for Rural Fire Protection Planning Basic
Providing effective fire protection to rural communities is a different animal than working in urban and suburban communities. Long distances between fire stations, volunteer staffing, and limited water supplies create challenges unique to the rural environment. A limited funding base in most rural communities means that most of the GIS solutions relating to fire are focused on the problems of comparatively wealthier and more populous areas. This presentation will share ways that GIS tools can be used to better plan for fire protection in Ohio's rural villages and townships, increasing the effectiveness of local fire departments.

Jeremy A. Keller, CF GISP - Bellefontaine Fire & EMS
Jeremy is a volunteer member of Bellefontaine Fire & EMS, serving as the department's rural operations coordinator. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BS in Forestry and MS in Natural Resources Management) and Western Oregon University (BS Fire Administration), and is a Certified Forester (CF) and GIS Professional (GISP). Jeremy's full-time gig is as State GIS Specialist and Resource Inventory Coordinator for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Ohio. Previously, he worked a variety of wildland fire and forestry-related positions with several state and federal agencies around the country.

Tuesday 10:20am - 11:20am
Franklin D
GIS with a Purpose - Come Join a LIVE Mapathon! Basic
SPECIAL UPDATE! WIFI will be available for this session! Come with your laptop and a desire to make a difference during this 60 minute session!

We all grow up wanting to make a difference. For GIS professionals, the explosion of online web-GIS applications provides outlets to use their skills to make impacts both locally and abroad.
At Miami we have begun incorporating these opportunities into the classroom and beyond. In the classroom we team with GISCorps and Humanitarian OpenStreetmap Team (HOT) to provide humanitarian service learning projects. Outside we host regular “Mapathons" where participants come, receive training, and then digitize into the HOT databases for specific “Missions”.

Our efforts have proven insightful for both students and faculty/staff. Technology classes can have a sterile feel. For students who have a desire to do humanitarian work, these opportunities show them that geospatial technology can play a role.
Our experiences seem to mirror recent publications showing that fewer women than men participate in traditional mapping programs (HOT), that women and minorities are gaining in presence in the tech non-profit sector (FastCompany), and that women and men intuitively map different things (CityLab).

We hope to see you at the OGIS Mapathon!

Robbyn Abbitt - Miami University
Robbyn Abbitt is the GIS Coordinator for Miami University. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science & Public Administration from Indiana University and a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. Robbyn has worked in the field of GIS for over 20 years focusing on natural resource management, reserve site selection, habitat suitability modeling, food deserts, and resource use and allocation. She has worked for universities, non-profits, and government cooperatives. Robbyn has been teaching GIS at Miami since 2005 and manages the GISci Certificate program at Miami University.

Meghan Jones - Miami University
Meghan is a 2nd year Geography Master's student at Miami University.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin A
Why Beacon? Basic
Beacon is a quick, user friendly and affordable web portal blending searching, reporting, and mapping for every community. Used by hundreds of communities across the country, Beacon™ has become the standard in local government web portals.

Why Beacon?
Beacon is a quick, easy, and affordable web solution for all your community’s online, public, records needs. With smaller budgets and larger demand for services, local governments across the country are realizing the value in making their data available online for public and internal users. Beacon™ was designed to integrate the services provided by GIS and web-based data reporting applications by coupling multiple features into a single web application. Thus your organization increases in visibility and exposure, as well as increasing services to taxpayers.

Beacon is the solution that can be understood by various levels of users because of its user-friendly format. The need to access local government information often occurs outside of normal office hours, and Beacon provides robust access through the web and across mobile devices when and where the users need it.

Nichole Benson-Hutchins - The Schneider Corporation


Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin B
Adventures in 3D on the web Intermediate
I have some data. It would be really nice to show it in 3d and make it available to the widest number of people... so what are my options, what do I need to make this happen and how much time do I need to devote?

Rick Frantz - City of Dublin
Rick has worked at the City of Dublin for over ten years and now works as a Sr Data Analyst

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin C
A Simple Mobile Field Appraisal Solution That Works: A Case Study of Holmes County Intermediate
For many years the Holmes County Auditor has been in search of a robust mobile solution to assist with the appraisal of real estate. Like many before us, the goal was to send appraisers into the field with tablets to perform appraisal data collection. This new solution could not rely on a mobile data connection, had to integrate with our existing CAMA system, allow for appraisers to route their work, provide significant integration with the county’s enterprise GIS, collect geotagged images on every parcel and provide an interface for review of the fieldwork. Most importantly it had to model the existing workflow of the Holmes County Auditor’s Appraisal Office and be simple to use. This turned out to be no small feat, but we feel we have finally achieved our goal.

This session will examine the new mobile application from Pivot Point Partners that has been integrated into the workflow of the Holmes County Auditor’s Appraisal Office for field appraisal work. It will examine the workflow for parcels that have been flagged for field review; starting with the staging of the data from CAMA and GIS, through the editing and collection of data in the field and ultimately to the updating of these records in CAMA and GIS. This session will also review how Holmes County uses georeferenced sketch data in its GIS to better support appraisal work and how this structure-centric system will impact our CAMA in the future.


Erik Parker, GIS Director - Holmes County
Erik Parker has remained active in both private and public sector GIS since the late 90's. He initiated the GIS program in Stark County in 1999, serving as its director until 2003. In 2003 Erik started the GIS program in Holmes County and continues to serve the county as its GIS Director.

Brian Kienle - Pivot Point
Brian Kienle has provided location-based solutions to local governments his entire career. He graduated from Hocking College in 2000 with a GIS/GPS associates degree and then a BS in Business Management from Franklin University in 2005. He has been a certified GISP since 2009. Brian started his career at DDTI in Columbus in positions ranging from field collection to implementation and support manager over a 7-year period. He then joined Pictometry in 2007 as a regional technical manager and then a district manager based in both Colorado and Ohio, ultimately working in 10 different states. Most recently Brian followed through on a lifelong dream of starting a company by founding Pivot Point Partners in late 2017.

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Franklin D
JSON & the Jargonauts: GIS for Non GISers Intermediate
GIS professionals speak GIS language daily. We love GIS jargon and often use terms like vector, raster, choropleth, map projection, etc. We also love software specific terms like shapefile, geodatabase, ArcMap, mxd, and others.

Speaking in those GIS terms only works when speaking to others who share similar professional experiences and expertise. Otherwise it would be like Greek to them.

Many appreciate the near mythical power of GIS but do not speak the same language. It is our role to take on the herculean task to communicate mindfully to decision makers, partners, and/or our boss so that they can better utilize data during their decision making process and use GIS as a communication tool.

GIS professionals at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) leave GIS jargon in the office to better serve and tailor our communication with our diverse stakeholders of elected officials, administrators, and the general public through the latest GIS technologies.

This session will share experiences and highlight important roles that GIS professionals need to play when helping to guide non-GIS users through the labyrinth of delivering data, information, and decision support system using two case studies: 1) MVRPC’s Web Mapping Applications to share data, maps, and value-added information to the general public; and 2) the Montgomery County Land Bank Neighborhood Assessment Dashboard application developed to provide a strategic decision support system.


Martin Kim - Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Martin Kim is the Director of Regional Planning at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) with 20 years of experience in strategic planning, land use and transportation planning, planning support system and GIS, and quantitative and qualitative research. Martin received a Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning from South Korea and a Master of Urban Administration from Wright State University. Martin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a Certified GIS Professional (GISP), and an adjunct professor at Wright State University.

Tom Harner - Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Tom Harner is a GIS Coordinator at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) with over 25 years of experience in planning support system, enterprise GIS, and GIS applications. Tom has worked with a variety of agency members, covering a wide range of different GIS applications. Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Ohio University. Tom is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and worked previously at Woolpert and Clermont County, Ohio.

Kathryn Youra Polk - Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Kathryn Youra Polk is a Senior Planner with over 8 years of experience in strategic planning, land use planning, planning support system, and GIS. Kathryn received a Bachelor of Art in Communications from University of Michigan, and Master of Urban Planning and a Master of Geographic Information Systems from Eastern Michigan University. Kathryn is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and an adjunct professor at Wright State University.

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin A
Automation of Data Integration in Establishing a Spatial Data Infrastructure Intermediate
Billions are spent producing/using geographic data each year yet often the information needed to solve critical problems is not available due to lack of coordination between organizations. The Michigan Geographic Framework (MGF) is designed to solve this problem by maintaining a single “official” state map for state business needs.
Michigan recognized the need to upgrade the MGF in order to create a more streamlined/integrated effort. The MGF vision allows the stakeholders to maintain their data and submit updates which are automatically applied. The workflow includes automated evaluation, validation and integration of the changes, including triggering workflow(s) if inspections are needed. The map contains all of the themes most commonly used in applications (e.g. transportation, hydrography, govt boundaries, geodetic control, etc.).
1Spatial is providing the software that supports this vision. 1Spatial’s 1Integrate rules engine is utilized to automatically perform change detection between the updates and the existing repository. 1Integrate also maintains/validates the relationships between features (e.g. state, county, and town boundaries align with a road where the road is the boundary between them). Acting as the gatekeeper for the repository, non-conformances are flagged by 1Integrate at their exact location and provided back to the contributor(s) for correction/resubmittal, ensuring the repository’s validity and making it fit for purpose at all times.


Sheila Steffenson - 1Spatial
Ms. Steffenson is a highly experienced GIS and Data Management specialist with over 33 years experience in the GIS industry (both in the public and private sectors). The majority of her career (23 Years) was spent with Esri, starting as a trainer and technical resource, then moving to account management and finally management of several teams. In her current role as CEO for 1Spatial Inc., Ms. Steffenson oversees the organization and is responsible for its overall success from client satisfaction to P&L. Ms. Steffenson’s philosophy throughout her career can be summed up as successful customers make a successful business.

Kevin Sigwart - 1Spatial Inc.
Kevin Sigwart is the Director of Solutions for 1Spatial Inc. Working with federal, state, and commercial clients, he architects innovative solutions to help solve data quality, integration and synchronization issues across disparate and siloed systems. Kevin is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on developing and architecting interoperable solutions across geospatial and non-geospatial systems. He has 15+ years of experience working as a geospatial developer, analyst, and architect. Prior to joining 1Spatial, Kevin held positions as a solution engineer for Esri and as a geospatial software developer for General Dynamics.

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin B
Law and Order: AGO Standards Unit (ASU) Basic
In the ArcGIS Online System, the standards are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: the publishers that create the data, and the AGO Administrators who curate the content. These are there stories.
We will create the laws by developing Standards for ArcGIS Online and Portal. We will show you why standards are important, and provide different methods of implementing those standards, thus creating the order.


Haley Zehentbauer - Stark County GIS


Joe Guzi - Stark County GIS


Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin C
Begin With the End in Mind: Enterprise GIS Solution Case Studies Intermediate
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey advises readers to “Begin with the end in mind” so that we envision the future we want, then work and plan towards it. When developing an enterprise system, this type of ‘future state’ visioning process is critical to finding opportunities for business process improvement and system integration. Behind every system, database, and piece of software is a ‘why’ that relates back to the organization’s mission. Often, various expert systems are already deployed, and no one system provides all the functionality required to support business processes. There is a need to align the individual strengths of each system to the strategic goals of the organization, all while giving the end user a seamless experience. GIS can be the common denominator for these systems, establishing a common basemap to build upon. This talk will highlight case studies of different-sized state agencies and local governments focusing on: ways to leverage people, process, and technology to meet strategic goals, how to successfully separate the “as-is” from the “to-be” process when the process is constantly in flux, and establishing an achievable GIS technology road map based on an organization’s strengths. Continual assessment and strategic planning will identify the balance point within an organization that allows for efficient leveraging of people, processes, and technology to move the organization through the levels of information maturity.

Julie Spangler - JMT Technology Group
Julie Spangler, GISP, is a Project Manager with JMT Technology Group. Julie has 19 years of professional experience in GIS, database management and project manager focused on asset management and aviation. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Community College of Baltimore County. Julie is the current Vice Chair and incoming Chair for the Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC.) She has a master’s degree in Applied Information Technology with a certificate in Database Management Systems, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Planning, both from Towson University. Julie is also a scuba diver and avid reader.

Tuesday 1:40pm - 2:10pm
Franklin D
Incorporating Charts into Map Apps Intermediate
Charts make people feel smart. Give your users that warm and fuzzy feeling by adding charts to your map apps. This presentation will cover how to use charts in your apps to summarize map data, visualize feature data in popups, and other use cases. Eye candy and inspiration from OKI maps and apps will be shared. Querying and performance considerations in an ArcGIS Online/Enterprise environment will also be shared.

Brandon Flessner - OKI Regional Council of Governments
Brandon Flessner is a GIS Developer with Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). He develops web maps and apps, uses Python for workflow automation and data acquisition, and performs data analysis in support of transportation planning and related activities in the greater Cincinnati area. Brandon has a master’s degree in geography from Miami University.

Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Franklin A
ArcGIS Enterprise: Architecting Your Deployment Intermediate
This presentation will cover the fundamentals of architecting the base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment and will lead you through more complex deployment scenarios that include the capability-based ArcGIS Server roles, such as Image Server and GeoAnalytics Server. This presentation will be full of best practices and helpful tips and aims to set you up for success in planning and deploying ArcGIS Enterprise. Specific to existing ArcGIS Server users, the presentation will walk you through 3 migration patterns to move your standalone ArcGIS Server site into a full ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment.

Ryan Sellman - Esri
Ryan Sellman is a Solution Engineer with Esri, where he focuses on developing GIS solutions that support the business requirements of local government customers. Ryan specializes in ArcGIS platform design and Web GIS implementations within the local government space. Prior to his role with Esri, Ryan worked for Summit County, OH's Planning & GIS Division as a GIS Technical Application Administrator for 4 years. Ryan earned a B.A. from Youngstown State University in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Planning & GIS from the University of Akron in 2012.

Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Franklin B
Web Development in 2018: A Beginner's Guide Basic
How do you make a website? What’s a framework? What goes in to making a web GIS application? These are questions more and more GIS professionals are asking themselves every day. Over the last several years Web GIS has exploded into a massive industry filled with many robust and powerful applications. Now, web development is a valuable and distinguishing skill among GIS professionals.

This presentation aims to serve as a guide for beginners entering the world of web development. The presentation will define common web development terminology, outline several popular educational resources for web development, and provide an overview of popular web development technologies.

The goal of this presentation is to empower attendees to learn web development on their own accord, and to give them an understanding of how traditional web development overlaps and integrates with web GIS.


Alec Marshall - Woolpert
Alec is a Geospatial Specialist working in Woolpert's GeoBase division.

Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Franklin C
Turf JS: Geoprocessing in the Browser Intermediate
TurfJS is a small yet powerful JavaScript API that can perform a wide variety of geoprocessing operations, both in the browser and on the server. From simple buffering to complex geospatial analysis, the modern browser can handle much of your web mapping GIS processing needs. For larger data sets, these operations can be moved to the server, using the same syntax, via NodeJS. In this presentation I will give an introduction to Turf JS and some of its basic functionalities, including hexgrids, intersect, centroids and more. I will explore both client-side and server-side processing. Finally, I will explore a web-based tool that utilize TurfJS and requires zero coding (dropchop.io).

Malcolm Meyer - City of Zanesville
Malcolm has been in the GIS field for over eight years, and currently works as the GIS Specialist for the City of Zanesville. His previous experience includes positions at OVRDC, the City of Columbus, and EMH&T. Malcolm currently serves as the Communications Chair for Ohio URISA and is the past president of AOGDP. He is heavily involved in the open source GIS community, with an interest in interactive web-based data visualization and analysis.

Tuesday 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Franklin D
A Bit of Fiction & Fact from Todd’s Almanac Basic
Maps, by their very nature, are abstractions of reality. Now we have come to know this reality from such sources as history books, legends & lore, TV and movies and many other different media. We’re told Columbus discovered America, Marco Polo traveled the silk road to Asia and back and that the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs. Add to that in the middle ages most people thought the world was flat, the earth the center of universe and Galileo was imprisoned for his view of cosmology. The truth behind these and other geographic ‘realities’ will be presented along with definitive proof of the location of Moe’s bar in Springfield.

Todd Tucky - Heartland GIS
Todd is Senior Consultant and owner of Heartland GIS. Since being formed in 2009, Heartland GIS has provided consulting services for multiple State/Local Agencies and State/Local/National agricultural associations. Throughout his career, Todd has designed several award winning and nationally recognized GIS systems. He has been using GIS technologies for the past 28+ years and has an extensive background in GIS Planning, Data Visualization and Mapping. His is a certified GIS professional (GISP) and also teaches GIS classes at Columbus State. He has been active in Ohio GIS for three decades and continues to try and communicate and promote the personal application of GIS and its connection to people, places and events. In particular, using GIS technologies for creating engaging presentations of historical places, events and people, and awareness of the importance and interconnectedness of agriculture the modern world.

Tuesday 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Franklin A
Building a Modern Day Address Database Basic
Collecting, storing, and maintaining address data is NOT as simple as one would imagine. As with most counties and municipalities all over the country, we here in Clinton County had multiple databases, paper, scans, archived GIS Data as well as LBRS data to deal with. Our goal was to merge the best of each of these (sometimes) disparate datasets together to create the ultimate MAD – Master Address Database – with our GIS Program.
This presentation will focus on Address Points; different types of addresses, what IS an address, and the difference between an address and a coordinate.


Joe Merritt - Clinton County Engineers Office
Joe Merritt’s education includes degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration. He began his career in GIS in the mid-‘80’s. His work over the years has included consulting for Federal, State, County, and City Governments, and he has been employed by four major GIS Consulting firms. His titles have included Support Analyst, Trainer, Department Manager, Regional Manager, and IT Specialist. Mr. Merritt spent the better part of a decade working in Indianapolis Indiana and Columbus Ohio before taking the job of GIS Manager for Clinton County Ohio, where he has served for 19 years and continues working to this day. Throughout the last decade and a half Mr. Merritt has assisted neighboring counties and municipalities with GIS work, alongside IT implementations, and considers it an honor to help when and where he can to promote the use and acceptance of GIS.

Tuesday 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Franklin B
ODOT's Collector Program: Tracking Roadway Assets Basic
ODOT has implemented an enterprise solution to support the vision and goals of their Transportation Asset Management Plan. The ODOT Collector Program, in its entirety, is not just Collector for ArcGIS, but also consists of supporting desktop applications, reports, and dashboards. This solution is used to inventory, inspect, and track ODOT’s roadway assets. This presentation will walk through the applications, tools, and processes ODOT provides its field crews, transportation managers, and executive leadership to help facilitate the Transportation Asset Management Plan.

Michael Weakley - Ohio Department of Transportation


Tuesday 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Franklin C
Using High Resolution Images from UAV and Satellite Remote Sensing for BMP Analyses Intermediate
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are commonly adopted to ameliorate the quality of runoff and reduce the frequency and intensity of flash floods in urban areas. Because the functions of urban BMPs in reducing runoff and sewer overflows are often confined to a local level, and coarse-resolution data such as 30 m land use/land cover (LULC) data provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)may not be adequate to reflect the detail information pertaining to a site, the accuracy of such studies may be compromised due to the shortcomings inherent in the input data; as such, the evaluation of the BMP cost-effectiveness may not be realistic.

This study presents a method using high resolution images from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and satellite remote sensing to study the costs and benefits of BMPs. The digital surface model (DSM) imagery collected by UAV were rectified with the ground control points (GCPs) to provide a more accurate DEM. Object-oriented classification was performed on the Landsat 8 multi-spectral imagery to generate a LULC map. With high resolution data, this method used provided a more detail picture of the actual physical conditions of a watershed, a better subwatershed delineation, a more accurate simulation of the hydrologic regimes and BMP implementation, and a more reliable estimate of the cost-effectiveness of the selected BMP ensembles. This method can be useful in watershed management, especially in areas without quality topography and land use data.

Rachel Fan - Stantec Consulting Services


Tuesday 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Franklin D
Advancing your Skillset to get the Job Done Intermediate
There comes a point in everyone’s career where those that they used to lean on for help move on to greener pastures. It’s at these times that you can do one of two things: a) find someone else with that particular skill set and lean on them for assistance, or b) learn how to do it yourself. This is a relational tale of how I was forced to buckle down and teach myself the basics of SQL in order to enhance an existing integration between three systems due to a retirement within the City IT Department. Now that I’ve taken these steps I have a lot more confidence in my own ability to learn new methods of overcoming problems as they arise. My goal is to encourage people that have stagnated in their GIS career or current position to have confidence in themselves. To be bold and take on the challenges that they face with confidence and zeal.

Scott Snider - City of Lancaster
Scott is the GIS Coordinator for the City of Lancaster. He started his career in GIS 15 years ago after receiving his M.A. in Geography from Ohio University and B.A. in Geography from Wittenberg University.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin A
Extending QGIS and ArcGIS Pro with PyQt Intermediate
Looking for a form-based application that works with python to extend your GIS desktop software? Learn how IJUS, LLC (a Gahanna, OH engineering firm) has extended QGIS and ArcGIS Pro with PyQt forms to help streamline redundant workflows, adding quality control checks, and automating map designs.

Kevin Surbella - IJUS, LLC
Kevin is the GIS Manager at IJUS, LLC, and a GIS Adjunct Instructor for Columbus State Community College (CSCC) and has been working in the geospatial field since 2004. He has extensive knowledge using various suites of proprietary and open source applications and has a strong background in the following areas of GIS; application development, database management, server administration, and data analysis. He enjoys helping others strengthen their skills in GIS by mentoring through GISCI, and answering many questions on the GIS Stack Exchange website. Kevin received his M.A. in Geography, B.S. in Conservation from Kent State University, and is GISP certified.

Kenneth Miller - IJUS, LLC
Kenneth is a GIS Technician at IJUS, LLC and has been working in the GIS field since 2012. After building up a strong base of knowledge with the ESRI suite of products, he dove headfirst into the open-source GIS world. His work focuses on showing geospatial data in an aesthetically pleasing manner and developing solutions to software issues that may otherwise affect productivity. Kenneth is a proud graduate of Columbus State Community College, earning an A.A.S in Geographic Information Systems.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin B
Implementing a Portal Intermediate
Hang-ups, work arounds, things just not working and many other issues arise when installing and configuring GIS software for the enterprise.   
This session will be a discussion about installing, configuring and using ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 including portal.  Topics will include a walk through of our installation of 10.6.1 and how we federated our ArcGIS Server Installation with the portal for ArcGIS.  Also some tips and tricks for sharing data with the Portal.

Jennifer McFarland - State of Ohio


Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin C
Process Improvement: Is It Always Worth It? Basic
Scripting, automation, and LEAN are all the rage in our industry. There are a lot of buzzwords surrounding process improvement. They promise to deliver improved efficiency and greater productivity, but do these processes actually improve things, or do they just add to the confusion and create their own version of inefficiency? I will provide examples of when it’s best to examine your workflows and when it’s best to just crank things out the old-fashioned way.

Damon Leonhard - City of Dublin
Damon Leonhard has been with the City of Dublin Data and GIS Team since 2007. He is in charge of the administration of Cityworks. He also works on all kinds of GIS projects for the City. He loves maps, as well as computers and electronic gadgets. He lives on a goat farm in Clark County, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Los Angeles.

Wednesday 9:00am - 9:30am
Franklin D
The Benefits of Participating in OSIP - Value Added Datasets Intermediate
The need for improved planning, assessment, and response has been a heightened subject of concern for federal, state, and local agencies nationwide. As conditions in the economy increasingly impact resources, more cost-effective and efficient means of managing and maintaining a state’s assets are becoming more of a challenge. The statewide imagery program provides a current, accurate and seamless solution to produce an interoperable resource used by all agencies, eliminating duplication of maintenance and collection efforts while providing improved communication between organizations.

This presentation offers a review of the benefits of a statewide imagery program, primarily focusing on the value added products, which can be gleaned from the initial investment by the use of feature extraction techniques, to produce data layers including, but not limited to: building outlines, impervious surfaces, land-cover, change detection, cropland delineation. The presentation will also touch upon the technical differences between the current and the prior iterations of OSIP.

Brian Stevens - Woolpert, Inc.


Crystal Childress - Woolpert, Inc.


Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin A
Building a logical stream network with Python Advanced
Python and arcpy give you powerful tools to explore your data. Arcpy has myriad methods to access and manipulate spatial data and Esri objects. Arcpy geometries let you isolate and manipulate stream line endpoints, and these can be matched with startpoints so that a dendritic stream network can be recursively explored. Python classes can be used to build a tool to represent this stream network. A search cursor can be used to compare all streams to those discovered in the network, and this can be used to identify stream features not properly connected to the network. Classifications such as stream order can be determined as the tree is built. These methods are some of the many tools available to allow data exploration in ways not readily available in the standard tabular view of data. The stream network objects are aware of their locations within the network and as such provide a whole new way of seeing the data.

Bill Mellman - Clermont County Office of Environmental Quality
Bill Mellman has a BS in Computer Science and he started his career in IT. After growing tired of carrying a pager and rebooting servers in the middle of the night he transitioned into GIS. He has worked for Clermont County since 2008: first for the Stormwater Department and now for the Office of Environmental Quality. He has carried his passion for programming with him to the area of surface water mapping.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin B
CAUV Mobile Inspection App. Wayne County Partners with Start Up to Modernize CAUV Field Reviews Basic
Are your field appraisers still using paper and pencil for field work? Do they have an efficient way to assign, track, and review field work? Are they concerned with managing additional inspections due to the new conservation laws? Wayne County partnered with Pivot Point to design a solution to improve CAUV inspection workflows by combining CAMA exports and ESRI hosted map services via Pivot Point’s custom native mobile application and web technologies. Primary considerations for the technology included offline first functionality, ability to work on iOS, Droid, and Windows mobile platforms as native applications, and most importantly it needed to be a simple workflow and easy to use. This presentation will cover using AGOL to publish map services and apps, staging CAMA data including property record cards in the cloud, as well as managing the work through an administration website throughout the inspection season. Lessons learned and potential future uses of the technology will be discussed.

Russell Robertson - Wayne County Auditor's Office
Russell has over 10 years of GIS experience,currently serving as the GIS Director for the Wayne County Auditor’s Office. His previous work experience includes GIS positions with Lorain Medina Rural Electric, Rettew Associates, INC, and CACI. Russell received a B.S. in Geology from Marshall University and an M.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University.

Brian Kienle - Pivot Point
Brian Kienle has provided location-based solutions to local governments his entire career. He graduated from Hocking College in 2000 with a GIS/GPS associates degree and then a BS in Business Management from Franklin University in 2005. He has been a certified GISP since 2009. Brian started his career at DDTI in Columbus in positions ranging from field collection to implementation and support manager over a 7-year period. He then joined Pictometry in 2007 as a regional technical manager and then a district manager based in both Colorado and Ohio, ultimately working in 10 different states. Most recently Brian followed through on a lifelong dream of starting a company by founding Pivot Point Partners in late 2017.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin C
Those Dam Drones… Intermediate
Today, the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “Drones”, has increased in many applications including recreation, private business, academia, media, and government. In spring 2018, the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) and the Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center partnered on an effort to explore the use UAS for applied dam and levee inspection research. This partnership expanded MCD’s awareness of the value of UAS technology related to dam, levee, and infrastructure inspection and advanced understanding of the benefits of such applications throughout the State of Ohio. In addition, the effort supported Sinclair’s applied research leveraging commercial off-the-shelf UAS and sensors. Drones have become much more cost effective, but there are still regulatory requirements affecting their use and challenges with data acquisition and processing. The joint effort utilized numerous UAS types and multiple sensors including high-resolution digital photos, video, color infrared imagery, and thermal technology. The presentation will include an overview of flight planning, types of UASs and sensor used, and results of analysis for some of the largest storage capacity dams in the state.

Barry Puskas - Miami Conservancy District
Barry Puskas serves as the Manager of Technical Services for The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Puskas is a graduate of The Ohio State University, registered professional engineer (PE), and geographic information system professional (GISP). He provides MCD with technical expertise in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling; geographic information systems; flood forecast modeling; flood protection system operations; and engineering design and analysis of dam safety and levee safety projects.

Andrew Shepherd - Sinclair College National UAS Training Center
Dr. Andrew Shepherd serves as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. With experience in the defense industry and academia focused on modeling and simulation, research, course development, accreditation, instruction, and mentorship, Shepherd offers extensive knowledge in many areas of technology, higher education, and workforce training and development. He serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Two Cultures Journal, and as a Board Member for the Aviation Trail, a non-profit corporation in partnership with the National Park Service to promote Aviation Heritage in the Dayton region. Named to both Dayton’s top 40 Under 40 in 2014 and top 100 Defense and Aerospace Professionals by the Dayton Business Journal in 2014 and 2017, Shepherd is an active member of his community and broader aerospace industry.

Wednesday 9:40am - 10:10am
Franklin D
Early Career Professionals in GIS - What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a New Career). Basic
Explosive growth in the GIS sector means that an unprecedented number of individuals are entering the workforce to meet growing geospatial needs. Early career professionals—those that are just entering the workforce, or people transitioning between careers—are faced with the daunting task of finding work in this rapidly-changing field. It is easy to get tangled up in questions that can’t be answered with a quick Google search: I’m done with school, now what? I’m new to GIS, what is the best way to find a job? What GIS certification is right for me? Why is my resume not attracting the right attention? What are my education and training options?

This fast-paced session will address some of the common hurdles faced by early career professionals in GIS and offer resources to answering these questions. We will discuss varying paths into a career in GIS, what “GIS jobs” look like, the benefits of higher education and certification, and resources for finding jobs in the GIS field. We’ll cover resume, interview and negotiation tips, steps for establishing yourself in a network of GIS professionals, and the importance of an internship. We will also discuss early career professionalism, impostor syndrome, and the struggles of transitioning from student life to full-time employment. This session is designed to help early career professionals prepare for these challenges, and to aid in-career professionals in understanding what a 2018 job hunt looks like from the newhire perspective.


Alec Marshall - Woolpert
Alec is a Geospatial Specialist working in Woolpert's GeoBase division.

Kelly Wright - LJB Inc
Kelly Wright is a GIS Applications Specialist with LJB Inc, an A&E firm near Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Texas (2004) and a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science and Technology from the University of Southern California (2017). She was the recipient of the 2018 Jacques May Thesis Award from the American Association of Geographers’ Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, and the 2017 USC Esri Student Development Center Student of the Year Award for her work developing GIS applications to help humanitarian aid workers collect demographic data about Tungiasis, a parasitic disease affecting millions living in the tropics. She co-presented a Cleaning Dirty Data workshop in addition to a Women in GIS panel session at the 2017 Ohio GIS Conference.

Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin A
What GPS Travel Time Data Also Reveals about Route Choice, Vehicle Acceleration, and Reliability Basic
Ohio DOT staff has recently received from one of the nation’s largest supplier of GPS travel time data a full calendar years’ worth of trip and "waypoint" data files statewide that underlies the travel time estimates. This data can and is being used for a variety of purposes. This presentation will focus on use of the data (with necessary filtering) for vehicle acceleration profiles, variability of travel time and distance, and choice of travel route.

When multiple trips were estimated to begin and end at roughly the same locations, the variability in travel times (and travel distance) exceeds what is found from high-sample floating car surveys previously done on fixed travel corridors. It is postulated that this difference is due to a combination of differences in vehicle drivers and the route choices made. The determinants of route choice will be evaluated against metrics that can be estimated from two different sets of digital roadway networks, with an evaluation of which metrics appear to have more explanatory power.

Finally, trip waypoint data also comes with (instantaneous) rates of vehicle acceleration. So for trips where data comes with frequent generation of waypoints (about one per second) this can be used to check assumptions about acceleration rates by type of vehicle that go into both design assumptions and estimates of vehicle delay at intersections (level of service).



Sam Granato - Ohio DOT


Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin B
The Nutrient Source Inventory: GIS Tools for Water Quality Management and Assessment Basic
CEC is working with the Lucas County Board of Commissioners and the City of Toledo to identify sources of nutrients contributing to harmful algal blooms throughout the Western Basin of Lake Erie watershed. This multi-phased project involved significant GIS data compilation, processing, and web development to support complex watershed modeling and presentation of project results to stakeholders and the general public. This presentation will provide an overview of the GIS analyses and data delivery tools involved in the project, referred to as the Nutrient Source Inventory (NSI).

The first phase of the NSI consisted of a desktop review of available information to identify potential primary nutrient contributors in the watershed. Spatial data was processed and stored in an enterprise geodatabase that was integrated into online-mapping and data modeling tools. An interactive mapping application was developed and linked to publically-facing client websites. A “Guidance Manual” report was developed to document CEC’s methodology, data sources, and findings. In additional to GIS mapping, this manual includes links to project summary documents, tutorial videos, and introductory remarks by the project team using ArcGIS Online “story map” templates. In the second phase of the NSI, Soil & Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) spatial models were developed to characterize nutrient loadings by subwatershed and prioritize critical areas and the implementation of best management practices.


Michael Cline - Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc
Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Source Inventory, Lucas County, Toledo, OH. Mr. Cline was an integral member of the NSI team by contributing to the development of the interactive database. Habitat Restoration Plans (HRPs) in the Maumee AOC. Mr. Cline has served as the lead GIS Scientist for the development of eight HRPS in the Maumee AOC. Mapping included land use analysis and critical area development through the use of LiDAR and flowline analysis. Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Western Lake Erie Basin. Mr. Cline utilized hyperspectral remote sensing to map makeup of cyanobacteria in HABs as a part of a remote sensing team hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center. Measuring spatial and temporal variability in Sudd Wetland, South Sudan, Africa. Mr. Cline utilized multispectral and gravimetric remote sensing techniques to correlate seasonal variability in plant growth with non-visible water availability.

Wes Speiser - Civil and Environmental Consultants, Inc.


Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin C
Obtaining QL2 LiDAR Data Through Federal Agency Collaboration Intermediate
Clinton County saw a unique opportunity in the latter half of 2017 to collaborate with the USGS and conduct a joint purchase of Quality Level 2 LiDAR data, in coordination with the State of Ohio Statewide Imagery and Elevation Program (OSIP) covering Clinton County, Ohio, in its entirety.

This presentation will include the steps taken during the process of contract acquisition and Federal Government Agency collaboration, issues resolved during that process, a description of the data we will receive, and how that data will be used by multiple agencies and departments locally, through the State of Ohio, and Nationally, to continue moving forward with a state of the art, 21st century GIS Program.


Joe Merritt - Clinton County Engineers Office
Joe Merritt’s education includes degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration. He began his career in GIS in the mid-‘80’s. His work over the years has included consulting for Federal, State, County, and City Governments, and he has been employed by four major GIS Consulting firms. His titles have included Support Analyst, Trainer, Department Manager, Regional Manager, and IT Specialist. Mr. Merritt spent the better part of a decade working in Indianapolis Indiana and Columbus Ohio before taking the job of GIS Manager for Clinton County Ohio, where he has served for 19 years and continues working to this day. Throughout the last decade and a half Mr. Merritt has assisted neighboring counties and municipalities with GIS work, alongside IT implementations, and considers it an honor to help when and where he can to promote the use and acceptance of GIS.

Brian Stevens - Woolpert


Wednesday 10:20am - 10:50am
Franklin D
GIS and Education: Bringing the Concepts of GIS to the Classroom Basic
A Geographic Information System is a complex subject matter which can be difficult to understand. Aerials, contours, DEM's, and watersheds are common place terms for those of us in-the-know, but for most middle school and high school students, it's all new territory. Through the use of interactive presentations and tools we bring a fun and engaging GIS experience into the classroom. Most recently, the Franklin County Engineer's Office and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered to construct an exciting tool to assist with understanding how contours relate to the lay of the land and how water flows through it: the Augmented Reality Sandbox. This presentation will provide an overview of how we conduct our educational programs and culminate with a demonstration of the Augmented Reality Sandbox - with hopefully enough time left over for you to give it a try.

Josh Garver - franklin soil and water conservation district
Josh Garver is the Assistant Director at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. Josh coordinates GIS-based projects with various Franklin County agencies and local municipalities, which focus on improving water quality and meeting requirements of their NPDES permits. Josh has a Master’s Certificate in GIS from North Carolina State University, a minor in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a BS in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Franklin Soil and Water, Josh worked several years in landscape architecture and planning firms as a project landscape architect, designing and managing a variety of urban, park and GIS-centric projects.

Katie Phillips - franklin soil and water conservation district
Katie Phillips is a GIS Technician at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District. Her emphasis is on developing urban subwatershed delineations within the county to be incorporated into a stormwater management initiative. Katie graduated from Bowling Green State University, with an MS in geology focused in hydrology and paleoclimate studies. Katie also received a BS in geology from Ashland University. Prior to working at the Distict, Katie worked for Bowling Green State University as a teaching assistant and a research assistant. Her research was part of the Lake El’gygytgyn Scientific Drilling project, focused on size variation of planktonic diatoms over glacial-interglacial time scales from the sediment of Lake El’gygytgyn, in north-east Russia. Her research was funded by the United States National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Millennial-scale Arctic Climate Change for the last 3.6 My: Scientific Drilling at Lake El’gygytgyn, NE Russia, directed by Jeff Snyder.

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