South Central Arc User Group


Established 1990

 

2015 OKSCAUG

 

User Presentations

 


   
 
Presenters:
Joel Foster & Chelsea Slape
 
Organization:
Canadian County
 
Abstract:
County Assessor Offices are required to map agricultural land use as part of the annual performance audit administered by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. How can the Assessor’s Office create this geographic data and turn it into accurate values that follow the valuation methodology set forth by statute? Canadian County will discuss the approach they used to create preliminary agricultural land use data for the county, the approach used to transform those datasets into values, and lessons learned along the way.
 
Presenter:
Jeremy Planteen
 
Organization:
Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Strategic Asset & Performance Management Division
 
Abstract:
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has long relied upon PDF maps and desktop-based GIS software for many tasks. Recently, we have begun to shift away from these static maps and software options to simple, directed, web-based solutions. As a result, productivity has increased and demand has grown for dynamic, easy to use solutions. ODOT utilizes ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Server and is currently building a custom roadway inventory viewer.
 
Presenter:
Rachel Turney-Work
 
Organization:
ENERCON
 
Abstract:
In 1994, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898 directing each Federal Agency to consider environmental justice (EJ) by identifying disproportionate and adverse health or environmental effects of its activities on minority and low-income populations. Subsequently, all projects requiring a NEPA analysis must also include EJ reviews. To comply with this requirement, GIS has been implemented as an effective tool to combine demographic, American Community Survey, and regional data to effectively and quantitatively assess potential impacts to the identified minority and low-income populations. This in turn allows for the identification of mitigation measures to reduce or prevent impacts and also reduces the risk for contentions and project impacts. In short, GIS has provided the perfect tool to combine socioeconomic impact analyses with a geographic component in an effective, repeatable and defensible process. All of which are necessary when working on projects that receive a high degree of scrutiny and review.
 
Presenter:
Rhonda Baber & Larry Setters & Michael Richardson
 
Organization:
Tahlequah Public Works Authority
 
Abstract:
Tahlequah OK is a community in Cherokee County of approximately 16,000 people. Tahlequah Public Works Authority provides Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Electric utilities to its approximately 8,000 customers. Prior to 2012, the last updated map or atlas of the city’s utility system had taken place in 1986. The system was badly in need of updating, so TPWA hired two mapping technicians. Since that time, we have done field verification of our entire system, including water lines, valves, meters and fire hydrants, sanitary sewer lines and manholes, and overhead and underground electric services. We then created poster maps and atlas books for our service crews to have in the field. We are in the planning process of obtaining mobile devices for our service crews, which will require our maps. Our presentation will talk about the processes we’ve gone through on the very limited budget we have to work with, being a Trust of the City of Tahlequah.
 
Presenter:
Kathy H. Spivey
 
Organization:
City of Midwest City
 
Abstract:
Midwest City is completing a citywide change-out project of over 20,000 water meters, upgrading from manual read to an automated meter reading and remote disconnect system. GIS has been involved from the beginning to the end of the project - providing pre-bid information, providing meter replacement status maps and time-lapse video, confirming accurate data input into the City's legacy billing system, providing MapViewer application for field crews performing installs and repair, creating QA/QC exception reports to confirm all map and attribute data is synchronized between the legacy billing system and the automated meter reading system, and providing other maps and analyses as needed to support decision making before, during and after the project. This presentation will discuss the entire water meter change-out project from the GIS point of view and the support GIS was able to give to the Utility Billing and Water Departments throughout the project.
 
Presenter:
Mike Sexton & Lesli  Crofford
 
Organization:
Oklahoma Department of Commerce
 
Abstract:
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce started working with the public (free) version of AGO in late 2013. In early 2014, ODOC began incorporating various AGO maps into its website providing basic information on many of its programs to the public. One benefit was to significantly reduce the time staff spent answering information calls. This year, to further these efforts and leverage the existing AGO mapping, Commerce has moved to an AGO compatible platform for LocateOK, its buildings and sites application and selected a new Esri Business partner vendor for development. Today, ODOC has an organizational level AGO account that allows multiple users access to agency maps, mapping tools & data through Community Analyst.
 
Presenter:
Marcus Arreguin
 
Organization:
Rogers County Assessor’s Office
 
Abstract:
Handling coordinate systems and projections properly is a crucial part of creating accurate and aesthetically pleasing maps. However, many GIS users have a rudimentary understanding at best of the basics of this. The presenter will cover the basics of datums, coordinate systems, and projections in an accessible manner. He will also discuss some rules of thumb when handling coordinate systems and projections, mention how to avoid common pitfalls, and show examples of how to set up projections in ArcGIS.
 
Presenters:
Jennifer Sebesta & Kate Brady
 
Organization:
Association of Central Oklahoma Governments
 
Abstract:
From the 1930s through the 1980s, Central Oklahoma developed largely its transportation network for automobiles exclusively. As walkability becomes more desirable for cities everywhere, communities in the region have begun retrofitting sidewalks where none were built originally. Because financial resources are limited, there’s a need to focus resources strategically in areas of greatest regional need. To do that the region needed to figure out where those needs are.
Staff from the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments will describe the GIS analysis they developed, loosely following one from the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Albuquerque. ACOG searched for regional data sets that would indicate areas where one might find high numbers of people walking (pedestrian generators) and areas that might discourage getting around on foot (pedestrian deterrents). Regional partners selected the highest priority indicators, which were analyzed and then summed to create generator and deterrent scores. On their own, these scores help us better understand the region, and then combined they become a Pedestrian Composite Index, an indicator of the highest priority areas for investment across the region.
 
Presenter:
Carson Bode
 
Organization:
Oklahoma State University - Department of Geography
 
Abstract:
This study counted false rings in Eastern Red Cedar samples to track growing conditions in the Crosstimbers of Oklahoma. Using ArcGIS, this study expands on previous research that used comparison between two sites and examines trends across the Crosstimbers region of central Oklahoma. Kriging analysis was used to compare atmospheric data from the Oklahoma Mesonet to tree core data. False rings are a type of growth anomaly that occurs in certain species of trees, particularly evergreens. These anomalies result from periods of water stress that cause the tree to begin forming late wood, followed by late season precipitation that causes the tree to revert to its normal growth pattern. False rings can indicate areas prone to a high degree of climatic variation. The highest occurrence of false rings was found on the boundary between the driest and wettest regions. These areas were not subjected to prolonged periods of drought, but did experience some degree of water stress. This may be useful in identifying areas prone to sudden shifts in growing conditions and providing greater seasonal resolution of dendroclimatic models. This trend was the strongest with vapor deficit, where the highest and lowest levels produced almost no false rings, but the mid-range levels produced large quantities of false rings. False ring probabilities were tracked using 553 samples from eastern red cedars growing in eleven sites throughout central Oklahoma. The false ring records counted in these cores were compared to weather records collected through the Oklahoma Mesonet. Maps of weather averages were constructed using Kriging analysis on records from 1994 to 2008.
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Presenter:
Claire DeVaughan
 
Organization:
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
 
Abstract:
This presentation will provide a wide range of quick updates on current activities of the USGS National Geospatial Program. Topics will include the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), The National Map (TNM) data download functions, TNM services for mobile mapping efforts, US Topo, and TopoView.
 
Presenters:
Wesley Keller & Michael Garza
 
Organization:
City of Universal City & Pape-Dawson Engineers (respectively)
 
Abstract:
The City of Universal City initially converted its water and sewer system utility maps into an ESRI GIS in 2001. The digital maps were digitized from georeferenced images of the hard copy water and sewer system maps created in the 1980’s. The initial digitization did not make use of as-built plans or construction drawings. The initial GIS data suffered from positional and attribute errors related to the hard copy maps. In 2012, The City partnered with Pape-Dawson Engineers to modernize the maps. The goals of the program are to 1) improve the positional accuracy of system features with GPS surveys, 2) make use of as-built and construction drawings to improve attribute data, and 3) make the data accessible to Public Works crews using a suitable web-mapping technology. Modernization has begun with locating above-ground utility features with survey-grade real-time kinematic GPS using a bulk collection over five years. The line-work is being corrected to match the surveyed locations of valves, water meters, fire hydrants, blow-offs, and sanitary sewer manholes. The City is now in the second year of the project. This presentation discusses the work performed thus far and plans for the future.
 
Presenter:
Clay Barrett
 
Organization:
OSU Cartography Services
 
Abstract:
During the course of my thesis research the image processing tools in ArcToolbox were unable to get me the results I needed. This led to learning how to leverage the ArcPy module through Python to control work flow, customize tools to fit my needs, and get the information necessary to diagnose the inevitable problems. This talk focuses on the merits of using Python to extend the user’s GIS capabilities rather than replace ArcMap. What I found is there are time when leaving ArcMap closed reduces processing time, reduces frustration, and is the most efficient workflow if you don’t mind a little programming. Procedures like batch clipping and repetitive raster calculation tasks like image processing are especially suited to this approach.
 
Presenter:
Christopher L. Rogers
 
Organization:
Department of Public Safety, OKC
 
Abstract:
Background:
Fatality and Major Injury Collisions are a major concern across our Nation. Causes range from poor human behavior and/or weather related issues while others are attributed to roadway engineering problems. Some are even due to a combination of these elements however many are preventable! If we can predict, through the utilization of spatial and temporal information, how, when, and where these collisions will occur and place focused traffic enforcement in these areas we can effect change and reduce the Collisions in our State whereby saving countless lives and reducing the impact to everyone through insurance and healthcare costs.
Teaching Points:
This presentation covers the use of Esri and Microstrategy solutions towards Intelligence-led policing (ILP) and Predictive Analytics in support of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety’s Collision Reduction Project.
1. The use of GIS data within Intelligence-led policing (ILP) – Intelligence-led policing (ILP) is a policing model built around the assessment and management of risk. Intelligence officers serve as guides to operations, rather than operations guiding intelligence. SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence-led_policing
2. The use of GIS data within Predictive Analytics – Predictive analytics is the practice of extracting information from existing data sets in order to determine patterns and predict future outcomes and trends. Predictive analytics does not tell you what will happen in the future. SOURCE: www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/predictive_analytics.html
Summary:
The defining functional effect of this approach is that predictive analytics can provide a predictive score (probability) identifying where future collisions are likely to occur. This information can be used to effectively determine and influence traffic enforcement planning processes and activities. This helps to reduce future collisions and/or the severity of future collisions within high probability areas. Bottom line we can put Cops on Dots or more importantly where future Dots may occur. GIS solutions such as those from Esri and Microstrategy can great enhance our Predictive Analysis and Traffic Enforcement Activities to reduce costs and save lives.
 
Presenter:
Capt. Scott L. Trapolino, GISP
 
Organization:
DeSoto County & Eudora Fire Department
 
Abstract:
An EF-4 Tornado touched down outside of Winston County, MS at 3:51 PM on April 28, 2014. This EF-4 tornado ran for a length of 35 miles, maximum span of 3/4 of a mile in width, wind speeds reaching 185 mph, 647 damaged structures (including the only county hospital), 10 fatalities and unknown injuries. This presentation will include key elements used in Primary Damage Assessment and simplistic analysis examples that can be used by GIS Professionals to assist State and Federal Emergency Management Official’s in Damage Assessment and Basic Decision Making.  The data collection and analysis for this natural disaster would have not been possible without quality GIS data provided by Golden Triangle Planning and Development District.  "The real value of GIS is NOT in the response phase, by then it’s too late…"
 
Presenter:
Clifford Montgomery
 
Organization:
City of Broken Arrow
 
Abstract:
The City of Broken Arrow has more than 100 square miles in its fence line and 56 square miles in the city limits. Trying to manage land and infrastructure can be a challenging task; with the implementation and integration of Local Government Information Model we have improved the flow of information here at the City greatly. When the City created its geographical information system (GIS) database it tried to determine what information it needed to enter for storage in it and for years it felt like something was missing. Along came ArcGIS for Local Government. A set of focused maps and applications that help leverage your geographic information with the ArcGIS Platform to improve government activities and enhance citizen services. The City has been using ESRI Local Government Information Model for about three years now and there are lessons we have learned. Our main data repository is the SunGard system for government at the time we started the implementation of GIS. It was the only information system the City used. The beautiful, easy to use maps have allowed the GIS Department to promote a standardized and practical application of GIS to the diverse work groups within the City of Broken Arrow. It has also served as a vehicle to improve services provided to the public with easy to use spatially enabled tools. Now the City is using a web dispatch mapping system 24/7 and mobile tracking in the public safety vehicles. The City’s GIS Department is starting to show its presence in the City of Broken Arrow.
 
   

Title:

OKMAPS Data Clearinghouse and Regional E-911 Project

Presenters:

Shellie Willoughby, GISP & Charles Brady, III, GISP

Organization:

OK Office of Geographic Information & City of Ardmore (respectively)

Abstract:

OKMAPS is a collaborative effort of many state and local agencies to provide geospatial data to the public through an on line mapping application. The Office of Geographic Information maintains and updates the OKMAPS project with grants through the OK Department of Homeland Security. As a result of this project 9 counties in southern Oklahoma have come together to develop an E-911 collaboration. This collaboration has worked to import their E-911 data into OKMAPS. This presentation will highlight the functionality of OKMAPS as well as the E-911 initiative.

 

 

Title:

Extending GIS to the Public with the My Government Services Application

Presenter:

Brian O’keefe

Organization:

City of Tulsa

Abstract:

The City of Tulsa spans over 200 sq. miles and offers a wealth of services and places to visit. An easy to use GIS application was needed to provide the public with one click access to relevant information about services. Tulsa’s GIS Department utilized ESRI’s Local Government Information Model (LGIM) in the past as a successful pilot project to modernize the Park’s Department  data and maps. Looking once again to the LGIM, the ArcGIS for Local Government,  My Government Services application has allowed the City of Tulsa to further transform existing city paper maps and data into an information rich application. The beautiful, easy to use map has allowed the GIS Department to promote a standardized and practical application of GIS to the diverse work groups within the City of Tulsa and has served as a vehicle to improve services provided to the public with easy to use spatially enabled tools.

Title:

Configuring the Esri platform for a bridge inspection solution

Presenter:

Mike Kallas

Organization:

TranSystems Corporation

Abstract:

This presentation runs through the process of creating an MXD via ArcGIS Desktop for Collector, making feature services, creating Maps on ArcOnline, and configuring, configuring, and configuring Arc Online, until you get what you expect on Collector. This runs through the entire process of bridge inspection and how the Esri software platform has aided in bridge inspections and improved data integrity and the final reporting process back to the DOT. Pros/Cons in the office and in the field, plus gotcha’s and tracking progress through Web App Builder.

 
 

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