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2014 OKSCAUG Poster





Presenter: Pamela Jurney

Organization: Cross Timbers Consulting, LLC

Abstract:  Life is crazy.  If I tried to explain my job now to my ten-year-younger self, that person would have said, “Huh?”  My present self has done things that I never knew I was capable, traveled places that I never knew existed, and made plans that I never would have imagined.  The road has led me to some memorable places and introduced me to some remarkable people along the way.

A year ago in June, a new opportunity presented itself in the form of a start-up company that specializes in tribal transportation.  To commemorate this leap of faith, I decided to run a marathon – in Portland, Oregon.  What ensued was a series of running adventures that took me across the country for either professional or personal reasons.  With a Garmin on my wrist, the maps of my paths have been preserved to the delight of this professional geographer/ hobbyist runner/ working wife & mother. 
Please join me on a year’s worth of running adventures. 


Title:  On the Road Again: Claremore Industrial Park Commuting Study -

Presenter:  Marcus Arreguin, MIS, EGc(GIS)

Organization: Rogers State University Innovation Center

Abstract: Where do people live that work in your city and why? These questions inspired us to do a study of commuting in Claremore, OK. Every day, almost 2,000 people go to work at the Claremore Industrial Park. Home addresses of most of the employees were obtained from the top employers at the industrial park. The addresses were geocoded, mapped, and analyzed, and results were compared to other areas. This poster will show and discuss the results of the study.

Title:  Using the Traverse tool for legal descriptions in ArcMap/ArcInfo

Presenter:  Mary Jane Dossett – Mapping Technician

Organization:  The City of Oklahoma City Public Works Department -GIS/CAD

Abstract: I would like to submit a poster showing some examples of legal descriptions I have plotted using ArcGIS – ArcInfo Traverse tool. We use Shapefiles, Personal Geodatabases with feature classes, reference data layers such as our Chief Surveyors’ Control points for section corners and other points, township/range/section layers, and lot & block layers. Using our projected coordinate system of NAD_1983_CORS96_StatePlane_Oklahoma_North_FIPS_3501_Ft_US and the Lambert_Conformal_Conic projection, the legals are very accurate laid out over our aerial photos.

The City of Oklahoma City’s Right-of-Way Department in Public Works must determine land locations for City projects such as land acquisition for trails and parks, easements for City personnel access, and disputes between the public, utility companies and the City. This department submits requests for land location with easement, deed, tract and parcel documents to our GIS/CAD department. We must plot these land locations and show them on aerial photographs with subdivision, lot & block, and any other pertinent data requested. Sometimes these legal documents are proven to not close or not be in the location specified. So the work becomes a process of the Right-of-Way Department’s research and us plotting a bunch of legal descriptions to find out which are in the right area and those that are not.

Our engineering departments ask for easements and proposed land developments to be plotted out for review on parking lots, buildings and streets. The Development Services Department has requested that I review the plat/subdivisions submitted by developers. In the plat review process, the legal boundaries of new plats are plotted and if they do not ‘close’ they are sent back for changes by the developer. Ensuring an accurate and complete plat record is important to our Development Services department and I have checked these plats for many years.

In Arcmap-ArcInfo desktop the Traverse function is available in the Advanced Editor toolbar. Using this function I can use the Traverse window to type in legal descriptions with bearing, distance and curve data. Previously, I used shapefiles to draw each legal, but our GIS/IT department told me that using a Personal Geodatabase with Feature Classes would be more stable. So I have been using these in my newer assignments. On this poster I show some legal property examples, a plat boundary legal description, and also some screen shots of some of the Traverse tool windows. More detailed instructions will be available upon request.

These drawings help departments make decisions, present information to the public and utility companies, and visualize exactly where an area in question is located and how it relates to other properties.

Title: Disability and Employment in the United States: A Geo-Statistical Approach

Presentation: Mr. Ram Poudel, Ms. Jennifer Lockhart, Ms. Maleeha Shahid

Organization: Sooner SUCCESS, Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Abstract: Navigating the services and resources available for assisting people with disabilities to obtain quality employment is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle. The United States cannot successfully compete in a global economy without fully engaging the 33 million working-age people with disabilities in our workforce. Geographic information systems (GIS) have been applied mainly to describe dynamics of infectious disease and other environmental factors. In this study using GIS and spatial analysis the patterns of disabilities and employment among individuals with disabilities have been examined. This study aims at identifying state-level prevalence of disabilities and spatial autocorrelation of disability and employment rate. The secondary data from United States Department of Labor and Cornell University have been used for this study. After cleaning the data SAS 9.3 was used statistical analyses. Spatial analyses were conducted with ArcGIS 10.2. The Moran’s I statistic was used to identify clusters and outliers. The average prevalence of disabilities across the United States is 12.1%. West Virginia has highest (18.6%) and Utah has the lowest prevalence (9.3%). Inverse correlation (-0.72) between the rate of disability and the percentage of people with disabilities has been found. There were more cold (19) than hot spot states (11) with high prevalence (Hot Spots) and low prevalence (Cold Spots). More analyses are required to assess if some of this clustering and correlation may be partly explained by socio-demographic and policy factors.
Organization: Sooner SUCCESS, Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

 Title:  Exploring Fee Structures for Implementation of a Storm Water Utility

Authors: John McIntosh, Joyce Green, Larry Knapp, Rick Hoffstatter

Organization: City of Norman

Abstract: The City of Norman has grown from a population of less than 5000 in the early 20th century to over 115,000 today.  This growth in population has been accompanied by corresponding growth in business and residential construction leading to substantial increases in the percentage of impervious surfaces throughout the city. Impervious surfaces impact runoff by increasing peak flows and decreasing lag times, which leads to greater discharge volumes.  Unregulated development can lead to flooding, pollution, erosion and other problems.

The City regulates surface runoff in new developments to protect existing land uses by requiring facilities such as storm drains, water retention ponds, and stream stabilization.  While these requirements apply to new development to help mitigate runoff, the City must still maintain existing facilities.  In 2011, City Council adopted the Storm Water Master Plan (SWMP).  One of the implementation strategies in the SWMP is to develop a storm water utility to provide funds for maintenance of storm water infrastructure.  According the research in the in the SWMP, there are two imperatives for a sound storm water utility: 1) the parties that have the most runoff and receive the most benefit must pay a greater share and 2) the utility must be administered fairly and cost-effectively.

The City of Norman GIS Services Division is supporting this effort by developing maps of existing facilities, mapping and analysis of impervious surfaces, and by developing tools for City staff to explore potential costs under different fee structure scenarios.  This poster will illustrate methods used by the GIS division to map and analyze impervious surfaces in Norman and tools developed to help staff explore different fee scenarios and communicate that information to the public in a responsive and transparent way.

Title: Oklahoma Earthquakes – 1882 to present

Name: Dawn M Sowinski, GISP

Company:  Visual Lease Services, Inc.

Abstract: Oklahoma is known as the Sooner State, Tornado Alley, and now Earthquake Central? It seems like every day the news is announcing a new tremor. But are they that much more numerous? This map utilizes ArcMap 10.1 to display the frequency of earthquakes from 1882 to present, illustrating the growing number and magnitude of Oklahoma Earthquakes.

Title:  Monitoring Oklahoma Lake Water Quality using Remote Sensing

Presenter:  Clay Barrett

Organization:  Oklahoma State University

Abstract:  Using Landsat imagery and sediment data from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, a predictive relationship for sediment appears to be possible for Oklahoma lakes.

 Title: Mapping the Gardens at the Philbrook Museum of Art

Presenter: Jacob Shipman

Organization: Meshek & Associates PLC

Abstract: In January of 2014 Meshek & Associates teamed up with Gary Huneycutt, of the Philbrook Museum of Art, to map the gardens located on the grounds of the museum. From March through July Gary collected GPS points, as well as other specific data about trees, statues, and park benches located within the gardens. While Gary was collecting the data, Meshek & Associates began digitizing the garden management areas, museum boundaries, building locations, and other areas of spatial importance. Once all the data had been collected or created it was compiled into a web based map hosted by Meshek & Associates for further use by Gary and others at the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Title:  Napoleon’s 1812 Invasion of Russia – GIS

Presenter:  Jason Kleps

Organization:  Meshek & Associates PLC

Abstract:  The 19th century French civil engineer Charles Joseph Minard pioneered the use of graphs and statistics in cartography, using both to striking effect in the creation of his masterpiece, Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l’Armee Francaise dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813 (Figurative map of the gradual losses in men by the French Army during the Russian campaign of 1812-1813). This map displays – via gradual thinning – the depletion of French forces that occurred as they marched and fought in increasingly brutal weather. As such, it is an ideal map for use in a GIS. My poster will use modern GIS techniques to recreate this stunning example of the cartographic art.

Title:  Impervious Surfaces using Classified Raster

Presenter:  George Cowen

Organization: City of Enid

Abstract:  A storm water drainage system is one of the major utilities that is maintained by a local government.  An individual can protect one’s site; however, one cannot control the flow that is generated by upstream development. “Local government provides the service for the community that can’t be provided by an individual.” (Robert Hitt, PE City Engineer).   Maintenance of the system requires a funding source. Everyone contributes to the storm water run-off and a tool is needed to quantify this contribution.  Impervious surface is a great tool that can be used to quantify. In January 1997, the City of Enid passed an ordinance to collect a storm water maintenance fee based on impervious surface area. Updating and managing this fee based on new development and  upgrades is a major task and takes a lot of manual labor in the field and in the office. The GIS system, with the help of imagery, is easing this task. The end goal is a win-win situation where it is more accurately calculated using the high resolution imagery which in turn extrapolates the signatures that only represent impervious surface.  



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