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2012 OKSCAUG Poster





Assist in Planning and Outreach for Expansion)Oklahoma Broadband Initiative (Using GIS to Identify Broadband Availability and


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Names of Authors: Ying Zhang, Marguerite Keesee, and May Yuan

Organizations: Center of Spatial Analysis, University of Oklahoma; Oklahoma Office of State Finance; OneNet; Oklahoma Office of Geographic Information; Oklahoma Department of Transportation; Sanborn Map Company.

Abstract: The Oklahoma Broadband Initiative is dedicated to expanding the availability of broadband high speed internet services to citizens, community anchor institutions and businesses across the state. The broadband initiative consists of three key projects: mapping, Oklahoma Community Anchor Network (OCAN) project, and outreach. GIS technology is used to map broadband coverage based on data from internet service providers and to spatially validate the service coverage based on survey data collected throughout the state. The goals are to identify served, unserved and underserved areas through mapping, strengthen broadband accessibility in communities across the state, and improve public understanding of broadband utilities through outreach.  The three goals synergistically identify challenges and opportunities to further the expansion of broadband benefits on education, public safety, healthcare, and economic development throughout the state.


Title:  Partners in Safety: Leveraging GIS for Emergency Response with Public Private Partnerships

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Names of Authors:  Jennifer McCanne and Eric Williams


Company: Access Midstream Partners


Abstract: Access Midstream Partners started an outreach project to provide better data on our systems, and provide some GIS resources, to local fire departments. The focus has been to provide support to local volunteer fire departments due to their funding resources and manpower.  The pilot project is with the Bridgecreek Fire Department.  We have provided help with storm shelter locations, assessing GIS data needs, and providing a web application through ArcGIS online for collaboration.  We are working towards creating a web application that will meet the needs of fire departments when responding to an emergency – what is the emergency, where is it, how do I get there, where is the water, and are there any obstacles.


Title:  Property Development Map at Tulsa International Airport

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Name of Authors: Janelle Williams

Abstract:  The Property Development map identifies sites currently used by commercial aviation industries and potential development sites as they relate to airport expansion and development. Mileage is calculated from the Port of Catoosa to Tulsa International Aiport determine which tracts will be beneficial to lease by potential tenants.


Title: The Spillover Effect of Oklahoma State Park Lodges:  A Geographical Market Perspecitve

Authors: Grace Chang, Lowell Caneday and Hungju Chien

Organization: Oklahoma State University

Abstract: The hospitality properties of state lodges are an important economic drive for

Oklahomalocal communities. To promote such economic drive, the state lodges often need to precisely implement effective marketing strategies. The prerequisite among those marketing efforts is to determine the actual markets from which guests are drawn to the lodges. The subjects of this research included three properties: Sequoyah State Park Lodge, Lakeview Lodge at Beavers Bend State Park, and Lake Murray State Park Lodge. The research staff reviewed reservation data and recent guest history for each property. The sample data yielded more than 2,000 guests per lodge. From the reservation and recent guest history, a pattern of points of guest origins by zip codes for each property was developed based on the Census 2010 data file using the Jenks Optimization methods. The results suggested the primary, secondary, and, if applicable, the tertiary market for each property. Although jurisdictional boundaries are often used to geographically divide many governmental policies and responsibilities, the state lodge markets presented a spillover effect by bringing out-of-state guests from mainly Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Louisiana beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of Oklahoma, attracting ‘new money’ into Oklahoma communities. The market extent of the out-of-state locations cannot be overlooked. In addition to the in-state promotion as conducted, strategically targeting at the identified locations in other states can effectively promote state lodges and Oklahomalocal economy. 


Title: Cherokee Nation GeoData

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Author:  Eliz. Montgomery-Anderson


Organization: Cherokee Nation GeoData


Abstract:  Cherokee Nation is a tribal government with a number of data needs. Cherokee Nation GeoData not only makes display maps, but also helps manage cadastral data, demographic information, and cultural resources. GeoData staff are involved in inter-departmental and inter-agency projects revolving around historic preservation, food policy, emergency management, natural resource management, and health. Our poster presents snippets of a few projects CN has been involved in this year.




Title:  Assessment of CI-FLOW and remote sensing-derived flood depths during Hurricane Irene

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Authors:  Nicole Grams, Dr. May Yuan, Dr. Jonathan Gourley, Dr. Yang Hong, Dr. Kendra Dresback


Organizations:  Center for Spatial Analysis, University of Oklahoma, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK,  School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, University of Oklahoma


Abstract:  The Coastal and Inland Flooding Observation and Warning (CI-FLOW) project is an innovative coupled modeling system that predicts the combined effects of waves, tides, river flow and storm surge in order to provide routine total water level forecasts for tidally-influenced watersheds. Current evaluations of the modeling system are restricted by the number of land-falling storms in the test basins as well as the number of water-level observations against which model output can be compared. Furthermore, even with available observations from gauges or sensors, validation efforts are only relevant at point locations without considerations of spatial variability over an entire model basin. Such spatial variability is most effectively captured by remotely sensed imagery if available. The premise of this research is that improved remote sensing measurement of water depth can lead to better validation of the CI-FLOW modeling system, and hence, better address issues about spatial and temporal uncertainty, advance understanding of CI-FLOW intricacies, and continue to establish the basis for the application of CI-FLOW in other watersheds.

In August 2011, Hurricane Irene offered the opportunity to investigate CI-FLOW performance in the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse River test basins of coastal North Carolina in real-time. This study utilizes the best available satellite data collected before, during and after Hurricane Irene in conjunction with DEM datasets to derive flood extent and height at various times during the storm. Water level observations are used as ground truth measurements to compare with derived flood heights and CI-FLOW estimates. The ISODATA classification algorithm was used to separate the remotely sensed pixels into inundated areas, and spatial analysis determines the flood depth by subtracting underlying DEM data from flood heights. Preliminary findings indicate that the derived flood heights are adequately representative of ground-truth observations, which demonstrates potential for improved flood detection in the absence of real-time measurements.


Title:  Access to Healthcare In Oklahoma

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Author: Sohail Hasanjee


Organization: Office of Management and Enterprise Services, Information Services Division - OSDH

The citizens of Oklahoma are underserved when it comes to primary medical care.  However, certain areas within the state suffer from this under-service disproportionately.  The goal of this analysis is to support the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health in its mission to support and expand primary care services within Oklahoma by helping to recognize areas of greater need.  This brief geospatial analysis is one step in the greater effort to position services within Oklahoma.  The Oklahoma State Department of Health will use this information to guide federally qualified health center development and workforce development projects to best meet the needs of Oklahoma. 

Title:  Preparing for Disaster A GIS Perspective

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Author: Jacob Cantrell


Organization: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Geospatial Department


Abstract: With time being a limited resource, preparedness is vital to a successful response to an emergency situation.  The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Emergency Management oversees these efforts in the 11 counties that lie within our jurisdiction.  Emergency situations can happen anywhere, but analyzing past disaster data can give insight into probable high risk locations.  Using several different emergency situations (i.e. winds, tornadoes, etc.) potential problem areas can be highlighted within our boundaries.  Preventive measures such as additional trainings for local populations, emergency manuals for area MCN facilities, or even pre-planned locations for a command center can be derived from such analysis.




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Author:  Corey Gillum

Organization:  The Chickasaw Nation

The Chickasaw Nation’s Department of GeoSpatial Information (GSI) is committed to assisting and enhancing every element of emergency management services that operate within the Chickasaw Nation. Detailed maps of the service area in South Central Oklahoma are vital tools for the Chickasaw Nation’s Lighthorse Police (LPD), the Chickasaw Nation Search and Rescue team and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) firefighters. All offices that fall under Chickasaw Nation Emergency Management Services (EMS), as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local county fire and police departments, benefit from maps and data provided by the GSI department. Hard-copy maps and map books of cross-deputized police and sheriff jurisdictions, zoning districts and floodplains are a few of the key products the GSI produces for these offices. 

A recent endeavor was a district map for OHP’s Troop F.  This 60” x 60” map features all the counties patrolled by Troop F and includes detailed roads, Troop F Headquarters and inset maps of high incident areas.  The map also includes contact information for all Troops in

Oklahoma, as well as, Special Emphasis Troops throughout the state. An inset map of all Field Troop jurisdictions provides a great visual for locating Troop boundaries.  The map was requested by OHP Troop F Captain Ronnie Hampton, and is utilized at OHP Troop F Headquarters in Ardmore, OK. 

Providing quality detail maps to any emergency management entity contributes to the safety and well-being of not only Chickasaw citizens, but all citizens living within the Chickasaw Nation.


Title:  Progress report on a revised land cover map for the state of Oklahoma

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Authors:  Bruce Hoagland, Dan Hough, Todd Fagin, and Kayti Ewing


Organizations:  Oklahoma Biological Survey and Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma


Abstract:  The Oklahoma Geographic Information Council identified the need for a contemporary land cover map for Oklahoma.  Funding has been acquired to begin the mapping project.  The Oklahoma Biological Survey is collecting ground-truth data for 30 eastern

Oklahomacounties.  Methodology is being coordinated with personnel at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who are conducting a similar project in Texas.  We will give a progress report of sites visited and habitats identified so far.


Title: Love County 1899

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Author:  Dustin Holt


Abstract:  This map of Love County Oklahoma is an off shoot of my senior project on land cover change while attending East Central University in Ada Oklahoma. It is currently on display at the Love County Pioneer Museum in

Marietta Oklahoma.

It was constructed by taking individual Government Land Office township surveys (6 x 6 miles) and combining them together to depict the entire county. The process in creating a raster mosaic for

Love County starts with the original surveys that can be obtained the GLO website.

The surveys were then cropped, and then imported into ArcMap as a TIFF where they were georeferenced. This project required 21 individual townships to complete.

The purpose of the project was to demonstrate the enormous amount of information and data that historical cartography can offer. Through the use of modern software and technologies historical cartography can be transformed from an aged document into a contemporary tool. This tool can be used by researchers from all disciplines to help find ways of bridging the gap between the current historical record and the past.

The map has been displayed at 24,000 scale, which is the same as the standard USGS 7.5 min Quad map and provides a good standard scale for the historical data to be displayed in.  Because this map is at such a high resolution every detail drawn by the surveyor is visible. The resolution combined with the mosaic effect can reveal patterns and trends never before seen as a whole. A short list of the many areas of potential study would include cultural and historical geography, geology, hydrology, genealogy, transportation, agriculture, settlement patterns and many more. Also when you add in the fact that all surveys have accompanying field notes that describe the earth surface in detail the amount of data is very extensive.

As a side note the same map in 1871 is on the other side.


Title:  Determining Spatial Locations for Properties on the OLI

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Authors:  Andrew Potter, Tom Cox, Helen Agnew and Michael Larson

Organization:  Oklahoma State University

Abstract:  With passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, each state established a State Historic Preservation Office to administer the federal preservation programs within its state, including development and maintenance of an archaeological and architectural/historic resources survey and inventory. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory (OLI) is the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office's (SHPO) compilation of information about buildings, sites, districts, structures, objects, and landscapes under the federal preservation programs.

The OLI includes thousands of entries and is continuously expanded and updated. Not only does the SHPO generate information for the OLI, but the SHPO also receives material from other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, preservation professionals, and the general public for inclusion in the collection. The OLI houses data for properties listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, listed in the State Register of Historic Places, determined ineligible for either register, and unevaluated properties. The OLI is maintained in a paper file organized on a geographical basis and in a searchable computerized database.


Title:  AAPG – OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium

Authors:  Mary Niles, April Chipman and Michael Larson

Organization: Oklahoma State University

Abstract: The AAPG - OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium projects are funded via the Boone Pickens Digital Geology Fund. Projects are considered for funding if they have a geology, geography, energy or economic focus, need cartographic work, or produce a GIS-based database, report or study end product. The Consortium was established in 2008 with pledged gifts from T. Boone Pickens totaling 9.4 million which provide $240,000 per year for 10 years and additional funding thereafter.

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation and Oklahoma State University Geoscience and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consortium exists to create, promote and provide access to digital peer-reviewed GIS products carried out through OSU’s Boone Pickens School of Geology, the Geography Department and the AAPG GIS Publications Committee. The products have direct applications to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-related mineral resources, and/or related to environmental geology and related economic issues.

Prior to 2009 most properties listed in the OLI did not include spatial location information. As a part of a continuing program, OSU Cartography Services and the Department of Geography has been asked to locate more than 45,000 properties and obtain spatial location information with GPS equipment and when possible, collect digital imagery as well.


Title:  Map Automation Using Data Driven Page Tools

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Author:  Brian S Martin


Organization:  Enogex


Astract:  This poster explains in detail the steps needed to setup data driven pages. Data driven pages are a new feature added in ArcGIS 10.0 that allow the automation of map production using a single page layout. The poster highlights three different examples of a map series created with the data driven page tool available in ArcGIS. One example shows a map series that displays statistics in a report based format that are stored in the index layers attribute table. The second example shows a map created with the Strip Map Index Feature tool. The third example shows a map series based on a fixed scale that makes use of the dynamic data frame properties to show an aerial photo close up of a facility. The poster explains the different options utilized in producing a map series both in the selection of the index layer and the setup of the extent indicator used as a locator map. The two tools that can be used to generate new index grids are explained as are the four tools that can extend the use of existing grid based index features. The poster also provides additional best practice tips for utilizing the data driven page enabled definition query option.


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