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2013 OKSCAUG Poster








Abstract:  I would like to submit a poster that shows the progress that GIS has allowed us here at Canadian Valley Electric Co-Op in our Right-of-Way Department.  GIS has allows us to improve our Right-of-Way department in key areas such as: accessibility to information, budgeting, planning, and decision making.  Our accessibility to the information has been an enormous improvement.   We have gone from files in a folder stored in a filing cabinet to all the information being tracked in ArcGIS.  We collect information on type of ROW Maintenance, Contractor, Date, Amount, Footage, Sub, Feeder, and Work Order. It is now possible to view right of way information by any specific information.  This has made the ROW data useful since it is all organized in a central location and is easily accessible.  We track all the information in a geodatabase on a shared drive which allows multiple people to access the information if needed. This has helped tremendously in the budgeting and planning of our ROW program.  We now have tools that allow for a better decision making process.  We are now capable of printing color coded maps that are easy to read and easy to understand.    Also, we are able to export our information out of ArcGIS and into a circuit model prioritization spreadsheet and it tells us which areas would be the most beneficial to spray or cut depending on how many customers are on a line and what the past outage history is for that line.  This gives us a good start on what our budget should be for the year as well as plan on what areas would be most beneficial for our contractors should focus on.

Title:  Using GIS to Illustrate the Evolution of the Oil Industry in Oklahoma

Author:  Kellie Duncan, Oil and Gas Specialist

Company:  Oklahoma Corporation Commission

Abstract:  From the first oil seeps discovered before 1900 to the explosion of exploration, Oklahoma’s oil industry has made the state what it is today. With use of modern technology, we are able to show the fluctuations of the oil industry. The industry goes through high production phases, or Booms, for a short period and then drops back down. The industry has been slowly declining in the more recent years, with the exception of the early 2000’s. GIS is a great tool to show these changes.
This poster will illustrate the changes in Oklahoma’s oil industry over the past century. The maps are going to be broken down by decades ranging from pre 1900 through present day.

Title:  Sand Springs Lake Project

Author:  Sheila Wilson, PhD, GISP, Jennifer J. Wilson, Ian McCune, Jonathan Lein, and Tyler W. Brooks

Company:  Tulsa Community College, GIS Practicum Course

The objectives of this project were to:

  • determine the current bathymetry of Sand Springs Lake
    determine the changes in the area around the lake and
    determine factors that may, or did, contribute to the loss of volume and surface area of the lake

A series of maps, tables, spread sheets, and reports of the Sand Springs Lake area was utilized. This includes historical changes over the last decade, the bathymetry of the lake, volumes and surface areas of the lake, risk assessment and mitigation for the dams, as well as, the area of the catchment basin.
Bathymetry of the lake was field verified with a homemade depth gauge and volume and surface area of the lake were calculated. Information showing the full capacity of the lake when the dam was built in 1911 was also included. Topographic information provided by the USGS was used to construct a map of the full catchment basin and to calculate its area.
The results indicate that over the last 5 years there has been about a 12% loss in volume. When the dam was built in 1911 the volume was approximately 78 million gallons. Through the analysis it was determined that that the lake has lost an estimated 62% of its original volume.
In conclusion, the short term drought has had a significant impact on the current level and volume of the lake. However, over the long term sediments flowing into the lake from its catchment basin, with no way for them to flow out, is the biggest factor contributing to the loss of volume of Sand Springs Lake. It is recommend the City of Sand Springs take steps towards removing sediment from the lake, and/or take steps to mitigate the flow of sediments into the lake in order to fully preserve the lake for future generations of residents.

Title:  The City of Sand Springs River City Park Project

Authors:  Sheila Wilson, PhD, GISP, Bruce Carson, Renee Dennison Carson, Clint Reichenberger, Jeremy Gardner, and Angela Butler

Company:  Tulsa Community College, GIS Practicum Course

Abstract:   The objective of this project was to map the facilities and areas of interest in the River City Park for the City of Sand Springs Parks Department.  River City Park was established in 1971.  It hosts a variety of activities including baseball, softball, soccer, disc golf, sand volleyball, horseshoes, rodeo, BMX track, boat dock, walking trail, and an annual Independence Day fireworks celebration.  Facilities mapped include electricity, water, bathrooms, lights, sports fields, etc.  Areas of interest include a bald eagle’s nest with a pair of bald eagles, a memorial tree, and playgrounds.  Location data was collected using GPS and aerial photography.  Historical information about the park was collected from the City of Sand Springs, the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG), and internet research.  This poster and a final report were presented to the City of Sand Springs, providing them with the best facility information collected to date.

Title:  GIS Analysis of Changes in Volume and Mass of Chat Piles in the Picher Mining
District, Ottawa County, Oklahoma, 2005–10

Author:  S. Jerrod Smith

Company:  U.S. Geological Survey Oklahoma Water Science Center

Abstract: From the 1890s through the 1970s the Picher mining district in northeastern Ottawa County, Oklahoma, was the site of mining and processing of lead and zinc ore. When mining ceased in about 1979, as much as 165–300 million tons of mine tailings, locally referred to as “chat,” remained in the Picher mining district. Since 1979, some chat piles have been mined for aggregate materials and have decreased in volume and mass. Currently (2013), the land surface in the Picher mining district is covered by thousands of acres of chat, much of which remains on Indian trust land. The Bureau of Indian Affairs manages these allotted lands and oversees the sale and removal of chat from these properties. To help the Bureau better manage the sale and removal of chat, the U.S. Geological Survey used GIS analysis of lidar data to estimate the 2005 and 2010 volumes and masses of selected chat piles remaining on allotted lands in the Picher mining district and to estimate the changes in volume and mass of these chat piles for the period 2005 through 2010. 

The 2005 and 2010 chat-pile volume and mass estimates were computed for 34 selected chat piles on 16 properties in the study area. The total volume of all selected chat piles was estimated to be 18.073 million cubic yards in 2005 and 16.171 million cubic yards in 2010. The total mass of all selected chat piles was estimated to be 20.445 million tons in 2005 and 18.294 million tons in 2010.

All of the selected chat piles decreased in volume and mass for the period 2005 through 2010. The total volume and mass removed from all selected chat piles for the period 2005 through 2010 were estimated to be 1.902 million cubic yards and 2.151 million tons, respectively

Title: Map of the Chickasaw Nation, “Unconquered and Unconquerable”

Author:  Manerd Gayler, Director – GeoSpatial Information

Organization:  The Chickasaw Nation Department of GeoSpatial Information

Abstract :  The Map of the Chickasaw Nation features the Chickasaw Nation located in south-central Oklahoma.  The map utilizes a 10 meter DEM and hillshade to highlight the geographic area that makes up the Chickasaw Nation.  Also, included are hydrography, transportation and municipalities layers; along with the Chickasaw Nation boundary, legislative districts and points of interests.  This aesthetically pleasing map is displayed in buildings and offices throughout the Chickasaw Nation.  This map is more than beautiful, it’s also an excellent reference guide to the Chickasaw world.

Title: Improving Access to GIS Data with Targeted Webmap Applications

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

Organization:  City of Norman, GIS Division

Abstract :  The City of Norman implemented a GIS program in 1992.  GIS has been managed using a traditional model with a GIS Services Division developing and maintaining data, preparing maps and providing analysis for most users.  GIS users, outside the GIS Services Division, use desktop GIS applications to conduct relatively simple operations that do not require the power and flexibility of that tool.  The increasing use of GIS and costs associated with supporting many users in a desktop environment combined with shrinking budgets has the GIS Services Division attempting to provide GIS data to its users more efficiently.  
One promising approach is to provide users with focused GIS applications in a web environment so they can query data, conduct routine types of analysis, and prepare their own maps.  These applications typically are easy to use and targeted to specific needs. They only include relevant layers, analysis capabilities, and mapping options.  This approach has the advantage of providing users with limited GIS experience a means of appropriately using the data, using correct analysis tools and producing consistent map products.  From a project perspective, targeted web maps can reduce time to generate maps by allowing the participants to use GIS and produce their own maps without needing to wait on the GIS division.  
The City recently upgraded to ArcGIS 10.1 server.  The web applications have been developed using the JavaScript API using map services hosted on our own server.  In this poster, we will provide examples of targeted GIS applications.  Such applications include a police tool for quickly determining if a drug related crime occurred near a school or park, and a planning tool that shows parcels to be notified as required for areas around new proposals for zoning changes, preliminary plats, ordinance variances and other land use proposals

Title: Master Trails Plan

Author:  Brian Russell / Audrey Fitzsimmons

Organization:  City of Yukon, OK

Abstract :  Recreational trail systems offer major economic, health and social benefits to cities and are a growing resource within the United States. The City of Yukon began its Master Trails Plan last year with technical assistance from the National Park Service through the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). This project is supported by local business and organization leaders that have formed a task force to design and publish a Master Trails Plan by early 2014. Through the use of an interactive online mapping service and desktop GIS, a system has been set up to allow the task force members to create graphic and text notations on top of city trails data. These comments and suggestions can then be used to narrow and modify proposed trails as the project progresses. This interface also supports the task force’s collaborative efforts by allowing members to view other’s suggestions and comments between meetings. The poster presented here is the same poster that has been placed at community centers throughout Yukon to inform citizens and visitors about the Master Trails Plan and the desire for their input. It is used to not only tell them about the project, but to also direct them to a webpage that presents additional information, as well as a survey through which they can easily provide input.

Title: Building a Traffic Signal and Sign Inventory for the City of Edmond

Author:  Christy Batterson and Ian Peebles

Organization:  City of Edmond, Oklahoma

Abstract : Within the City of Edmond, traffic data is integrated into a variety of mapping applications as well as used in the work order system. With the need to comply with federal regulations and future implementation of ITS (Intelligent Traffic System), the city had a need to take inventory of all major traffic assets including traffic components and signs. Working with various departments, the GIS team began updating the traffic data utilizing GIS modeling, GPS data and various other ArcGIS tools to develop a complete inventory that will be able to be maintained and utilized for further development as needed throughout the city. This poster highlights the processes involved in building the traffic data model and traffic sign inventory.

Title:  Making History: Using Story Maps to Educate New Employees

Author:  JP Reynolds, GIS Intern

Company:  Access Midstream

Abstract: The Access Midstream historical map was created to use as a tool to educate new employees about the history of the company.  It is based on Esri’s “Playlist Story Map” template which draws the user into exploring an ArcGIS Online map service that is supplemented with thumbnails, pictures, and a rich set of descriptive text about the company’s history.  The Story Map will be served up to employees via the “Portal for ArcGIS” extension which allows for an internal content management system similar to ArcGIS Online.  Employees will be able to explore the Story Map and also other GIS mapping resources available in the company.

Title: Mapping Fee Properties for Access Midstream’s Right of Way Group

Author: Miles Harris, GIS Intern

Company: Access Midstream

Abstract:  In the oil and natural gas industry, knowing what you own and where it is located can be effectively managed using Geographic Information Systems. Access Midstream uses GIS to keep track of its company assets, including their fee properties. Fee properties are purchased properties accompanied with full ownership rights. They are used for permanent development sites, such as field offices, compressor stations or other facility sites. This poster covers my summer intern project in which I used Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop software and their COGO tool to map fee properties for Access Midstream, utilizing survey plats, deeds, purchase agreements and other documents associated with land acquisition.  The poster will cover the basic process of mapping fee properties and highlight some of the difficulties I encountered with the software and various forms of land documentation. It will depict the 134 properties that I mapped and geographically referenced within Access Midstream’s GIS environment contributing to the spatial integrity of the company’s assets.

Title: “Industrial Strength: MidAmerica Industrial Park Demographic & Workforce

Author: Marcus Arreguin

Company:  The Innovation Center at Rogers State University

Abstract: The MidAmerica Industrial Park is Oklahoma’s largest industrial park, serving nearly 80 companies and set on 9,000 acres in Mayes County east of Tulsa. Marcus produced a 24-page statistical report at the Innovation Center. This report serves as a launching pad for developing a strategic plan to grow the park into a community where Oklahomans can live, work and play. This poster covers key demographic, economic, and workforce statistics found in the full report. The poster contains maps Marcus created of the study area, photos he took at the industrial park, and data he researched and calculated.

Marcus holds a master’s degree in spatial analysis, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and geography, and an Economic Gardening certification as a GIS Specialist. The Innovation Center at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK fosters economic development in northeast Oklahoma with a variety of programs aimed at communities, startups, and growth companies.

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

Author: Bruce Hoagland 1,2, Dan Hough 1, Todd Fagin 1,2, and Kayti Ewing 1

Company: 1 Oklahoma Biological Survey and 2 Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

Abstract: The Oklahoma Biological Survey (OBS), in conjunction with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC), Lanscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP) are in the process of creating a revised land cover dataset for the state of Oklahoma. Improvements in both thematic (number of types mapped) and spatial resolution of the revised land cover dataset will enhance efforts to identify and conserve species, communities, and landscapes. Ideally, such land cover datasets should be continuous both spatially and thematically across state boundaries. In order to ensure continuity and uniformity between neighboring states, project partners are building on methods and results of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  Survey personnel have collected ground data at over 3500 points in all 77 counties for the project. These data have been used to create a preliminary land cover classification, which will be used to guide the finalized product.  

Title: A New Protected Areas Database for the State of Oklahoma

Author: Todd Fagin, Bruce Hoagland

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

Abstract: Though Oklahoma public lands account for less than 5% of the state's total land area, there are many disparate governmental agencies, NGOs, and private land owners tasked with managing these and other protected areas in the state. Collating this information into a single database has proven an arduous task, with the last statewide protected areas database (PAD) developed in 2001 and updated in 2006. The Oklahoma Natural Heritage Inventory (ONHI) is now in the process of finalizing a new protected areas database for the state.  The new database reflects changes in boundaries and ownership since the last database was completed and will incorporate additional protected areas not included in the previous release.  The updated database will be incorporated into the Protected Areas Database of the United States (PAD-US) and will serve a vital role in the protection and management of Oklahoma's biodiversity.

Title:  Cluster Analysis of Cysticercosis in
Pig Population of Boulkiemdie, Nayala, and Sanguie in Burkina Faso

Author:  Mr. Ram Poudel, Dr. Hélène Carabin, Dr. Sheryl Magzamen

Abstract:  Background: Taenia solium is a parasitic zoonosis transmitted between humans, the definitive and accidental hosts, and pigs, the intermediate hosts. In the intermediate and accidental host, the larval form of the parasite causes cysticercosis when establishing in tissues. In humans, larvae may migrate to the brain, causing severe neurological disorders such as epilepsy, severe chronic headaches, and sometimes death. To interrupt the life cycle of Taenia solium, it is essential to identify clusters for porcine and human infection.

Objective: To analyze clusters of porcine cysticercosis using GIS and spatial analysis.

Methods: This study is part of EFECAB, a randomized community trial evaluating the effectiveness of an educational program to control porcine and human cysticercosis in three provinces of Burkina Faso. A total of 60 randomly-selected eligible pig-raising villages located in 30 departments were sampled. After conducting a census of all concessions (a group of several households) in each village, a random sample of 10 sows were selected from concessions where sows were raised and a random sample of 30 piglets were selected from concessions where piglets were raised, with one pig sampled per concession. Longitude and latitude coordinates of each concession were measured using PDAs. The presence of current cysticercosis infection was measured with an ELISA to detect antigens in pigs’ sera. Using ArcGIS 10.1, Moran’s I Index was calculated for cluster analysis.

Results: Among the 2292 concessions included in the analysis, a total of 781(33.8%) were clustered. There were 279 (12.1%), 239 (10.3%), 153 (6.6%), and 110 (4.8%) concessions located within a high-high, low-low, high-low (area of high prevalence surrounded by low prevalence) and low-high (area of low prevalence surrounded by high prevalence) clusters,


Conclusion: The presence of porcine cysticercosis infection shows some level of spatial clustering. More spatial analyses are required to explore reasons for this pattern.

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