South Central Arc User Group

Established 1990



3D Interior Space Scanning On A Budget
J. Scott Sires, Geospatial Technology Program Professor & Coordinator
Brookhaven College Geospatial Technology, Mathematics & Sciences Division

This session demonstrates and discusses low-cost, emerging technologies applied to create high-density 3D point cloud data sets.  The method requires a 64-bit tablet, a $500 scanning sensor and optional items that are easy to utilize.  Brookhaven College Geospatial students invested a Fall 2015 semester course researching this methodology. Scans require less than 30 minutes, are then processed into a point cloud and spatially adjusted to real world coordinates. The developed SOP will be provided.

GIS Products and Services at the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas
Michael Buchanan, Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service Corpus Christi, Texas

Since 2007, the National Weather Service office located in Corpus Christi, Texas has developed a variety of GIS products and services for their local, regional, and national customers and partners.  High resolution PNG graphics, KMZ files, and Web Mapping Services of weather and climate information are routinely created using a multitude of Python scripts. These GIS products and services are used to brief customers and partners on routine and significant weather impacts through a variety of email, web, and social media platforms.  The easy-to-understand format of these GIS products and services greatly assists customers and partners in making critical weather-related decisions.

Batch Groprocessing using Python to Manage Data Efficiently
Xingwen Chen, President
ABCD GIS Mapping

In the process of mapping oil/gas mineral ownership, we often need to assemble
data from different sources, formats, datum, and projections. Data usually come in by counties such as Surface
Well Locations & Bottom Holes, and some are state level data, such as landgrid (Texas Original Land Survey). 
The goal is to process these data sets and save in a geodatabase, re-define projections, project all data in
the same DATUM & projection, query for subset of data, calculate fields, and convert all data layers to sequential
list of points with latitude/longitude that are to be used in customized applications.  Python and PyScripter are
used to program the whole process in a batch mode.  Multiple counties of data may be process at once.

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP)
Claire DeVaughan, National Map Liaison for OK and TX
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is being developed to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features. The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, by the end of 2022.  Benefits of such data apply to flood risk management, agriculture, water supply, infrastructure, management, and aviation safety.  This presentation will describe lidar basics, show examples of lidar usage in various applications, discuss recommendations for the emerging lidar technologies of “Single Photon Counting” and “Geiger Mode”, and provide information on 3DEP program status and planning tools.

Where Can I Build That? Mapping Entitlements Across McKinney
Neil Rose, GIS Planner & Alexis Green, GIS Analyst
City of McKinney, TX

The City of McKinney regulates land use entitlements through zoning districts. Each district defines the allowable land uses, which are outlined in a Schedule of Uses. This Schedule of Uses includes over 250 unique land uses. Given the variety of land uses that could be allowed in a single zoning district, plus the City’s heavy reliance on Planned Development Districts (districts that allow land use flexibility), geospatially locating allowable land uses was unfeasible. An interactive web application was developed in collaboration with Planning, GIS, and IT to help staff and end users determine where certain land uses can be located based on zoning.  Self-service generation of spatial information allows for a reduction of research time in response to customer inquiries and has improved staff’s ability to analyze land use data.  The web app features a geoprocessing service built with Model Builder & python scripting that is consumed via Web AppBuilder.

Mobilize your workforce with ArcGIS Online
Ramon Campos, GISP, GIS Manager
Tarrant County Information Technology, Tarrant County Business Application Development & Support

Leveraging ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS , your workforce can be in the field collecting and updating data in minutes. See how Tarrant County is using ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Online, and Collector to improve efficiency and accuracy of its sign field crews in the Transportation Department.

GIS and Next Generation 9-1-1: What it all means
Amy Rose, 9-1-1 GIS Analyst II & Kasey Cox, 9-1-1 GIS Technician II
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) places GIS at the core of emergency call routing.  In the current E9-1-1 system, GIS is primarily used for map display and call plotting. Much of the driving force behind NG9-1-1 is due to advancements in IP based technology
such as smart devices and telematics systems.
So what does this all mean and how might it affect you?  Visit us for a presentation that will provide:
• A high level overview of the role of GIS in NG9-1-1.
• What NG9-1-1 could mean for local GIS data creators now and in the future.
• Ways you can become involved and keep informed about NG9-1-1 GIS.

Be Flood SAF(ER) – Situational Awareness For Emergency Response – A River Flooding Extent Map Viewer
Jared Allen, Senior Meteorologist, GIS Focal Point
NOAA/National Weather Service - Austin/San Antonio, TX

Situational awareness of river flooding and its time evolution through the use of flood extent mapping is critical for emergency management resource allocation, decision making, and overall public alertness. To increase decisive information for emergency responders, the Austin/San Antonio, TX National Weather Service (NWS) office has developed a prototype ArcGIS Online (AGOL) web mapping application called Flood SAF(ER). This application displays current radar, weather warnings, observed, and forecast river heights, plus their respective hydrographs. More importantly, this viewer links to a basic and advanced AGOL web map that spatially depicts modeled river flood extents for critical impact categories (minor – record NWS stages). With knowledge of the critical infrastructure and neighborhoods at risk during a river flooding episode, decision makers can use this application and its respective GIS layers to develop a timeline for decisive action planning and city/county coordination.

Designing a GIS for Facilities Management and Distributing Through Story Maps
Tony Guzman, GIS Specialist, Midland Independent School District & Brad Daugherty, President, NewEdge Services, LLC

Midland Independent School District (MISD) has been developing GIS data for facilities using aerial photography and GPS for several years.  MISD realized a need for a more robust geodatabase design to meet current needs and to realize future expectations.  MISD contracted NewEdge Services, LLC to assist with a database design.  The team utilized MISD’s existing data, Esri local government template, and Esri facilities data model to develop a comprehensive data model for the District. Procedures were implemented to allow GIS users to access other data sources (ex. CAD floor plans, original construction and as-built plans, bid documents, warranties, contracts, etc.) via the GIS.  The GIS information is shared throughout the District’s network via an ArcGIS Flex Viewer application as well as through a Story Map.  The presentation will review the components of the database design and demonstrate how the web applications are used to access a variety of information.

Engineering and Mapping a Major Water Pipeline
Michael A. Garza, GISP
Pape-Dawson Engineers

This project consists of the design of a major water pipeline that crosses seven counties and roughly 500 parcels to help supplement water to the dwindling Edwards Aquifer water source in Bexar County. Pape-Dawson Engineers created multiple GIS websites, for both desktop and mobile devices, that allowed several agencies to collect data in real-time. This allowed the Project managers, Engineers, Environmentalist, and Board members to view and access GIS websites and dashboards in order to see the status of each parcel and if there were any issues that might interfere in the alignment of the waterline. GIS was the only tool that allowed for the multiple agencies and decision makers to coordinate and collaborate their decisions based on real time data.

P2 Energy Solutions
Alyssa Geyer, Erin Ukestad, Sharmila Partab
P2 Tobin Data Production Image Service

This presentation will explore the challenges and successes of P2 Energy Solutions’ effort to migrate vintage aerial imagery and land grid to a raster-based image service. Because this project results in easier access to raster resources, there has been improvement in the data operations production efforts. A few challenges that have arisen since the implementation of the image service include conversion of various image types and staffing for detail-intensive tasks. P2 Energy Solutions offers a series of Tobin Data packages containing Vintage and Custom Aerial Imagery, Survey, Lease, Ownership, and Well data to upstream oil and gas exploration and production companies since 1928.

Improving Flash Flood Response with an ArcGIS Online Road Closure App
Greg Brown, GIS Dept, City of New Braunfels, TX & Corey Baker, Account Manager, GISinc
City of New Braunfels, TX & Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISinc)

The City of New Braunfels, TX uses web and mobiles applications to respond in real time to recent flood events that create dangerous road crossings.

State of the GISCI and the GISP

Richard Smith, Ph.D., GISP, Board Member, GISCI Board of Directors

This presentation will introduce the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) and provide an overview of the mission,current status, and future of the GISCI. Additionally, the GIS Professional (GISP) certification program’s current status and future direction will be introduced and discussed. Lastly, as part of the GISP program discussion, the development, distribution, and maintenance of the GISP examination will be presented.

GIS in the World of a 9-1-1 COG

Sergio Castro, LRGVDC 9-1-1

Many of us know that GIS is used throughout the world for many different things such as oil and gas, education, environment and science. However, in the world of 9-1-1, GIS has an important significance since we use this technology for many things. One of the main usage of this technology is for saving peoples lives. In this session, you we see how LRGVDC utilizes GIS in mostly every aspect of 9-1-1. You will also understand why we feel that GIS is now the heart and soul of 9-1-1.

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