Collaborative Efforts

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Introduction to Geodesign Special Interest Group Meeting

Geodesign is an emerging collaboration method for the creation of designs in geographic space and the evaluation of their impacts, all provided by a decision-driven “feedback-friendly” framework. As such Geodesign has an annual summit (sponsored by Esri), several focused academic initiatives and programs, and a formalized framework, distilled from years of practical experience by noted Harvard Professor Carl Steinitz. In practice, the end goal is to help humanity organize our activities that alter our landscape to create superior designs that result in a more sustainable and healthier planet. Geodesign can only work with significant multi-disciplinary collaboration, especially between geographic scientists and design professionals. This is a fundamental issue for Geodesign and it requires careful attention and cautious execution. Although cooperation and collaboration here is not new and has a history of moderate success, failures are also too commonplace. While the challenges here are multi-faceted and, at the core, involve differing professional focuses, methods of practice, scales of operational comfort, communication semantics and tools, it has been referred to as “a necessary collaboration” for Geodesign. Attend this introductory Special Interest Group to learn about a regional effort in the Northwest to educate, evangelize, and engage around Geodesign approaches.

Presenter(s): 
Bryant Ralston
Biography: 

Bryant Ralston serves as the Senior Sales Manager and GIS consultant at Innovate. He has a keen interest in Geodesign and significant experience in applying GIS in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) contexts. His hands-on experience with CAD-based GIS (AutoCAD/ArcCAD, Microstation/Intergraph MGE, AutoCAD Geo-SQL) led him to Esri where he worked for 16 years, with his final responsibility operating a satellite office serving customers in Montana and Idaho. He now lives in Seattle and enjoys outdoor sporting traditions, vintage Commodore computers, and spending time grilling and smoking meats for family and friends.

Room: 
Landmark 1
When: 
October 17, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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Our Superpower Is Scrum

When you’re asked to do more with less year after year … you need a superpower. For the Washington State GIS community that superpower was Agile development with Scrum, and an obsessive desire to fix an urgent business problem across agencies. Hear how 16 weeks and cross agency GIS managers and staff built three web API’s to bring to life the state’s first Master Address File.

Presenter(s): 
Joy Paulus
Biography: 

Joy Paulus State GIS Program Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) 210 11th Ave. SW, Suite 300 Olympia, WA 98504 360.902.3447 Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography, Oregon State University Title/Organization: Washington State GIS Coordinator and Program Manager, Office of the CIO Job Description: Responsible for management and oversight of statewide GIS initiatives and policy in Washington. Chair of the WA Geographic Information Technology Committee and representative to the National States Geographic Information Council. Job Experience: 30+ years of experience in the use, implementation and management of GIS technology.

Room: 
Landmark
When: 
October 17, 2013 - 4:00pm - 4:30pm
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Building Zoning Framework

They said it was too hard. That was in 2006. Since then, technologies, digital data, and collaborative tendencies have matured to the point where it's not too hard anymore. In 2012, a statewide group convened to figure out how to develop and maintain Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Map Framework data sets. The Planning Workgroup, within the Administrative Boundaries Framework Implementation Team, has done just that and, with ODOT's partnership, has carried out a successful pilot. We will share the statewide zoning classification, the outreach and technical approaches, and the results thus far. We will also share plans for filling in the rest of the state and ideas for maintaining it. Because of the Land Use Planning statutes in Oregon, Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Map Framework are essential to understanding how program policies are playing out in local governments across the state and for modeling future transportation and other land use needs. These are just two of the myriad uses for these Framework data.

Presenter(s): 
Gail M. Ewart, GISP; Robert Mansolillo
Biography: 

Gail has been leading GIS and information resource initiatives in the northwest for nearly a decade. As Oregon's Framework Coordinator and Idaho's Geospatial information Officer, she has had deep and practical experience on coallescing and executing collaborative efforts involving diverse stakeholders. She is currently leading an intiative within Oregon's land use planning agency that is completely transforming how the agency does business and what it offers to local governments and partners to assist land use planning activities throughout the state. Gail has a B.A. in English, a M.S. in Geography, and has been a certified GIS Professional since 2006. Robert is new to Oregon, having served as an Urban Planner in Colorado and Arizona and most recently as a GIS analyst for an electrical engineering consultant in Arizona. At DLCD, Robert assures a vital connection between land use planning and GIS. Robert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Arizona State University.

Agency:  Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development
635 Capitol St NE, Suite 150, Salem, OR 97301
 

Room: 
Homestead 1
When: 
October 17, 2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Signs & the Toughbook Solution

Previous methods of collecting and storing location of signs and supports were unreliable; 14 separate databases housing sign data. Initial efforts to gather basic inventory included QA/QC and data warehouse. Methods ranged from using multiple tools and hand calculating the location to simply guessing the location of the asset. Using off-the-shelf hardware, software and creative programming we created a single tool to gather location information of an asset with the push of a button. Results from testing indicate the tool is able to calculate and store a precise location in a fraction of the time of previous methods. Audience members may find useful the real world example of GIS working within an asset management database in an increasing trend of using GIS to collect and maintain asset data.

Presenter(s): 
Jason Motley & Laura Hansen
Biography: 

Jason Motley, ODOT Sign Asset Management Specialist. Develop variety of tools to increase efficiency, accuracy and consistency for the agency, related to sign asset management. Laura Hansen, AMI Coordinator since 2007, 19+ yr. ODOT employee. Facilitates and coordinates efforts related to enterprise information for proactive management of the transportation infrastructure.

Room: 
Homestead 1
When: 
October 17, 2013 - 10:30am - 11:00am
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