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People’s Choice Voting Instructions

Once again a People’s Choice award will be given to a Map Gallery exhibitor and the recipient will be selected by you, the conference attendees. The voting will be done through paper ballet. Please submit a vote in the map gallery


  • The poster with the highest average vote will be the winner.
  • A tie will be decided by the distinguished panel of 2013 NW GIS User Group Map Gallery judges.
  • You may vote on as many of the exhibits as you like.
  • Vote only once for each exhibit.
  • Vote before noon on Thursday as voting will end at the discretion of the Map Gallery Coordinator some time on Thursday afternoon.

    Honor System

    The process of voting for the Map Gallery People’s Choice award will be administered by the Honor System. Please act honorably. Those found displaying dishonorable actions will be awakened in the middle of the night, haunted by daemons and hauled to the Deschutes River for a midnight swim.

    Please vote responsibly!

  • Session: Poster

    Chris Wayne

    Responding to a request from the Klamath Falls Visitor Association, National Park Service staff compiled a map-based poster showing trails in this remote yet fascinating National Monument in far Northern California. Along with trail mileage, narrative descriptions and high-resolution photographs were included. This was a collaborative effort between staff from the GIS, Interpretive and Trails Divisions at both Crater Lake NP and Lava Beds NM. This poster is currently on display at the Klamath Falls Visitor Center.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 12:05pm
    Chris Zanger and Kori Blankenship

    GIS practitioners are often challenged by the lack of complete and comprehensive data sets with well-defined methods and attributes that are standardized across the entire United States. When those data do exist, they can be difficult to locate and access. This presentation will introduce the LANDFIRE (www.landfire.gov) suite of more than 20 nationally consistent, vegetation related raster layers and illustrate their use in conservation planning and land management activities in the Pacific Northwest. The datasets, which are available online at no cost, include vegetation type, cover and height, successional stage and historical fire regime and many others. National level spatial data, such as those available from LANDFIRE, can complement and supplement regional datasets, such as the data available from the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project (ILAP), or local datasets, such as county or city level spatial data. LANDFIRE products were designed to work at national, regional and large sub-regional landscapes, but tools and guidance are available to help users review and modify the data as needed for finer scale applications.

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 10:58am
    Brian Shepard

    Clean Water Services is a water resources utility in the Tualatin River Watershed located immediately west of Portland, Oregon. In 2004, Clean Water Services developed a Temperature Management Plan that allows the utility to directly trade riparian re-vegetation for shade credit against thermal loading of the Tualatin River from wastewater effluent.

    Over the past decade, Clean Water Services has created or enhanced nearly 1,400 acres of riparian habitat on more than 40 miles of streams. The canopy created by these plantings prevents 714 million kilocalories of solar energy from entering the Tualatin and its tributaries per day.

    GIS plays a large part in calculating shade credit, from buffering streams to calculating existing vegetation from LiDAR. To move forward in the next permit cycle we will examine the work that was done over the past decade, the tools used to calculate shade credit, and lessons learned in the process.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:32pm
    Emmor Nile, GISP

    This map was produced by the Oregon Department of Forestry on a daily basis during the fire fighting efforts in the 2013 fire season. The purpose of the map is to help fire managers understand the progression of the incidents.

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:35pm

    Map was created by request of the Planning Department to determine the possible locations for placing a business for Marijuana Distribution. The 1000 ft buffer was used to exclude areas that are withing a school, park, child care center, transit center or arcade. This is a prelimary map for planning purposes only. Has not been adopted for official use.

    Monday, September 30, 2013 - 11:01am
    Erica D. McCormick, GISP

    A multidiscipinary team used an integrated approach including HEC-RAS and HEC-GeoRAS hydraulic modeling, geomorphologic and sediment transport analysis, 3D GIS modeling, and extensive GIS analysis and batch processing to identify high flow refugia for outmigrating juvenile salmonids at four preferred restoration sites on the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers in NE Washington. This poster focuses on the application of GIS with other technical approaches. Areas for potential reactivation of the floodplain or relic channels were identified that can provide high flow refugia for juvenile rearing as well as an enhancement of mainstem spawning by reducing fine sediment via deposition in the newly formed backwater areas. Priority options benefitting outmigrating juvenile salmonids (steelhead, Chinook, and sockeye salmon) were provided to the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) for restoration. The expected suitable habitat at each enhancement site was derived at those locations where water depths would exceed 0.3 m, and flow velocities would be between 0 and 0.6 m/s. The area of favorable fish habitat in the floodplain at each enhancement site was calculated. The CCT is currently moving forward to build the recommended channels at one of the restoration sites.

    Monday, September 30, 2013 - 3:47pm
    Jan Wolf, GIS Analyst

    As a GIS Analyst for the City of Newberg, OR I am involved in fairly typical city related GIS functions and utilizations in my day to day work. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary, just routine GIS work that is undoubtedly saving the City time and money.

    However, due to my 14+ years of exposure of what GIS has the potential to do, it is hard not to bring GIS home with me and apply it to other activities that I am engaged in. Since 1996, I have been involved with soccer refereeing in the Portland Metro area with an occasional excursion to Salem and Bend. This involves refereeing everything from Adult leagues, high school, and youth leagues. In fact, this Fall season is my 17th year as a high school referee.

    My first attempt to bring GIS into my realm of soccer refereeing was in the Fall of 2002 where I attempted to look at the issuance of red and yellow cards through the season by all referees involved in Portland area high school soccer. This happened only for one season due to modification of data collection methods in logging our game reports.

    I picked up the integration of GIS and soccer refereeing again in the beginning in 2012 and continuing to this day. The focus this time was more at an individual referee level (myself) and where I was to be found throughout the game. I am utilizing a small GPS data logger to do this tracking at one second intervals.

    Part of this was spurred on by the life changing event of surviving a cardiac arrest back in May of 2011 (occurring not out on the soccer pitch but at home watching a movie with my wife on a Sunday night). Where was I went this all went down? At a location where 3 minute response time for the emergency crews was possible, and on a better day a 30 second walk to the fire station near my house.

    Need-less-to-say this eventual got me thinking about where are we in relation to what we are tasked to do or are experiencing. In refereeing and sailing (yet another GIS integration I am experimenting with) sometimes it is not about going from Point A to Point B, but more of where are we in relation or response to the every changing Event C (and perhaps simultaneously Events D, E, F,...) and how do we adjust to it to keep ourselves in the right location at the right time in order to best understand Event C. With this understanding we then make our move and continue the process.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 9:28am
    Ryan Kelso

    This poster illustrates Lewis County GIS's usage of the geodatabase mosaic dataset to manage over 1,600 square miles of Lidar data. Important considerations for using the mosaic dataset were network transfer speeds, physical storage requirements, and making the data available in a commonly used format.

    Needs one panel.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 1:07pm
    Eric Wade

    The 1st map tells the story of lightning, smoke and fire and the response generated from the initial lightning strikes on July 26 to September 2013 as firefighters began to get a perimeter set around the fires.

    The 2nd map was used for a Sunday's Parkway event held in Grants Pass which invited the public to come out and celebrate the community.

    I need a total of 2 Panels (1 for each map).

    Friday, October 4, 2013 - 9:52am
    Chris Zanger, Kori Blankenship

    LANDFIRE is a nation-wide multi-partner program designed to map and model vegetation, fire regimes, and fuel characteristics using a consistent, peer-reviewed, scientifically based methodology.

    LANDFIRE products are updated to reflect changes caused by management activities, natural disturbances and successional processes with the LANDFIRE Public Events Geodatabase (a collection of recent natural disturbance and land management activities), Landsat satellite imagery, Burned Area Reflectance Classification, Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire, Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity and ancillary data.

    Monday, October 7, 2013 - 9:04am
    Matt Stull and Nicole Burgess

    The Official Mason County Road Map

    This map was created using a combination of different tools and techniques. The first step was to create a drop shadow effect along the county boundary to make the county pop out from the background. This was done using a combination of tools in ArcGIS and Adobe Photoshop, including the drop shadow tool in Photoshop and clipping tools in ArcGIS.

    The second step was to display a bathymetry effect for the Hood Canal and Puget Sound water bodies. This was done using a series of bathymetry grids from the University of Washington, School of Oceanography. The bathymetry was displayed in ArcGIS using an ocean depth color ramp.

    The third step was to create and display a Swiss hillshade effect. This was done by using the ArcGIS Hillshade, Raster Calculator and Neighborhood Statistics tools with a 10 meter USGS DEM. Using the output rasters from these three tools, the hillshade effect was displayed in ArcGIS using several display settings including color ramps and transparencies. This hillshade effect, along with the bathymetry effect, was exported to a TIFF file that was used in the creating of the drop shadow effect.

    All text on the map was hand placed using the annotation tools in ArcGIS. The annotation was broken down into various subclasses for styling purposes like hydrology, place names, recreation and more. A custom “Mason County, Washington” map title graphic was created for the map title using Photoshop. The rest of the map information in the bottom right was created using the ArcGIS map layout tools.

    I will only need one panel to display my map. The map is 41 x 50.

    Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:49am
    Sabine Krier

    The Coeur d’Alene Tribe Education Department requested this poster from the GIS program. It was to be a part of a photo exhibition of Tribal history and culture displayed at North Idaho College’s library. The poster illustrates the changes in Tribal lands over the past 150 years, from the aboriginal territory of the “Schitsu’umsh” (the Coeur d’Alene) to the present-day individual parcel fractionation.

    Based on an older poster, I created six dataframes showing the significant events leading to the reduction of lands under Tribal jurisdiction. The 1910 and present-day frames also illustrate the rise of the lake levels after the construction of the Post Falls Dam in 1906. Color choice, element distribution and symbology are supposed to draw the viewer’s interest. While text information is meant to spark curiosity to explore more details of the issue, I kept the maps simple, so the viewer could quickly obtain an overview of the theme and the story that the map tells. It is a tale of land and land stewardship lost to government treaties, non-tribal property sales and rising waters.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:51pm
    Matt Dressler

    Comprehensive, accurate and detailed information on public and privately protected land is a fundamental tool that supports Forterra’s land conservation, policy analysis, and resource management activities. This map shows the current extent of public, protected and resource lands within King, Kittitas, Pierce and Snohomish Counties in Washington State as captured by the 2012 Central Puget Sound Public, Tribal and Protected Lands Database (CPS-PLDB). The database is maintained and updated annually by Forterra and provides the most comprehensive source available for tax parcel-based conservation information for lands within four CPS-PLDB counties including location, configuration, ownership, management and land use information.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 5:04pm
    Ryan Kelso

    This map shows the approximate inundation area from the flooding of the upper Cowlitz River in November of 2006. The inundation area was created several years after the flood occurred at the request of Lewis County's building official. High water mark data and a digital elevation model derived from Lidar were used as input to the Flood Information Tool (FIT), a part of FEMA's HAZUS software, running in ArcMap.

    This map was used to visualize the FIT results and to compare it to the current effective FEMA 1% annual chance flood zones.

    Needs one panel and can be shared with my other poster.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 1:56pm
    Ian Shives

    1 panel.
    The Communities in Motion 2040 Vision illustrates a preferred growth scenario for the Treasure Valley, specifically Ada and Canyon Counties. Defined by local stakeholders, including the public, the Vision help guide development of the Communities in Motion 2040 regional long-range transportation plan.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:15pm
    Chris Olivier

    This map poster was created for the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative partnership with the City of Medford. This program matches project ideas from the City with college classes. Students from several different University of Oregon Departments will be working on 18 different projects ranging from Connections to the Bear Creek Greenway (the I-5 of multi-use paths in Southern Oregon), Analysis of Activity Centers and Downtown Wayfinding. The poster includes two strips of photos on the top and bottom of the poster which shows various sites located in the City of Medford. The main map area displays the photo locations, parks, important buildings, the Bear Creek Greenway (which runs through Medford from Central Point to Ashland), elevations and other features over a topographical background. The map poster is an introduction of the City of Medford to the University of Oregon community.

    Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:01pm
    Jeffrey Kern

    Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) are the fundamental geographic units for wildlife management and hunting for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Most hunt areas are either single or multiple WMUs. The official ODFW WMU map is from 1996 is now obsolete with boundary discrepancies, new wildlife areas, and other changes in ownership/management. Also the address for the ODFW headquarters is two office moves old. The major changes from our previous map are depicting more classes of land ownership/management particularly for State land; showing National Forest ownership rather than jurisdictional boundaries; depicting much more detailed ownership in neighboring states, and dropping campgrounds because of the work required to verify them and possible future closures. Updating our land ownership data will help us in upcoming revisions of printed maps and our online Oregon Hunting Access Map. The final printed map will be different than what’s presented here after internal and external review.

    Friday, October 11, 2013 - 12:04pm

    A shaded relief Map of Klamath County with lat/lon, stateplane coordinates, and a PLSS index. Used for helping customers find the township, range, and section a property lies within.

    Friday, October 11, 2013 - 1:38pm

    Session: Python Toolboxes: Making the Transition from ModelBuilder

    Ann Stark, GISP and Don Burdick, GISP, City of Bellingham, WA

    This presentation will be an overview of two reporting tools available that may be unfamiliar: SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and ReportLab. Summary reporting and feature listing/filtering will be demonstrated with SSRS examples. SSRS allows for direct SQL querying capabilities on a feature class in a report form. These reports can be generated without an ArcGIS license through a web interface. Once established, users can run reports looking at live data on their own without taking up your valuable time. Additionally, on-the-fly report generation will be demonstrated with a third party plug-in for Python, called ReportLab, which creates formatted reports with the final output being a PDF. Simple examples will be covered showing how reports are generated from the City of Bellingham’s web mapping application as a geoprocessing service running on ArcServer. The reports gather information related to survey monuments from several databases including lengthy history information, many photos, and all scanned related documents in one PDF generated in under 6 seconds. The presentation will provide information on how to get started using the tools along with some tips, tricks and issues to be aware of. PLEASE NOTE We will need 45 min - 60 min for this presentation.

    Friday, October 11, 2013 - 3:24pm

    Session: Technical Certification Programs and Should You Get Certified?

    Eric Bohard, GISP

    After 10 years and over 5,500 GIS Professionals (GISP) certified, the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) will be going down another path with the development of an exam. The exam is still a few years way and the current certification process remains the same, for now. This session will review the current requirements to become a GISP and what can be expected after the exam is implemented. Also, what it means to be a GISP.

    Friday, October 11, 2013 - 4:54pm