GIS day


   University of Idaho
   Idaho Commons
   Moscow, Idaho
   November 16, 2016

GIS Day is an annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives.

The University of Idaho is hosting a GIS Day event that will include prepared talks, exhibits, and printed posters on topics related to geospatial technology. This event brings together educators, students, researchers, professionals, businesses and the public to discuss the impact of geospatial technology on our daily lives.

Admission is free.

Contact Bruce Godfrey (, ph. 208-292-1407)
for more information.

Schedule of Events | Sponsors | Parking | Planning Committee | Call for Presentations


Schedule of Events

The schedule is being updated as presentation are confirmed so check back often 

Schedule of Events
Time Title/Presenter Description


Doors Open


The Consumerization of GIS
Dr. Michael Goodchild, [Curriculum vitae] Emeritus Professor of Geography University of California, Santa Barbara/
Affiliate Professor of Geography University of Washington

Moderator: Dr. Steve Radil

Location: Crest/Horizon Rooms (4th floor)

For the past several decades well-trained professionals have been the primary users of GIS. But today everyone can have access to the most popular features of the technology, and can be providers of crowdsourced data. GIS is moving to the Web, where it is accessible to anyone through any kind of device. Public use of GIS is also creating demand for a more human-centric technology that reasons more like humans. All of these trends are creating an exciting new arena for GIS, and creating challenges for the research community. They are opening new opportunities, and at the same time forcing us to reconsider many of our longstanding assumptions.

11:20AM Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as an Input to Geospatial Intelligence
Brad Ward, Empire Unmanned

Moderator: Dr. Paul Gessler

Location: Crest/Horizon Rooms (4th floor)  

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are rapidly emerging as valuable tools for collecting geospatial data. This presentation will cover how UAS operate and describe the variety of data they can collect. Examples of the ways in which various industries (e.g. mining, engineering, fisheries, natural resources, public recreation) are turning these data into information and knowledge will be discussed.


Exhibits & Posters

Location: Whitewater Room

Organizer: Jeremy Kenyon


Wildland-Urban Interface and Defendable Space
Captain Doug Courson, Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department

This exhibit will feature a simtable which is a table-sized sandbox that can be used to simulate fires (and other events) and displays strategies to fight them. Simtable uses interactive agent-based fire modeling, bringing sand table exercises to life allowing mitigation and fuels planning in a truly interactive experience.

SalmonSim Educational Video Game
Dr. Roger Lew, University of Idaho Virtual Technology & Design

This exhibit will feature an interactive educational video game intended to aid secondary students in learning about environmental impacts on Pacific salmon.

Read more about ways this technology is highlighting deeper questions in education, decision making, and ecology.

Augmented Reality Sandbox
Marie Pengilly, Outreach Coordinator for the Community Water Resource Center at University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene

This exhibit will feature a sand table that has a sensor that continuously scans the height of a sand surface at 30 frames per second.  The information is processed by a computer and projected back onto the sand as a colorful, ever-changing topographic map.

Read this article about the ways this technology is being used as a teaching tool for students studying environmental science.

 Photo credit:  Coeur d'Alene Press

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) - Capabilities & Services
Brad Ward, Empire Unmanned
Dean Walker, The McGregor Company
Jeff Zenner, Jeff Zenner Photography
Ben Bailey, TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc.
Andy Heitmann, P.E., TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc.

This exhibit will feature several UAVs which are aircraft with no pilot on board. These UAVs are used for a variety of purposes.  UAVs can be remote controlled aircraft (e.g. flown by a pilot at a ground control station) or can fly autonomously based on pre-programmed flight plans or more complex dynamic automation systems.  Take a look at some of these vehicles, visit with their operators, learn about the types of data that can be collected with them, and the services these companies offer.

TerraGraphics will feature new data collection services they are offering as part of their recent acquisition of a DJI Matrice 600.  Come learn about the capabilities of this new flying platform and the services they offer.

Northwest Knowledge Network
Dr. Carrie Roever, Environmental Data Manager

The Northwest Knowledge Network (NKN) is a unit within the University of Idaho (UI) Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) that provides research data management and computing support for UI researchers and their regional, national, and international collaborators.


The Ecology of the Ecuadorian Andes: Exploring the Effects of Land Use on Riparian Ecology in the Ecuadorian Andes with Remote Sensing and GIS
Taylor Rogers, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources and Universidad Technica Particular de Loja

Quantifying Wildfire Severity Following Bark Beetle and Timber Harvest using Multi-temporal LiDAR
Ryan McCarley, University of Idaho, Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

New GPS Site Velocities in San Gorgonio Pass
Matthew Peterson, University of Idaho, Department of Geological Sciences

Evaluating the Characteristics of Social Vulnerability to Wildfire in Flathead County, MT
Catrin Edgeley, University of Idaho, Natural Resources and Society


North Idaho GIS Users Meeting
Ed DeYoung, Idaho Department of Lands
Donna Phillips, City of Hayden

Location: Clearwater Room

An update on regional statewide efforts of interest to the geospatial community to include the following: Upcoming GIS Events, Student Possibilities, Idaho Geospatial Council (IGC) Strategic Plan Updates, Eastern Washington Professional Training Opportunities. Additionally, we look forward to hearing from the North Idaho Users – professionals, students, and educators alike. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!


Lightning Talks

Moderator: Evan Williamson

Location: Clearwater Room

Educational and entertaining - presenters will be doing 5-minute presentations (20 slides that automatically advance every 15-seconds) highlighting their GIS-related work.

*** Raffle drawings will take place between presentations - must be present to win. ***

GIS in Agriculture
Dean Walker, The McGregor Company [Precision Services]

Coeur d'Alene Tribe Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program
Giovan Alcala, Coeur d'Alene Tribe GIS Department

Embrace GIS as a Platform
Sam Jenkins , Washington State University [Facilities Services]

Landfire Data Product Review Website
Linda Tedrow, University of Idaho [College of Natural Resources]

Digital Collections - Map Room
Devin Becker, University of Idaho [Library - Data & Digital Services]

GIS in Infrastructure Revitalization
Ben Bailey, TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc

Testing the Effect of Landscape Maturity on Island Species Diversity

Yannik Roell, University of Idaho [Department of Biological Sciences]





 Idaho Commons
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The following entities have generously provided financial contributions to help make this a successful event.





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Become a Sponsor

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor of GIS Day at the University of Idaho please make a donation using one of the options:

  1. Online with a credit card
    Go to:
    Click the “Make a Gift Online” button
    Under “1. Select a Fund or Priority”
    Start typing in “GIS Day Fund” (the fund title will auto complete) and click on “GIS Day Fund”
    Click “Next” and follow the online payment instructions

  2. By phone
    Call the University of Idaho Gift Administration Office at (208) 885-6796 and give with a credit card. Indicate you are giving to the “GIS Day Fund.”

  3. By mail
    Checks may be mailed to:
    University of Idaho Foundation 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3147 Moscow, ID 83843-3147
    Please have the checks made out to the “University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.” Put “GIS Day Fund” on the check memo line or on a note accompanying the check.

Contact Bruce Godfrey (, ph. 208-292-1407) if you have any sponsorship questions.


Sponsorship Levels & Entitlements

We welcome any financial contribution but respectfully suggest to following amounts:

Friend: $50
Professional: $100
Corporate: $250 - logo on web page & flyers; banner space; recognition during the event

These contributions may be tax deductible.



The UofI Campus Parking Map shows all parking lots and their associated permit requirements.

For those driving to campus a Visitor Parking Permit is required to park in any of the Gold, Red, or Blue lots. Exempt vehicles do not require a permit.

Contact Bruce Godfrey prior to the event for a one-day Visitor Parking Permit.

GIS Day will take place in the Idaho Commons (highlighted on this map). Lots 19, 56, and 17 are within a few minutes' walk.



Planning Committee Members

Bruce Godfrey - Chair (Library)
Judy Bielenberg (Library)
Jeremy Kenyon (Library)
Beth Hendrix (Library)
Patrick Olsen (College of Science - Geography Department)
Linda Tedrow (College of Natural Resources)
Evan Williamson (Library)