GIS day

 

   University of Idaho
   Idaho Commons
   Moscow, Idaho
   November 15, 2017

GIS Day at the University of Idaho is a free event that brings together scholars, students, professionals, businesses, and the public to discuss geospatial technologies and demonstrate their many uses.

 

Admission is free and open to everyone.  Coming from off-campus?  Email Bruce Godfrey (bgodfrey@uidaho.edu) for a free 1-day visitor parking permit.

 

Contact Bruce Godfrey (bgodfrey@uidaho.edu, ph. 208-292-1407) with any questions.


Schedule of Events | Sponsors | Parking | Planning Committee | Fact Sheet


 

Schedule of Events

 

Schedule of Events
Time Title/Presenter Description

8:15AM

Sign In - Refreshments - Socialize

9:00AM

Advancing Machine Learning and AI with Geography & GIS
Robert Kircher, Senior Technical Designer, Enterprise Services, Esri Professional Services

Moderator: TBA

Location: Crest/Horizon Rooms (4th floor)

Geospatial artificial intelligence and machine learning build on and advance the accomplishments, technologies, and creativity in the GIS community. It’s another special time for geography and the GIS professionals, academics, and students that practice it. Geographic data, models, algorithms, and information are contributing to these endeavors more than ever. Let’s explore how geography and GIS are using and advancing AI and ML concepts and technologies to establish Geo AI, and how our world is benefiting from it.
 
Mr. Kircher's Bio:  With over 20 years of experience in the IT/GIS field, Robert Kircher is a recognized expert in large enterprise GIS implementations and the growing field of Big Data, Machine Learning, and “Geo.AI.” He has substantial experience in major industries in the USA and world-wide, including financial, communications, utilities, logistics, defense, government (local, state, federal). He held positions in engineering and management effectively working with executives, stakeholders, leadership, and technical staff.

Session sponsor:

10:30AM Lightning Talks
Various Presenters

Moderator: Evan Williamson

Location: Crest/Horizon Rooms (4th floor)  

Educational and entertaining - presenters will be doing 5-minute presentations highlighting their GIS-related work.



A Novel Use of GIS to Study Human Disturbance of Cave Environments in Florida
Grant Harley, Department of Geography, University of Idaho
Data collection in cave systems lacks a modern method. Developing a user-friendly, GIS-based method for cave resource inventory that can be used to inform management protocols for caves that are sensitive to human disturbance will be presented.


Climate Engine
Katherine Hegewisch, Department of Geography, University of Idaho Library
Climate Engine is a web tool that allows the visualization of maps and time series from large climate and remote sensing datasets.


Rivers & Virtual Reality
Jean-Marc Gauthier, Virtual Technology & Design, University of Idaho
Reilly Cisco, Virtual Technology & Design, University of Idaho
Richie Carmichael, Center For Ecohydraulics Research, University of Idaho
Our team plans to present an overview of several VR environments about rivers and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.


Using GIS to Study Plastic Particle Pollution in the Pacific
Frank Roberts, Innovate! Inc.
As part of US EPA’s responsibility, they have been providing support and research around Microplastics in the Oceania Region. This has included work on Tern Island that is approximately 490 miles North West of the Hawaiian Islands. Tern Island was heavily used by the US Navy from 1942 to 1946. This use caused a variety of environmental issues that are currently being addressed. In addition, Tern Island is also greatly affected by Microplastics and other floating ocean debris. This talk will focus on the work that is currently being done on Tern Island and also talk about some of the GIS analysis that is being done to determine the best ways effect change in this region.


Trimble TerraFlex - A Brief Review & Lessons Learned
Jennifer Gilley, Alta Science and Engineering, Inc.
Alta’s use of TerraFlex during our 2017 field season resulted in lessons learned regarding its applications. This talk will share our working knowledge of the product and its environmental and engineering applications in the field.


Xi'an Jiaotong University and Terra Cotta Warriors Project
Barry T. Bilderback, Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho
A Story Map presentation on China's Xi'an Jiaotong University, Terra Cotta Warriors, and resulting creative activity and scholarship.


Evaluating Sustainability Competencies through Green Infrastructure Design
Daniel Cronan, Landscape Architecture, University of Idaho
This project presents a GIS-based approach for analyzing key competencies in Sustainable Green Infrastructure design. It systematically evaluates student learning within a studio course and a workshop by analyzing self-reported and spatially explicit evidence of learning about stormwater system design and planning. The research focuses on landscape architecture and planning education, using a set curriculum, courses, and workshops as vehicles for experimentation.


Data: Mapping with sUAS
Jennifer Hinds, Northwest Knowledge Network
See how NKN is using small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to develop high-resolution 2D and 3D maps. From flight planning to orthomosaic generation, NKN offers an efficient, cost-effective means to collect, process, and manage high-quality sUAS data in support of research projects.


JournalMap: Leveraging the Where in Scholarly Literature
Jason Karl, Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho
While it is easier than it has ever been to find useful scholarly literature across disciplines, the ability to find out what is known about a specific location or environmentally similar places around the world is still hindered by current search technologies that rely on keywords, topics, text, and authors – concepts of cataloging and searching that date back to the 1800’s. JournalMap is a map-based sicentific literature search engine for discovering relevant research based on where research was conducted as well as through traditional keyword searches.


The Role of Geographic and Demographic Data in Targeted Marketing and Online Advertising
Predrag Tosic, Computer Science Department (Coeur d'Alene), University of Idaho
In this brief talk, we summarize our experience as a former Principal Data Scientist with a Silicon Valley based online advertiser with applied data analytics behind targeted online advertising. We specifically focus on how detailed geo-spatial and demographics data is used in targeting various audiences so that the most relevant products and services are advertised to the right people, at the right time(s) and via the right digital channels/media. We have seen first-hand how the detailed data about potential customers (including but not limited to geography-based data) combined with applied statistics and machine learning techniques can make a major impact on an online advertiser's bottom-line.

 


11:45AM

Exhibits/Posters
Various Presenters
 

Location: Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms (1st floor)

Exhibits

Presenters will be demonstrating various geospatial technologies for attendees. This is an informal come-and-go session where attendees can walk around, grab some light refreshments, talk with presenters and learn about interesting technologies and projects.


3D Holographic Map Viewer - HoloMaps on HoloLens

Kevin Dobbins, Center for Digital Inquiry & Learning, University of Idaho Library
This exhibit will feature HoloMaps, the first app of its kind for navigating through a holographic model while simultaneously overlaying real-time data in either a solo or shared experience.  Come check it out! 

HoloLens unit provided courtesy of STEM Revolution.



HoloMaps from Taqtile on Vimeo.


 Google Earth VR
Jessica Wilson-Saia, Center for Digital Inquiry & Learning, University of Idaho Library
This exhibit will feature a Google Earth Virtual Reality demonstration. Explore the world from totally new perspectives. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over Yosemite, or teleport across the globe.



GIS Field Mobility
Allen Cousins, Avista Utilities
Over the years, Avista has implemented many mobile solutions; from partnerships with 3rd party mobile solution providers to configured applications using ArcGIS Online. The presentation will review a number of technologies as well as a number of mobile devices used to meet mobile business needs.


Coeur d'Alene Tribe UAS Program
Berne Jackson, Coeur d'Alene Tribe GIS
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe will be displaying two fixed-wing UAS's and data gathered from them.

UASUSA Tempest
Photo credit:  UASUSA.


Wildland-Urban Interface and Defensible 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.




Northwest Knowledge Network - Data Acquisition and Management
Gina Wilson, Northwest Knowledge Network, University of Idaho
Jennifer Hinds, Northwest Knowledge Network, University of Idaho
NKN will be featuring several of their GIS and data management projects and their new UAS data acquisition services.
 


Interactive Virtual Reality Landscapes for Fun and Decision Making
Roger Lew, Virtual Technology & Design, University of Idaho
The exhibit will feature 2 virtual reality worlds for users to experience. The VR worlds feature imaginative engaging elements as well as integrating scientific datasets for decision-making support.


Rivers & Virtual Reality
Jean-Marc Gauthier, Virtual Technology & Design, University of Idaho
Our team plans to present several VR environments about rivers and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.

Viewers of the virtual reality project can walk up and down a river stream; experiencing above water and underwater, the change of seasons and the surrounding environment. The virtual world covers 62 miles with a precision within 2 inches. The level of detail includes animated water streams, underwater views, ground cover on the river banks, grass, schools of fish, insects, birds and wildlife located under the tree canopies.

Wildlife VR


Using Augmented Reality for 3D Visualizations of Geographic Data
Sera White, CEO, Gravis Technologies
When used correctly, augmented reality can improve the impact of research results. We will demonstrate two augmented reality products that use geographic data to deliver intuitive 3D visualizations. More information:  http://360.gravistech.com


Alta Science & Engineering, Inc. Services
Ben Bailey, Jennifer Gilley, Susan Spalinger, Alta Science and Engineering, Inc.
Alta Science and Engineering, Inc. (Alta) is an Inland Northwest consulting firm formed in 2017 through a corporate split off. The new company brings a 33-year work history and experience to our federal, state, and local governments and private clients. We offer a wide range of service lines including civil engineering, infrastructure planning, environmental restoration, natural systems engineering, UAV-LiDAR, ecological & environmental services, brownfields/property assessments, hydro/geological and watershed studies, GIS, database management, drafting, construction oversight, and risk assessment/management.

Wildlife VR


JournalMap: Leveraging the Where in Scholarly Literature
Jason Karl, Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, University of Idaho
While it is easier than it has ever been to find useful scholarly literature across disciplines, the ability to find out what is known about a specific location or environmentally similar places around the world is still hindered by current search technologies that rely on keywords, topics, text, and authors – concepts of cataloging and searching that date back to the 1800’s. JournalMap is a map-based sicentific literature search engine for discovering relevant research based on where research was conducted as well as through traditional keyword searches.

 

Posters

Presenters will be displaying printed poster. This is an informal come-and-go session where attendees can walk around, grab some light refreshments, talk with presenters and learn about their projects.

 

Using an Online GIS Platform for Managing In-Library Space Usage Data
Rick Stoddart, University of Idaho Library
Academic libraries are creating more diverse learning spaces for students, but measuring how students use these spaces can be a challenge. Online Geographic Information Systems platforms have matured to a point where they offer valuable capabilities for collecting, managing, analyzing, sharing, and visualizing in-library use data for space assessment initiatives. This presentation will report on a pilot project that uses ArcGIS Online to gather evidence of library space usage.


Wildlife Virtual Reality
Jean-Marc Gauthier, Virtual Technology & Design, University of Idaho
An overview of several VR environments about rivers and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.


Climate Engine
Katherine Hegewisch, Department of Geography, University of Idaho Library
Climate Engine is a web tool that allows the visualization of maps and time series from large climate and remote sensing datasets.


The Northwest Climate Toolbox
Katherine Hegewisch, Department of Geography, University of Idaho Library
The Northwest Climate Toolbox is an online collection of web tools for visualizing past and projected climate and hydrology of the Pacific Northwest, USA​.


Wetland Delineation through GIS Analysis of Drone-based LiDAR and Aerial Imagery
Jennifer Gilley, Alta Science and Engineering, Inc.
This poster focuses on the use of drone-based LiDAR and aerial imagery taken from Alta's Matrice Drone and Snoopie LiDAR unit to map wetland boundaries for assessment before delineation and possibly processed for large scale contours that could be used for full wetland boundary delineation.


How do Lakes Form on "Earth's Cooler Cousin", Titan?
Rajani Dhingra, Department of Physics, University of Idaho
I will be presenting my poster on the science question of what processes form lakes on Titan, Saturn's largest satellite. I use GIS to extract the metrics (equivalent radii) and orientation of the lakes.


Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Urban Growth in the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Area, Idaho
Andrew Layton, Department of Geography, University of Idaho
This study examines the spatial-temporal dynamics of urban growth in the Coeur d'Alene area with a particular focus on the unique patterns and dynamics of urbanization in an amenity-rich region.

 

 

 

2:00PM

State & Regional Highlights - North Idaho GIS Users Meeting
Pam Bond, Chair - Idaho Geospatial Council - Executive Committee

Location: Crest/Horizon Rooms (4th floor)

An update on regional and statewide GIS initiatives.

Pam Bond, Chair of the Idaho Geospatial Council - Executive Committee, will be here from Boise to update attendees on the implementation of State GIS Strategic Plan goals, the status of framework layers, and opportunities for involvement/participation.

Additionally, 5-minute highlights from North Idaho GIS Users – professionals, students, and educators alike. Everyone is welcome!

 

3:30PM Event Concludes

 


 

Sponsors


 EVENT LOCATION:
 Idaho Commons
 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
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The following entities have generously provided financial contributions to help make this a successful event.

   
              


                    


         


        

 


 EVENT LOCATION:
 Idaho Commons
 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
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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: http://www.uidaho.edu/giving
    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 (bgodfrey@uidaho.edu, 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.



 

Parking

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)
Jessica Martinez (Library)
Patrick Olsen (College of Science - Geography Department)
Evan Williamson (Library)