2014 Texas GIS Forum

October 20th-23rd | J.J. Pickle Center | Austin, Texas
Once a year, take a break from your screen to go social at the Texas GIS Forum, the premier, statewide conference dedicated to spatial technology advancements in the government and private sectors.

Keynote Speakers

Jeremi Suri Head Shot
Wednesday, October 22nd, 9AM to 10AM

Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy.

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Scott Wolter Head Shot
Thursday, October 23rd, 9AM to 10AM

Scott F. Wolter

Forensic geologist Scott Wolter is the host of History’s H2 network’s hit show, America Unearthed, that follows his quest to uncover the truth behind historic artifacts and sites found throughout North America.

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Agenda

Wednesday, October 22nd

7:00 - 8:30 am Registration
8:30 - 9:00 am Opening remarks
9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation
Jeremi Suri - Nation-Building, History, and Maps
Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin
10:00 - 10:30 am Break & Exhibits
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session A (Big TEX) Session B (Li'l TEX) Session C (Balcones Room)
Remote Sensing This is what we did - Technical data/app development Community GIS - Big and Small
  • Drone Mapping for GIS - Wildfires to Winemaking
    Devon Humphrey - Flightline Geographics
  • Making Sense of Sensors
    Randall Mayden -Surdex Corporation
  • Drone integration into Digital Terrain Modeling
    Robert Youens - Camera Wings Aerial Photography
  • Go Big or Go Home. How Much GIS Infrastructure Do We Really Need?
    David Nicosia - Remme Corporation
  • Combining ESRI Technology and Open Source Systems in the Cloud: One Year Later and Follow-up
    Dale Emrich - DrillingInfo, Inc, Quanah Berkley – DrillingInfo, Inc, Jennifer Weiss – DrillingInfo, Inc
  • Simple Python, Textpad, and Results Window Tips to Increase ArcGIS Efficiency
    Nick Jones - Dewberry
  • Austin's Flood Response: Swimming through a Flood of Data
    Kevin Smith - City of Austin
  • Redrawing Austin Police Department Sector Boundaries
    Sara Davis - Austin Police Department
  • GIS and Open Data for Small Communities: A Case Study on Stafford, Texas
    Jonathan Farmer - City of Stafford
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch/Exhibits
1:00 - 2:00 pm 
TECH DEMO - ESRI
Transforming Government GIS
Presented by:
Gary Scoffield, Regional Manager
Karen Lizcano, Solution Engineer
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Session A (Big TEX) Session B (Li'l TEX) Session C (Balcones Room)
Remote Sensing This is what we did - Technical data/app development Community GIS - Big and Small
  • Privacy & Remote-Sensing: A Changing Landscape
    Chuck Boyer - Aerial Services, Inc
  • Automating Impervious Surface Mapping for Stormwater Billing
    Ajay Jadhav - CDM Smith
  • Land Cover Datasets and their Applications in Local Government
    Bridget Marcotte - Sanborn Map Company
  • Ecological Mapping Systems of Texas: Application and Dissemination of "Big Data
    Amie Treuer-kuehn - TPWD
  • A Managers Guide to Using Technology to Support Asset Management and System Operations
    Sydney Kase - CDM Smith
  • True Spatio-Temporal Analysis in ArcGIS with STEAF - A Spatio-Temporal Extension & Analysis Framework
    Dan Goldburg - Texas A&M University
  • Creating A Parcel Fabric for Cedar Park
    Richard McEntee & Conor Barber - City of Cedar Park
  • Next Generation Applications and Architecture – Moving Towards Microservices and Single Page Applications
    Brent Porter - UT Center for Space Research
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico; Bi-national GIS collaboration
    Sally Holl - United States Geological Survey
3:30 - 4:00 pm Break & Exhibits
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Session A (Big TEX) Session B (Li'l TEX) Session C (Balcones Room)
Remote Sensing This is what we did - Technical data/app development Community GIS - Big and Small
  • Better Urban Change Detection
    Frank Obusek - Hexagon Geospatial
  • Toys, Technology, and Thinking Outside of the Box
    Eric Andelin, MBA, CP – Airphrame
  • An Open Source GIS Analytics Solution: Issues in Integrating Multiple Technologies
    Lucia Barbato - Texas Tech University
  • Contouring as a Data QA/QC Tool
    Amy Crowell - Mesquite GCD
  • Orthorectification and Distortion Analysis of Historic 1800s San Jacinto Battleground Maps using ERDAS Imagine and an Open Source Tool
    Nancy Heger - TPWD, Wildlife
  • GIS on the Cheap with Google
    Sean Moran - Civic Analytics
  • Creative Layers within GIS Routing for 9-1-1
    Anthony Haddad - Intrado Inc.
  • Mapping for a long term Drought
    John Zhu - TWDB
6:00 pm Forum Social featuring the spinning talents of DJ Spaghetti, spinning remodeled and remixed oldies for the young and young at heart!

Thursday, October 23rd

7:00 - 8:30 am Registration
8:30 - 9:00 am Recap & Opening remarks
9:00 - 10:00 am Keynote Presentation - Scott Wolter - Forensic geologist and host of History’s Channel's H2 network’s hit show, America Unearthed
10:00 - 10:30 am Break & Exhibits
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Session A (Big TEX) Session B (Li'l TEX) Session C (Balcones Room)
Solutions - Have you seen this? Mapping the world we live in - Environment FYI - Extra Extra, hear all about it!
  • ArcGIS Online for land planning and development
    Robert LaBarbera - Brown & Gay Engineers
  • GIS has moved to the web: A look at how advanced GIS tools run on CartoDB
    Jaime De Mora - CartoDB
  • Low cost GIS for GIS professionals
    David McKittrick - Blue Marble Geographics
  • Mapping marine migrations to prioritize resource management and spatial planning efforts in the Gulf of Mexico
    Carly Voight - The Nature Conservancy
    Michael Thompson - The Nature Conservancy
  • Using GIS to generate a landscape scale Habitat Suitability Index for Eastern Wild Turkeys
    Jason Estrella -Texas Parks and Wildlife-Region 3
  • TPWD's Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping Project
    Jack Hill - Sam Houston State University
  • Water Data for the Nation
    Daniel Pearson - USGS
  • From archives to people's reach: Making Historic Aerials Available Around the Clock
    Miriam Olivares - Texas A&M University - Department of Geography & College of Architecture
    Sierra Laddusaw – Texas A&M University - Map & GIS Library
  • Color Management Standards for color printing
    Efrain Carrero - Professional Plotter Technology
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch/Exhibits
1:00 - 2:00 pm 
TECH DEMO - AppGeo & Google
Going Beyond Traditional GIS
Presented by:
Rich Grady, Kate Hickey, Jim Scott - AppGeo
Michael Evanoff - Google
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Session A (Big TEX) Session B (Li'l TEX) Session C (Balcones Room)
Solutions - Have you seen this? Mapping the world we live in - Health 3D Visualization
  • Using QGIS in the Field
    Tatiana Perry - Blackbeard Data Services
  • An Open Source GIS Architecture for Connected and Linked Data
    Jerry Hayes - IBM Austin Research Labs
  • HTTP-based Web Services for GIS, including GeoTxt
    Frank Hardisty - Penn State University
  • Lyme Disease in Texas? Enhancing Prevention Through the Identification of Areas of Risk
    Susan Swinson-Williams - Lyme- Pennsylvania State University
  • Spatial Analysis of Tuberculosis in Texas
    Amber Trueblood - TAMHSC/DSHS
  • Mosquito control though watershed analysis
    Jeremiah Johnson - Surveying And Mapping, LLC
  • Interactive Web Application of 3D ArcGIS Structural Mapping of Edwards Aquifer, Balcones Fault Zone, Texas, USA
    Sarah Eason, GISP - Edwards Aquifer Authority
  • Geospatial Noise Modeling for Commercial Spaceports
    Sumant Mallavaram - HDR
  • 3DGIS and GeoDesign: Changing the Planning Conversation
    Nathan Brigmon - Civic Analytics
3:30PM - 4:00PM Break & Exhibits
4:00 - 5:30 pm

Session A (Big TEX) Session B (Li'l TEX)
GIO Roundtable
Web-Applications - Oh the Web We Weave
The Future of GIS in Texas Water Development Board

Moderator: Rob Aanstoos (DIR), Michael Chamberlain (TxDOT), Sterling Harris (GLO), Kim Ludeke (TPWD), Andrew Mellon (TxDPS), Greg Smithhart (TCEQ), Richard Wade (TNRIS)

Take part in the shaping of our future. We will use this opportunity to speak to a panel of high profile agency representatives to discuss current technologies, program development needs, and open the floor to any topic you would like to discuss.

  • Innovative web-based GIS Solutions for Program Management
    Tobias Wolf - HDR Engineering Inc
  • Modern Web Mapping of Government Services on a Cloud Platform Delivers Value for Residents, Businesses and Government Staff
    Kate Hickey - Applied Geographics, Inc
5:30 - 5:40 pm Closing Remarks

Location & Parking Information

The Forum is held at The Commons Center at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in North Austin.

The Commons Building (#137) is located at:

J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
(between U.S. 183 and Braker Lane)

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