2019 Texas GIS Forum Agenda

Forum schedule subject to change. Check back regularly for updates and more information.

Monday, October 21

8:00AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday, October 22

8:00AM- 5:00PM

Conference
Wednesday, October 23

7:30 - 8:30AM
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00AM
Welcome & Introductions

Richard Wade, TNRIS Deputy Executive Administrator/State GIO

9:00 - 10:00AM

Keynote Presentation
Leon Logothetis, The Kindness Diaries

Leon Logothetis Headshot Leon Logothetis hosts Netflix's The Kindness Diaries. He travels the world relying on the kindness of strangers, giving back to unsuspecting good samaritans.

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ALL DAY
10:00AM - 5:00PM

ESRI HOLL (FREE Hands-On Learning Labs)

Throughout the day on Wednesday, ESRI will host self-guided courses in the Balcones Room covering ESRI software and key GIS techniques.

Stay tuned for course offerings.

10:00 - 10:30AM
Break & Exhibits
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Session A (Big Tex)
Strategic Mapping - Celebrating Successful Public and Private Partnerships

Moderated by Gayla Mullins, StratMap Program Manager

10:30 – 11:00AM
Program overview - How everyone benefits

Celebrate this 10 year milestone with us as TNRIS program specialists provide an overview of program benefits and major accomplishments gained for the Texas GIS community and the public in general. Learn how the program has enhanced the purchasing power of GIS data and services in Texas and how that translates into problems solved for the greater good of humans and our environment.

11:00– 11:30AM
Success Stories

Hear first-hand from StratMap data, services and software providers as well as Texas government users on the direct impact the program has had on their work. Industry experts from both sectors will tell the human side of the successes they achieve over and over through this model.

11:30AM – 12:00PM
What's New?

Learn about new program goals and details on the next phase of public/private partnerships in Texas. Engage with a Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) representative who will describe the new contract solicitation process and answer any questions. How can the contracting model help you as a user or as a provider? What do you want to see on the contract that's different? What improvements could be made? Following the session, program experts (actual humans) from TNRIS and DIR will be on hand to answer additional questions.

Session B (Li'l TEX)
Programming Insights

10:30 – 11:00AM
Programming with GIS?! Yes You Can!

Stephanie Long, Austin Community College

Description & Bio

11:00– 11:30AM
Calculating the Boundary of Oil Fields in Texas using Python in a GIS Workflow

Harold Rogers, Bureau of Economic Geology

Description & Bio

11:30AM – 12:00PM
2019: A C-Sharp Odyssey... Migrating Python Add-ins from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro

John Phillips & Matt Washburn, Texas Department of Transportation

Description & Bio

12:00 - 1:00PM
Lunch & Exhibits
1:00 – 1:45PM

Platinum Sponsor Presentation
Using ArcGIS to Tell Human Stories Esri Logo

Presented by Paul Ross

For centuries people have been telling stories and communicating with maps. Today, WebGIS makes it fast and easy to create and share important information and stories locally or even worldwide. In this session, Paul will discuss how new tools like StoryMaps, Dashboards and app-building products combine with SaaS to create new and exciting ways to create information products and share them.

1:45 - 2:00PM
Break & Exhibits
2:00 - 3:30PM

Session A (Big Tex)
Automation Nation

2:00 – 2:30PM
Out of Order: ArcGIS Arcade to Play When You Otherwise Couldn't

Jordan Carmona, GISP, City of McKinney

Description & Bio

2:30 - 3:00PM
Leveraging Python to Automate GIS Updates and Reporting in an Appraisal District

Keith Dailey, Bexar Appraisal District

Description & Bio

3:00 – 3:30PM
Programmatic Metadata Augmentation and Processing for Enhancing Data Discoverability

Michael Shensky, University of Texas at Austin

Description & Bio

Session B (Li'l TEX)
Saving our World

2:00 – 2:30PM
Monitoring Spatial-Temporal Patterns of PM2.5 For Improved Understanding of Air Pollution Dynamics Using Portable Sensing Technologies

Lu Liang, University of North Texas

Description & Bio

2:30 - 3:00PM
Collecting and Managing Sensitive Data: Palo Duro Canyon Hosts 2019 TAS Archaeological Field School

Michael Potts, Ceran Hibbard, Jennifer Estes, TPWD

Description & Bios

3:00 – 3:30PM
Fine Resolution Mapping of Houston Toad Breeding Pond Habitat

Laura Chapa, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Description & Bios

3:30 - 4:00PM
Break & Exhibits
4:00 - 5:30PM

Panel: Preparing for GIS Leadership. Carpe Geo - Part Deux

Moderator: Bill Johnson, AppGeo

Panelists

  • Selena Walsh, Director – Executive Management in Public Leadership, LBJ School of Public Affairs

  • Molly Schar, Director – National States Geographic Information Council

  • Ed Kelly, Chief Data Officer – Department of Information Resources

  • Richard Wade – GIO of Texas and Deputy Executive Administrator at the Texas Water Development Board

Today’s and tomorrow’s GIS leaders are being called upon to manage the complexity of rapidly expanding data volumes, with ever changing technologies, while meeting rising expectations about the availability and accessibility of location data. This presentation will extend the ideas Bill introduced in his “Carpe Geo & Parvus Momentum” keynote presentation at the 2018 Texas GIS Forum. After a quick recap on the core ideas of “seizing the GIS opportunity”, this presentation will move on to describing overlay skills (above and beyond competencies in GIS, communication, coordination, and leadership) that create the conditions for success as an emerging GIS leader. These points will be illustrated with stories and examples and will conclude with some thoughts on opportunities ready for today’s GIS leaders to seize.

Conference
Thursday, October 24

7:30 - 8:30AM
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00AM
Welcome & Introductions
9:00 - 10:00AM

Keynote Presentation
Justen Noakes, Director of Emergency Preparedness for H-E-B

Justen Noakes Headshot Justen Noakes is the Director of Emergency Preparedness at H-E-B, and has coordinated responses to nearly every major Texas disaster event of the past decade.

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ALL DAY
10:00AM - 4:00PM

ESRI HOLL (FREE Hands-On Learning Labs)

Throughout the day on Thursday, ESRI will host self-guided courses in the Balcones Room covering ESRI software and key GIS techniques.

Stay tuned for course offerings.

10:00 - 10:30AM
Break & Exhibits
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Session A (Big Tex)
Emergency Management

10:30 – 11:00AM
Hurricane Emergency Response - Operational and Technical Infrastructure Challenges

JD Godchaux, Customer Success Manager with CARTO | Jeff Goalen, Director of Budget Support Services at Harris County, Texas

Description & Bio

11:00– 11:30AM
Materials Management for Debris Planning and Emergency Response – The Disaster Debris Recovery Tool (DDRT)

Rachel Snavely & Erik Christianson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6

Description & Bios

11:30AM – 12:00PM
GIS and Water Rescue

Ronald Vaughn, Dallas Fire Department

Description & Bio

Session B (Li'l TEX)
Transportation Analysis

10:30 – 11:00AM
Let’s Shake On It – Providing Roadway Match Points across Multiple Jurisdictions

Ken Haenel & Sean Moran, Austin Community College Incubator for Professional Skills

Description & Bios

11:00– 11:30AM
NoSQL? No Problem. Using a Graph-based Database Can Improve Data Modeling and Analysis

Morgen Healy, Applied Geographics, Inc. | James Graham, District of Columbia Department of Transportation

Description & Bios

11:30AM – 12:00PM
Tribal GIS for Transportation Planning

Ryan Fennell, Atkins

Description & Bio

12:00 - 1:00PM
Lunch & Exhibits
1:00– 1:45PM

Platinum Sponsor Presentation
What's Driving Your Data? AppGeo Logo

Presented by Kate Hickey and Morgen Healy

Organizations are spending more time and money than ever on data, data science, and analytics. There is no question that data platforms are increasingly powerful and are a key ingredient to success. But organizations are making far more progress on the technological front of data use than the human one. Organizations want to leverage their data to make better decisions and improve outcomes, but in order to achieve this they also need to consider organizational realities, which is where the complexities lie. In this talk we will discuss various approaches and strategies for leveraging data (geospatial or otherwise) within your organization.

1:45 - 2:00PM
Break & Exhibits
2:00 - 3:30PM

Session A (Big Tex)
City Smarts GIS

2:00 – 2:30PM
Improving Community Services by Helping Citizens Find Their Lost Pets Through Interactive Web Map

Ari Kassin-Fuentes - Javier Jaime - Alan Lara, City of El Paso

Description & Bio

2:30 - 3:00PM
Leveraging GIS to Communicate Water Outages

Holly Pryor - Joe Sepulveda, City of Georgetown, Texas

Description & Bios

3:00 – 3:30PM
Creating Open Data: Deliverables for Humans

Jordan Carmona, GISP, City of McKinney

Description & Bio

Session B (Li'l TEX)
3D GIS

2:00 – 2:30PM
Coming to a Theater Near You, Your GIS in 3D!

Timothy Bohn, SURDEX Corp

Description & Bio

2:30 - 3:00PM
Application of Drone Photogrammetry and LiDAR in Volumetric Change Analysis of Permanent School Fund Surface Mines

Daniel Gao - Bill Farr - Scot Friedman, Texas General Land Office

Description & Bios

3:00 – 3:30PM
Improving 3D Buildings into Realistic Objects

Miguel Pavon, Texas Natural Resources Information System

Description & Bio

3:30 - 4:00PM

Break & Exhibits

4:00 - 5:00PM

Session A (Big Tex)
Census 2020

4:00 – 4:30PM
2020 Census Geographic Programs Debrief

Jim Castagneri - Lacey Loftin, U.S. Census Bureau

Description & Bio

4:30 - 5:00PM
Demonstration of Data.census.gov

Lacey Loftin, U.S. Census Bureau

Description & Bio

Session B (Li'l TEX)
Workflow GIS

4:00 – 4:30PM
Improving Property Data Management at the San Antonio River Authority

Philip Brown - Elizabeth Garcia, San Antonio River Authority | Caitlin Schneider, Applied Geographics, Inc.

Description & Bio

4:30 - 5:00PM
Analyzing Food Inspection Scores in Austin, TX using Spatial Statistics

Nathaniel Dede-Bamfo, Texas State University

Description & Bio

5:00PM

Closing Remarks - Richard Wade, TNRIS Deputy Executive Administrator/GIO

Conference
Friday, October 25

8:00 - 9:00AM
Registration & Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00AM

Town Hall: State of the State

Federal Activity Updates with State Impact

10:00 - 10:15AM
Break
10:15 - 11:30AM

Town Hall: State of the State Cont'd

State Initiatives and Data Priorities

Land Parcels, Address Points, Lidar Roadmap, Statewide Imagery

11:30AM - 12:00PM

Open Discussion & Closing Remarks

Platinum Sponsors

Surdex geospatial logo and link appgeo logo and link to website Esri logo and link to website

Silver Sponsors

Fugro logo and link Merrick logo and link GeoComm logo and link Blue Marble logo and link SCAUG logo and link Sanborn logo and link to website Geocortex logo and link Tyler Tech logo and link Aecom geospatial logo and link KCI Technologies logo and link Miller Imaging logo and link Intrado, Inc logo and link Geoshack logo and link

Exhibitors

  • USGS Water Science Center
  • Tessellations Incorporated
  • Austin Community College, GIS and Geospatial Engineering Departments
  • TeachMeGIS
  • The Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science (CBI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • Razor-Tek
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)