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Private parcels and land management

Christopher Piccione

Colorado State University Extension 

My project looks into how private land ownership has been changing along the Western Slope of Colorado. Absentee landowners are becoming the dominant landowning classification in rural communities. Absentee landowners are individuals that own property but do not reside there full-time. There is little to no research on how land managers can identify absentee landowners and cater their land management practices to them. My project spatially represents absentee landowners in Routt County and other counties. If we are going to improve private landownership we must adapt our practices to landowners that do not live there full-time.

My name is Christopher Piccione and I earned my bachelor’s degree in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability with a minor in Geographic Information Systems in the fall of 2021. I have a passion for private land conservation practices. I am currently working as a Communication Coordinator for CSU Extension.  15 minutes/5 minutes for questions No Yes Thank you in advance for the opportunity to present my research.

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NSGIC and You

Karen Rogers

Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services

Abstract: The National States Geographic Infomation Council (NSGIC) had its midyear meeting in February. Its members are doing a lot of amazing work nationally that benefits you locally. Karen will run through our long list of advocacy issues and provide an update on where things are and where they’re going. She will also provide information on the 2021 Geospatial Maturity Assessment (GMA) and help unpack those results and trends. Questions and discussion are encouraged!

Bio: Karen Rogers has called Wyoming home her whole life. Her career has been spent in the public sector in a mix of federal and state service, mostly providing GIS support services. In 2020, Karen took on the position of Enterprise GIS and Data Visualization Coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Enterprise Technology Services. She is the former president of the Wyoming Geospatial Organization (WyGEO) and of the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). She can’t help but think about how location intelligence can be leveraged in emerging technology to improve government services. Karen keeps busy raising her wonderful children, Miles and Robin. She also loves gardening, skiing, backpacking, hiking, karate, and spending time with her family.

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Aerial Mapping for Post-Disaster Assessment and Mitigation

Craig Gooding

Ayres Associates

Abstract: The first step in beginning recovery from a natural disaster is to assess the damage. Geospatial data from airborne platforms and sensors can rapidly capture and display the changes across the landscape wrought by a fire, flood, tornado, and other natural disasters. Aerial mapping of natural disasters allows for identification and prioritization of areas prone to risk and high-value damage, and can assist in planning disaster recovery efforts.

Ayres will present four aerial mapping projects that supported post-disaster recovery work, three of which are in Colorado. One was due to a tornado, one was a flood, and two were cases of fire and subsequent flooding. The mapping data was often used by other Ayres professionals for design of reconstruction and planning of mitigation efforts. This presentation will describe the unique nature of each disaster and how communication and collaboration between agencies and partners can lead to completing geospatial projects quickly and delivering data to all the parties in need.

Bio: Craig Gooding has nearly 40 years of experience in the geospatial field, working with clients in federal government, state and local government, oil and gas, transportation services, fleet management, web services, and consumer products. He is the Business Development Specialist with Ayres Associates, located in the Colorado Springs area and supporting clients and partners throughout the western United States.

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Ryan Teter

USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC)

Abstract: The National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) is a seamless national dataset that represents the water drainage network of the United States with features such as rivers, streams, canals, lakes, ponds, coastlines, dams, and streamgages. The NHD may be used for analysis or cartographic purposes.

This presentation will discuss a brief history of the NHD, including some of the known issues within the dataset. It will cover details of the NHD model and how it represents different features and allows for analysis. The current NHD maintenance model, including different types of tools used, such as the Mark Up Application will also be discussed. Finally, complimentary datasets, such as the Watershed Boundary Dataset and the NHDPlus High Resolution will be reviewed.

Bio: Ryan Teter is a Technical Point of Contact with the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD), Partner Support Section, at the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). Ryan is the Product Owner of the NHD Update Tool and NHD Utilities Toolset. He provides training for both tools and reviews NHD Update Jobs to support NHD partners. Ryan’s past projects include cartographic generalization of the NHD and populating the Visibility Filter attribute in the NHD.

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Effects of Geomorphic Patterns on GSM Networks, Iterations, Call Loss and Propagation

Abidemi A. AINA

Morgan State University, Baltimore Maryland

Abstract: Telecommunication was defined as a technology whose domain is communicating from a distance. It includes mechanical and electrical communications. Bad cell phone reception is an ubiquitous problem across major countries and cities, and the causes of bad signal fall under two categories: localized poor coverage due to building materials or destructive interference, and geographical distance from or obstacles between your phone and the nearest cell tower.

In the case of landforms especially difficult terrains such as hills, mountains and undulations dropped call rates are also observed to be very high. It is noteworthy that geographical reception barriers are often insurmountable but fortunately, they are relatively rare. The cause of your bad cell signal is far more likely to be due to the construction materials used in your home or office, or destructive interference from the buildings around you.

Cellular signals have a hard time passing through metal and concrete within the walls of your home. Also destructive interference runs along similar lines and is a particular problem in built-up areas and rural areas. Its obviously not that there are no phone networks, but the cell signals will be reflected from walls and other barriers and many separate signals will be found traveling in different directions. These different signals will interact with each other and some of these can be diminished in strength, which results in weaker cell signal and eventually creates dead zones.
Keywords: Telecommunications, Landforms, Cell Phone, Dead Zones.

Bio: I am a Doctoral Student in BioEnvironmental Science at Morgan State University.

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Modernizing the National Spatial Reference System

Brian Shaw

NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey

Abstract: The National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) is the common foundation shared by both surveying and GIS.  NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) defines, maintains, and provides access to the NSRS, which serves as the basis for civilian surveying and mapping in the United States. 

This presentation gives an overview of existing NGS products and services, and how they will change as part of NSRS Modernization.  Those include coordinate conversions and transformations, geodetic control, GNSS data processing, the Continuous Operating Reference Station (CORS) network, aerial imagery, and the many tools and datasets that make the NSRS possible.  But the NSRS is not static; it must evolve as positioning technology and our understanding of the dynamic Earth improve. 

Among the changes coming within the next few years is replacement of the current U.S. horizontal and vertical datums, including an entirely new State Plane Coordinate System.  For both the existing and future NSRS, the goal of NGS is the same: to best meet the diverse positioning needs of the entire U.S. geospatial community that includes surveyors and GIS professionals.

Bio:   Brian Shaw is NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey Rocky Mountain Regional Advisor.  He began his career at NGS and has a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Geographic Information Systems which made him the NGS geospatial go-to person.  Brian emphasizes how GIS depends on geodesy as a frame of reference for location and is the foundation of positioning. One of his primary duties is educating geodetic and geospatial professionals about the importance of datums and how they are critical to consistent coordinates, especially when aligning and comparing disparate data for making important decisions.

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Large-scale Vegetation Monitoring in Rangelands

Wesley Collins

EcoPoint, Inc.

Abstract: EcoPoint, Inc. has developed a novel protocol for large-scale vegetation monitoring in rangelands. Our protocol combines easily deployable, high-resolution cell phone cameras for data collection, a GIS database structure for organization, and a photo-processing software for analyzing vegetation cover which has been peer-reviewed. Over the course of the past four growing season (2018-2021), this protocol has been used for a landscape scale habitat monitoring project for the Greater Sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming. While the primary objective of the project was habitat monitoring, it was also a proving ground for our monitoring method. We faced similar challenges to many rangeland vegetation monitoring project in the western United States: vast geographic areas, travel safety concerns, inexperienced personnel, short growing seasons, and adverse weather conditions. We feel that our method offers several advantages to help neutralize these challenges when implementing a large scale monitoring effort. Following four years of data collection, this method has proven to be cost-saving, efficient, and scalable; while also providing the critical habitat data needed to inform management decisions.

Bio: Born and raised in Texas, Wesley Collins developed a fondness for the outdoors early in life. He attended Texas State University where he followed his passion for wildlife by majoring in Wildlife Biology. Upon receiving his B.S., Wes attended graduate school at Texas State where he graduated with a Master’s in Applied Geography in GIS. Wes has held a number of jobs in resource management with state and federal agencies, giving him a wealth of applied experience in areas such as livestock management, habitat restoration, vegetation management, and recreation management. Combined with his educational background, Wes is able to help provide solutions to complex ecological questions accompanied with detailed geospatial products.

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Up the Creek, With Many Paddles

Shelly Carroll, Kent Park

Woolpert, Inc.

Abstract: Consider these 30 minutes an “on-ramp” to the 3DHP highway. As the practice of EDH evolves, the body of information available about it is often too technical or too high-level for organizations to plan for its use. This presentation offers a “just right” collection of insights useful to those using surface waters data, and to those making decisions that facilitate its use.

We’ll highlight what organizations should consider, plan for, and seek to mitigate. Real-world examples will bring clarity to topics that include:

  • Why the buzz about EDH?
  • Nuts and bolts of how EDH data is developed
  • The role of ancillary data like Geomorphic Indicators
  • Common bottlenecks and pitfalls
  • What to expect from deliverables
  • Choices to make prior to an EDH project start
  • Join us for a judgement-free zone of surface waters learning, and leave equipped with practical steps for improving your hydrography data assets.

The session will be lively, friendly, and well-organized, presented by an EDH project manager/Subject Matter Expert. My colleague Kent Park will moderate questions from attendees. We’ll have quiz questions to punctuate key takeaways, with fun token prizes distributed as the session unfolds.

The desired outcome is a shared basis of understanding for attendees about elevation derived hydrography, at a level of detail directly applicable to their decision making about surface waters data management.

Bio: With 26 years of experience in geomatics, Shelly has designed and led countless geospatial projects for local, state, and federal clients. She holds certifications in Project Management (PMP), Business Analysis (CBAP), and Organizational Agility (ACP).
Before her tenure as Program Director for Woolpert Shelly served in geospatial roles with the State of Minnesota, the Department of Interior, the National Interagency Fire Center. Her expertise includes natural resource management, geomorphology, all-hazard emergency response, and geospatial solution development. 

Kent is a GIS professional and photogrammetrist with over 37 years of experience in the geospatial industry. As a Program Director for state and local government GIS and base mapping programs, Kent’s role on projects is multi-faceted. He is currently working with Woolpert’s in-house photogrammetrist and researchers to develop new geospatial products, as well as applications and workflows for existing geospatial technology. A leader in the geospatial industry, Kent is active in industry forums—presenting as a subject matter expert in topics such as the applications of statewide imagery programs, data hosting, invasive species mapping, aerial lidar and USGS’s 3DEP & 3DHP Programs.

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Data Storage and Dissemination

Kent Park

Woolpert, Inc.

Abstract: Robust imagery and lidar data is exceptionally useful for government agencies, but it doesn’t come without its share of headaches. The high cost of storing, maintaining and manipulating the data can diminish its efficacy—and in some cases, render it virtually useless. What if there was an easy-to-use, low-cost alternative to traditional imagery and lidar data storage and dissemination methods? A solution that makes maintaining and accessing data simple and effective would broaden the usage of the data, leveraging it for the benefit of communities across the country—and the world. This presentation will discuss different methods for hosting data, managing maintenance/hardware upgrades, and creating specialized, on-demand derivative products. Attendees will learn about the various models for managing large datasets, including a new, web-based tool that uses cloud technology to slash data storage and hardware costs. They will also discover new ways to provide their constituents with access to this valuable data.

Bio: Kent Park is a GIS professional and photogrammetrist with over 37 years of experience in the geospatial industry. As a Program Director for state and local government GIS and base mapping programs, Kent’s role on projects is multi-faceted. He is currently working with Woolpert’s in-house photogrammetrist and researchers to develop new geospatial products, as well as applications and workflows for existing geospatial technology. A leader in the geospatial industry, Kent is active in industry forums—presenting as a subject matter expert in topics such as the applications of statewide imagery programs, data hosting, invasive species mapping, aerial lidar and USGS’s 3DEP and 3DHP Programs.

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Modeling Snow Leopard Habitat

Kaely Harris

Colorado State University

Abstract: The purpose of this investigation is to develop an understanding of suitable snow leopard habitat in the trans-Himalayan region in 2050. To do this, we consider situational factors such as changing land cover type, prey species distribution, and human-wildlife conflict as having an impact on the distribution, range, and density of snow leopards across this range. Our goal for this investigation was to develop a weighted habitat suitability analysis that would consider these factors and display a range of suitable habitats across 12 different counties. By defining this theoretical habitat range for snow leopards in 2050, we can develop future recommendations for land managers, livestock ranchers, and other stakeholders to determine how to best manage human-wildlife conflict and ensure the sustainability of snow leopard populations in a quickly changing global climate. 

Bio: Students collaborated with the Snow Leopard Conservancy to propose and develop a project identifying suitable snow leopard habitat. Students developed data management skills along with skills in geospatial project design. Students concluded that they could develop future recommendations for land managers, livestock ranchers, and other stakeholders to determine how to best manage human-wildlife conflict and ensure the sustainability of snow leopard populations in a quickly changing global climate.

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Soil Moisture Monitoring in the Upper Yampa Valley River Basin

Nicole Pepper

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC), Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E), Colorado Mountain College (CMC), and Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District (UYWCD)

Abstract: With support from the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District (UYWCD), the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) has partnered with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC) to install a new soil moisture monitoring station and propose a soil moisture monitoring network in the Upper Yampa River Basin. The goal of this network is to provide data and scientific insight into the reduction of runoff by dry soils, provide a continuous record of changing landscape conditions with a changing climate, and to support operational model and forecast improvements. A preliminary basin analysis has been conducted to identify key observation gaps in the region and develop a proposed plan of potential sites for new hydrometeorological station installations.

This presentation will demonstrate the utility of geospatial analysis to provide scientific, physically-based justification for potential soil moisture monitoring station locations in the Upper Yampa and provide an overview of the preliminary assessment to date. In this assessment, we performed a cluster analysis of both atmospheric and land surface variables to explore where soil moisture stations will be most useful to capture basin-scale soil moisture on event, seasonal, and climate scales. We combined results from this cluster analysis with additional considerations of atmospheric drivers and input from project stakeholders to identify a top priority location for our pilot station, to be installed in summer 2022, with emphasis on its operational value for water management.

Bio: Nicole grew up in southern California and moved to Colorado in 2018 after graduating from the University of California Los Angeles where she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography and minored in Geographic Information Systems & Technology. Thus far, her career has largely focused on natural resource applications of geospatial analysis through her past work with the NASA DEVELOP research program and current work at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC), a local nonprofit dedicated to decreasing carbon emissions and increasing resiliency in northern Colorado. In addition to her position with YVSC, Nicole works part-time as a GIS lab coordinator with Colorado Mountain College.

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PLSS Overview

Thomas Effinger

E&F Associates, Routt County Surveyor

Abstract: The relationships between surveying and GIS

Bio: Tom Effinger is a Land Surveyor registered in Colorado and Wyoming.  He is also the Routt County Surveyor.  Tom is a registered CFedS.  He owns and operates E&F Associates which he founded in 1975.  Tom was the Forest Service Cadastral Surveyor for the Forest Service in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.  

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USGS 3D Elevation Program

Carol Lydic

U.S. Geological Survey

Abstract: The mission of the National Geospatial Program (NGP) is to provide National topographic information to advance science, support government, enlighten citizens, and enable decision making. There are many components of the NGP such as The National Map, 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), National Hydrography, and National Digital Trails as examples. This presentation will highlight status for 3DEP and provide updates on other components of the NGP.

Bio: Carol Lydic works for the U.S. Geological Survey, National Geospatial Program, as the National Map Liaison for Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.  As a Liaison, Carol performs outreach and coordination related to key initiatives of the National Geospatial Program. 

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An Analysis of Front Range Avian Rehabilitation

Lilly Cory

Colorado State University

Abstract: Avian Rehabilitation is a very niche field that requires licensed rehabbers to be attentive and hands-on to release patients. This leaves little time for facilities to use collected data for research. Patient records must include the location of where the injured patient was recovered as CPW (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) requires that patients are released within a 10-mile radius of the recovery location.

This study investigated patterns of recovery locations along the Front Range using patient records from wildlife rehabilitation facilities to identify regions of high avian-human interaction resulting in bird injury. Through hot spot, density, and also visual analysis, we found correlations between bird injury rates and human population and land cover type.

This project was only a brief glimpse into patterns of injury for avian species, however, it provides a baseline for wildlife rehabilitators to understand the timing of injuries, species survival, and allocation of resources to patients.

Bio: Lilly Cory is a rising Senior at Colorado State University with a Major in Wildlife Biology and a minor in GIS. She considers herself a ‘bird nerd’ with a great fascination of avian migration paths and navigation abilities.  She is looking forward to expanding her GIS background through career opportunities and personal ‘backyard projects’ before her graduation in May of 2023.  

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Location Intelligence In Amalgamation Of Floating Solar PV & Electric Vehicle

Abhishek Pandey

HERE Solutions Pvt. Ltd India

Abstract: With the ever-growing demand for Electric Vehicles (EV), the demand for the EV charging stations (EVCS) and energy is also increasing. The reason for switching to EV is to reduce CO2 emission, put a check on pollution and open doors for sustainable development. While most of the EV Charging stations are sourcing energy from Grids (i.e. coal burning) they cannot be considered Environment friendly. The use of Solar panels & Wind turbine produced energy comes with its own challenges like availability of land & transmission of electricity. Thus, the paper aims to rectify the energy crisis by suggesting an alternate clean energy system i.e. Floating Solar photovoltaic (FSPV) to power

Electric Vehicles (EV) considering the various location challenges and transmission challenges. A neoteric hybrid model is suggested by making use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (Sentinel 1 SAR), spatial (GIS) data, potential of Floating PV cells, to set up new locations of EV charging stations sourcing clean electricity from FSPVs or for transmission of the clean energy to existing EVCS.

Bio: Process Systems Engineer II at HERE Technologies holding Masters in Geoinformatics from TERI School of advanced studies & having 2+ years of experience in Geospatial domain. The presenter also holds green ring issued by the climate reality project.

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Improving City Council Communication with a Modernized ArcGIS Platform

Brady Hustad

Argis Solutions

Abstract: More advanced Esri solutions sometimes require a helping hand. Argis Solutions’ GIS professional services supports state and local government’s plans for stable, future-oriented communities. Learn how Argis partnered with a Colorado county to help them implement their vision for a more streamlined, faster mapping process for city planning for city council members. Brady Hustad is the president and founder of Argis Solutions. Brady believes augmented reality paired with accurate geospatial data will forever change how industries assess risk mitigation– it is already providing return on investment for many customers.

For nearly two decades, Brady has been developing, architecting, and leading development teams in the geospatial industry with a focus on custom development, research, and design. Recognized as CEO for top technical sales, he has won multiple Microsoft Partner awards with past companies, helping his previous company become Esri Partner of the Year. His work has earned two Esri Partner Innovation awards in past years, including the 2016 Innovation Partner for the Argis Framework. Additionally, he has multiple published articles, papers, and interviews covering advanced and visionary technical concepts in GIS and computer vision.

Bio: Brady has a B.S. in Management of Information Systems from Kettering University (formerly GMI Institute of Technology and Management) He holds the patent for combining augmented reality and GIS, and he has a patent pending for computer vision and machine learning in the medical industry.

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