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Monday, April 16
 

8:00am

Image Processing and Classification
In this workshop we use the RMRS Raster Utility toolbar to create a life form classification from remotely sensed imagery and elevation datasets. Topics covered in the workshop include raster processing, sampling, classification, and model development and interpretation. Although the workshop is based on predefined datasets and suggested workflow that includes an easy to follow tutorial, participants are invited to bring their own datasets and relevant projects of interest to explore collaboratively. For more information about the RMRS Raster Utility toolbar please visit our web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/raster-utility/.

Speakers
RA

Rob Ahl

Robert Ahl is a remote sensing analyst, working with the USDA Forest Service Northern Region Geospatial Group. A primary focus of his work involves the integration of remote sensing technology and field measurements to quantify and map various aspects of existing vegetation and ground... Read More →
JH

John Hogland

John Hogland is a biological scientist working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station. His research interests revolve around quantitative methods within geographic information systems (GIS) and understanding the relationships between landscape patterns and forested ecosystems processes... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Montana Room

8:00am

Intro to ArcGIS Online
This workshop is designed for people who want an introduction to the basic concepts of ArcGIS Online. The workshop provides an overview of what users can do in ArcGIS Online such as quickly turning data into valuable information by creating intelligent interactive web maps and sharing them privately or publicly. ArcGIS Online provides a platform that enables users to make spatial data available through an interactive web map, a web app, story map and a mobile app without the need for programming. This means it is accessible to users any time on any operating system. You will learn some of the uses of ArcGIS Online including: using an interactive map, creating an interactive map, adding your own data, configuring the map display and creating an app. By the end of this workshop you will be able to create your own interactive map and app and share it with others.

Speakers
BA

Brian Andersen

Brian Andersen has been a GIS Professional at the Montana Department of Transportation since 2000. While at MDT he as served as the GIS Lead and Project manager. He is Currently the Supervisor of the Geospatial Information Section overseeing a team of 9 employees that work with GIS... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Clark Room

8:00am

Socioeconomic and Demographic Data for GIS Professionals: Which Data are Relevant to Your Work and How Do You Get Your Hands On It?
Headwaters Economics brings together data from a variety of different sources to create reports about socioeconomic and demographic status by geography. We make this data available via free online tools and data visualizations from the geographic scale of the entire U.S. down to individual census tracts. During this presentation we will show you how to use our online tools, but, more importantly, we will explain the relevance of the different variables presented. We will explain the different geographic levels at which the data are available. We will show you some products we have created where we married the data to maps and allowed users to interact with it. Participants will leave with an understanding of how they can get their hands on the data, what different kinds of information is available and might be relevant to their work, and how that data can be linked to geographic information.

Speakers

Monday April 16, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Helena Room

8:00am

Understanding Coordinate Systems: A Brief History from Antiquity to the 21st Century
Level: Beginner-Intermediate / Refresher

Learning Objectives:
  • Give historical context to the evolution of geodesy from antiquity to modern era
  • Provide a better understanding of coordinate systems, datums, projections
  • Basic data management and alignment
Abstract:
In this workshop we will look at the evolution of coordinate systems through time as a way to understand the anticipation generating around the 2022 Datum. Starting with the first celestial maps in Egypt and China this class will explore the motivation behind the development of geodesy with focus on historical context. As part of this review the workshop will help define and provide better understanding of coordinate system components: projection, datum, and origin. So often do many of the data discrepancies, legacy issues, and the proliferation of poor data quality begin with mismanagement or lack of understanding of coordinate systems. The workshop intends to provide attendees the necessary fundamentals to identify and fix data management issues.

Workshop Interactivity:
Workshop will include interactive samples, case studies and group exercise. Attendees should come prepared with a computer and QGIS. The wrap up exercise will go through basic coordinate system management.

Speakers

Monday April 16, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lewis Room

8:00am

ArcGIS Pro Fundamentals
Overveiw
ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest desktop GIS application with powerful tools for visualizing, maintaining, and analyzing data. ArcGIS Pro makes use of the modern ribbon interface and 64-bit processing to increase the speed and efficiency of using GIS. It allows users to create amazing maps in both 2D and 3D quickly and easily. This 2 day course will teach both existing ArcGIS for Desktop users and those new to GIS how they can use ArcGIS Pro to create 2D and 3D maps using ArcGIS Pro. Students will learn terminology associated with ArcGIS Pro and GIS in general. They will gain an understanding of ArcGIS Pro projects and how to manage them.

Topic Covered
Introduction to ArcGIS Pro
Using the ArcGIS Pro ribbon interface
Creating and managing projects
Creating 2D and 3D maps
Creating Map Layouts

Pre-requisites and Requirements
This is a beginner level course. No previous GIS Experience is required though a strong understanding of file access and management in Windows is encouraged.

Speakers

Monday April 16, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Governor Room

1:00pm

Automating Our Workflow Using Python: Focus on Reusable Code
Much of what we do within a GIS on a day to day basis is detailed and repetitive. In many instances these procedures are complex and need to be performed by multiple people. In this workshop we will explore ways to automate your day to day workflow using Python and ArcGIS while focusing on creating reusable code. We will outline some basic object oriented programming concepts and explore ways to streamline GIS workflow. While a basic understanding of Python and ArcGIS are required to work through the examples, we will discuss coding and automation topics in a nontechnical manner so that anyone interested can participate. If you bring your own laptop please make sure you have ArcDesktop installed and a license (Python should be installed with ArcDesktop).

Speakers
JH

John Hogland

John Hogland is a biological scientist working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station. His research interests revolve around quantitative methods within geographic information systems (GIS) and understanding the relationships between landscape patterns and forested ecosystems processes... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark Room

1:00pm

Cartography Fundamentals
Cartographers have been making maps for thousands of years now and many people that look at maps respond almost intuitively. For example, you probably don’t need to look at the map legend to figure out that the blue polygon is water. At this point in your life, you’ve seen it so many times that you don’t even consciously realize that you process this information. Yet, in Montana, most rivers and lakes aren’t blue when you’re out in the landscape. As GIS becomes more readily available, many people are producing maps without a cartographic or geographic educational background, and they’re not always conveying their message as easily as they might. This team has nearly 50 years of cumulative cartographic experience and we’ll try to share the lessons we’ve learned in an interactive environment. What other things do map readers respond “intuitively” to? Most people won’t look at your maps for more than a few minutes, whether it’s a decision-maker trying to quickly understand all the information available or a citizen glancing at a map online. What could you do to help people walk away with your intended message? Do you know what projection to use? Do you understand color theory? Do you know what layouts are most effective and why? Whether you answered yes or no to any of these questions, you should come and join the dialogue!

Speakers
VH

Valentijn Hoff

Valentijn Hoff is a GIS Analyst at the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, part of the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana. He is also a FAA certified UAS pilot. He sometimes serves as a Situation Unit Leader on a Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team or... Read More →


Monday April 16, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lewis Room

1:00pm

Exploring Case Studies for Using NASA Remote Sensing Data
This workshop will focus on accessing and working with moderate resolution (250 m - 1,000 m) remote sensing data, such as MODIS, and high resolution (15 m - 90 m) data, such as ASTER, using NASA's Earthdata Search and the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AppEEARS) tool. Topics covered include transforming and sub-setting geospatial data sets using spatial, temporal, band parameter, and quality filter constraints. An introduction to visualization and analysis of remote sensing data in ArcGIS will also be covered. Attendees must register for a NASA Earthdata account at https://urs.earthdata.nasa.gov/home.

Speakers

Monday April 16, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Montana Room

1:00pm

HOT OSM Mapathon for the Tanzania Development Trust - Sponsored by Headwaters Economics
Curious about how to start mapping for Humanitarian Open Street Map? In this hands-on workshop we will be contributing data to support the Tanzania Development Trust project. You will learn the process for contributing to Open Street Map including tips, tricks, and keyboard shortcuts. Feel free to drop in for an hour or the entire session. This mapathon is sponsored by Headwaters Economics.


Monday April 16, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Helena Room

6:00pm

Networking Meet-Up
Please join us for the inaugural Big Sky GeoCon Meetup! This exciting networking event will include mobile Jeopardy, door prizes, pizza, beverages, and a great time! Attendees will receive one free beverage token (sponsored by MAGIP) and an entry for door prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers

Monday April 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lewis and Clark Brewery (2nd Floor - Power Room) 1517 Dodge Ave, Helena, MT
 
Tuesday, April 17
 

8:00am

ArcGIS Enterprise: The What, Why, and How
Target Audience: GIS Managers and ArcGIS Server Administrators

The ArcGIS Enterprise (formerly ArcGIS for Server) discussion is geared toward people who are familiar with ArcGIS Server, but want to understand where Esri is headed with ArcGIS Enterprise and “WebGIS.”

ArcGIS Enterprise includes several software components that are designed to work together. A foundational setup of ArcGIS Enterprise consists of a number of these components configured in a certain way; this is called a base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment.  These components include ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store and the ArcGIS Web Adaptor.  Come to this session to learn about these components and why they are important going forward with your deployment.
This is NOT a hands-on session

Speakers
SM

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Clark Room

8:00am

Exploring Montana Property Information with SQL Queries
The Property Assessment Division of the Montana Department of Revenue is responsible for the valuation of all taxable property in the state. A good deal of the data used in valuation is available through the State Library. In addition to the Cadastral site, database files are available for download. This workshop will give background information on the collection and availability of property data, and then dive in to setting up a database using Microsoft SQL Server Express – a free small-scale version of their database software. We will then use SQL queries to explore the property tables and run a few typical reports. SQL query / Database management experience is helpful but not necessary.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Montana Room

8:00am

Situation Analyst Montana - GIS for Emergency Management
Situation Analyst Montana (SAM) is a state-wide all-hazard decision support tool (SaaS) available to all government agencies within Montana at no cost. It provides a one-stop shop for all disciplines to access real-time information from as many sources as possible during incidents as well as during routine activities.  Local agency field personnel can capture information so that all disciplines have access to real-time information.  Federal and state information are leveraged to provide agencies to provide a common operating picture.  A new statewide home risk assessment project is being kicked-off using SAM. New and existing users will learn how to access and use SAM, its latest features, and its companion SA Field Tool app for offline use.   Data sharing between incident management teams, local agencies and the public will be a key topic for this workshop.  This WILL be a hands-on session.


Tuesday April 17, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lewis Room

8:00am

Using the Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) for Census Bureau Geographic Partnership Programs
The Geographic Update Partnership Software (GUPS) is a free GIS software provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to our geographic program partners. GUPS is used to collect spatial information such as boundaries and linear features in geographic programs such as the Block Boundary Suggestion Project, The Voting District Project, the Boundary and Annexation Survey, the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), the School District Boundary Review Program, and the Participant Statistical Areas Program. It is also used to collect address information in LUCA. During this workshop you will learn the basic functionality of GUPS that crosses over all programs, as well as GUPS tools developed for the unique needs of each program.

Speakers
CJ

Colleen Joyce

Assistant Chief, Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office, Decennial Census Programs Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau


Tuesday April 17, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
Helena Room

8:00am

ArcGIS Pro Fundamentals
ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s newest desktop GIS application with powerful tools for visualizing, maintaining, and analyzing data. ArcGIS Pro makes use of the modern ribbon interface and 64-bit processing to increase the speed and efficiency of using GIS. It allows users to create amazing maps in both 2D and 3D quickly and easily. This 2 day course will teach both existing ArcGIS for Desktop users and those new to GIS how they can use ArcGIS Pro to create 2D and 3D maps using ArcGIS Pro. Students will learn terminology associated with ArcGIS Pro and GIS in general. They will gain an understanding of ArcGIS Pro projects and how to manage them.

Speakers

Tuesday April 17, 2018 8:00am - 5:00pm
Governor Room

1:00pm

Getting Started with the ArcGIS API for Python
ArcGIS API for Python is a new Python library for working with maps and geospatial data, powered by web GIS. It provides simple and efficient tools for sophisticated vector and raster analysis, geocoding, map making, routing and directions, as well as for organizing and managing a GIS with users, groups and information items. In addition to working with your own data, the library enables access to ready to use maps and curated geographic data from Esri and other authoritative sources. It also integrates well with the scientific Python ecosystem and includes rich support for Pandas and Jupyter notebook.

This hands on session will cover how analysts and data scientists can use the ArcGIS platform in combination with data science libraries from Python for mapping, visualization and geospatial data analysis.  In addition, we will cover how ArcGIS administrators can use this library to automate common functions within their web GIS. This is a HANDS ON Session – attendees need to bring their own laptops

Speakers
SM

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Clark Room

1:00pm

GPS, Surveying and Maps - Connecting the Pieces
Want to play outside finding a geodetic bench mark, collecting GPS data and processing the data to the national system.  In this workshop we will do all that (weather permitting) and learn how to connect the pieces between survey and GIS data to create accurate geospatial maps.  We will demonstrate various tools to process the GPS data accurately, how to find the various control as well as discuss which datum (datums - the foundation to your accurate geospatial maps) you should use and why. In addition, Pam will highlight the new datums to be implemented in 2022 with three feet of change in elevation and five feet in the horizontal component (yes, 3’ and 5’ in MT) and how best to prepare for such dramatic changes. Lastly, but perhaps most important, hear about the efforts underway for a statewide GPS network (called a Real-Time Reference Network), which could provide centimeter (inches) results for surveyors and decimeter (foot) results for GIS applications nearly instantaneously. This will be a fun, exciting session to learn valuable information critical to your GIS data and products.

Speakers

Tuesday April 17, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Montana Room

1:00pm

How to Use U.S. Census Bureau Data in GIS
Have you ever struggled to integrate data from the Census Bureau's website into your GIS? This session will cover everything you need to know. From understanding and selecting the proper census data, to formatting the data in ArcGIS. We'll cover the various types of Census geography, data sources and programs, data retrieval from American Factfinder, and data presentation in ArcGIS.  Please bring a laptop to this session and follow-along as we download and format data for GIS.

Speakers
JC

Jim Castagneri

Geographic Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau – Denver
LL

Lacey Loftin

Data Dissemination Specialist & Media Relations, Data Dissemination Branch, Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office, U.S. Census Bureau


Tuesday April 17, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Helena Room

1:00pm

UAS and GIS: Enabling Drone Technology for the Geospatial Professional
Technology – Frontier Precision - Jackson Beighle
The technology of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is enabling geospatial professionals to quickly capture high quality aerial data of project sites.  Lower cost drones, high-quality lightweight cameras, specialized sensors, and user-friendly software is making it easier to deploy the technology.  Frontier Precision will discuss the latest technology in drones, sensors and software including Esri Drone2Map and Pix4D Mapper for creating 2D and 3D data in a GIS environment.

Planning – EcoPoint - Michael Clancy
This planning phase of the workshop will detail specific parameters for UAS projects with the end goal being efficient and effective project execution and reliable project results. UAS project execution does not differ from any other data collection process: the key to success in the project is planning. Successful project plans include legal authorizations, flight planning and logistics, sensor calibration and data collection storage/housing. We will discuss in detail the legal requirements for your flight, including licenses, waivers, DROTAMS, airspace considerations, crew management, flight logs, and safe flight operations. We will also cover specific flight and sensor characteristics for your project including the relationships between ground sample distance, flight height, image overlaps and air speed. Finally, we will discuss planning your data collection, storage, and processing to ensure expected results from your collected data.

Analysis - Ecosystem Sciences - Tim Maguire
Ecosystems Sciences will discuss the process and methods of analyzing your UAS data for multiple uses such as vegetation mapping and fish habitat. Extending the consumption and utilization of UAS data beyond the standard data products is a critical component of UAS data collection. UAS can produce a huge volume of data, at a low cost, and at any time period, compared to traditional technologies. However, these raw data products do not provide inherent value until analyzed at the appropriate scale. Ecosystem Sciences will discuss various processing methods and demonstrate data products with a specific focus on using your data to guide and enhance your field operations.

Speakers
JB

Jackson Beighle

For the past 12 years, Jackson Beighle has worked as a Geospatial Sales Rep, initially with Electronic Data Solutions and now with Frontier Precision through an acquisition in 2016. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Montana in 1994. In 1996... Read More →


Tuesday April 17, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Lewis Room

6:00pm

Public Night and Map Gallery
Free and Open to the Public!
Please join us to learn more about GIS!
Families and children are encouraged to attend!

Map Poster Gallery | Interactive Exhibitor Booths | Games and Fun Prizes | Networking

Appetizers and no-host bar will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Speakers

Tuesday April 17, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Natatorium
 
Wednesday, April 18
 

8:00am

LUCA Trouble-Shooting Presentation
An overview of issues and tips on how to conduct LUCA work in-house.  Attend this presentation to hear about ways to process your address list and how to compare it with the Census Bureau address list.  This presentation is designed for those program participants who have received materials from the Census Bureau and need guidance on how to proceed with LUCA review.

Speakers
JC

Jim Castagneri

Geographic Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau – Denver


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Helena Room

8:00am

3D Montana - LiDAR for Montana
The Montana State Library and the Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC) prioritized the development of a statewide LiDAR plan in the coming fiscal year. The State Library has already begun participating in national discussions to help coordinate our efforts with the USGS, other states, and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). Erin Fashoway & Troy Blandford will be participating as Montana’s State Champions in the 3D for the Nation Program. Come to this presentation to learn more about how you can participate in Montana’s statewide LiDAR plan and leverage available federal funding!

Speakers
TB

Troy Blandford

Troy Blandford serves as the Water Information Systems manager at the Montana State Library.
EF

Erin Fashoway

Erin Fashoway is the State of Montana GIS Coordinator with the Montana State Library. She received her B.A. in Geography from Bowling Green State University and Masters of City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. A member of MAGIP since 2006, and serving as President... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Governor Room

8:00am

Drones in Archaeology: Applications of Drone Remote Sensing and Regional Ethnohistory to Understand a Prehistoric Mining Quarry
The diverse and complex geologic setting of Western Montana has resulted in rich deposits of the raw materials needed for prehistoric stone tool manufacturing. Cryptocrystalline cherts were of primary importance to local tribes’ traditional technology and were extensively mined at various locations, resulting in a unique type of cultural landscape, a prehistoric quarry. By referencing regional ethnohistorical data, it’s possible to better contextualize prehistoric quarry sites and understand their role in the lifeways and land use patterns of precontact Native Americans. However, ancient quarry sites are difficult to map because collecting geographic data on these large and topographically complex sites can be time consuming and expensive. Recent developments in drone based remote sensing offer a way to address this issue, since drone based remote sensing is capable of collecting highly accurate spatial data at the landscape scale in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This case study attempts to use both approaches, regional ethnohistory, and drone based remote sensing, to better understand a prehistoric quarry site in Western Montana. The results show that the two pronged approach can help shed light on the significance of quarry sites at both the local and regional level.

Speakers
TR

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan serves as the ethnographic and traditional cultural studies coordinator, field survey supervisor,and heritage education program manager for Ethnotech LLC. Tim accepted a position in the CSKT Division of Lands in 1994, and independently developed the global positioning system(GPS)and... Read More →
AS

Alex Schwab

Alex Schwab received a bachelors degree in Physical Geography, with and emphasis in GIS, from Montana State University in 2011. He also received a GIS Certificate from the University of Montana in 2017. Finally, he is set to receive his MA in Anthropology from the University of Montana... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Lewis Room

8:00am

Risk Assessment of Utility Systems for Natural Hazard and Disaster Events
Utility Risk is defined in general as “the positive or negative effects of uncertainty or variability upon utility objectives.” It is the product of the analysis of likelihood and consequences. As part of developing short term operation and maintenance plans as well as broader long-term planning efforts, utilities can evaluate the risk to infrastructure and the potential for performance failure to their assets due to hazard events within their operating region(s). Geospatial technology can provide utilities with a framework and guidance for creating a risk visualization tool to support decision making necessary to develop strategic and cost effective plans to reduce or minimize service failures as result of natural hazard events, and, therefore, produce a system that exhibits long-term resilience to hazard threats. By analyzing a utilities’ existing infrastructure while also completing a review of the local characteristics for events like wildfire, ice/wind storms, or other hazard events that could produce damage within a service territory, utilities can gain perspective regarding their exposure to risk of service outages and capital losses. Simultaneous evaluation of hazard events, environmental considerations and concerns, along with other risk factors that are important to each individual utility, help contribute to a more complete and comprehensive assessment. Once analysis of the system and operating territory has been finalized, utilities can prioritize short term maintenance and spending efforts to immediately address the highest risk areas, as well as evaluate long term capital budgets to help prioritize projects to reduce their unique relative risk profile and improve system reliability. It is the intent of this presentation to describe the methodology in which geospatial technology not only helps to create a this risk assessment visualization tool, but also bridge the gap between all these processes and datasets.

Speakers
BH

Brittany Huntsberger

Brittany is a Licensed Professional Engineer that specializes in power transmission line design and works with utilities in regards to risk assessment and long term asset management planning.


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:00am - 9:10am
Clark Room

8:40am

MSDI Administrative Boundaries and U.S. Census Programs Update
The Montana State Library is the steward of the Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Administrative Boundaries which is comprised of: Incorporated Cities and Towns, Reservations, School Districts, County Boundaries, Tax Increment Financing Districts, Weed Management Districts, and the State Boundary. This presentation will provide an update on the U. S. Census Boundaries and Annexation Survey (BAS) and School District Review Program (SDRP) as well as database schema changes and web service updates.

Speakers
MB

Meghan Burns

MSDI Administrative Boundaries Theme Steward, BAS State Certification Officer for Montana, School District Mapping Coordinator for Montana, Montana State Library


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Helena Room

8:40am

8:40am

Northern Cheyenne Tribal Ecoregional Ethnographic GIS Assessment
In 2010 the BLM launched seven Rapid Ecological Assessments (REAs) to improve the understanding of the existing condition of major western landscapes, and how conditions may be altered by ongoing environmental changes and land use demands. Ethnotech LLC and Geodata Services, Inc. were awarded a contract in 2017 to develop a GIS system to allow the Northern Cheyenne Cultural Council, Tribal Historic Preservation Office and tribal elders to gather and protect ethnographic data and knowledge on plants, animals, and soils important for cultural purposes within a five state ecoregion. Data was gathered and aggregated from state heritage programs, federal and state agencies, universities and regional herbariums, and internal tribal sources. An indexing system was developed to protect access and use of the data by appropriate authorized tribal departments and by gender roles within the tribe. Online web query tools were developed to allow generalized search of potential developments such as timber sales, oil and gas exploration by watershed and facilitate tribal responses for sensitive cultural information.

Speakers
KW

Ken Wall

Thirty years of GIS experience in GIS, beginning at the University of Montana in 1986 and founding Geodata Services, Inc. in 1993. Geodata Services has been a business partner with ESRI for 20 years, and is the region’s only ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner. Mr. Wall served as a... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Lewis Room

9:40am

Explore data.census.gov
A preview of the data tool that that will replace American FactFinder, housing information about popular community facts on population, race, income, poverty, housing, and the workforce. Topics will be accessed by a variety of geographic levels, such as state, county, city/town, school district, zip codes and many other geographic levels.

Speakers
KD

Kimberly Davis

Data Dissemination Specialist, Data Dissemination Branch Customer Liaison & Marketing Services, U.S. Census Bureau


Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:40am - 10:10am
Helena Room

9:40am

Large Landscape Monitoring Using Drones, Landsat and Machine Learning
Modern conservation efforts require coordination, planning, and monitoring across large landscapes. Under most ecosystem monitoring schemes, data is collected at a relatively small scale, but decisions need to be applied at the landscape scale. While remote sensing tools have greatly improved our ability to perform qualitative assessments at large scales, relatively few of these products provide actionable quantitative data for land managers and conservation planners.

Recent advances in machine learning algorithms, the advent of inexpensive drone technology, and readily accessible satellite data are together poised to revolutionize how we perform ecosystem monitoring. Here we discuss how these technologies can be combined to develop an effective monitoring framework at landscape scales. We use our work in grasslands of eastern Montana as a case study to show how we are scaling plot-level measurements (e.g. bare ground, plant volume, sage-brush cover) to pasture-scales using drones and to landscape-scales using time-series Landsat imagery. Our approach is designed to be nearly completely automated so that conservation staff do not need to spend their time classifying and modeling individual datasets.

In this presentation, we will discuss the tools that we use in our monitoring/modeling framework and share some of our successes and failures in applying machine learning techniques to imagery classification and regression modeling. We will also discuss tradeoffs between different photogrammetry processing tools, machine learning libraries, raster processing platforms, and point-cloud processing with LiDAR vs. SfM products. This talk will provide a high-level overview of our modeling framework and approach (50%) and a technical discussion of tools and data analysis (50%).

Speakers
SM

Scott Morford

Dr. Morford is an environmental data scientist living in Helena. He has 17 years of experience in GIS, remote sensing, and spatial modeling. He specializes in application of advanced statistical techniques to geospatial questions. His current interests revolve around applying machine... Read More →
AP

Amy Pearson

Ms. Pearson is the GIS Analyst for The Nature Conservancy’s Montana Field Office – Amy has provided GIS services in the Helena office of The Nature Conservancy for 15 years. Amy manages and maintains conservation GIS databases and provides technical support to Conservancy staff... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:40am - 10:10am
Lewis Room

9:40am

Leveraging GIS to Assist with Emergency Evacuations
Residential evacuations during wildland fire incidents are becoming a common practice with the increased number of homes built in the Wildland Urban Interface. Evacuations must be done, door-to-door, to account for people who intend or refuse to leave. Considerations must also be given to people with pets, livestock or those with functional and access needs.

Emergency responders conducting evacuation surveys often rely on traditional paper questionnaires and forms. Information from these surveys is difficult to compile in a timely fashion. This can result in a delay of critical information being transferred to incident command and negatively impact the common operating picture of an incident.

This presentation will demonstrate a new digital evacuation survey tool which eliminates these problems. The tool leverages ESRI’s Survey 123 and Operations Dashboard to collect and deliver real time evacuation data to Incident Command who can then make informed decisions to better protect life and property.

Speakers
TK

Tom Kohley

Tom Kohley is the Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator and Fire Warden for Carbon County. He is also a volunteer member of Red Lodge Fire Rescue and the CAT incident management team. He is qualified as Engine Boss, PIO, FOBS and GISS under the National Wildfire Coordinating... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:40am - 10:10am
Clark Room

9:40am

The Survey Grade Accuracy World Meets GIS and LiDAR (A Planning and Design Tool)
The benefits of merging the survey grade accuracy world with the GIS world. Imagine a world that allows anyone doing surveying, engineering and GIS development to coordinate and associate all projects onto one simple mathematical base. A world where the DOT, Land Department, Irrigation, Tribal Housing, DNR, Forestry, Utilities and all others involved with development and mapping will be able to put all data onto one common survey grade base map. The Blackfeet Nation, Crow Nation, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Fort Peck, and Wind River Reservations were awarded the ACEC 2013, 2015, and 2017 Engineering Excellence Award in Montana for such a project.

Speakers
WG

Wallace Gladstone

WALLACE JOSEPH GLADSTONE, co-founder of Northern Engineering and Consulting Inc. (NECI). He is a Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, and Certified Federal Land Surveyor, he’s been a Member of the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PELS) from... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:40am - 10:50am
Governor Room

10:20am

Census Business Builder
Regional Analyst Edition is specifically for data users who need a broad portrait of the people and businesses in their service area. It presents data for all sectors of the economy and for a user-defined region made up of one or more areas.

Small Business Edition is primarily for small business owners who need key data for their business plan or to better understand their potential market. It presents data for a single type of business and geography at a time.

Speakers
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Lacey Loftin

Data Dissemination Specialist & Media Relations, Data Dissemination Branch, Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office, U.S. Census Bureau


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Helena Room

10:20am

New Geospatial Approaches for Efficiently Mapping Forest Biomass Logistics at High Resolution Over Large Areas
Adequate biomass feedstock supply is an important factor in evaluating the financial feasibility of alternative site locations for bioenergy facilities and for maintaining profitability once a facility is built. We used newly developed spatial analysis and logistics software to model the variables influencing feedstock supply and estimate and map two components of the supply chain for a bioenergy facility: 1) total biomass stocks available within an economically efficient transportation distance, and 2) the cost of logistics to move required stocks from the forest to the facility. Biomass stocks and flows both have important spatiotemporal dynamics that affect procurement costs and project viability. Though seemingly straight forward, these two components can be difficult to quantify and map accurately in a useful, spatially explicit manner. For a 20 million acre (8 million ha) study area, we use raster-based methods and tools to quantify and visualize these supply metrics at 32.8ft2 (10m2) spatial resolution. The methodology and software leverage a novel raster-based least cost path modeling algorithm that quantifies off road and on road transportation, and other logistics costs. Results of the case study highlight the efficacy, flexibility, fine resolution, and spatial complexity of model outputs developed for facility siting and procurement planning.

Speakers
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John Hogland

John Hogland is a biological scientist working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station. His research interests revolve around quantitative methods within geographic information systems (GIS) and understanding the relationships between landscape patterns and forested ecosystems processes... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Lewis Room

10:20am

Geospatial Technologies for Search & Rescue
Are you interested in search and rescue? Do you have an interest in using GIS to help save lives? Join me as I share my journey in learning about using GIS for SAR operations and how I've started implementing it on a local level.

Speakers
CD

Curtis DeVault

Curtis is a full-time GIS Specialist with Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. in Bozeman and a communications and mapping volunteer (SARHAM) with Gallatin County search & Rescue. He spends his days using GIS to support civil engineering and environmental remediation. Curtis then spends... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Clark Room

11:00am

Census Data Tools Tab
Do you know where to look for the data you need? This presentation will review the Data Tools Tab for accessing Census data through products and tools including data visualizations, mobile apps, interactive web apps and other software.

Speakers
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Kimberly Davis

Data Dissemination Specialist, Data Dissemination Branch Customer Liaison & Marketing Services, U.S. Census Bureau


Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Helena Room

11:00am

Improving Oil and Gas Lease Review and Comment Processing Using ArcGIS Online
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) biologists and managers are using ArcGIS Online to review hundreds of proposed Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil and gas leases across the state and provide input on the potential impacts to fish, wildlife, and parks resources. FWP uses GIS analyses to identify leases with natural resource concerns not already addressed by BLM stipulations defined in BLM resource management plans. An ArcGIS Online story map guides FWP staff through the review and commenting process for each lease sale. An introduction section provides staff with context and additional resources. An embedded map application provides functionality for users to explore leases and their stipulations, find leases with additional resource concerns, and view resource data layers from the BLM, FWP, and other sources. Lastly, a crowdsource polling application allows staff to provide comments related to specific leases recommending additional stipulations to apply. The content presented in the story map makes the review process less tedious and more user-friendly for FWP biologists and managers. Land use planners from both agencies benefit from a streamlined workflow that results in fewer, more effective stipulation comments. Feedback resulting from the oil and gas lease review story map will help ensure that agencies are using the best available data when considering natural resource impacts of oil and gas development and will support continued coordination and data sharing.

Speakers
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Smith Wells

Smith Wells has worked for the Geographic Data Services Bureau at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for a little under one year. At FWP, Smith’s work focuses on providing GIS and data support for various divisions including wildlife, enforcement, and responsive management. She recently... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Lewis Room

11:00am

EnviroMaster - STEM Solution for Emergency Services
Our community lacks interactive communication capabilities when faced with extreme weather events, which became more evident in the summer of 2017 when Montana experienced more than 2,000 wildfires that burned about 1.3 million acres. A wildfire near our community burned nearly 300,000 acres destroying 16 homes and additional structures. Residents reached out on Facebook to call for assistance or offer assistance with fighting fires, clearing roads, providing food, finding lost livestock, donating hay etc. We are designing an app that allows people to report incidents, but with more reliability in terms of reaching everyone rather than just their friends on Facebook. This method of organizing and coordinating relief efforts and information about our private and public lands could help prevent catastrophic incidents. In order to address this problem, we are working with our county Emergency Services department, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forrest Service, and Esri. Our Emergency Services director received a letter on January 5th from national and international emergency services stating that they are encouraging the establishment and implementation of a device-based geo-targeting wireless emergency alert system to meet the nation’s evolving emergency needs no later than May of 2019. We now realize that what we are designing for our community could have global implications. We are using Survey 123 and Web AppBuilder from ArcGIS to design an app that will allow citizens to easily report incidents and communicate information about needs and relief efforts. Our survey includes location information by allowing people to upload georeferenced pictures and videos or to pinpoint a location on a map. It also has advanced logic questions including drop down menus, conditional questions and required questions. The data collected will be viewable in graph or map form as we can monitor it in real time.

Speakers
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Susan Flentie

Suzie Flentie 8th grade science teacher and GIS club sponsor at Lewistown Junior High School. I have taught in Lewistown for 38 years. I started a GIS club 15 years ago to give interested 8th graders some experience with GIS technologies. I was a participant in the Esri T3G training... Read More →
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Katherine Spraggins

8th grade math teacher and Mathcounts team sponsor at Lewistown Junior High School.


Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Clark Room

11:00am

State Plane Coordinate Systems for 2022 Stakeholders
New State Plane Coordinate Systems for 2022. To be released for public comment in early 2018. What does it mean to Montana? The last update was 1983. What is the history of state planes, what is the future direction of Montana State Plane.

Speakers
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Wallace Gladstone

WALLACE JOSEPH GLADSTONE, co-founder of Northern Engineering and Consulting Inc. (NECI). He is a Professional Engineer, Professional Land Surveyor, and Certified Federal Land Surveyor, he’s been a Member of the Montana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (PELS) from... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Governor Room

11:30am

Lunch and Keynote Address
The Big Sky GeoCon Planning Committee is pleased to announce Historian Dr. Ellen Baumler as keynote speaker! Keeping in line with our theme (More Than Maps), Ellen will provide a uinique perspective on how maps tell history, keep history alive, and how they really are 'More Than Just Maps'!

Ellen Baumler has been the interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society since 1992. She received her PhD in English, classics, and history from the University of Kansas. She is a longtime member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Humanities. She was the co-curator of the society’s recent award-winning Chinese exhibit, “Forgotten Pioneers.” Ellen has composed hundreds of signs for Montana’s historic sites, created walking tours for diverse audiences, and taught in classrooms across Montana. A popular speaker and storyteller, she is an award-winning author of 11 books and dozens of articles on historical topics. Ellen especially delights in sharing Helena’s lesser known history with audiences of all ages.

Ellen was also a contributor to the Helena Walking App. The app provides an interactive way to explore and learn about Helena’s history and architecture. Ellen wrote the content associated to the images within the app!

Books:
Montana Place Names From Alzada to Zortman: A Montana Historical Society Guide
Helena – The Town That Gold Built
Girl from the Gulches: The Story of Mary Ronan
Ghosts of the Last Best Place
Haunted Helena: Montana’s Queen City Ghosts
Spirit Tailings: Ghost Tales from Virginia City, Butte, and Helena
Beyond Spirit Tailings: Montana’s Mysteries, Ghosts, and Haunted Places
Montana Moments: History on the Go
More Montana Moments
Dark Spaces: Montana’s Historic Penitentiary at Deer Lodge
Montana Chillers: 13 True Tales of Ghosts and Hauntings
Lost Places, Hidden Treasures

Speakers
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Ellen Baumler

Ellen Baumler has been the interpretive historian at the Montana Historical Society since 1992. She received her PhD in English, classics, and history from the University of Kansas. She is a longtime member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau and a 2011 recipient of the... Read More →



Wednesday April 18, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:30pm

Creating Dynamic Data Maps with Tableau Public
In this session data users will see how Census Bureau data tables can be uploaded into a public mapping tool for combining data from multiple resources for visual dynamics.

Speakers
KD

Kimberly Davis

Data Dissemination Specialist, Data Dissemination Branch Customer Liaison & Marketing Services, U.S. Census Bureau


Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Helena Room

1:30pm

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6: Ask the Pros
This ArcGIS Enterprise (formerly ArcGIS for Server) discussion is geared toward people who are familiar with ArcGIS Server, and want to better understand where Esri is headed with ArcGIS Enterprise and “WebGIS.” It is complimentary to the 4-hour short course with the same name and will be presented in a "town hall" format by an Esri solution engineer. ArcGIS Enterprise includes several software components that are designed to work together. A foundational setup of ArcGIS Enterprise consists of a number of these components configured in a certain way; this is called a base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment. Come to this session to learn about these components, address your questions, and develop your own plans for Enterprise deployment at your organization.

Speakers
SM

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →
NS

Nathalie Smith

Nathalie Smith is a State government account executive for Esri, the worldwide leader in GIS. She has 30 years of professional experience in the GIS industry with Esri encompassing product management, product support, customers’ relations, and sales. Based in Olympia, WA for the... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Clark Room

1:30pm

Integrating Wildfire Risk Assessment with Landuse Planning: A Spatial Decision Support Tool
Expanding ex-urban growth combined with increasing wildfire hazards throughout the country has lead to the demand for decision support for assessing wildfire hazards to communities. Classical risk management includes identifying the hazard, the susceptibility of assets to that hazard, and what can be done to mitigate adverse effects and/or maximize benefits. We developed a decision support tool for Lewis and Clark County's planning department and the Tri-county FireSafe working group to assess wildfire hazard and mitigation potential for residential structures. We assess wildfire hazard at two scales: a landscape scale representing the annualized most likely hazard and a local scale representing an extreme, worst case scenario event. In addition, we develop a hazard mitigation difficulty dataset using local vegetation cover and topographic characteristics. We demonstrate how the mitigation difficulty classes can be cross walked with the International Wildland Urban Interface building codes for mitigating home loss via wildfire through construction materials and site location restrictions. This information is presented in a spatial geodatabase for rapid assessment by local land-use planners and wildfire protection responders.

Speakers

Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Lewis Room

1:30pm

Imagery for Montana and the Future of the NAIP Imagery Program
The USDA's Farm Service Agency is considering changing the way NAIP is being distributed to a licensed model. Montanans rely heavily on this standardized imagery product. How do we move forward as a state? Join us for an interactive forum on: 
  • the use of the NAIP, - local government imagery programs,
  • the value of statewide imagery product,
  • historic imagery collection efforts,
  • potential funding model for statewide imagery moving forward, and
  • how to respond to USDA’s proposed licensed model as a state.

Speakers
EF

Erin Fashoway

Erin Fashoway is the State of Montana GIS Coordinator with the Montana State Library. She received her B.A. in Geography from Bowling Green State University and Masters of City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. A member of MAGIP since 2006, and serving as President... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Governor Room

3:00pm

GISP Dr Office
Are you currently working on your GISP application? Thinking about applying for your GISP? Have questions about the test? Or do you just want more information about what a GISP is? Then come to the Doctor Office and have a certified GISP answer your questions, help with your application, talk about the new test, or review your completed application. Drop by with your questions!

Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Montana Room

3:10pm

2020 Census Tabulation Blocks: How the Census Bureau Delineates Them and How They Related to Other Geographic Boundaries
For each decennial Census, the U.S. Census Bureau delineates new Census tabulation blocks. Census Blocks are the smallest geographic unit used by the Census Bureau for tabulating decennial census data. The Census Bureau will delineate the 2020 Census Blocks in mid-2020. This presentation will explain how the Census Bureau determines what visible features (such as roads, streams, railroads and transmission lines), and non-visible features (including city, township, school district, and county boundaries) are used to bound the new blocks. The presentation will also highlight the importance of feature and boundary accuracy in its Master Address File/Topological Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (MAF/TIGER) System for delineating blocks, and how local and state governments can influence block delineation by providing accurate boundary and feature information.

Speakers
CJ

Colleen Joyce

Assistant Chief, Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office, Decennial Census Programs Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau


Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm
Helena Room

3:10pm

Travel Behavior and Decision Making of Lift Access Backcountry Skiers
Backcountry skiers recreate in a complex environment, with the goal of minimizing the risk of avalanche hazard and maximizing recreational opportunities. Traditional backcountry outings start and end in uncontrolled backcountry settings, with a clear understanding that individuals are responsible for their own safety and rescue in the event of an accident. Lift access backcountry skiing (LABC) is a particular genre of the sport, in which ski resort lifts are utilized to access backcountry recreation sites. By shifting skiers mentality from the traditional setting to a LABC setting, the line between whether the ski resort provides avalanche mitigation and rescue services, or not, becomes less clearly defined in the minds of skiers.

This research observes the travel behavior and evaluates the decision-making biases of LABC skiers via GPS tracking and survey responses. A geographic information system (GIS) is implemented to analyze the travel behavior of participants, with the aim to detect changes in behavior, as indexed via terrain used under different levels of avalanche hazard. Logistic regression and multiple linear regression are used to model travel behavior and decision-making biases as a function of observed terrain metrics.

Data was collected over 18 days from February 2017 to February 2018 at Saddle Peak backcountry area, a prime LABC location at the southern boundary of Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Montana, USA. Results indicate subtle changes in the terrain preferences of participants under elevated avalanche hazard, with increased travel on ridge features and decreased travel on convex features. These indicate a positive response, minimizing the risk of an avalanche involvement by managing slope shape. Survey responses indicate that gender, backcountry experience, and perception of avalanche mitigation have significant effects on percent of GPS track in complex avalanche terrain.

Speakers
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John Sykes

John is a MS candidate in the department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University, working in the Snow and Avalanche Lab. He received the MAGIP higher education scholarship for research on modeling terrain preferences of backcountry skiers using GPS tracking and survey responses... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm
Lewis Room

3:10pm

Managing Control Point Data in ArcGIS
The Montana State Library (MSL) manages a statewide database of control points as part of the Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Mapping Control Data Theme.  This session will focus on tips for storing and visualizing survey and other control point data using the Multi-state Control Point Database (MCPD), which was developed by the FGDC Cadastral subcommittee.  Information on the MCPD can be found at https://nationalcad.org/PLSSWorkgroup/PLSSWorkgroup.html. See the “Control Point Standards” section

Speakers
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Bob Holliday

Bob Holliday is a GIS Programmer with the Montana State Library.  Bob manages the Mapping Control Data Theme.  He is also interested in Python and SQL programming.


Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:10pm - 3:40pm
Governor Room

3:10pm

ArcGIS Pro: Ask the Pros
Esri’s next-generation 64-bit desktop GIS product is ArcGIS Pro. A technological leap forward, ArcGIS Pro provides professional 2D and 3D mapping in an intuitive user interface. You can think of ArcGIS Pro as a big step forward—one that advances visualization, analytics, image processing, data management, and integration. This Q&A session will be hosted in a “town hall” format by an Esri solution engineer. Potential topics (you get to decide) that could be discussed; Migration to ArcGIS Pro, Licensing options for ArcGIS Pro, Recommended training paths for ArcGIS Pro, Current limitations of ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro software development plans, Customizing ArcGIS Pro. Bring your ArcGIS Pro questions to the session and have your voice heard.

Speakers
SM

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →
NS

Nathalie Smith

Nathalie Smith is a State government account executive for Esri, the worldwide leader in GIS. She has 30 years of professional experience in the GIS industry with Esri encompassing product management, product support, customers’ relations, and sales. Based in Olympia, WA for the... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:10pm - 4:20pm
Clark Room

3:50pm

Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP)
Legally defined geographic areas are important, but they’re not the only kinds of geography for which local governments need data. The PSAP helps local, regional, and tribal government fill in their data gaps by defining statistical boundaries, including tribal statistical boundaries, in their community where no legal boundaries exist. These boundaries define how their communities will get data from the 2020 Census and the next decade of American Community Surveys. By participating in the PSAP, you can make sure that local, state, and federal agencies have good demographic data about your community for planning and funding. This preliminary discussion on the Participant Statistical Area Program, (also known as the Census Tract Program) is designed for those key individuals at the county and local level who utilize tract-level census data for planning purposes.  This meeting is also appropriate for heavy demographic data users who base research and policy decisions on Census Tract, Block Group, or Census Designated Place definitions.

Speakers
JC

Jim Castagneri

Geographic Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau – Denver


Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Helena Room

3:50pm

Lewis & Clark County Corner Recordation GIS Feature Class Project
In 2016 and 2017 Async GIS completed a MLIA Grant funded project to create a GIS layer of Lewis and Clark County, Montana, Clerk and Recorder Survey Corner Recordation Documents. Async GIS built an ArcGIS Javascript API application that edited a ArcGIS Online feature layer in order to populate the new GIS layer. This presentation will discuss the project, application and results.

Speakers
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Jason Danielson

Janson Danielson is the Lewis and Clark County, Montana GIS Database Analyst.
DH

Dave Highness

Mr. Highness has Master of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Montana and 20 years’ experience working as a professional in the geospatial industry as a cartographer, GIS analyst, application developer and project manager. He is currently the President of Async GIS... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 3:50pm - 4:20pm
Governor Room

4:30pm

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Public Law 94-171 Redistricting Data File: What Information Does it Contain and How is it Used?
Public Law 94-171 require the U.S. Census Bureau to work with states in a non-partisan manner to identify geographic areas for which population tabulations are needed for legislative redistricting, and to deliver those tabulations to the states no later than one year from Census Day (April 1, 2021). This presentation will explore how the Census Bureau meets the requirements of P.L. 94-171 through the Redistricting Data Program.  The Census Bureau’s design plans for the 2020 Census Prototype Redistricting Data File design will be discussed with some explanation on how the states use these data for their legislative redistricting.

Speakers
CJ

Colleen Joyce

Assistant Chief, Census Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office, Decennial Census Programs Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau


Wednesday April 18, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Helena Room

4:30pm

Party in the ReferenceUSA
ReferenceUSA is a subscription database containing detailed directory information on millions of US, Canadian, and international businesses, as well as residential and consumer data. This powerful resource can be used for location analysis, allowing us to answer important questions. Where are the restaurants, gas stations, grain bins, daycare centers, or liquor stores? Are there patterns that we can observe when business locations are mapped alongside consumer demographic data? How does the presence of a particular type of business impact the surrounding geographic area?

Come learn how this resource, freely available to all State of Montana employees, can be combined with GIS tools to make decisions on topics such as healthcare, commerce, tourism, safety, or simply where to go for lunch.

Speakers
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Jessica Edwards

Jessica Edwards is the Outreach and Electronic Resources Librarian for the Montana State Library. Prior to joining the State Library, she worked in public libraries in Southern California and taught English in Japan. Jessica holds an Master of Library and Information Science from... Read More →
EF

Erin Fashoway

Erin Fashoway is the State of Montana GIS Coordinator with the Montana State Library. She received her B.A. in Geography from Bowling Green State University and Masters of City & Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. A member of MAGIP since 2006, and serving as President... Read More →


Wednesday April 18, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Governor Room

5:30pm

Awards Banquet
The Big Sky GeoCon Planning Committee invites you to attend our Awards Banquet! Join us for an evening of fine food and great company. MAGIP will present the Distinguished Service Award and the GIS Professional Livability Award to two deserving individuals. The Distinguished Service Award is presented for long-term service and leadership to the Montana GIS community and the profession. The GIS Professional Livability Award is an award that recognizes an individual for a measureable contribution to the application of GIS, thus improving the quality of life within their respective community, city or state. Dinner selections will be made when you check in to the conference. A no-host bar will be provided.

Speakers

Wednesday April 18, 2018 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Thursday, April 19
 

8:00am

The Things We Collect (ArcGIS Collector)
Overview of Collector for ArcGIS including basic and advanced functionality. Presentation of past, present and future projects from the Montana Department of Transportation using Collector. Hardware and Software options will be covered and presented with pros and cons of different options. Live demonstration of the collected and QA/QC'd data.

Speakers
BA

Brian Andersen

Brian Andersen has been a GIS Professional at the Montana Department of Transportation since 2000. While at MDT he as served as the GIS Lead and Project manager. He is Currently the Supervisor of the Geospatial Information Section overseeing a team of 9 employees that work with GIS... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Lewis Room

8:00am

Small Town Act, Global Outreach: Digital Prediabetes and Diabetes Awareness
An estimated 38% of adult Montanans have prediabetes. Between 15% and 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. The Montana Diabetes Program has two main goals 1) It works to prevent type 2 diabetes by enrolling people at risk for diabetes in to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), and 2) It provides Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) for people with the disease, as well as health care providers working with those patients.

The Montana Department of Public Health continues to learn how to combine and use spatial visualization and public health data, to better share information, and to promote health programs in our communities. To do that, we used the On-line ArcGIS to build two story maps for the DPP and the DSMES initiatives. We used cascading format to introduce the story maps. The opening stage provides quick overview of the burden of prediabetes and diabetes in Montana. Further, the cascading section hosts links to two separate story maps, one for the DPP story map, and one for the DSMES story map.

The DPP story map explains the services offered in the State, includes videos of current/past participants, lifestyle coaches, and medical providers, and it allows users to easily locate a DPP site. The story map uses dashboard function to display relevant data and the crowdsourcing tool collects feedback from the public.

The DSMES story map illustrates the importance of diabetes educators with interactive maps on how to access diabetes education site in your community. It also links healthcare providers with resources for their practice and patients with diabetes. Like the DPP story map, the DSMES story map, includes layers of where to find healthy foods, parks and trails, and gathers public feedback.

Speakers
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Dorota Carpenedo

Since 2008, Mrs. Carpenedo has been working as an epidemiologist for the MTDPHHS. Over the past 5 years, she has been promoting the work of the Diabetes Program, especially the DPP through national presentations, webinars, and research publications. Recently, she also joined the Montana... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Helena Room

8:00am

Planning for NG9-1-1 in Montana
Montana is beginning to plan for the transition to Next Generation 9-1-1. While there are many different pieces to Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) that are important, this presentation will focus on GIS and update local governments and GIS professionals that maintain GIS data for 9-1-1 on recent developments regarding NG9-1-1 and GIS. The presentation will also cover some practical steps that can be taken now to prepare GIS for NG9-1-1.

Speakers
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Michael Fashoway

Michael Fashoway is a GIS Analyst and the Land Information Lead at the Montana State Library. Since 2007, he has been building and maintaining a statewide database of structure and address points. He is a member of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and has participated... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Clark Room

8:00am

UAVs Past, Present and Future
UAV technology is undeniably changing the face of data collection. From simple photography, to complex aerial LiDAR, professional industries are seeing improvements in the efficiency and cost of projects by utilizing UAV data acquisition processes. The applications of UAV captured data sets are evolving at an ever-expanding rate as industry adoption becomes standard. In this rapidly growing sector, many data gathering procedures are being revolutionized. This ranges from GIS and cartographic applications, to transmission and distribution line inspection and mapping.

As this field rapidly expands, quality assurance, accountability, and transparency, must be maintained as the mapping community explores the possibilities afforded by UAVs. More than one organization has come to regret compromising on conventional wisdom in basic mapping and survey standards in an effort to be at the forefront of sUAS technology.

We explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of UAV data collection standards. What are the pitfalls when working with UAVs? What are the advantages? And how can you ensure you are getting the best quality data?

Speakers
DI

David Ilgenfritz

David is the Chief Operations Officer at Flight Evolved. He has spent the past 5 years in the UAV industry exploring different technological advances and their impact on multiple varied market sectors. David has overseen aerial data acquisition and delivery of thousands of miles of... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Governor Room

8:00am

One-On-One Appointments to Assist with LUCA
Meetings in private room so Title 13 LUCA materials can be shared and discussed. Contact Leslie Zolman by email (lzolman@mt.gov) to set up an appointment time, or sign up at the conference on a first-come-first-served basis.

Speakers
JC

Jim Castagneri

Geographic Coordinator, U.S. Census Bureau – Denver


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:00am - 3:20pm
Montana Room

8:40am

ArcGIS Collector Discussion
Question and answer session and discussion about ArcGIS Collector

Speakers
BA

Brian Andersen

Brian Andersen has been a GIS Professional at the Montana Department of Transportation since 2000. While at MDT he as served as the GIS Lead and Project manager. He is Currently the Supervisor of the Geospatial Information Section overseeing a team of 9 employees that work with GIS... Read More →
SM

Scott Moore

Scott Moore is a Solution Engineer with Esri and currently works in the Olympia, Washington regional office. He focuses on assisting Esri software users with architecture design, application development and technical advice for deploying ArcGIS. Mr. Moore’s areas of expertise include... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Lewis Room

8:40am

Using GIS to Describe Blood Pressure Medication Adherence in Montana
Hypertension is a major risk factor for stroke and heart disease. Controlling high blood pressure (HBP) through blood pressure medication adherence (BPMA) is a key component in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. The objective was to document geographic disparities, identify and assess gaps in pharmacy services, and inform programs and policies related to BPMA.

To enhance GIS capacity to address BPMA in Montana, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Cardiovascular Health Program was awarded an advanced GIS training through CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, in collaboration with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and Rice University. Montana DPHHS collaborated with Montana Medicaid to obtain claims data from 2010-2016 on dual eligible beneficiaries 18-64 years with >2 claims for prescribed hypertension medication. BPMA was defined as proportion of days covered (PDC)>180 days, and beneficiaries with PDC <80% were considered non-adherent. Three data sources were aggregated to identify Montana pharmacies: University of Montana Skaggs School or Pharmacy, Department of Labor and Industry, and Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services National Plan and Provider Enumeration System. ArcGIS 10.2.1 and ArcGIS On-line were used to geocode pharmacies, map blood pressure non-adherence, and calculate distance to pharmacies.

Hypertension prevalence varies across health regions (26%-34%) and at the block level for two larger cities (24%-37%). Maps illustrating blood pressure medication non-adherence showed geographic disparities among counties encompassing American Indian reservations regardless of beneficiary type. Higher BP non-adherence rates were seen among Medicaid beneficiaries compared to Medicare beneficiaries. These maps assisted in identifying and assessing pharmacy services to focus project implementation.

By identifying geographical areas with blood pressure medication non-adherence, we recognized high priority areas to focus limited resources, identified new partners, and helped bridge gaps between public health and community pharmacies.

Speakers
CO

Carrie Oser

Carrie Oser, MPH, epidemiologist/evaluator, has over 25 years of public health experience and 15 years with the Montana Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing and maintaining program surveillance and quality... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Helena Room

8:40am

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems for Natural Resource Management and Research
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), which are often referred to as drones, have proven to be useful tools for both natural resource managers and researchers. We have deployed UAS on several prescribed fires and tested the pre-fire, post-fire, and during-fire utility of various unmanned platforms and sensors. We have learned valuable lessons with regard to different applications, data collection methods, the scale of operations, navigating the regulatory environment, and the operational limitations of UAS. We will discuss strategies for good data collection and data processing. And we will discuss various UAS derived products, their utility for natural resource managers and researchers, as well as potential shortcomings.

Speakers
VH

Valentijn Hoff

Valentijn Hoff is a GIS Analyst at the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis, part of the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana. He is also a FAA certified UAS pilot. He sometimes serves as a Situation Unit Leader on a Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team or... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:40am - 9:10am
Governor Room

8:40am

Transitional GIS Challenges of NG9-1-1: Tabular MSAG to GeoMSAG Conversion
NG911 brings many new GIS data management considerations for coalescing, validating and utilizing data from multiple sources for location validation & geospatial call routing. This session will cover data management suggestions & best practices to ensure that Public Safety/Emergency 911 Call Centers’ data is ready for the transition. Multiple agencies have converted from tabular Master Street Address Guide (MSAG) to a GIS-based MSAG or “GeoMSAG” for geospatial based validation & call routing. Learn how creating and maintaining the “GeoMSAG” will result in operational efficiency gains as 911 address validation is driven by GIS data, eliminating redundancy & streamlining 911 data management.

Speakers
DP

David Peck

David Peck focuses primarily on promoting understanding of the impact of GIS on emergency communications. He is passionate about helping the public safety community learn how to optimize GIS operations within the NG911 call continuum for location validation, call routing and mapping... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 8:40am - 9:50am
Clark Room

9:20am

Mobile 3D Mapping: The Zeb-Revo Handheld Solution
The Zeb-Revo lightweight handheld scanner from GeoSLAM enables the simple and rapid capture of 3D data. Simply pick up the scanner and walk through an office building, underground mine shaft or difficult to reach place. At over 43,000 points per second, the Zeb-Revo builds a dense point cloud as you walk, ideal for applications in architecture, engineering, GIS and forestry. What normally took hours if not days now takes minutes. Even georeference the data and merge overlapping scans into a single point cloud using the GeoSLAM processing software. Use the results to generate 2D planimetric drawings and 3D models. This is exciting technology for those who have tried the same mapping with more traditional methods like static scanning, GPS and surveying.

Speakers
JB

Jackson Beighle

For the past 12 years, Jackson Beighle has worked as a Geospatial Sales Rep, initially with Electronic Data Solutions and now with Frontier Precision through an acquisition in 2016. Jackson received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Montana in 1994. In 1996... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 9:20am - 9:50am
Lewis Room

9:20am

Spatial and Temporal Dynamics in West Nile Virus Risk in Montana
Predicting the patterns of vector-borne disease background rates and outbreaks not only indicates an understanding of the disease process but has the pragmatic benefit of disease control and prevention. We applied niche modeling tools to presence-only data using historic and ongoing mosquito surveillance for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state of Montana. With mosquito infection rates varying between non-detection to as high as 15%, Montana represents a region on the periphery of WNV distribution with high spatial and inter-annual variation in WNV infection. Data on climate, bird-host distribution and land cover were used to build a habitat suitability model for the mosquito vector Culex tarsalis, and a WNV risk model for the state. Not surprisingly, Cx. tarsalis habitat suitability was strongly associated with WNV risk but could not explain inter-annual variation in infection rates. Differences in heating degree units (HDUs) best explained ecoregion and inter-annual variation in WNV risk. The Great Plains and intermountain valleys had significantly higher cumulative HDUs than the Rocky Mountain regions and weekly-cumulative HDUs were significantly higher for the 3 years with the greatest mosquito infection rates compared with the 3 years with the lowest mosquito infection rates. We suggest that together with the Cx. tarsalis habitat suitability model, weekly-cumulative HDUs are sufficient to discriminate geographic regions and years that are most susceptible to WNV outbreak. Furthermore, combined with diligent mosquito surveillance efforts, outbreaks may be predicted and possibly prevented weeks before infection of humans or livestock.

Speakers
GH

Grant Hokit

I have been a biology professor at Carroll for 22 years with specialization in Landscape Ecology. Beginning in 2009 with funding from NIH I have worked with eight other faculty across six institutions to implement a disease vector surveillance program focused on West Nile Virus. With... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 9:20am - 9:50am
Helena Room

9:20am

Pitfalls of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Research
With the use of drones becoming ubiquitous in many fields of academic research, it is critical to properly plan missions including selection of platform to site assessment to work flow and end products. The time and cost involved in small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) operations for research purposes proves to be much higher than portrayed in popular media. This presentation will cover three case studies involving sUAS operations through the University of Montana illustrating pitfalls and lessons learned throughout the planning, mission, and data analysis phases. The first case is a lesson in cost benefit analysis of platform selection for geo-referenced tree identification, the second case involves lessons in flight-planning communication for mapping water resources, and the third case relates to data analysis considerations after a successful field campaign.

Speakers
JF

Jennifer Fowler

Jennifer Fowler is director of the University of Montana’s Autonomous Aerial Systems Office. Her expertise lies in areas of autonomous atmospheric data collection and weather modeling research. She has 15 years of experience with autonomous systems and collaborations around the... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 9:20am - 9:50am
Governor Room

10:20am

Communicating Performance (ArcGIS Operational Dashboard)
Demonstrating the value of GIS can be difficult. Business intelligence tools such as real-time dashboards can help communicate results in a way that elevates the importance of quality data. The City of Bozeman has recently implemented ESRI's Operations Dashboard to deliver current metrics across Public Works including Stormwater Management, Water Conservation, and even GIS (with more to come). Using modern tools to visualize performance and workload can have a profound affect on decision makers. This presentation will focus on what it takes to develop a dashboard from beginning to end (no programming involved).

Speakers
JH

Jon Henderson

Jon Henderson is the GIS Manager for the City of Bozeman. He is lucky to have a talented staff to help support a wide range of needs across a growing community. Jon enjoys the variety of services a GIS Department can provide throughout the many divisions of local government and looks... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Lewis Room

10:20am

Mapping Social Health Determinents
United Way of Yellowstone County has worked with GIS Consultants, nonprofit, health, education, and local government partners to use GIS and data mapping to inform work on social determinants of health. The primary benefits of mapping for UWYC have been the universal language of maps. They provide a familiar context for stakeholders in our community to explore and understand multiple data sets (the unfamiliar) in a geographic context (the familiar). Mapping at the neighborhood and census tract levels have also given us new tools for program planning, resourcing, and implementation. With scarce resources, the ability to drill down to specific pockets of need, rather than relying on county or city data, is critical. Our presentation will explain how we got started using GIS to explore issues like: child abuse and neglect, literacy, food insecurity, academic success, and housing cost burdens. We will discuss benefits, challenges, and future direction.

Speakers
AA

Annastacia Anderson

Annastacia Anderson is a Senior at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She is majoring in Environmental Studies and was introduced to GIS in two of her classes. She was a GIS intern with United Way of Yellowstone County for a year where she worked with various professionals... Read More →
KL

Kristin Lundgren

Kristin Lundgren is the Director of Impact at United Way of Yellowstone County where she leads organizational work to address poverty. She first used GIS to understand geographic patterns of Minor In Possession citations when working for Montana State University Billings. At United... Read More →
DW

Dean Wells

Dean Wells has over 25 years of experience with non-profits and earned a Master’s in Organizational Psychology.  His work has included supporting agencies and community efforts through assessments, training and education.  Through this experience, he gained a foundation and appreciation... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Helena Room

10:20am

Preparing GIS Data for NG9-1-1: Lessons Learned from 20 Rural Counties in MT, ND, SD, WY
Over the last three years, Geodata Services has assisted 20 rural counties in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming to review and assess required and recommended GIS layers for Next Generation 911(NG 911), and assist local staff and elected officials in preparing their data for NG911. This presentation will present lessons learned and specific case study examples from four separate MLIA grants focusing on preparing NG 911 GIS in rural counties. We will highlight how local GIS staff, DES coordinators and public safety officials have leveraged ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Modelbuilder, and NENA data models. We will highlight specific real world examples where local GIS and public safety staff assisted or conducted their local efforts, worked with their 911 contractors and collaborated with neighboring jurisdictions.

Speakers
KW

Ken Wall

Thirty years of GIS experience in GIS, beginning at the University of Montana in 1986 and founding Geodata Services, Inc. in 1993. Geodata Services has been a business partner with ESRI for 20 years, and is the region’s only ArcGIS Online Specialty Partner. Mr. Wall served as a... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Clark Room

10:20am

Getting Useful Data from Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): From Autopilot to Z-Axis
As with many new technologies adopted for scientific applications Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been widely heralded for their ability to provide higher resolution data at a lower cost. The ability to capture high resolution 3-D landscape data on demand in remote locations is truly revolutionary. Despite this, the process for using this data to answer relevant scientific and management decisions remains extremely challenging.

This presentation will address the advantages and pitfalls of using UAS throughout the process of planning, piloting, collecting data, and answering questions with that data. Research using UAS to study mountain snowpack and animal behavior in tropical cloud forests will be used as examples to discuss best practices, useful tools, and lessons learned.

Speakers
JB

Jonathan Byers

Jonathan Byers is a Masters Student in Geography at the University of Montana working on projects using remote sensing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to study mountain snowpack and tropical cloud forests. His research combines experience as a physical scientist for the National... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:20am - 10:50am
Governor Room

11:00am

Production Cartography Using Python and the ArcPy Mapping Module
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks produces numerous maps depicting fishing and hunting areas across the state. These map series and printed publications typically contain tens or hundreds of site-specific maps that detail boundaries, project locations, landmarks, and an overview. The maps are often cartographically demanding and must be consistently stylized from one map to the next. In addition to this complexity, boundaries and data often change regularly as regional staff provide edits. As such, a dynamic and automated process is required to efficiently create many high-quality maps that can be quickly published or made available online. We automated the production of these maps using the ArcPy mapping module to manipulate the contents of an existing map document and automate printing and exporting. This presentation will detail different workflows we use to manage data, manipulate map elements, and create a series of maps using the ArcPy mapping module.

Speakers
AP

Adam Petersen

Adam is a ten year veteran with the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks GIS group in Helena. Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, Adam is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds an MS in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to working in Helena, Adam worked on... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Lewis Room

11:00am

An Overview of What GIS is Used for in Local Government
GIS is a powerful tool for local government agencies to use to help solve spatial problems and make daily tasks much simpler/easier. This presentation is a brief overview of what GIS can be used for in a local government environment. Topics that will be discussed are spatial hot spots, data interpolation, how GIS is used for Dispatch with their Enhanced 911 systems, quality checking your GIS and land records and more.

Speakers
JH

Jeff Hedstrom

Jeff Hedstrom graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Earth Sciences, with a GIS emphasis. He currently is pursuing a master’s in Geographic Information Technology at Northeastern University. Jeff has served on the MAGIP Board as the Professional... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Helena Room

11:00am

Use of High resolution UAV imagery and ground-based data in a Montana winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) field to support landcover classification and site-specific weed management
Precision agriculture technologies enable site-specific management of crops by allowing a farmer to vary seed, fertilizer, herbicide, and pesticide application rates within a field. One application of precision agriculture technology is site-specific management of weed populations. In this context, weed control is based on economic thresholds determined by weed density. Weed patches with densities that are perceived by the farmer to be at or above an economic threshold are controlled, while lower density patches and areas with no weeds are left untreated. In an attempt to map the distribution and extent of an invasive cheat grass (Bromus tectorum) population in a winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) field near Sun River, MT we captured centimeter-scale, red, green, and blue digital aerial imagery during the green-up growth phase in the spring of 2017. At the same time, we also collected ground-based data describing winter wheat, cheat grass, and bare soil proportions with the extent of field plots. We randomly selected a subset of our plots and related their location and ground characteristics to spectral components of the collected imagery. With this relationship we developed a classification of wheat crop, cheat grass, and bare ground using the Random Forest algorithm. Based on a comparison to the subset of plots not used in the classification, we found that we were able to identify and map cheat grass patches within the wheat field with an overall map classification accuracy of 88%. Based on these results, we suggest that the combination of ground and remotely sensed imagery collected by UAV devices has good potential for effectively characterizing crop versus non-crop vegetation within agricultural settings. Knowledge of favorable and unfavorable plant distributions can further be used to establish efficient vegetation management strategies that have the potential to reduce costs, environmental contamination, and save time.

Speakers
PD

Philip Davis

Philip is an agricultural research specialist. He works with scientists at Montana State University to assess, and prescribe effective agricultural practices, specifically related to wheat production.


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am
Governor Room

11:00am

9-1-1 GIS Data Maintenance and Workflows - Panel Discussion
GIS has been used in 9-1-1 for years to help call takers locate 9-1-1 callers. In Next Generation 9-1-1, GIS becomes a core component of the 9-1-1 system and will be used for all location validation, call routing and mapping. As a result, it is essential that GIS data be complete, accurate, and up-to-date before being used in a NG9-1-1 system. How will this change impact the way GIS data are maintained at the local level? How will different counties with varying GIS resources meet the needs of NG9-1-1? This panel, representing counties big and small, will discuss these questions and more, with the goal of providing attendees an understand of what will be needed to maintain GIS for NG9-1-1 and some different approaches to do so.

Speakers
MF

Michael Fashoway

Michael Fashoway is a GIS Analyst and the Land Information Lead at the Montana State Library. Since 2007, he has been building and maintaining a statewide database of structure and address points. He is a member of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and has participated... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:10pm
Clark Room

11:40am

Web AppBuilder in Transportation Applications
This presentation will highlight two applications created in Web AppBuilder that focus on having MDT employees move away from updating their data in excel and into an app environment. Widgets are used to update the data and assets and locations can be viewed immediately to ensure they have been entered correctly. No coding required! Web AppBuilder is easy to use and provides many out of the box widgets to get you started.

Speakers
CR

Corey Richardson

Corey Richardson is a GIS Analyst for the Montana Department of Transportation. He is the project manager for the annual Fuel Tax and Field Inventory programs and provides oversight for ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Server, and SDE administration. He has a Masters Degree in Geographic... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm
Lewis Room

11:40am

DJ&A Cemetary Audit Project
This presentation demonstrates a summary of Survey and GIS tools used by DJ and A to audit cemeteries for the VA. Many of the tools used have been developed in house and feature cutting edge technology that may be useful in other projects.

Speakers
CT

Craig Threlkeld

Craig Threlkeld is a GIS Technician for DJ and A P.C.


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm
Helena Room

11:40am

The Use of Drone Acquired Digital Products for Photogrammetric Mapping, GIS, and AutoCAD
We present a short history of how surveying and mapping methods have developed over the last 35 years for engineering and GIS applications.  We begin with three-person crews using theodolite and chains, progressing to Electronic Distance Measurements (EDMs), total stations with data collectors, conventional (film) photogrammetric mapping with mechanical plotters, RTK GPS, and now modern variations of terrestrial, bathometric, and airborne LiDAR scanning and digital photogrammetry.

A practical overview of drone-acquired aerial imagery and digital photogrammetric processing will also be presented. The guidance provided will summarize ortho-imagery, textured digital surface models, and their use in various civil, geotechnical, environmental, reclamation and construction engineering.

A practical overview of various digital products and the use of GIS to increase their scale, organization, and usefulness will be presented. This will include examples of how we incorporate various data formats ranging from point clouds, textured digital surface models, and ortho-imagery into our workflow.   

Speakers

Thursday April 19, 2018 11:40am - 12:10pm
Governor Room

12:10pm

Lunch
Join us for a delicious lunch and a chance to win some raffle prizes!

Speakers

Thursday April 19, 2018 12:10pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

MLIAC Meeting
The Montana Land Information Advisory Council (MLIAC) will hold it's spring meeting during the Big Sky GeoCon. Council information and meeting materials may be found at http://about.msl.mt.gov/commission_councils/mliac/. The public is welcome to attend.

Speakers

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Judicial Room

1:30pm

DOR - Data on the Rise
In a community that is growing as fast as Bozeman (4.7% growth rate), access to authoritative property information is critical yet extremely time consuming. City of Bozeman staff and residents rely heavily on the Department of Revenue (DOR) Property database (ORION) for daily processes, including developing mailing lists, understanding multi-unit addressing, accessing property owner information, legal descriptions, taxable market values, etc. Yet, in the past, none of this has been tied directly to City of Bozeman parcel or property data without an extensive manual process. Therefore, we have developed an automated process that obtains a fresh cut of the ORION database on a nightly basis, and makes it available within our online web map applications. This process includes downloading the ORION database, attaching the SQL Express Database, summarizing and joining the tables for our internal needs, and finally, relates the results directly to our parcel data. As a result, city staff, partners, and residents have live access to DOR data, including property information, multi-unit or condo information, and taxable market value in our internal data as well as the City of Bozeman web map applications. This has proven to be an excellent resource for providing value-added GIS opportunities for current applications and upcoming solutions and products.

Speakers
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Tara Preston

Tara Preston, GIS Analyst, has been with the City of Bozeman for 3 years. She is responsible for the data analysis and integration, automating processes, and administering and maintaining the enterprise GIS infrastructure.


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Clark Room

1:30pm

ArcGIS Online Administration at MDT
Are you interested in what it is like to manage an ArcGIS Online (AGOL) site? Maybe you already have an AGOL site and are looking for new ideas? Find out how ArcGIS Online is managed and administered at Montana Department of Transportation (MDT). The presentation will step you through the many options available in ArcGIS Online, some of the decisions that need to be made, how issues are handled at MDT, and how the final results look.

Speakers
BK

Brian Klapstein

I have been in the GIS industry for 13 years. I spent 11 years as a GIS Analyst for a petroleum company in Anchorage, AK. Presently I am a GeoSpatial Analyst at MT Department of Transportation. My main duties include ArcGIS Online administration and SDE management.


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:40pm
Lewis Room

1:30pm

UAV Panel
Participants from industry, academics, and the public sector will discuss the various opportunities, successes, and challenges with starting a UAV platform that consists of data collection, processes, and analysis workflows. We will elaborate on common misconceptions, pitfalls, and practical applications of this new, flexible, yet somewhat limited method for collecting remotely sensed data. Based on their experience, panelists may also be able to share where they believe the technology is headed, and how it may best be used today. Any other reasonable topics and questions will also be entertained.

Thursday April 19, 2018 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Governor Room

2:10pm

MSDI Cadastral Framework Panel Discussion
Cadastral data is the information about rights and interest in land. The data may also be known as real estate data, parcel information, land ownership, or tax parcel information. The Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Cadastral Framework data which is maintained by the Montana State Library, consists of tax parcels defined by the Montana Department of Revenue and City/County GIS Departments. It is built primarily upon CadNSDI Montana – a digital representation of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) created from survey records and mapping control information. The Cadastral Framework may also be vertically integrated with other CadNSDI-based sources of data such as Public Lands, Conservation Easements, Administrative Boundaries (county and state boundaries, fire districts, etc.) and Montana State Trust Lands.

The participants on this panel represent the various players in the construction and maintenance of the Cadastral Framework. There are representatives from the Montana Department of Revenue, the Bureau of Land Management, the Montana State Library, County Government, a Professional Land Surveyor, and an Accredited Rural Appraiser. This discussion will be structured into three sections: 1) A brief introduction from each panelist and their connection to the Cadastral Framework, 2) The panelists will answer the questions that were submitted through the Survey link provided below, 3) Open question period from the audience.

Please Submit Your Questions regarding the Cadastral Framework by March 30, 2018 at the following link: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/d91ebe5d172245a393cf520befa2b58b

Speakers
MB

Meghan Burns

MSDI Administrative Boundaries Theme Steward, BAS State Certification Officer for Montana, School District Mapping Coordinator for Montana, Montana State Library


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:10pm - 3:20pm
Clark Room

3:40pm

Montana Summit
The recent cuts at the State Library highlighted the need to talk to the public about GIS and why it matters. In response, the MAGIP Board decided to develop a set of talking points and stories that members can use when they talk about GIS to people who don't do GIS every day. In this session we'll go over the draft talking points and stories and discuss how to use them when you talk to your boss, your neighbor, your legislator, or that person you end up talking to in line at the grocery store. We'll also talk about what should be added, so come give your feedback!

Speakers
DM

Deborah McAtee

Deborah McAtee works with nonprofits and small businesses to help them run smoothly. She specializes in writing the documents that every organization needs but no one wants to write, including employee manuals, procedures, governing documents, and website content. Before becoming... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Governor Room
 
Friday, April 20
 

8:00am

MAGIP Board Meeting
The Montana Geographic Information Professionals (MAGIP) Board of Directors will hold a meeting following the Big Sky GeoCon. MAGIP members are welcome to attend.

Friday April 20, 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm
TBA