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Technical Session [clear filter]
Monday, October 17


Technical Session. You Are Here: Developing a Mobile Map for the Sebago Lake Land Reserve
AUTHORS: G. Andrew Smith-Petersen, Laurel Jackson, and Keith M. Crogan - Portland Water District

ABSTRACT: The 1,700 acre Sebago Lake Land Reserve is a managed forest intended to protect Sebago Lake, the water source for 200,000 people in greater Portland. The Reserve, which is open to the public, features over 13 miles of trails and kiosks at 12 points of entry. The majority of these are found at one central 500 acre parcel, but several other smaller parcels and trail systems exist, making the upkeep of paper-based maps a challenge. Our staff envisioned a system whereby visitors could scan a QR code on their mobile device at any kiosk to see a map depicting their location. We wanted a solution that was low cost, easy to distribute, GPS-enabled, and with the ability to overlay our own data. We looked at a couple of options and settled on CarryMap, an ArcMap add-in that produces an offline iOS or Android map from a working ArcMap document. We will share the pros and cons we found in various solutions, as well as lessons learned in the process of producing the mobile map and distributing it to the public.

Monday October 17, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Nauset IV


Technical Session. Building the Connecticut Rail Trail Explorer Web Application

ABSTRACT: For the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), VHB designed and built a modern web mapping application to serve as an improved hub of information about State Park trails throughout the state. Visitors to the Connecticut Rail Trail Explorer are able to search for and interact with detailed maps and descriptions of the trails, lookup contact information, find parking locations, and generate turn by turn driving directions to the many access points along the trails.During this talk, we will demonstrate the application and discuss how the ArcGIS API for JavaScript and the Web Application Builder framework from esri were used to develop the site.

Monday October 17, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Nauset IV


Technical Session. The Town of Winchester Connecticut's Parcel Mapping Solution
AUTHORS: Steven Sadlowski, Town of Winchester; Randy Trott, Timmons Group.

ABSTRACT: The Town of Winchester recently partnered with Timmons Group firm for the development of a high quality digital parcel database and an on-line GIS tool accessible through their website. Tasks associated with this effort include the completion of the Town’s GIS parcel layer and then create an on-line accessible GIS application that can be utilized by Town staff, residents, developers and other professionals. The Town's Online solution was developed using HTML5/Javascript and was specifically architected using responsive design methodologies. The resulting portal enables both internal and external users of the system the ability to access mapping and assessment information on a wide variety of devices and platforms. This Presentation provides a mid-level technical overview of the project efforts, including the use of Esri Desktop technologies such as Data Reviewer and Data Driven Pages, as well as ArcGIS Server Technologies.

Monday October 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset IV


Technical Session. (not) Implementing an ArcGIS for Local Government Solution: Election Polling Places Application
AUTHORS: Claire W. Brill, GISP, City of Worcester, MA

ABSTRACT: Esri is offering more and more applications to leverage your GIS data and ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Online infrastructure. Using a free application seems like a good starting point to deliver interactive access to GIS data on the City of Worcester website. The Election Polling Places application, one of the ArcGIS for Local Government solutions, would take advantage of existing, well-maintained data. Plus, it is a timely need during this presidential election cycle. With the help of a capable intern, the app is configured and ready to go. So why didn’t it launch? What did I learn in the process? Would I work with another Local Government solution in the future? Join me for an overview of the project and answers to these questions.

Monday October 17, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Nauset IV


Technical Session. A Comparison of Open Source Viewers for ArcGIS Server
AUTHORS: Joseph Doherty, Microdesk

ABSTRACT: The ArcGIS API for JavaScript provides an extensive collection of tools, widgets, and code samples. Putting together a cohesive application may require a significate level effort to coordinate a combination of technology options that create a useful suite of GIS tools for the end users. Fortunately there are open source projects that can be implemented which will streamline line the effort while providing a rich set of features through configurable mechanisms. The General Purpose Viewer (GPV) and the Configurable Map Viewer (CMV) open source frameworks will be explored and compared. The results of this effort will be presented to the audience.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Nauset IV


Technical Session. Developing Our Own Cool, Cheap, and Easy Mapping Tool
AUTHORS: David Dickson*; Cary Chadwick*, University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

ABSTRACT: Almost exactly a year ago, Educators from the University of Connecticut shared three “cool, cheap and easy” smartphone mapping apps at NEARC. The ultimate goal of using these apps was to allow budget conscious organizations to collect spatially referenced field data, notes, photographs and forms and maintain and publish these data in the cloud. The path to get there required at least two different apps. In an effort to emphasize the “easy” part, UConn’s Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) set out to develop (with the help of savvy computer science students) our own field data collection app. The result is TractNotes, an app for Android devices (and hopefully iOS soon) that simplifies data collection and eliminates the need for clunky GPS receivers, clipboards, cameras, pencils, backpacks, audio recorders, compasses, a degree in GIS or deep pockets. This presentation will showcase the TractNotes app, the journey it took to develop it, and how we envision it being used for a wide variety of field data collection needs on a budget.

Monday October 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Nauset IV
Wednesday, October 19


Technical Session. Making Sense of the American Community Survey
AUTHORS: Alexandra Barker, David Kraiker - U.S. Census Bureau, Data Dissemination Branch

ABSTRACT: The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to neighborhood level (tract and block group) using the American FactFinder. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS datasets and topics, and a demonstration of accessing data using American FactFinder.

Wednesday October 19, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset II