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Tuesday, October 18


Technical Session. MassOrtho: Lessons Learned and Other Interesting Musings from the Tale of a Regional Ortho Project. Please Come and Learn from This!
AUTHORS: Adam Kurowski, Town of Arlington, MA

ABSTRACT: The Massachusetts Orthoimagery Consortium was well intentioned and had the support of 60 communities in Massachusetts, with collaborations from state and regional entities. The magnitude of the project area and potential to create a lasting initiative was impressive. This thing had legs! Little did we realize the perfect storm was brewing. Come find out what happened next and help us find the silver lining by learning from this experience. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn lessons that can be applied to most project management scenarios.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Nauset III


Technical Session. Combining Multiple Technologies to Make Statewide, Geospatial Information Available
AUTHORS: Emily Wilson, University of Connecticut; Cary Chadwick, University of Connecticut

ABSTRACT: What do you get when you combine shiny, new servers with new and enhanced web apps, maps, services, loads of imagery, Lidar, vector layers and an attractive website? The new Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO)! The University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have updated the CT ECO website from the front end to the back end. CT ECO is a website designed to make Connecticut’s geospatial information available to a wide range of users. Come hear about the improvements and how the pieces are being integrated to create a satisfying user experience for newbies and professionals alike.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Nauset III


Technical Session. The Vermont Lidar Initiative: Acquiring, Sharing and Applying Lidar Data
AUTHORS: Mike Brouillette, State of Vermont

ABSTRACT: Five years after its humble beginnings in 2011, the Vermont Lidar Initiative (VTLI) has achieved full state lidar coverage (including both available and in-process data) with the help of various state and federal partners throught the USGS Broad Agency Announcement grant under the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP). Once the current lidar “collection” is completed in 2017, Vermont will have 80% of its land area covered by Quality Level 2 (QL2) data and the remainder at the QL3 level.While data collection efforts will be ongoing to maintain the “QL2 coverage every 8 years” recommended by the 2012 National Enhanced Elevation Assessment, the VTLI’s primary focus is evolving to embrace a wider range of data dissemination strategies that best serve myriad applications across a broad range of users. In addition to a brief overview of data acquisition and how the dissemination options evolved from data product and file download to the advantages of our new web services, use cases will also be highlighted.The VTLI is managed by the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI), formerly a public non-profit and now a Division of the State Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD).

Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset III


Technical Session. Recent Advancements and Future Directions in High Resolution Land Cover Mapping
AUTHORS: Nate Herold, NOAA Office for Coastal Management; Jamie Carter, TBG, NOAA Office for Coastal Management

ABSTRACT: NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management (OCM) provides technical assistance, data, tools, and training to the coastal management community. Through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP), OCM has been producing moderate resolution land cover for almost two decades. Over the past 5 to 10 years, OCM has also worked to establish an operational higher resolution land cover product line. These products bring the national C-CAP framework to the local level, enabling additional, site specific applications. Recent increases in imagery and LiDAR data availability and improvements in processing techniques are enabling more cost-effective production of high resolution land cover products. This presentation will describe techniques NOAA and its partners are using to develop detailed land cover maps across broadening geographies.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Nauset III


Technical Session. Exploring the Capabilities of High Resolution LiDAR in Mapping Utility Infrastructure and Roadside Vegetation
AUTHORS: Jason Parent*, John Volin, Tom Meyer, David Wanik, Wei Zhang, Manos Anagnostou - University of Connecticut

ABSTRACT: Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) systems have great potential to facilitate monitoring of infrastructure and vegetation across large areas. In this research, we conducted a pilot study to explore the capabilities of using high resolution LiDAR (>25 pts / m2) to assess utility infrastructure and roadside vegetation in Connecticut. We further explored ways to reduce costs associated with LiDAR acquisitions in order to make recurring data collections more feasible. In the pilot study, a vendor acquired airborne and mobile LiDAR data for a 30 km2 area in Greenwich, CT. The vendor used the data to map poles, lines, and tree crowns from aerial data; mobile data were used to inventory and assess pole attachments as well as measure pole lean and height and assess vegetation near lines. In the pilot study, feature extraction costs were 50% of the acquisition costs; to reduce collection future costs, we are developing in-house computer programs for mapping utility infrastructure and vegetation. We are also exploring opportunities for agencies to partner in LiDAR acquisitions to maximize benefits as well as minimize the cost for any given agency. Future research will explore other technologies (e.g. Geiger LiDAR), that may provide more cost-effective alternatives to conventional LiDAR.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Nauset III