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29th Annual Conference and Workshops | Agenda

October 2-4, 2019 | River's Edge Convention Center

10 4th Avenue South | St. Cloud, MN 56301

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Tuesday, October 1

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Social Networking

Green Mill Restaurant & Bar

Wednesday, October 2

8:00 am

Conference Registration Desk Open; Light Refreshments

9:00 - 10:30 am

10:30 -10:45 am

Refreshment Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote: Brianne Wegter and Melissa Gebhardt

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Brianne & MelissaUpon being introduced to Esri and ArcGIS Online, we immediately felt the need to share the marvel of this technology with our students!  Maps and geospatial thinking have always been a part of the Social Studies curriculum; however, GIS technology expands the usability of data and gives students map making power.  Creating maps helps students explore their world and analyze patterns.  Students at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School have participated in the Minnesota on the Map Contest for two years and the use of GIS technology continues to expand through the teamwork of Social Studies staff at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

Brianne Wegter has been teaching High School Geography at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School for three years, receiving the Leadership in Educational Excellence Award in Fall of 2018.  Prior, she taught Social Studies in Brooklyn, New York for five years.  Brianne graduated from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York with a masters degree in teaching (Special Education and Social Studies).  After moving back to Minnesota in 2014, Brianne received a 2nd Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Social Studies from Saint Cloud State University.  Utilizing GIS technology became possible upon entering SRRHS and the world of 1:1 MacBook Airs.  Fortunate to have powerful tools at each student’s fingertips, Brianne has attended many GIS professional developments, including the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, for the past 3 years in order to learn more and bring the “magic” to her students.  

Melissa Gebhardt has been teaching High School Geography at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School for the past two years. This is her first job after graduating from Concordia College-Moorhead in 2017 where she majored in Social Studies Education with a minor in Psychology. At Concordia, Melissa got her first taste of ArcGIS in one of her geography courses. Ever since, she has been inspired to incorporate GIS technology into her classroom. Not only has she used ArcGIS to complete the Minnesota on the Map contest, but has had her students explore its features and analysis qualities within all of her other units as well. Melissa has attended the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium in the past, and this will be her third year doing so to continue learning about how to best utilize GIS technology in education.

Jacob Blackmore, Esther Parks, and William Nielsen are Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Students who participated in the 2019 Minnesota on the Map contest. Today they will share a little bit about their experiences using GIS technology in school.

1:30 - 3:00 pm

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

3:00 - 3:15 pm

Refreshment Break

3:15 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Wednesday Welcome Reception

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Thursday, October 3

7:30 am

Conference Registration Desk Open; Light Refreshments; Conference Mentor Meet and Greet

8:00 am

Conference Welcome

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote Session: Joseph Kerski

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Joseph KerskiJoseph Kerski

Joseph Kerski is a geographer with a focus on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education. Joseph was the President of the National Council for Geographic Education and gave a TED Talk on “The Whys of Where”.  He has served as geographer in 4 sectors of society, including government (NOAA, US Census Bureau, USGS), academia (with Sinte Gleska University, University of Denver, others), private industry (as Education Manager for Esri), and nonprofit organizations (with roles in the National Council for Geographic Education, others). Joseph authored over 75 chapters and articles on GIS, education, and related topics, and visits 30 universities annually. He conducts professional development for educators. He has created 4,500 videos, 750 lessons, 1,000 blog essays, and authored 7 books, including Interpreting Our World, Essentials of the Environment, Spatial Mathematics, Tribal GIS, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning, and the GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Morning Break; Speed Networking Event

10:30 am- 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

SESSION 1 | Data Management

Challenges Acquiring Accurate Critical Infrastructure Data & Ideas Moving Forward

Zachary Vavra, Geospatial Analysis Center

Critical Infrastructures (CI) are important spatial datasets used in county and state emergency and mitigation planning. Examples of CI datasets include: emergency and shelter facilities; infrastructure systems; high potential loss structures; and significant county assets. CI datasets are used to provide clients with an inventory of where their critical infrastructures are located, identify if any are vulnerable to a natural hazard based on their location (e.g. located in a floodplain), and are used in analysis (e.g. identifying dams in poor condition and the surrounding communities vulnerable to a breach). While some nationwide and statewide CI datasets exist, they are often outdated or inaccurate, resulting in clients double checking and editing these datasets before being used. This presentation will discuss the challenges the GAC faces to ensure it is using the most accurate CI data in hazard mitigation plans, and discuss ideas of how to make the process of gathering and updating these datasets more efficient and accessible to the public.

Storing and accessing your Spatial Data over the long term

Bob Basques, City of Saint Paul

Geo-data used in municipal organizations have a tendency of sticking around longer than anyone thought when they were initially captured. Most geo-related data originating from municipal operations that is captured, has to be archived and accessible for years, even decades, and in some cases, even longer. This session will describe some of the business practices developed at the City of Saint Paul for long term data retention, access and archiving of geo-data. Methods for storage and access as well as long term management will be discussed. Why neutral vs proprietary file formats are a consideration and how to plan for reuse so the geo-datasets collected can be utilized far into the future by all users and applications, whether open or commercial off the shelf.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Data: The Art of Munging, Wrangling, and Cleaning

Greg Liknes, Southwest District, MnDOT

Clean and properly formatted data is essential to all GIS projects, and getting there can be extremely time-consuming. In this presentation, a broad view of the importance of preparation will be drawn from disparate fields including cooking, home organization, and data science. Tidy data concepts will then be introduced with specific examples of how they apply to GIS analysis. Options for wrangling data will be compared and contrasted for open-source scripting languages (e.g., R and Python) and commercial GIS software. A side-trip will be taken to discuss regular expressions, the data wrangler' multi-tool. Data preparation skills can be improved by studying best practices and utilizing well-vetted workflows and tools, yet our focus at GIS conferences is often on final outputs. The audience is invited to reconsider the mundane as the magic that make GIS projects possible.

SESSION 2 | Usability/Accessibility

How to Make an Accessible Map

Amy Ellison, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Kitty Hurley, GISP - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Maps tell a story, and should be usable and understandable to everyone. This means making design choices from the start that consider users with different situations, such as: color vision deficiency and visual impairments, motor impairments, cognitive disabilities and conditions, considering cultural understandings, and much more. This session will showcase quick cards, tools, resources, and guides to incorporate accessibility into your map products right away. Content is focused on cartography, static maps (e.g., PNG, or PDF-based), and web maps. Material will be presented at a beginner level; all audiences welcome!

Leave the GIS, Take the Usability

John Nerge, City of Brooklyn Park

We love to talk about how pervasive web GIS has become. What we don't talk about as often is how that paradigm shift affects modern GIS application design. John will talk about the role of human-centered design in building minimalist, intuitive GIS apps that anyone can use (on any device). Doing so will require us to break with some longstanding GIS traditions. The presentation will include tips on using action signifiers instead of how-to guides, designing data query tools for non-technical users, and engaging with your users early and often. The reward of using this approach is an audience-focused GIS app with a higher adoption rate and an increased life span, at least in internet time.

Communicating Complexity in GIS - Wait What?!

Kent Treichel, Minnesota Revenue

A well designed map can provide clear and concise information to a broad audience. Not every spatial dataset can yield a well-designed map. This is particularly true for datasets which are complicated or complex. What makes a dataset difficult to map? What additional forms of data can we use to communicate the complexity? This session will explore complexity and offer techniques to communicate effectively.

SESSION 3 | Lightning

Taming the VIPER- 3D Laser Scanning

Simon Morgan, Amanda Huber & Brett Frahm, Three Rivers Park District

From ski chalets to chicken barns, Three Rivers Park District is challenged with managing 400+ unique buildings across an area the size of Rhode Island. To ensure staff have access to all facility data, anywhere, see how their team built VIPER, a Virtual Indoor Portal with Extended Reality powered by ArcGIS Enterprise and asset management software. With virtual tours, indoor GIS data, 3D data, and floor plans, see how this intuitive app packages vital information in one convenient location.

Managing data on 288,000 storm drains with mobile mapping

Nancy Read, Metro Mosquito Control District

Many mosquito species, including some that can carry West Nile virus, have adapted to use human-constructed habitats such as street catch basins or storm drains. Street catch basins designed with sumps to trap sediments also hold standing water where these mosquitoes lay their eggs and where larvae develop in the nutrient-rich solution. MMCD tracks which storm drains throughout the 7-county Twin Cites metro area hold water that can support mosquito growth, and treats them with an insect growth regulator to inhibit emergence of adults and interrupt the cycle of virus transmission. We first mapped these drains over 10 years ago, using data collected from cities as a base where possible. We are now updating our maps using fresh data from cities, and comparing it with our field observations on both public and private drains and their ability to hold water (an attribute seldom available in city data). We have developed a mobile map editing interface for this using Leaflet as a base, as part of our open source enterprise data system. We are also working cooperatively with the Adopt-A-Drain program to help build a common metro-wide index and map of storm drains with the most current data available.

What is the U.S. National Grid?

Randy Knippel, Dakota County Office of GIS

The U.S. National Grid is the national standard for describing locations for a variety of applications. This presentation will focus on the essential elements of the grid, giving you the key pieces of information to sell the concept in your organization. GIS professionals need to take a leadership position in this important initiative. It is also a great way to start a conversation with your emergency manager and public safety professionals, giving you the opportunity to tell them about all the other great things you can do for them!

Data stewardship for the National Wetland Inventory

Andrea Bergman, MNIT @ Department of Natural Resources

The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) data for Minnesota were recently updated through a decade-long, multi-agency collaborative effort under leadership of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). The dataset was released in May 2019 and is the first statewide update of the NWI for Minnesota since the original inventory in the mid-1980s. Our next challenge is to ensure this dataset remains a living and accurate product rather than waiting thirty years for another update. To address this, the MNDNR and MNIT Services developed a web application to allow registered users to submit change requests. Users select between reporting a map error or land use change and then indicate if it is a wetland addition, deletion, or classification change. A data governance structure is in place for data stewards to review the record of change requests and apply accepted changes to the dataset. These changes are applied to a development dataset and will be rolled out to the production dataset on the MN Geospatial Commons on an annual basis. Not only will this maintain data currency, it will engage local interest and will increase confidence in decisions made by natural resource managers who use the dataset for the management, protection, and restoration of wetlands.

DEMs, DSMs, and Orthomosaics from Drone Data using ArcGIS Pro

David Kelley, University of St. Thomas

ArcGIS Pro is now capable of processing raw still imagery from UAVs/drones, replacing the need for commercial software packages such as Drone2Map. Ortho Mapping tools can be used to process a range of 2D imagery into terrain and orthorectified image products, such as Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), Digital Surface Models (DSMs), Digital Terrain Models (DTMs), Orthomosaics, Hillshades, etc. This presentation will cover the tips, tricks, software, hardware, and procedures to process raw drone data into useful mosaic datasets using data acquired in May, 2019, at the Katherine Ordway Natural History Study Area in Inver Grove Heights, MN.

What can good mapping skills contribute to fighting the Opioid Epidemic?

Stacey Stark, University of Minnesota - Duluth

The results a statewide survey of Minnesota pharmacists that assessed pharmacist engagement in naloxone dispensing and syringe access were combined to map communities with high opioid overdose rates where pharmacists were not dispensing naloxone, and areas with high Hepatitis C rates where pharmacists were not dispensing syringes. Bi-variate mapping techniques in both AGOL and ArcGIS Pro were valuable to communicate results to determine if pharmacists in high risk areas are engaging in efforts to address these critical public health issues. Data and mapping challenges will be discussed!

SESSION 4 | Enterprise GIS

Building a New 'GIS Kitchen': Goodhue County ArcGIS Enterprise Portal Migration

Leanne Knott & Bryan Byholm, Goodhue County

Portal for ArcGIS is a component of ArcGIS Enterprise that integrates ArcGIS Online with back-end organizational infrastructure delivering on-premise sharing of maps, scenes, apps, and geographic information. Migrating from standalone ArcGIS Server (AGS) to ArcGIS Portal (AGP) creates a faster, more secure deployment but the process for moving from ArcGIS Server to a Federated Portal model can feel a little daunting. Goodhue County GIS Systems Specialists Leanne Knott and Bryan Byholm will outline their process for migrating from AGS to AGP using the metaphor of a"GIS Kitchen." Discussion will include moving from existing resources (Old Kitchen) to building a side-by-side system (New Kitchen) that facilitated migrating data, maps, and apps to the new deployment. Special emphasis will be placed on project planning and design, consulting services, and utilizing an agile approach to post-installment implementation.

Redefining Government GIS with Hub

Kyle Wikstrom, Pro-West & Associates

ArcGIS Hub is empowering government organizations deploying with a new ability to transform data and provide insightful information for all. During this presentation we will focus on how counties and cities can use Hub to connect communities with this information, maturing beyond just sharing data to engage users in active collaboration, help achieve community aspirations through focused initiatives whose performance can be measured, and efficiently produce answers to community and organizational challenges.

Modern Land Records Data - FAST!

Kyle Wikstrom & Brandon Tourtelotte, Pro-West & Associates

To solve the problem of an outdated open source GIS that was slow and lacked mobile capabilities, Stevens County implemented an enterprise GIS that included an enterprise geodatabase and public-facing tax parcel viewer to achieve its goals of enhancing public data access and enabling field mobility. This enabled the County to share land records data publicly in real time instead of days or weeks. Discover the County's technical journey and how leaders and end users were engaged in the process.

SESSION 5 | Story Maps

Using Story Maps to Ignite Spatial Thinking in Local Government

Hannah Hutchins & Teresa Blader, Olmsted County

With the purchase of an Esri Small Government Enterprise License Agreement, Olmsted County GIS Division has been working on GIS awareness and integration across all County departments. A large part of this endeavor has been using Esri Story Maps to create educational and training materials for employees to have at their fingertips; igniting spatial thinking across the County. The GIS Division hopes that getting GIS into the hands of all County departments will aid in meeting department-specific needs and help reach department-specific goals. This presentation will walk through two Story Maps; one designed for introduction and overall education on GIS, while the other is designated as a guide for County employees as they embark on their GIS journey!

Data Management Tips for Durable Story Maps

Melinda Kernik, University of Minnesota Libraries

Story Maps have become an increasingly popular way for government agencies to communicate about special initiatives, instructors to present course material to students, and individuals to showcase compelling research projects. They exist, however, in an ever shifting landscape of spatial data services and digital resources. Link rot, complex layer dependencies, and transition of project creators between jobs can significantly impact the long-term durability of these digital projects. This presentation will describe data management tips for keeping projects functioning effectively for as long as possible, including strategies for minimizing broken link, navigating copyright, and backing up story map content.

The Use of ESRI's Story Maps, Citizen Problem Reporter, and Survey 123 for Public Engagement

Steve Gazdik, WSB

GIS is a powerful tool that can be utilized in a multitude of ways. GIS is now a platform for engagement that your organization can use to reach a whole new audience. We will present real-world examples that leverage ESRI's Story Maps, Citizen Problem Reporter, and Survey 123 to better engage and involve the general public better than a print/static map could ever do. By creating a simple web map with a few feature layers, your organization can leverage a few key solutions mentioned above to reach and engage with constituents outside of the basic town hall-style meetings, pop-up events, or newsletters.

SESSION 6 | Education

Using Survey123 and ARCgis online to explore citizen science as a democratic process in middle and high school classrooms

Matthew Vernon & Justine Oesterle, University of Minnesota

Using Survey123 and ARCgis online to explore citizen science as a democratic process in middle and High School Classrooms. Justine Oesterle, Bhaskar Upadhyay, and Matt Vernon Citizen Science (CS) originated as a democratic form of practicing science; bringing the public and science closer together through dialogue and decision-making processes (Irwin, 1995). As a component of a larger National Science Foundation funded project, through the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Affairs, our research group is developing a CS curriculum that intends to improve middle and high school students' understanding of urban infrastructure systems, and the intrinsic linkages to wellbeing, health, environmental, and equity outcomes (Ramaswami et al., 2016). The use of Survey 123 and ArcGIS Online, become both a tool and experience for teachers and students to explore and express their relationship with the built environment, making themselves visible by creating spatial data sets, traditionally unavailable to policy actors, and engage in further dialogue leading to potential action. Survey123 proved to be a flexible and reliable scientific tool students used to sample locations in their neighborhoods and collect qualitative and quantitative data. The available analysis and visualization tools in the platform lead to deeper conversation and reflection about what matters in their local context, thus leading to a more democratic CS project. As an extension some students requested additional data to be layered with the maps created to tell their own stories. In addition, this project provides insight on university and school partnerships, and how we may foster an environment where both researcher and participants voices are mutually heard and respected.

Teaching with Interactive Web Maps: Minnesota GeoInquiries

Shana Crosson, University of Minnesota & Micaella Penning, University of Minnesota - Duluth Geospatial Analysis Center

GeoInquiries are interactive GIS activities designed for teaching map-based content. In 2017, ESRI made grants available for states to build GeoInquiries based on state standards. A partnership of teachers and GIS professionals created the Minnesota GeoInquiries based on the 6th grade Minnesota History standards. The next phase of this project is to expand the content available to other grades and subject areas. This session will go over the pedagogical and technical approaches involved in making the GeoInquiries.

Beyond the Map: Creating Amazing Story Maps

Shana Crosson, University of Minnesota

You know how to build fantastic maps for your Story Maps. Now comes the harder part: how do you create an effective, accessible narrative? Learn about creating an engaging narrative, writing for an online platform and ensuring that your map is accessible to all. With a few tips and tricks, you can build better Story Maps that communicate that critical spatial information to those who need to know.

SESSION 7 | Undergraduate Student Competition 1

Undergraduate Student Competition


State of the Skies: 2019 Trends, Changes and Breakthroughs in Drone Technology

Michelle Carroll, SC Recon

Unmanned systems have landed at the intersection of 'emerging technology' and 'mainstream tool.' We will review the current state of UAS technologies, highlight trends in function and value, and provide an insider view of industry developments. Attendees will emerge with practical considerations for both contract and in-house drone services.

Drone Based LiDAR and the Future of Survey/GIS

Erik Nelson & Chad Qualley, Houston Engineering, Inc.

Drones have hit the GIS and Engineering world in a big way in the last 2 years. With LiDAR now becoming affordable, is this the new wave of surveying? We will go over how Drones are changing the industry and how the introduction of LiDAR has changed how we are getting our elevation data/how we can have affordable real time LiDAR. We will also touch on some of the new hardware and software that is changing the game.

Estimation of Total Above-Ground Biomass at Two Sites Using High Resolution Imagery, Machine Learning, and Non-NIR Vegetation Indicies

David Kramar, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Alison Wallace, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Asami Minei & Breanna Huynh, Students, Minnesota State University Moorhead

The use of UA Systems in research has grown dramatically over the last several years. This research utilizes inexpensive off-the-shelf UA Systems to collect high-resolution (less than .25 pixel) data for two prairie restoration sites in Western Minnesota. Imagery was collected at both sites every two weeks from mid-May until the end of September. We then calculated 6 different vegetation indices based on the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum and used these indices to predict total above-ground biomass (TAGB). We used three different machine learning techniques to produce the models: 1. Random Forests, 2. Decision Trees, 3. Neural Networks. Whereas all three methods produced adequate estimates of TAGB, Random Forests resulted in the highest predictive capabilities. Results further indicate that a modified visible vegetation index (VVI), and the more traditional Green Leaf Index (GLI) are both adequate at predicting TAGB for our study sites. Using the VVI and Random Forests, we estimated roughly 81% of the total variance of TAGB. This approach is currently being investigated for it's applicability to agricultural land as well.

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Awards Luncheon

Terry Haws Center C

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

SESSION 9 | Expanding the Vocabulary

Asset Management & GIS: Expanding the Vocabulary

Cory Richter, City of Blaine; Heather Albrecht, City of Maple Grove; John Studtmann, City of Minneapolis, Allison Kampbell, Carver County; Matthew Reitter, City of Minnetonka; Jamie Hendrickson, Hennepin County,

Join GIS professionals from city and county level whom are involved in asset management. We'll take a high level view of GIS and the role it plays in implementation of an asset management system, field data collection, data sharing, and reporting. This discussion will be geared toward everyone, whether you are brand new to asset management or have been working with a mature system for years.

SESSION 10 | Business Solutions

Identifying Key Performance Indicators for GIS Solutions 

Kyle Wikstrom, Pro-West & Associates

The concept of using GIS solutions to meet business challenges is nothing new. But how do you measure the success of those solutions? Are you achieving a return on your investment? Are the solutions doing what they were designed to do? How do you know you're doing a good job? Can you prove it with data? Measuring performance is driven by data characteristics. Learn how to define what you need to know from or about the data in order to evaluate the success of a project or initiative.

Analysis of Spatial Equity of Property Valuations using the R-ArcGIS Bridge

Daniel Fasteen, BIS Consulting

The integration of R and ArcGIS provides a powerful bridge to extend analysis capabilities with spatial data. Several libraries exist within R to supplement or extend statistical analysis methodologies and workflows currently supported in ArcGIS pro. This session will walk through getting started with using the R bridge, from accessing data, to performing analysis, and displaying the results in ArcGIS pro. A demonstration of building a script tool using the bridge will also be conducted. Analysis will focus on using the R bridge within the context of property valuation data, and the analysis of equity and uniformity of valuations across a study area.

Building efficiency and access to institutional resources with a diversified ArcGIS solution

Jim Olson, MN DNR

Minnesota DNR Division of Lands & Minerals has released a major database update built on several generations of digital record keeping for the DNR Drill Core Library. Products include a revamped publicly searchable web map, an inventory management application, and integrations with interagency, Survey123, and ArcGIS Collector resources. This talk will outline the process of scoping and developing these new resources, and present the results. The Drill Core Library is an invaluable geologic sample and data resource providing access to over 3 million feet of rock core from tens of thousands of drill holes spanning more than a century. Explorers, academics, and researchers use the library's resources to understand mineral and geologic characteristics and opportunities throughout our state, and to plan future projects.

SESSION 11 | Lightning 2

Map Conundrums

Kitty Hurley, GISP - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Because sometimes you just can't. This presentation will showcase maps that didn't quite make the cut, and were left on the cutting room floor, a.k.a. my inbox.

Archiving Geospatial Data in Minnesota: Recommendations from the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council's Archiving Workgroup

Karen Majewics, University of Minnesota Libraries

Minnesota's geospatial community is facing the growing need to archive free and open data for long term preservation and access. The Archiving Workgroup of the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council has been active since 2018 with a mission to define policies, best practices, and procedures for archiving geospatial data. This presentation will describe the group's engagement activities with stakeholders at various levels of government, academic institutions, private sector interests, non-profit organizations, and citizens of the state, and our recommendations for digital stewardship, including curation, preservation, archiving, and storage, of both historical and future geospatial datasets in Minnesota.

Is This Valid?

Jon Hoekenga, Metropolitan Council

As metro geodata standards are being migrated to state standards through the Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC), tools have been developed to validate address points, road centerlines and parcels against the new standards. Validation tools, originally developed to support workflows for NextGen9-1-1 data aggregation in the metro, are now available on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons to any data authority wishing to validate their information against adopted GAC standards. The specific validations are designed in a modular format so users can expand validation checks to accommodate their specific internal and agency needs.

The GIS Workforce of Tomorrow

Len Kne, University of Minnesota

It's now easy for anyone with an internet connection to create maps and perform real spatial analysis with an application like ArcGIS Online. As GIScience and technology advance, the duties and roles of the GIS professional also evolve. Our charge, as GIS professionals is to ensure that everyone in the workforce thinks spatially and that we continually learn the skills needed to lead GIS into the future. This talk will present ideas on how to prepare the GIS workforce of tomorrow.

Web-based Outreach and Education for a Watershed Management Organization

Peter Wiringa & Kate Carlson, U-Spatial, University of Minnesota

Working for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO), we developed a new Esri Story Map and re-implemented a web application to support MWMO's education and outreach efforts. The combined products describe the role of the MWMO and present information on stormwater, green infrastructure, pollution, monitoring, and more. An embedded application allows users to follow stormwater from where the rain falls to when and where it reaches the Mississippi, over the surface and through the pipes, with added information about the pollution potential, treatment status, and the role of best management practices (BMPs) along the way. We'll discuss the process, lessons learned, tips, and tricks.

Flying Drones in MN: Rules, Tips & Tricks!

Katie Gilmore, MnDot Office of Aeronautics

The drone world has been changing at a rapid pace – new technology, changing rules…rules you never even knew existed! Are you considering flying or hiring drones? (or do you already?) Are you’re a state or local government organization or a private company? You’ll want to hear this information!  We’ll cover FAA, State, and local regulations, share some secrets of the trade, and look at what we expect in the near future.

SESSION 12 | Imagery/LiDAR

Utilizing Mosaic Datasets to Derive Lidar Products in ArcPro

Tyler Kaebisch, Ayres Associates

Generating intermediate raster products from lidar can be time consuming when dealing with large datasets. This presentation will focus on how ArcPro users can easily and quickly create products from large lidar datasets on the fly with raster mosaic datasets. Users will gain an understanding of how to create meaningful, landscape wide lidar derivatives from individual tiled datasets.

Your Lidar Data in the Cloud

Kent Park, Woolpert

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

Mobile LiDAR ROW Sign Asset Collection

Sonja Ellefson, GPI Geospatial, Inc.

ROW Sign Management is becoming an increasing difficult task for municipal governments. Street signs have a limited life cycle and need to periodically be replaced to ensure public safety. Mobile LiDAR is a viable and cost-effective approach to sign collection and processing. The LiDAR point cloud captured during a mobile LiDAR drive plan can be manipulated through software applications to generate a Geodatabase sign inventory. This inventory database can be as simple as sign location (x,y,z), MUTCD code(sign type) and condition(good, fair, poor) or enhanced to include height of the sign, dimensions and reflectivity. This presentation will outline the approach for Mobile LiDAR acquisition, sign extraction and feature coding for input into a geodatabase.

SESSION 13 | Enterprise GIS 2

Getting Started with Esri's GeoEvent

Tyler Prahl, GISinc; Steve Mulberry, Geographic Information Services

This presentation will help you understand what GeoEvent is, where it lives in Esri's platform, and how to leverage it for your specific business needs. Topics include: sensors and GeoEvent, social context and implications, ROI for GeoEvent, Integrations (e.g., IoT, sensors, Waze), use cases, and how to get started.

The good, the bad and the GIS Office: A look at Hennepin County's GIS Program

Jesse Reinhardt, Hennepin County

The last interview question we always ask potential intern candidates is, "When your friends or family ask you what GIS is, how do you respond?" At Hennepin County, the GIS team is often answering the follow-up question, "what can GIS do for public safety, public works, operations, transportation, tax and assessment, environmental planning, finance.. and so on and so on?". This presentation will touch on Hennepin County's GIS program - who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

Implementing Portal for ArcGIS at the DNR 

Chris Pouliot & Michael Q. Tronrud, MN.IT @ DNR

The DNR has implemented Portal for ArcGIS as part of our online and mobile solution. This talk will cover some of the successes and road bumps we've incurred along the way.

SESSION 14 | ArcGIS Online

Working with ArcGIS Online Hosted Feature Services

Jesse Adams, North Point Geographic Solutions

You may be already using ArcGIS Online Hosted Feature Services and not even know it! This presentation will provide a general overview of Hosted Feature Services, how to get started using hosted feature services, and some advanced topics including; layer views, offline editing, editor tracking, and domain/field updating. We will also run through several demonstrations of how hosted feature layers can be created using ArcGIS Pro. Because Hosted Feature services are hosted by Esri there are also several performance considerations that can increase the performance of your applications. Join us and get ready for edge-of-your-seat excitement...or just come learn about Hosted Feature Services!

Everything You Need to Know About ArcGIS Vector Tiles

Ethan Borgen, North Point Geographic Solutions

ArcGIS Vector Tile Layers provide high performance and scalable data visualizations that can be generated in minutes on your desktop workstation. Vector tiles generate much faster than raster tiles on smaller machines, are customizable on the fly, and take advantage of modern web technologies. They can be published directly to ArcGIS Online (or ArcGIS Enterprise) using minimal credits and are a cost-effective solution for many organizations. Join us to learn how to create and maintain vector tiles, how and when to leverage them for responsive web maps, and how to customize Esri vector basemaps to match your own web maps.

DIY Portable (Pocket) Map Server (AKA - Raspberry Pi)

Bob Basques, City of Saint Paul

Every once in while a project comes along that's both useful and at the same time fun to put together. The need: To field a self contained, on/offline mapping system interface, that can optionally be run on a battery with the ability to be connected to from multiple devices (via Wi-Fi) in the field that will fit in your pocket. The only field requirements are that the end user's device is Wi-Fi capable and has a Web Browser on it. In addition to being self contained it still needs to be able to be easily synced up with a master data node by the end user(s) as updates occur over time. Join us as we describe our continuing efforts at building out a Mapping (and field collection) interface based on a FOSS4G software stack, that can run completely self contained on the third generation Raspberry Pi (RPi3), a sub $45 computer. Topics covered: Hardware, Open Source software stack components used, capabilities of the system, Some thoughts about the future, networking, and a demo of a working Raspberry Pi device.

SESSION 15 | Undergraduate Student Competition 2

Undergraduate Student Competition

SESSION 16 | Graduate Student Competition

Graduate Student Competition

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions; Last Call: Poster Gallery, People's Choice Vote

SESSION 17 | Data Governance Panel

Governance for Data and Services: the GAC Approach

Mike Dolbow, MnGeo; Mark Kotz, Metropolitan Council; George Meyer, Otter Tail County; Matt McGuire, Metropolitan Council; Ryan Mattke, University of Minnesota

One of the strengths of the Minnesota GIS community is in our data. As data collections grow in availability, we are faced with difficult governance questions such as, 'How do standards help authoritative publishers?', 'Can a new standard impact other industries and data collections?', 'How does a data publisher know what data to deliver via services?', and 'When and how do we archive older data sets?' Fortunately for Minnesota, we have a Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC), that strives to answer these questions, primarily via the work of its committees and workgroups. This panel session will explore the work of two long-standing committees (standards and parcels), as well as a new committee on sustaining MnGeo's Imagery Service and a new workgroup on Archiving data. It will explore the interconnected nature of the decisions we make as a community on foundational data sets such as imagery and land records, including time for audience questions and debate.

SESSION 18 | LiDAR Panel

Let's Talk About Bringing New and Enhanced Lidar Data to Minnesota

Sean Vaughn, DNR; Gerry Sjerven, Minnesota Power; Alison Slaats, MnGeo; Jennifer Corcoran, DNR; Colin Lee, MNDOT

There is a new plan in progress for bringing enhanced lidar data to Minnesota! The draft plan was developed over the summer by the Geospatial Advisory Council's 3D Geomatics Committee to guide the collection of lidar data and derived products for multiple end-user applications. The plan strives to establish complete and seamless coverage of high quality, high density, foundational 3D data across the state. The plan will consist of multiple acquisition projects over the course of several years based on available funding opportunities. Moving forward, the participation of the GIS/LIS community in the implementation of this plan for Minnesota will be critical to its success, both in terms of meeting multiple stakeholder needs and in terms of gathering funding support. Please join us at this panel discussion for a review of the draft plan. We will open the session with an introduction to the Committee and Workgroup guiding this initiative. Next, we will briefly describe technical details of high density lidar data, share a tentative timeline for data acquisition, provide an update on the progress made towards a funding plan, and discuss lidar-derived products. However, much of this motivating session will be dedicated to your questions and responses from our blue-ribbon panel of experts. --Let's discuss how we can all participate in Minnesota's Lidar Acquisition Plan by sharing it with our stakeholder communities to gather support and share ideas about how new, high definition lidar and derivatives can be applied to support our diverse business needs.

SESSION 19 | Lightning 3

'GISing' the Humanities: A Case for Teaching with Story Maps

Kate Carlson, University of Minnesota, U-Spatial; Chris Saladin, PhD Student , University of Minnesota

There is ever growing interest from U of M Liberal Arts faculty to bring spatial thinking and digital storytelling into the classroom through Story Maps. However, since most of these faculty have little to no experience in GIS, a collaborative team from a number of University units (U-Spatial, Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services (LATIS), College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH)) have developed instructional resources that can be employed in a variety of disciplines. We will present the “Teach with Story Maps” curriculum portal that came out of this project, which contains resources such as assignment prompt templates, user guides, and grading rubrics. Taken all together, our resources are designed to help instructors craft and teach their own Story Map based assignments. So far, these resources have helped instructors from disciplines such as History, Spanish, Journalism, and Art History guide their students in creating their own Story Map projects. We have found that, as an accessible digital platform, Story Maps is an excellent introduction for students to ArcGIS Online and space-based thinking more broadly.

All I Want is Your Phone Number

Cory Richter, City of Blaine

Are you paying attention to the security of your personal information? Do you ever really think about how many thousands of times in a hour someone is getting data about you? There are some things you can do about it. Let's have a chat.

I really enjoy being judged...said no one ever

Cory Richter, City of Blaine

Performance reviews are a meme all unto themselves. Let's drop the baggage and have a honest discussion on how to give an effective performance review and actually make it something productive for the supervisor and employee.

An R Package for calculating Non-Near Infrared Vegetation Indices

Valquiria Quirino, John Deere; David E. Kramar, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Open source software packages are a budget friendly alternative to commercial ones. They come with the additional advantage of enabling the user to contribute to the advancement of their fields by sharing their work as packages. In this work, we produced an R package that calculates five vegetation indices from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) images, namely: (1) Red/Green vegetation index, (2) SARGVI (Soil-Adjusted Red/Green Vegetation Index), (3) modified Visible Vegetation Index (VVI), (4) Green Leaf Index (GLI), and (5) Varigreen. Varigreen, GLI, and the Red/Green indices are standard non-near infrared vegetation indices widely used in conjunction with UAS imagery. The modified VVI is a relatively new index that was originally developed at the University of Puerto Rico. The original VVI was used with MODIS data, and here we modified it to work better with high resolution UAS imagery.

Quantify wetland function in Minnesota using terrain analysis and the updated NWI

Steve Kloiber & Jason Ulrich, MN Departmnet of Natural Resources

The DNR has completed the update of the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) GIS dataset for Minnesota. Our project used these NWI data (locations and encoded classifications), along with LiDAR data, to quantify surface water and water-quality function of wetlands. The function of wetlands in a given watershed is dependent on not only their extent but also their up- and downstream hydrologic connections with each other; however, a knowledge gap currently exists in mapping wetland networks at different scales in Minnesota and simulating their effects on surface-water and water quality. As such, our project first mapped NWI wetland connectivity networks in a set of study watersheds comprising over 2 million acres in Southern Minnesota. Next, we calculated available storage volume and direct drainage area of these NWI wetlands, and then simulated each wetland's fill-and-spill response to runoff volumes estimated from design storms. Our results show significant variation in wetland storage, connectivity and fill-and-spill behavior across the study area. Further, the results show that surface water and water-quality function in individual wetlands and those aggregated at watershed scales is often heavily dependent on wetland network structure. The project methods and results are important for the current development of quantitative metrics for accurately representing wetland function in Minnesota.

Historic Preservation and GIS: A Match Made in ...

Jim Krumrie, Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office

Every historic property and archaeologic site has a geographic location that allows them to be found on maps and various state and local listings. But the real power of GIS is that not only can it display them on an interactive digital map but also enable extensive modeling and analysis of their geographic and attribute data. GIS is not new to Historic Preservation but the two disciplines have only recently matured to the point to where a mutually beneficial partnership can be achieved today.   Minnesota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is in the beginning phases of a multi-phase project to digitize and geospatially enable its extensive inventory files and other data in an online web portal accessible to historic researchers and the public. This presentation will briefly describe the renewed partnership between Historic Preservation and GIS and where SHPO is at in its development of this web portal.

SESSION 20 | Remote Sensing

Influence of Vegetation Height Models and Synthetic Aperture Radar on the Accuracy of Object-Based Classifications of Phragmites australis

Connor Anderson, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Invasive species are becoming an increasing worldwide threat both financially and ecologically. One such invasive species is Phragmites australis. This plant is quickly growing into a large problem across the United States and the Great Lakes basin. A major issue faced when controlling this invasive species is determining the location and extent of the infestation, which generally requires in-situ surveying. This study applies remote sensing tools, specifically Object-Based Image Analysis, to delineate Phragmites australis patch boundaries in wetland basins near Duluth, Minnesota using unmanned aircraft system (UAS) imagery. The main questions for this study were: (1) can Phragmites australis be identified using the three-band visible spectrum UAS imagery; (2) how does classification accuracy compare when incorporating vegetation height models; and (3) how does classification accuracy compare when including both vegetation height models and synthetic aperture radar backscatter. Additionally, a photogrammetric digital surface model (DSM) derived from UAS imagery and a stereo satellite DSM derived from a WorldView-2 stereo pair are tested and compared. This study suggests that vegetation height models and horizontal-horizontal (HH) polarization from C-band satellite radar are key input variables when identifying Phragmites australis from three-band UAS imagery. Moreover, photogrammetric DSMs outperform stereo satellite DSMs when using an object-based approach to classify Phragmites australis.

Advancing water quality monitoring capabilities for Minnesota's > 10,000 Lakes using Landsat and Sentinel imagery in an automated high performance computing environment

Leif Olmanson, University of Minnesota Dept. of Forest Resources; Benjamin Page, University of Minnesota Water Resources Center

Using Landsat imagery, we have been assessing lake water clarity in Minnesota for over 20 years. For these assessments we used empirical methods and in situ Secchi data (SD) to calibrate each image individually. Using these methods, we have completed nine statewide assessments of water clarity (>10,000 lakes each) from 1975 to 2015. This was feasible because large amounts of SD data were available to develop the water clarity models. These assessments at five-year intervals were made available for lake management purposes and the public in a popular (~9,000 unique visitors monthly) Lake Browser ( with a Google map format. Having water clarity data at five-year intervals was reasonable at the time, given the low temporal coverage of Landsat and relatively sparse availability of clear imagery during the late summer index period (July 15-Sept. 15), which represents seasonal maxima in chlorophyll and minimum water clarity. Recent advances in satellite technology (improved spectral, spatial, radiometric and temporal resolution) along with cloud and high performance computing capabilities have allowed us to enable the development of automated regional-scale measurements of water quality. The launch of NASA/USGS's Landsat-8, and the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 & 3 have improved capabilities to measure colored dissolved organic matter, chlorophyll and total suspended matter, the main determinants of water clarity. These new capabilities provide opportunities to improve lake and fisheries management by measuring more water quality variables more often. To that end we have been developing and evaluating atmospheric correction, cloud, shadow and haze masking prior to applying water quality models to implement cross-validated methods. Using high performance computing resources, these conventional image processing techniques have been automated to produce satellite-based water quality maps on a more frequent time scale in a more enhanced web platform. We will also present some prototype animations of water quality change and geospatial distributions of different water quality variables in Minnesota.

Forest Cover Type Mapping in the Cloud

Lucas Spaete, MN DNR – Forestry

Cover type is a crucial stand parameter and traditional methods used to collect cover type information are time consuming, expensive, and introduce bias into stand delineations. Remote sensing offers the ability to map cover type across large areas at a fraction of the time and expense. To this end, Resource assessment created a study to investigate if remote sensing can be used to accurately determine cover type and species composition for Minnesota forest inventory stands. For this study we employed Sentinel-1 radar imagery, Sentinel-2 multi-spectral imagery, Single Photon Lidar (SPL), and Peak Fall Color (PFC) 4 band aerial photography along with randomForest Classification methods, MN DNR Forest Inventory Module (FIM), USFS Forest Stands, and 356 1/10th acre field collected inventory plots. Google Earth Engine and Fusion were used to process the Sentinel-1 radar, Sentinel-2 imagery, and SPL data. Imagery products were produced that highlight different seasons (Sentinel-1), captured the different growth stages (Sentinel-2), and the structural characteristics (SPL). Preliminary modeling attempts showed that existing inventory data could not be used directly to accurately classify cover type, therefore, PFC imagery and existing inventory data were used to delineate a cover type training dataset (n = 260). RandomForest, a machine learning classification technique, in an R environment was used to produce two cover type classifications, a Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 imagery classification (SS) and Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, and SPL classification (SSL). Resulting classification accuracies were similar: SS - (78%) and SSL - (78%) with the SSL model preforming slightly better on coniferous cover types better than the SS model. Model accuracies are encouraging and may indicate that optical imagery and cloud based processing methods are feasible for statewide application.

SESSION 21 | Collaboration

The Metro Stormwater Geodata Project: Progress and Prospects

Geoffrey Maas, Metropolitan Council; Alex Blenkush, Hennepin County

At present in Minnesota, there is no adopted geospatial data standard for stormwater assets that meets the full range of needs of the data producer and data consumer community. In 2018, a coalition led by Hennepin County, the Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District and MetroGIS began exploring how to develop a multi-purpose stormwater data transfer standard. Building from the past efforts of other agencies, the Metro Stormwater Geodata Project (MSGWP) was convened in April 2018 and has been working steadily to define and document business needs and attributes needed to meet those needs, as well as researching relevant data policies and other technical requirements. The MSGWP has made significant progress in fostering stakeholder engagement, creating a stakeholder-driven draft transfer standard and advancing a pilot project for testing and feedback. This presentation will highlight the progress to date and outline the prospects for future action.

Using Partnerships to Collect Big Data

Adam Derringer, Ayers Associates

LiDAR and Orthoimagery are the backbone of GIS departments at all levels of government and private industry. Although collecting these foundational datasets is getting cheaper many departments budgets have been reduced making it very difficult for most Counties and other agencies to afford. If this data is so important and everyone uses it there must be a way to acquire it, right? There is. Many organizations have found shared needs and by working together critical data can be collected for use by all. There are many ways to go about funding these projects and more than one way to build partnerships to do it. This presentation will cover several real scenarios of building successful partnerships at local, regional, and state levels.

Minnesota's USNG Emergency Location Marker Project - An Update

Stephen Swazee, SharedGeo

Developed in Minnesota in response to requests from Search and Rescue teams in Northern Minnesota, Emergency Location Markers (ELM) for recreational trails have now spread to nine states. Leveraging the power of the U.S. National Grid, significant and well publicized installs can now be found in places like the Atlanta Metro and Kennedy Space Center. This presentation will address the wide range of issues inherent in an installation, from planning to implementation, so you can determine if an ELM project makes sense for your club or community.


Coordinate Systems and Datums for High Accuracy GNSS Collection

Daniel Braun, Frontier Precision, Inc.

With the amount of high accuracy positioning devices and the different GPS/GNSS real time correction sources, it has created some inaccuracies in how this data matches up with our base maps. In this session, we will discuss best practices as it relates to high accuracy data collection, coordinate systems, their datums, and real time correction systems. We will also discuss the new proposed 2022 Datum and how that might affect your maps.

Self-Service, High-Accuracy GPS Collections using Python and JavaScript

David Malm

Faced with a growing number of GPS collections conducted by non-GIS users, Bolton & Menk needed a streamlined process to initiate, perform, and complete collections. Using the ArcGIS API for Python and JavaScript, we created a user-friendly interface to initiate collections at a moment’s notice. We provided a self-service solution to automate the creation of ArcGIS Online maps before the collection, as well as disseminate data in multiple formats after collection. This solution allows users to quickly and reliably collect data while maintaining quality control and data integrity. 

High Accuracy Data Collection with Collector

Daniel Braun, Frontier Precision, Inc.

In this session we will discuss high accuracy data collection with Collector for ArcGIS. We cover new Collector updates, the fundamentals of high accuracy GNSS (GPS) technology, recording GNSS metadata, best practices with GNSS (GPS) receiver technology and real-time corrections (SBAS, RTX, VRS).

SESSION 23 | GIS Career Panel

Seeking a Career in GIS?

Moderator: Stacey Stark, University of Minnesota Duluth
Panelists: John Nerge, GIS Coordinator, Brooklyn Park; John Studtmann, Engineering Applications Analyst, City of Minneapolis; Molly McDonald, Sr. GIS Analyst, 106 Group; Kendis Scharenbroich, President & CEO, Pro-West and Associates

This panel discussion is always a popular and lively discussion about what it takes to be a GIS Professional. Everything from education, networking, interviewing, and specific skills will be covered. Panel participants from a variety of backgrounds and sectors will discuss their career paths and answer questions from the audience.

SESSION 24 | Utilities

What You Need to Know Before Adopting the Esri Utility Network

Tyler Prahl, GISinc

Esri's Support for the Geometric Network will end in January 2024. The clock is ticking for those that need to migrate to ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Enterprise/Services Based Architecture, and the Utility Network. This presentation will discuss the benefits of the Esri Utility Management Extension, Utility Network technical requirements, how to prepare to adopt the Utility Network Data Model, special considerations, and how you can run parallel systems while you are in the process of migrating.

When a Natural Disaster Strikes - Gather Data!

Jared Hovi & Siona Roberts, Carlton County

Mid-June of 2018 Carlton County found themselves in the event of 100 year flood. Collecting data for damaged public infrastructure become a time-sensitive event for county, city, and township officials. Learning from the flood of 2012, county staff had mobile applications ready to deploy if such of an event occurred again. Carlton County GIS staff will present how they deployed Collector and Survey123 applications across multiple organizations, the benefits of the process, and lessons learned.

GIS and Augmented Reality (AR)

Vikrant Krishna, WSB & Associates

Augmented Reality (AR) is quickly becoming a ubiquitous technology with the continued advancements in mobile technology and hardware. Organizations like Apple, Google, and ESRI are investing heavily on developing this technology and bringing it to everybody through consumer devices. While AR has gained its ground in other industries, it is still in its infancy with its impact within the geospatial industry. This presentation will discuss why AR is important to the geospatial industry and how it can change the future of geospatial visualization. This presentation will also focus on providing a brief background on AR, followed by an overview of AR technology applied to GIS. This includes an introduction to vGIS: a solution developed by Meemim Inc. and closing with a review of AR tools and platforms (ARKit, ArcGIS SDKs) for developing custom AR solutions.

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Exhibitor Showcase

Terry Haws Center C

6:15 - 6:45 pm

Exhibitor and GIS/LIS Raffle

Terry Haws Center C

7:15 pm

Thursday Night Social Event

Red Carpet Night Club – Additional $20 payment is required onsite to attend this event. All funds will be donated to the Education Fund. Appetizers and a beer tasting are included in this cost.

Friday, October 4

6:15 am

5k Fun Run/Walk

7:30 am

Conference Registration Desk Open; Light Refreshments


8:00 am

Exhibit Hall Opens

Terry Haws Center C

8:30 – 10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions

SESSION 25 | Next Gen 911 Panel

Next Generation 9-1-1

Norman Anderson, MnGeo; Dan Craigie, DPS-ECN; Akiko Nakamura, DPS-ECN; Curt Carlson, MnGeo; Megan Sisko, MnGeo

Advances in communication systems and technology have placed a tremendous burden on legacy 9-1-1 systems. Cell and mobile IP devices with voice, text and video capabilities now serve as important communication tools that require access to emergency services. The public expects that these devices will be supported. NG9-1-1 is a significant evolution of 9-1-1 systems and services that will support advanced communication technology through seamless interconnectivity between citizens, Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) and First Responders. The primary purpose of this project is to create a statewide geospatial data repository needed to support NG9-1-1 systems in Minnesota. Data will be harvested from and maintained by authoritative sources when possible. When data are not available from authoritative sources, the creation and maintenance of the data will be determined through a study of the best available sources for provisioning the data. All data will be formatted to meet industry standards and shall meet the requirements for supporting NG9-1-1 systems and related activities. Minnesota Geospatial Information Office's (MnGeo) role is to support the Minnesota Department of Public Safety - Emergency Communication Networks (DPS-ECN) in this endeavor. Various aspects of the project will be discussed by the panel: - Data Transformation - Validation - Standardization - Timeline - Grants - Data Maintenance / Next Steps

SESSION 26 | GIS & Gender Panel

Need Not Apply: A panel discussion of Gender in GIS

Cory Richter, City of Blaine; Michelle Trager, Rice County; Alison Slaats, MNiT; Sally Wakefield, MN Dept of Revenue; Laure Charleux, UMD; Kim Sundeen, GCR, Inc.

Join us for a panel discussion surrounding gender and bias in the GIS industry. Our panel of women at varying stages of their GIS career will be exploring how they've seen the workplace change in regard to gender distribution and organizational diversity. They'll be taking a look at why women get into GIS, why they leave, how we support other women in GIS, and how our GIS products can show bias. They'll also open the conversation to ask questions about if we need more change, what that change would look like, and how do we get there as an industry. This is an inclusive discussion and all are invited to participate.

SESSION 27 | GAC (Data Standards)

MN Boundary Alignment

Ryan Stovern, St. Louis County

The GAC identified "Updated and aligned boundary data from authoritative sources" as one if its' top priorities for 2019. We will discuss the status of the project and next steps in moving the project forward.

Minnesota's New Geospatial Standards

Mark Kotz, Metropolitan Council

In the last two years the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council (GAC) has approved three brand new data transfer standards, for parcels, address points and street centerlines data. The GAC has also modified and approved several standards that were previously adopted by the former Minnesota Governor's Council on Geographic Information. This presentation provides an overview of the GAC standards creation and approval process, a brief summary of each standard, and a discussion around compliance and validation. It will also include a look at upcoming standards. Key topics: - What are geospatial standards and why are they important? - Who can propose standards to the GAC? - What is the GAC process for creating and approving standards? - How does this compare to the way the federal government does it? - Why would an organization choose to comply with a GAC standard? - How can I validate my dataset against a standard? - What GAC standards are on the horizon? Currently approved GAC standards: - Parcel Data - Address Points Data - Road Centerline Data - CTU ID - County ID - State ID - Positional Accuracy Measuring and Reporting - U.S. National Grid Expected Future GAC Standards - Watershed ID - River Reach and Watercourse ID - Lake and Wetland Basin ID - Metadata (revision of Minnesota Geographic Metadata Guidelines) - Stormwater Data

How We Got Here: Preliminary Findings on the History of GIS in Minnesota

Ryan Mattke, University of Minnesota

This presentation will share preliminary findings, stories, and conclusions that are the result of a three month research leave. The research involved sifting through the archives at the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, as well as over 40 oral history interviews. From MLMIS to MnGeo, the presentation will trace the evolution and history of GIS in Minnesota from the 1960s to the present.

SESSION 28 | Parcel/Survey

The Many Faces of Parcel Mapping

Frank Conkling, Panda Consulting

This presentation shall explore the many ways in which Parcel can be mapped and maintained in Esri ArcGIS Desktop software with details about how to choose one methodology versus another.

Creating Place from Space. The Rectangular Land Surveys in Minnesota  

Rod Squires, University of Minnesota

In 1785 the Continental Congress made a fateful decision, to dispose of the title to lands the United States acquired from foreign nations and indigenous peoples, and adopted a Land Ordinance with profound and lasting effects on the geography of the United States. The new geography, based on private landownership, necessitated a cadastral system that defined the boundaries and the location of each parcel of land to be privatized and provided a record of ownership. The rectangular land surveying operations that created the land parcels spread through the country, producing the first inventory of the surface features and the first detailed maps. The boundaries and locations established by these operations still play a significant role in the modern cadastre.

Highlights of Parcel Fabric in ArcGIS Pro

Lisa Schaefer, Pro-West & Associates

As ArcGIS Pro becomes available for parcel fabric editing, what does that mean for organizations using the fabric? What is this new platform, and how will it be different from Parcel Fabric in ArcMap? What value does the new Pro environment offer for Fabric users? What do editors need to know? How and when should you plan your migration? Join us during this session to answer all these questions and more!

SESSION 29 | Natural Resources

Open source solutions for mapping land cover change and disturbance

Keith Pelletier, James Klassen & Dr. Joseph F. Knight, University of Minnesota

Land cover mapping provides meaningful information for analyzing and monitoring natural and anthropogenic disturbances across varying landscapes. Developing semi-automated solutions that are meaningfully understood or transparent and reproducible at multiple scales has become necessary as ever-increasing quantities of space-based and airborne geospatial data are made freely available to end users. Object-based image analysis (OBIA) approaches have evolved over several decades to address the challenges of integrating disparate high-resolution datasets and automating land cover classification over large spatial extents. While providing detailed, accurate classifications, these approaches could be improved by using non-proprietary methods. Recent advances in open-source geospatial tools are removing some of the limitations to using an object-based approach for mapping land cover features by leveraging freely-available open-source geospatial packages and datasets. These non-proprietary data and methods provide greater transparency for decision managers and end users to implement land cover mapping workflows that address disturbances at local and global scales. In this presentation, attendees will learn about land cover mapping approaches and open-source solutions for implementing these workflows. This is not intended to be an exhaustive review of the numerous tools available for these workflows, but we will provide resources for identifying appropriate tools and datasets for mapping land cover in Minnesota and beyond.

Aerial LiDAR platforms and sensors: choosing the right combination for your specific applications

Kirk Contrucci, Quantum Spatial

Aerial LiDAR has proven to be a superior technology for providing critical elevation information for medium- to large-area projects. The resulting information is applied in a wide variety of fields including forestry, mining, transportation, infrastructure, and hydrography, just to name a few. As aerial LiDAR is now accepted as the superior technology for acquiring elevation data for many applications, the question becomes: what do I need in terms of accuracy and other characteristics from my LiDAR dataset? The answer lies in choosing the right aircraft (platform) and sensor for the job. This presentation will focus on the various types of aerial LiDAR configurations available today and the role they play in determining accuracy, point density, classification schemes, and feature extraction. We will review the advantages and disadvantages of helicopter vs fixed wing platforms, and examine the capabilities of a variety of LiDAR sensors, including the recent implementation of wide area/high altitude/high density LiDAR systems. The end result will leave you better informed on the various options available to you for acquiring LiDAR data that best suits your needs.

SESSION 30 | ArcGIS Pro Panel

ArcGIS Pro: Going Beyond the Basics

Ryan Sellman, Esri

So you can navigate yourself around ArcGIS Pro. You can also replicate your existing workflows from your ArcMap days. So what are you missing? What's the big deal with Pro anyways? Come to this session to advance your knowledge of ArcGIS Pro. Learn how to leverage what you already know about Pro with some advanced topics like Arcade, tasks, the Solution Deployment tool and more. We will also review some of the key new features in ArcGIS Pro 2.3.


Taking the Darn-it out of .dwg files: A workflow approach to integrating CAD .dwg files to ArcGIS

Molly Keinath, Barr Engineering Company

Over the years, CAD and GIS technologies have continued to evolve and crisscross each other in order to appease their audience. As a GIS specialist in the engineering field, the inevitable task of pulling-in a .dwg file to ArcGIS can be daunting. Depending on several factors, incorporating CAD drawings can be simple, quick and accurate. Or it can turn into several hours of data landing in the ocean, or crashing ArcGIS altogether (sound familiar?). Projections, linear units, data export formats, georeferencing and a little history of how the .dwg file was created can be key to putting all the pieces together into a final GIS product. This presentation will look at several approaches and some tips and tricks to incorporate vector CAD .dwg files in to ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcPro.

CANCELLED GIS Developments in ITS and CAD

Jason Podany, Metro Transit

This session will be an overview of opportunities to leverage GIS in the intelligent transportation system (ITS), computer aided dispatch (CAD) and transit operation initiatives. ITS are unique integrations of software, network infrastructure, utlilities and data designed to support computer aided dispatch (CAD), transportation operations and inform public awareness. Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) will also be discussed. ICM works towards improvements in the movement of people and goods in a corridor through institutional collaboration, integration of existing asset infrastructure, data and systems, and strategic approaches utilizing real-time and historical data.

SESSION 39 | Remote Sensing Panel

Remote Sensing Panel Discussion: Observing and mapping the state of Minnesota.

Moderator: Brian Huberty, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Panelists: Dr. Joe Knight, University of Minnesota; Dr. Leif Olmanson/Benjamin Page, University of Minnesota; Dr. Jennifer Corcoran, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Tyler Kaebisch/Adam Derringer, Ayres Associates; David Fuhr, Airborne Data Systems; Miles Strain/Kirk Contrucci, Quantum Spatial

Our local government, academic and business experts will start off each by giving a short overview of some innovate, remote sensing technologies and applications.  The rest of the session will be dedicated to questions from the audience.  So please bring your UAS, multi-band camera, hyperspectral, RADAR, LIDAR, SONAR and thermal camera systems questions to quiz the panel.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Morning Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

SESSION 32 | Data Collection

What a Difference a Summer Can Make; How seasonal staff gives GIS a boost

Heather Albrecht, Maple Grove

In government we've all heard the catch phrase: How to do more with less? For Maple Grove Public Works, the answer is to bring on Seasonal GIS Technicians. To advance our GIS, and in turn our Asset Management System, we have employed a slew of qualified young professionals, excited to break into the industry. The result is a win-win. We have rapidly advanced our data collection capabilities, sending Techs into the field to locate assets with high accuracy and to perform inspections with integrity. In turn the Techs gain valuable experience to help launch their GIS careers.

Survey123 Advanced Functionality

Daniel Braun, Frontier Precision, Inc.

In this session we will walk through the basics of getting set up with ESRI's Survey123 data collection application. We will cover Form creation via the WebUI or XML Editor, the various new forms of geometry collection, high accuracy support, and how exporting into GIS functions. This presentation will focus on using Trimble and Juniper high accuracy GNSS (GPS) devices.

Utilizing a Suite of ArcGIS Applications to Crowdsource Collection of Culverts

Sean Vaughn, State of Minnesota - MN.IT @ MN DNR

At the 2013 GIS/LIS Consortium Conference, we introduced the need for a centralized, agency-managed, culvert and bridge inventory based on crowdsourced, end-user, and site-specific information. A grassroots initiative grew out of that first presentation and evolved into the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Culvert Inventory Application Suite. The development was completed in 2016 and adopted in 2017. In 2018, we presented a GIS/LIS Conference poster to highlight recent developments of the refined and tested suite of tools. The suite now includes a mobile application, a central ArcSDE database, and a web application with online map layers. Its design allows simultaneous, standardized collection of feature locations and attributes by multiple users. The ArcGIS Mobile Collector Application of the suite works on any handheld device for in-field collection of culvert locations, feature attributes, and onsite photographs. A single master control point represents each inventoried culvert and bridge feature. A set of paired points digitized at the inlet and outlet of culverts link spatially to the master control point that carries unique attributes for single or multiple culverts. The inventoried information serves a variety of purposes, including LiDAR-derived DEM modeling and digital dam removal, fish migration-barrier documentation for species enrichment, and stream geomorphology and floodplain hydrology revitalization. With wireless connectivity, these georeferenced data collected in the field upload directly to a centralized ArcSDE database supported by real-time editing. Built upon the ArcGIS Online web application interface, data stewards can conduct in-office review, editing, and approval of their data locations and attributes created in the field. This functionality provides an opportunity to incorporate local knowledge of features into the database, strengthening earlier field work. As we roll out the suite to other organizations, we return for the 2019 GIS/LIS Conference to demonstrate how you can utilize this suite for your culvert inventory needs.

SESSION 33 | Programming

Introduction to Vue.js

Caleb Mackey, Bolton & Menk

When it comes to JavaScript Frameworks, Vue.js is the new kid on the block. It is a progressive framework that is more approachable compared to others due to its easier learning curve. Like React, Vue.js utilizes a Virtual DOM and encourages a Data Driven UI based on changes to your data. This session will show some of the basics of Vue.js and how you can get started building apps with it today.

Building Reusable JavaScript Libraries

Caleb Mackey, Bolton & Menk

When building JS applications, do you find yourself repeating code from other apps or rewriting it in a slightly different way? With the JavaScript landscape rapidly evolving, writing modular and reusable code for all your apps has never been easier. This session will show some tricks and tips on how to structure packages and write more decoupled code. We will also explore tools to create monorepos using yarn workspaces and lerna, how to bundle and distribute your code using Rollup, simple unit testing, and finally autogenerating documentation for your own libraries using JSDoc.

Automating workforce assignments with Python Notebooks and Jenkins Automation Server

Gregg Roemhildt, WSB

Are you looking for ways to automate your Workforce? As a GIS Professional, scripting with Python can be a burden. Lack of documentation, failed scripts, and inefficient scheduling are only some of the issues we face. We will go over two emerging open-source tools for automating tasks and developing sustainable python scripts. With Jupyter Notebooks, an interactive web-based python scripting tool, and Jenkins, a task automation server, we can automate Workforce for ArcGIS using secure and well documented scripts that are easier to test and diagnose when issues do arise. We'll start by introducing Jupyter Notebooks. These notebooks allow us to interactively write code and obtain visual results as we type. We'll continue with Jenkins, an open source automation server. With this tool, you can schedule your python notebook to run on a schedule, while keeping credentials secure, and maintaining useful logs. With this combination, we'll have a powerful task automation system that can be used to both write and document sustainable tasks. This session will focus on using this tool to automate our Workforce for ArcGIS assignment creation.

SESSION 34 | Emergency Things

Introduction to the U.S. National Grid

Randy Knippel, Dakota County Office of GIS

Adoption of the US National Grid (USNG) continues to grow. It is imperative that all state, regional, and local government agencies implement it by developing map products and providing training in their use to increase geospatial interoperability across jurisdictions. Fundamentally, this is about teaching people the basic skills of map reading and land navigation. In many ways, the value of those basic skills has been lost among all the technical sophistication of GIS. Furthermore, the need for a standardized location referencing system can be easily demonstrated through the pervasive availability of GPS on cell phones and a general lack of understanding how to use it effectively. Demonstrating the wide array of coordinate systems, notations, and conventions available for GPS location display quickly leads to a conversation about the need for standardization. This presentation will cover the basic concepts of the USNG, its foundation and importance as a National standard, and provide practical examples of its many benefits.

NG9-1-1 GIS: Are you ready?

Hanna Lord & Dustin Marlow, GeoComm

Today is the day to begin preparing GIS data for its key role in a successful NG9-1-1 system. This session will cover how to approach NG9-1-1 transition in three steps: Assess, Improve, and Maintain. Attendees will learn why consistent GIS data across a jurisdiction, region, or state will be the key to a successful NG9-1-1 system. Once an initial assessment is complete, improving the GIS data for its mission critical role is the next step. Finally, attendees will discuss ongoing GIS maintenance, a necessary step to ensuring the quality and consistency in local, regional, and statewide GIS datasets.

CANCELLED Indoor mapping: The Future of 9-1-1

Ryan Schrofe & Dustin Marlow, GeoComm

Emergency situational assessment, determining the appropriate level of response, and communication to the field are all elements of emergency response that can take precious time. During highly publicized and well attended events is crucial that field commanders have a high level of situational awareness and tools available to them that make emergency response easier and more efficient. Attend this season to see how three-dimensional (3D) and indoor mapping of critical infrastructure can be utilizing in an incident management system to aid in improving emergency response.

SESSION 35 | Local/County Government

Implementation of Asset Management for Municipalities - Size Does Not Matter

Jon Schwichtenberg, GRAEF

This presentation will focus on how to implement GIS/Asset Management for all municipalities, no matter the size. Presenter will talk about the attributes of successful implementation on all levels. We will discuss several examples of small communities, including a few live demos.

Using GIS to help prioritize public investments: Case studies from Hennepin County, MN

Jesse Reinhardt, Hennepin County

From capital budgets to grants, public agencies are constantly making investments in programs and infrastructure to improve the quality of services delivered to residents. GIS professionals are in a unique position to assist subject experts to better target investments through place-based analysis. At Hennepin County, several business areas are leveraging GIS to fine-tune service delivery and prioritize program and capital investments based on geographic relationships. This presentation will explore several examples from Hennepin County.

Web GIS: A Tool For Connecting Developed Communties And Water Conservation

Chris Gass, Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District

Urban stormwater runoff is a growing problem in respect to water quality. As developed areas expand, concentrations of contaminants increase as do points of access for water pollution. Part of the answer can be found in preventing runoff contamination in the first place through public education and pollutant removal. In other words, the underpinnings of adopt a drain. This program encourages community members to voluntarily clean up debris from the drain right of way reducing pollution and involving the community in their local water quality. This presentation will cover the basis of the program along with the process to build it. Notably covering the steps taken to create an online web map interface and forming an education device through it. Matters discussed will include data needs, user friendliness, outreach opportunities, data management, and tips and tricks learned along the way.

SESSION 36 | Grab Bag

Using Truck GPS Data to Evaluate Freight Movements

Chris Ryan, SRF Consulting Inc. Group

Prior to major highway reconstruction projects, State DOTs often work with neighborhoods, community groups, district councils, local governments and other stakeholders in an effort to plan for transportation changes on and along the corridor. One key stakeholder group that relies heavily on the highway system are the shippers, carriers, receivers, and other businesses involved in the freight transportation system. The highway system plays a critical role in connecting area businesses to the regional and national markets. This presentation will describe the approach and methodology used to combine multiple sources of data to generate estimates of daily truck counts and truck travel patterns along the interstate freeway corridors in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The data sources used in this analysis include INRIX GPS data, InfoUSA business data, ZIP Code Census Business Pattern Data, and MnDOT's Heavy Commercial Annualized Average Daily Traffic (HCAADT) counts. The combination of this data was used to estimate daily truck trip counts, origin-destination, travel patterns, and distribution of truck size for multiple “freight zones” located within the study corridors. The results of this analysis will help project planners and engineers gain a thorough understanding of the freight system in and around the local freeway corridors and will function as an outreach tool to educate other stakeholders about the existing conditions and future needs of the freight highway system. This presentation will also highlight the use of an online ArcGIS data dashboard to display information about each freight zone including locations of major truck volumes, time of day for arrivals and departures, vehicle weight class, and the proportion of businesses within major freight industry types. This online tool will be used to facilitate outreach with key stakeholders and highlight key study findings.

Geospatial Aspects of Aging-in-Place in Minnesota's Common Interest Communities

Lynn Boergerhoff, Community Association Atlas

Many of Minnesota's estimated 7,000 Common Interest Communities (CICs) are becoming Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. Most older residents of these townhomes, condominiums and similar housing forms choose to age-in-place, the widespread desire of older adults to remain living in their homes as long as safely possible. This will require a variety of supportive community services. Identifying and spatially locating these CICS in the context of community resources is difficult because there is no CIC data repository. This presentation will describe how QGIS was used to identify and map nearly 500 CICs in Dakota County, Minnesota using tax parcel data. Community features important to Aging-in-Place were also mapped including health care facilities, public transportation, senior/community centers, retail stores, parks and recreation sites and others. Spatial analysis methods were used to explore the spatial relationships among the CICs and the community features. This presentation demonstrates the strengths and limitations of using tax parcel data for visualization and exploratory spatial analysis with applications in CIC management, community mapping and modeling aging-in-place service delivery.

Working with an UAS in Bayfield County WI

Scott Galetka, Bayfield County Land Records

Scott Galetka will share some of the projects he has been part of since 2017. Some projects he will review are: Search and rescue of a man in a remote area, house explosion, non metallic mine inventory, quantify material loss/comparison with existing LIDAR, looking for Deer with CWD, wetland importance project, Japanese Knotweed (trial with deep learning) and flood images. We will take a look at some Thermal Imagery/video.  Bayfield County has four UAS's, two in the Land Records Office and two in the Forestry Department. Matrice 200 and Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 with XT/thermal camera, Altum/Multi spectral and x4s/RGB. We also have a federal waiver to hold night flights.

SESSION 37 | Natural Resources 2

Automating Map Creation for Gypsy Moth Trapping Using ArcDesktop and ArcPro: Pros and Cons and What has Changed

Mitchell Schaps, MNIT @ MDA, BAH and DLI

Map automation, or the ability to programmatically generate many different maps from the same template/templates and/or data, has increasingly become an invaluable tool to different agencies across the State of Minnesota, especially with agencies like the Department of Agriculture where many of the statewide initiatives require field personnel to have static printed maps to navigate to various locations, and to track their work. The standard for the MDA has been using ArcGIS Desktop with Python 2.7 packages including Arcpy. Now, with the emergence of ArcPro, and the changing of the native Python version from Python 2.7 to Python 3. in addition to the impending termination of support for ArcDesktop coming in several years, the MDA has been experimenting with the usage of ArcPro for Map automation, particularly in the conversion of existing map automation scripts from Python 2.7 to Python 3. This presentation will go through the process of using Python 2.7 with ArcGIS Desktop to automate the creation of maps. After this, this presentation will go over the map automation process using ArcGIS Pro. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a pros vs cons analysis of using both of these methods for a real life application: The creation of maps used to place traps to control the population of the Gypsy Moth.

Using the Prioritize, Target, and Measure Application (PTMApp) to estimate the benefit of conservation practices identified with the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF)

Kiah Sagami, Houston Engineering, Inc.; Matt Drewitz, BWSR; Kris Guentzel, Houston Engineering, Inc.

The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), is an ArcGIS Desktop tool developed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), has become a preferred tool across the Midwest for the identification of conservation practice opportunities in agricultural landscapes. However, information about the load reduction value, estimated practice cost, and cost effectiveness for the conservation practices is lacking from ACPF.  Because of this, the Prioritize, Target, and Measure Application (PTMApp, another ArcGIS Desktop tool) has added additional functionality which can ingest conservation practices developed in ACPF and add practice load reduction, cost, and cost-effectiveness information   which can be used to understand the benefit of conservation practices at various scales within a watershed. This information can be used to “rank” practices within a watershed and provides users the data they need to select out the “best” practices within a watershed. This presentation will explore the functionality of ACPF, how recent updates have improved the tool, as well as the capabilities of ACPF, used with PTMApp, for watershed planning.

Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration Assessment

Christopher Sanocki, US Geological Survey

The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Restoration Assessment (GLCWRA) uses principles of geodesign to identify, assess, and restore areas along the U.S. coast of the Great Lakes that have the most potential to restore coastal wetland habitat. This Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funded work supports land managers and restoration practitioners from site-specific to landscape scales.

SESSION 38 | Agribusiness Research Project

CANCELLED Does Cargill's Brazilian Soy Industry benefit from Assassinations of Brazilian Environmental Activists

Elijah Howard, Fon Du Lac Tribal and Community College

This research project explores and elaborates upon the question: Does Cargill possibly benefit from intimidation as an emergent property of the assassinations of Brazilian environmental activists? In order to answer this question I, Elijah Howard, delved deep into the soy export data of Cargill's agribusiness. I go over the methods I used to summarize and condense the excel spreadsheet data I used in order to meaningfully represent each Brazilian States' and municipalities' average and total soy exports from 2013 - 2017. This presentation will show exactly where and how many environmental activists have had their lives taken within Brazil during Jan. 2014 - Aug. 2018. By using, the Spatial Statistics Tool, Optimized Hot Spot Analysis, and the Pearson Correlation on that resultant data, I show whether there are any correlations gographically and statistically between Cargill's soy exports and the assassinated defenders of Brazil and its land.

12:00 pm

Exhibit Hall closed

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch & Keynote: Kenny Blumenfeld

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Kenny Blumenfeld is a climate scientist with the DNR State Climatology Office, where he provides the state’s agencies, communities, and citizens with up-to-date and scientifically accurate information about Minnesota’s changing and variable climate, and also oversees a network of weather monitoring stations. Kenny enjoys talking to Minnesotans about their weather, and often does it long after the work day is complete.

1:30 pm

MN GIS/LIS Annual Business Meeting: John Nerge, Board Chair


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