2013 Washington GIS Conference

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2013 Washington GIS Conference

The Power of Place!

The full conference program is available.


Key Note Presentations


Increasing the Power of Place
By Michael F. Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Monday Workshop Presentations

The morning workshops

Esri's Lidar Workshop
Using ArcGIS Mobile and Trimble Positions with ArcGIS Server 10.1
Making Beautiful Maps - Design and Inspiration.

The afternoon workshops

Esri's 3D GIS Mapping Lab
Making Beautiful Maps - Tips and Tricks (the class material included with "Making Beautiful Maps - Design and Inspiration" class materials)
ArcGIS Online Subscriptions: Setting Up for Success.

For more information on the workshops, please visit the Workshops Page.
Check out the really cool flyer (PDF) on the Making Beautiful Maps workshops.


Conference Presentations

The conference presentation can be found below. Some presentations are being worked on or need to be submitted. Please check back periodically if a presentation you are looking for is not found. Thank you very much for attending this year's WAURISA Conference!


Tuesday

Paper Session 1: Asset Management

Mining Enterprise Memory

Rick Lortz, Lakehaven Utility District

Mr. Lortz has over 35 years cartographic experience; from manually drafting USGS base maps using ink on linen, through CAD, into the GIS framework. He enjoys a wide variety of interests including study of ancient history, gardening, and making a really good cup of coffee.


Developing a Field Assessment Program Using Asset Management, ArcExplorer and Python Programming

Renee Quenneville, Pierce County Public Works Surface Water Management

Renee A. Quenneville, GIS Specialist for Pierce County Public Works & Utilities Surface Water Management, 2008 to present. Prior to joining Public Service, Renee earned her B.S. from Evergreen State College. After college she served as a Primary School Science Teacher resource for Peace Corps in Uganda East Africa in 2005. In 2008 Renee contributed to her professional portfolio by completing her GIS Certification from University Of Washington Tacoma.

Chuck Buzzard, Pierce County IT

Chuck Buzzard holds a Master of Science Degree from Portland State University and he has over 25 years of experience in the GIS industry. He also received a GISP certification in 2004. Mr. Buzzard is currently a GIS Supervisor for the Pierce County Information Technology Services Department. Chuck's team is responsible for providing GIS services for county departments which includes custom software development for ESRI and open source environments, process automation, data collection and data maintenance.

Justin Officier

Justin J. Officer, Computer Systems Business Analyst for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities Surface Water Management (SWM) 2009 - Present. In 2006, Justin earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Corban University, where he later served as an adjunct professor in the Corban mathematics department. Justin's current projects include mobile implementation and infrastructure asset management program development.


Leveraging a Pilot Project for Maximum Benefit in AutoCAD to ArcGIS Migration

Kirsty Burt

Kirsty Burt has worked in the GIS field for 30 years. She began her career with 10 years in local government, including 5 years as the City of Bellevue's GIS Manager. For the last 20 years, she has provided independent GIS consulting services, focusing on local government and environmental planning. She focuses on the people side of GIS by providing analysis, planning, and project management services that help organizations and people work more effectively. In 2009, she was named Esri's Northwest partner of the year.

In her free time she enjoys a geographic lifestyle, traveling the world with her husband Charlie.

Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen is a GIS Manager for Tetra Tech. He has been applying GIS technologies to engineering, planning, and environmental projects for the past 19 years, including 17 years in the Puget Sound region. He currently provides GIS design, management and support to enhance Tetra Tech's solutions in hydrologic and hydraulic applications. His technical skills include database management, spatial analysis, cartography, and remote sensing.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Planning and Master of Urban Planning.

When not designing geodatabases, Chris kicks back with his family, catches some dungeness crab and enjoys the island life.


Paper Session 2: GIS for Addressing I

Managing GIS for NG9-1-1

John Joseph, GeoComm

I've spent 15 years in the industry supporting needs of GIS Professional in both the Public and Commercial interests of the field. After spending a significant amount of my career with ESRI, I recently joined a company called GeoComm. A company which is singularly focused on the use of GIS for Public Safety, and the only ESRI Platinum Partner in the Public Safety Industry. This is a field which I have long held a personal interest in and a belief that GIS can truly make a positive impact on the world around us.


Technology and Policies for Public Safety Addressing

Donna Wendt, Wendt Consulting & GIS Services

Donna Wendt and her husband Bob own Wendt Consulting and GIS Services, a business they started seven years ago. Prior to owning a business, Donna spent 33 years with the City of Tacoma, finishing as their Senior Technical GIS Analyst in 2007. At the 2007 WAURISA conference Donna was awarded the Summit Award as the GIS Person of the Year for her career contributions to GIS.


Paper Session 3: Technology Track

The Mapping Renaissance: How Progressive Governments are Unlocking the Power of Location

Annie Schwab, Digital Map Products

Annie Schwab is an expert in the application of user-friendly spatial technology to improve everyday business processes and decision-making. As Vice President of Marketing for Digital Map Products, Annie works extensively with cloud computing and mapping visionaries to translate their recommendations into actionable information for the company's market and customers. Annie has spoken on emerging technology issues at several GIS and Local Government conferences and is a guest lecturer at the University of California, Irvine's MBA program. Annie received both her MBA and her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

Benjamin Webb

As Program Manager for Digital Map Products local government solutions, Benjamin Webb has his finger on the pulse of local governmental technology needs. With deep knowledge of GIS technologies and over seven years of experience implementing custom GIS solutions, Benjamin has successfully managed numerous land use planning projects. Benjamin has recently spoken at several conferences including CalGIS, WA URISA, and the International and City and County Managers' Association.


Free and Easy Web Mapping

Karsten Vennemann, Terra GIS Ltd.

Karsten Vennemann is a GIS professional with a background in Geography and Soil Science. His work mostly focuses on GIS in the context of natural resources, sustainable development and social justice. In 2007 he started his own company, Terra GIS based in Seattle. He teaches classes in Open Source GIS and a good portion of this consulting work involves creating and supporting Open Source based Web GIS solutions. Karsten is the unofficial education contact for the Cascadia Chapter of OSGEO and has been a frequent speaker at GIS conferences.


Paper Session 4: URISA

URISA is Changing - WAURISA Will Change Too - Open Discussion

Greg Babinski, King County

Greg Babinski, GISP, is the Finance & Marketing Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. He holds a masters degree in geography from Wayne State University. Babinski is the immediate Past-President of URISA and the Chair of the URISA GIS Management Institute Committee.


URISA Launches the GIS Management Institute

Greg Babinski, King County

Greg Babinski, GISP, is the Finance & Marketing Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. He holds a masters degree in geography from Wayne State University. Babinski is the immediate Past-President of URISA and the Chair of the URISA GIS Management Institute Committee.


Paper Session 5: Cartography & Map Production

Beyond Data - Driven Pages: .NET-Based Map Series Development

David Howes, LLC

Education: Ph.D., Geomorphology, State University of New York at Buffalo M.Sc. GIS, University of Edinburgh, Scotland B.Sc. (Hons.), Geography, University of Salford, England Years working in GIS: 21 Primary interest in GIS: Web and desktop development, spatial analysis


Illustrating the Landuse/Transportation Link

Chris Behee, City of Bellingham

With 23 years in the GIS field Chris has buffered, snapped, shaded, intersected, and dissolved a wide variety of stuff. His favorite projects continue to be the ones where complex relationships are clarified through effective cartography.


Making an Effective Map: Some Simple Cartographic Principles (Video from UW)

Robert Norheim, University of Washington - College of the Environment

Robert Norheim received his Masters degree in geography from the University of Washington in 1996. Since then, he has worked as a GIS Analyst and Research Scientist in the UW College of the Environment supporting research programs in climate change, landscape ecology, and fire ecology with geospatial analysis and cartography.


Paper Session 6: Enterprise and Federated GIS

From Proprietary to Open Source - The Road We Travelled to Renovate an Enterprise GIS System

Xuejin Ruan, Pierce County

Xuejin Got her BS in Geography from Peking University, P.R.China. She went to University of Minnesota and got her M.S. in Computer Science, and Ph.D. in Geography. Xuejin has worked as a GIS Programmer/Engineer II in Pierce County IT Department GIS Division since July 2006.

Stan Grochowski

Stan Grochowski is a developer/software engineer at Pierce County GIS in Tacoma, WA. He recently celebrated his 20th year of employment at Pierce County. He is the lead developer for the Pierce County's QuickView and CountyView enterprise applications. Prior to his tenure at Pierce County he worked for the State of New Mexico in the GIS, IT, Historic Preservation and Archeological Services departments. He is a graduate in geography of the University of New Mexico.


Governing the City of Seattle's Enterprise GIS

Charlie Spear, Seattle Public Utilities

Charlie Spear has been in and around GIS for over 25 years. He has worked (in roughly reverse order) as an enterprise GIS coordinator, a GIS infrastructure supervisor, an IT strategic planner, an IT budget manager, a GIS applications supervisor, a GIS analyst and a data conversion technician. The City of Seattle is a winner of Esri's 2012 Special Achievement in GIS award.


Web-based Decision Support: Community-based Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for Washington

Mathew Marsik, The Nature Conservancy

I work on spatial data and tool development for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, benthic habitat modeling for Puget Sound and advice on application of ecological models for conservation. Previous projects include water quantity and quality modeling for Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay and Galveston Bay using Natural Capital Project's InVEST toolbox; predictive land cover modeling of the central Puget Sound; land cover change and fragmentation analysis in the southwestern Amazon; hydrologic modeling and climate variability analysis in Costa Rica; and spatial and temporal scaling of regional scale satellite imagery in Florida.

Tim Strickler

Mr Strickler manages the oversight of the development of the Washington state coastal and marine spatial planning data viewer and web portal.


Paper Session 7: GIS for Addressing II

Address Repositories - Benefits, Challenges and Future Direction

Dan Miller "Addressing for Public Safety"

Dan Miller just started in the E911 Office moving from the office next door where he was the GIS Lead for the Washington Military Department for the last 4.5 years. Dan's previous work included a 2.5 year stint as Defense and Intel Account Manager with ESRI, 8.5 years with the Washington Department of Natural Resources and almost seven years as an Intelligence Research Specialist with a well-known intelligence agency.

Donna Wendt "Measuring and Improving Address Quality from Multiple Sources"

Donna Wendt and her husband Bob own Wendt Consulting and GIS Services, a business they started six years ago. Prior to owning a business, Donna spent 33 years with the City of Tacoma, finishing as their Senior Technical GIS Analyst in 2007. At the 2007 WAURISA conference Donna was awarded the Summit Award as the GIS Person of the Year for her career contributions to GIS.

Geoff Almvig "Regionalizing address management"

Geoff Almvig has been the GIS Manager for Skagit County for 22 years, and has worked in local government for over 29 years during which he has been working with spatial technologies as they have evolved. He has led the Skagit County GIS Department as it grew from a staff of three to the current staff of ten people. In 2007, the GIS Department was recognized by ESRI for innovative use of GIS technology with a Special Achievement in GIS award. Geoff received the WAURISA "GIS person of the year" in 2005. Geoff is a member of LSAW, URISA, and on the board of the Northwest Incident Management Team. He continually strives to provide the best possible service for county employees and the general public. Geoff received an Industrial Technology degree from Eastern Washington University in 1984.

Jason Matthiessen "Benefits of an Address Repository"

Jason Matthiessen has been working for Pierce County GIS since 2006 and has led the County's addressing project since 2007. He specializes in standards implementation and forging productive relationships between stakeholders.


Paper Session 8: Technology Track

Esri Maps for Office

Scott Moore, Esri
No presentation will be provided.
No biography provided


Incorporating GIS in Your Daily Workflow

Matt Harman, Azteca Cityworks

Matt has been with Azteca Cityworks since 2006 fulfilling roles in project management, product design and development, and business development. His primary focus has been helping local governments throughout the country achieve greater coordination, accountability and efficiency through implementing Cityworks as the GIS-Centric Asset Management and Permitting solution. Matt graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to working at Azteca Systems|Cityworks, he was the engineering inspector at the City of North Salt Lake, UT.


Paper Session 9: GIS Fun

Real Life Tales of a Treasure Hunter

Dal Neitzel, City of Bellingham

Dal Neitzel is a veteran of treasure hunts on three continents as well as the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. He has been part of the team that discovered the deepest wreck ever photographed at more than three miles below the surface, as well as successful hunts in Labrador, Uruguay and the USA.


GIS Historical Snippets and Predictions for the Future

Donna Wendt, Wendt Consulting and GIS Services

Donna Wendt and her husband Bob own Wendt Consulting and GIS Services, a business they started six years ago. Prior to owning a business, Donna spent 33 years with the City of Tacoma, finishing as their Senior Technical GIS Analyst in 2007. At the 2007 WAURISA conference Donna was awarded the Summit Award as the GIS Person of the Year for her career contributions to GIS.


Paper Session 10: Mobile GIS

PntTrax - A Simple, Open Source, Web Application for the Persistence of Field Collected Data

Matt Kenny, Ridolfi, Inc

Matt Kenny is a GIS Analyst at the Seattle-based environmental engineering and consulting firm, RIDOLFI Inc. He is an active member of the Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source (CUGOS) user group, and enjoys working with Open Source GIS tools. @mattmakesmaps


Low-Cost Mobile Solution for Fire Hydrant Inspections

Greg Heintz, Pierce County GIS

I was born and raised in Washington. I attended WWU in Bellingham, WA and majored in Geography with a minor in business. I have been working for Pierce County for almost 18 years. I am happily married to my wife Beth and we have two boys named Connor and Gabe. My family has lived in Maple Valley, WA for the past 16 years.


Developing a Surface Water Asset Inventory for Municipalities

Scott Reese, City of Seattle

Scott Reese is a Drainage and Wastewater GIS expert who has worked for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) for the past 15 years. Scott worked as a GIS analyst for much of his career, but today leads a team that manages and maintains some of SPU's drainage-related GIS layers such as streams, drainage basins, receiving water bodies, ditches and culverts. Scott is also the technical lead for the current NPDES Storm water Permit.


Paper Session 11: Technology Track

GIS Modernization Project: Snohomish County Assessor & Sidwell Case Study

Tony Pellettiere, The Sidwell Company


The Path Not Taken, A primer to PostGIS

Robert Bernier

Introduced to computers in the 1960s, he programmed in FORTRAN on a mainframe with 4MB RAM. In the 80s, he helped introduce IT into his undergraduate program. In 1995, Robert took up Linux and was part of the rush leveraging the Internet, eventually focusing his open source activities on Postgres. Robert has presented at conferences, written dozens of articles, contributed to books and consulted and trained defense contractors, Fortune 100 companies, research centers and universities. Currently, he volunteers at Earth Economics, http://www.eartheconomics.org. His day job is Medio Systems specializing in big data and predictive analytics in the mobile industry.


Paper Session 12: The Business of GIS

The Lone GIS Professional: Running Your Own GIS Business

David A. Howes

Education: Ph.D., Geomorphology, State University of New York at Buffalo M.Sc. GIS, University of Edinburgh, Scotland B.Sc. (Hons.), Geography, University of Salford, England Years working in GIS: 21 Primary interest in GIS: Web and desktop development, spatial analysis

Karsten Vennemann

Karsten Vennemann is a GIS professional with a background in Geography and Soil Science. His work mostly focuses on GIS in the context of natural resources, sustainable development and social justice. In 2007 he started his own company, Terra GIS based in Seattle. He teaches classes in Open Source GIS and a good portion of this consulting work involves creating and supporting Open Source based Web GIS solutions. Karsten is the inofficial education contact for the Cascadia Chapter of OSGEO and has been a frequent speaker at GIS conferences.

Stevenson

No biography provided

Savelle

No biography provided


Wednesday

Paper Session 13: Data Development I

Census Data Makeover: How King County Spins GIS Gold from ACS Straw

Mary Ullrich, King County

Mary is a GIS Specialist and Authorized ESRI Instructor at King County. She has been doing GIS work at the County for 14 years. When not teaching people the ins and outs of ArcGIS, she performs a variety of GIS tasks for her clients including data compilation and manipulation, analysis and map production. She serves as the data steward for King County Census data.


From STOP to GO

Eadie Kaltenbacher, Kitsap County

Eadie has been a GIS Analyst with Kitsap County for five years, specializing in working with emergency services. She has also worked with GIS in the sectors of mineral resources and agriculture. Eadie graduated from British Columbia's Advanced Diploma Program in GIS, and holds a BS in Biology from the University of British Columbia.


Proposed USACE Dredge Sampling and Analysis Plan

Craig Hanson, Windward Environmental LLC

Mr. Hanson earned an MA in Geography from SUNY Buffalo. He has 17 yrs experience in GIS analysis, spatial statistics, geographic data management, and cartography, applying his GIS skills in the fields of health research and environmental regulatory support. He currently manages the GIS operations for Windward Environmental, a full-service environmental consulting firm in Seattle, in addition to serving as the GIS lead on several of Windward's large and small projects.


Paper Session 14: Business Process Improvement

Using Digital Signatures in Washington State Agencies

Brad Hofman, Snohomish County

I was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale University. I joined Snohomish County Public Works Engineering Services from Alcoa, working as an engineering systems administrator. I'm now a Business Process Analyst proposing, evangelizing and managing business improvement projects with large IT components. Current projects include digital signatures, electronic timekeeping, content management, continuity of operations, SharePoint and enabling our field workflows with mobile technology.


Meeting Utility Locate Legislation at Seattle Public Utilities with Web Services

Steve Beimborn, Seattle Public Utilities

Steve Beimborn is the Manager of the GIS Section at Seattle Public Utilities, which provides the central GIS Services for the City of Seattle. In his nearly 30 years in the GIS field, Steve has worked in both the private and public sectors as a data editor, cartographer, analyst, developer, and for the last seven years, as GIS Manager. Steve enjoys supporting the City of Seattle departments with GIS Services, while working in the relatively informal atmosphere of a Utility.


Paper Session 15: Business Process Improvement

Using Hazus for Planning and Emergency Response

Kelly Stone, FEMA Region X

Kelly Stone is a Risk Analyst at FEMA Region X and is the Hazus lead for the Region. Kelly works with State, Tribal, and local communities on risk assessments and mapping projects. Kelly has graduate degrees in Geology and Environmental Science and has been working in GIS for over 13 years.


Paper Session 16: Technology Track

King County GIS Center's GIS Training Express

Dennis Higgins, King County

No Biography provided.


An Introduction to Geocortex and Building Esri - Based Mobile and WebGIS Applications

James Van Dyk, Latitude Geographics

No Biography provided.


Paper Session 17: GIS Disaster Preparedness and Response

Infrastructure Emergency Preparedness Mapbook

Gene Wisemiller, City of Everett

Gene Wisemiller has been a mapping technician with the City of Everett Public Works for the past 13 years. He holds a certificate in GIS from Green River Community College and a BA in something totally unrelated from Indiana University. In his spare time he likes to hike, bird watch, enjoy the music of Haydn and perfect his many soup recipes.


This presentation was canceled by the presenter.

Visualizing the Impacts of Natural Disasters: Hurricanes Irene & Lee in the Hudson Valley

Collin Hodges, New York Bicycling Coalition

Provisioning Data for Emergency Preparedness/COOP

Brad Hofman, Snohomish County

I was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale University. I joined Snohomish County Public Works Engineering Services from Alcoa, working as an engineering systems administrator. I'm now a Business Process Analyst proposing, evangelizing and managing business improvement projects with large IT components. Current projects include digital signatures, electronic timekeeping, content management, continuity of operations, SharePoint and enabling our field workflows with mobile technology.


Paper Session 18: GIS Student Project Competition

First Place Winner

Christopher Wright from University of Washington Bothell - Enviro Science for "City of Bothell Water Infiltration Modeling"
Sponsored by: Dr. Santiago Lopez

Second Place Winner

Solmaz Amiri from Washington State University for "Utilizing Georeferenced Data and Technologies for Crime Prediction in a Block Group in Spokane, WA"
Sponsored by: Kerry R Brooks

Third Place Winner

Melissa Kelly from Green River Community College for "County Cedar Grove Road Area: Odor Identification and Sourcing"
Sponsored by: Sabah Jabbouri

Honorable Mention

Dr. Abdullah Akpinar from Washington State University for "ASSESSING THE ASSOCIATIONS AMONG GREEN SPACE TYPE, STRUCTURE, GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH AND GENERAL HEALTH USING GIS AND FRAGSTATS"
Sponsored by: Kerry Brooks


Paper Session 19: GIS Project Headaches: Whoops We won't be doing that again!

GIS Project Headaches - Lighting Talk: Fiber Optic Chasing

Dorrel Dickson, Tulip Tribes

No presentation will be provided.
No biography provided


GIS Project Headaches - The JAMP Chronicles in Three Short Episodes

Karl Johansen, Port Madison GIS No biography provided


A Short History of Disruption (Please Turn On Your Cell Phones)

Greg Babinski, King County

Greg Babinski, GISP, is the Finance & Marketing Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland. He holds a masters degree in geography from Wayne State University. Babinski is the immediate Past-President of URISA and the Chair of the URISA GIS Management Institute Committee.


Paper Session 20: Technology Track

Finding Patterns and Relationships Using ArcGIS Online

Leah Saunders, ESRI

No biography provided


Mapping & GIS: Field To Finish

Mark Congdon, Geoline Inc.

No biography provided


Paper Session 21: Data Development II

A Divide and Conquer Algorithm for Multi-stop Routing

Zongxiang Yang, Microsoft Corp.

For over a decade, Zongxiang Yang has worked as a software engineer developing image processing, positioning and tracking, 2D and 3D mapping software with a few geospatial industry companies. He has a Ph.D. degree in GIS from State University of New York at Buffalo. Most recently he has been working on developing Maps applications with Microsoft. His research interests include 3D mapping, indoor positioning, and virtual reality.


Bridging the CAMA - GIS Gap Using the JavaScript

Masao Matsuoka, Thurston County

I am GIS Application Developer & DBA at Thurston County Geodata Center specializing in developing web and desktop tools that help users get most out of the GIS technology. When I am not coding, I design and maintain geodabases on SQL Server. Prior to joining Thurston County, I have worked in both public and private sectors as a software engineer and geodatabase designer.


Paper Session 22: GIS Reporting and Compliance

Regulatory Compliance Effects on a Utility GIS Data Maintenance Team

Elaine Eberly, Seattle Public Utilities

Elaine started with the City of Seattle as a data maintenance staff person over 20 years ago. Today she supervises two different Data Maintenance teams: Water and Drainage and Wastewater.


Supercharge your GIS reporting skills with SQL Reporting Services and ReportLab, a python plug-in

Don Burdick, City of Bellingham

Don is an accomplished GIS project manager with extensive experience coordinating GIS activities, integrating workflow and business systems with GIS in local government and managing computer infrastructure and business systems within municipal government/public works. He has a proven track record of highly successful management of multiple mapping, application development and system implementation projects for an award-winning team of GIS and technical professionals. Don has a 25 year history in the GIS/Engineering and survey fields.

Ann Stark, GISP, City of Bellingham

Ann is a GIS Analyst at the City of Bellingham. She received her M.S. in Geography at Oregon State University and has 20 years of experience in natural resource and government applications of GIS. Her interests include automating GIS tasks with Python and cartography. She was a technical editor of the recently published "Programming ArcGIS 10.1 with Python Cookbook" and blogs about python related things at GISStudio.wordpress.com. Ann is also an active member of the GIS community, coordinating local user group meetings and is the current President of the WAURISA. You can find her on twitter at @StarkAnn.


Paper Session 23: GIS for Landuse Planning

Where to Grow? Identifying Suitable Locations for Urban Agriculture in Federal Way, Washington

Christopher Walter, Forterra

Christopher Walter is the Geospatial Director for Forterra, where he oversees the geospatial program to support conservation planning and acquisitions, policy analysis, land management and restoration, public relations, fundraising and education. In his fifteenth year working in the Conservation GIS field, Christopher's expertise covers cartography and information design, spatial analysis and modeling, databases and project management. Christopher holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy Analysis (University of Charleston) and a B.S. in Conservation Ecology (Purdue University).

Matt Dressler

Matt Dressler is a geospatial analyst and cartographer focused on utilizing the tools and techniques of Geographic Information Systems to support environmental conservation, sustainable development and community vitality. His passions are spatial analysis, object based image analysis and cartographic design. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies (University of Michigan) and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (University of Washington).


A Component and Tool Based GIS Modeling Approach

Jie Chen, Pierce County

Jie Chen is a senior transportation planner with the Department of Public Works and Utilities at Pierce County. Prior to joining Pierce County, he worked as an information analyst for Clark County, WA. Jie hold a Master of Urban Planning Degree from University of Oregon. He has over 20 years of experience in data development, statistical analysis, land use modeling, travel demand modeling, and traffic analysis.

Neil Quisenberry

Neil Quisenberry is a GIS specialist for Pierce County Public Works & Utilities, Transportation Planning. Currently he is working on projects to support future travel demand modeling and working with Planning and Land Services with the Buildable Lands update. He previously worked for Snohomish County in the Advanced Planning and Surface Water Management groups.


Understanding the Dynamic Effects of Flight Patterns on Land use

Matt Paskus

Matt graduated in mathematics from Seattle University and is in his final quarter at Western Washington University finishing up a MS in Geography. He hopes his work will provide better insight and interpretation into issues that impact our world. Matt loves spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys writing software.


Paper Session 24: Technology Track

Asset and Infrastructure Mobile Mapping

Chris Aldridge, David Evans & Associates

Mr. Aldridge is the geospatial manager in the Surveying and Geomatics team at David Evans and Associates, Inc. He has been practicing photogrammetry for over 27 years and has performed virtually every technical tasks associated with aerial photogrammetry from project planning through final map generation. He is experienced in LiDAR, flight and control planning, image processing, aerial triangulation, stereo compilation, orthophoto generation, and project and program management.

Jon Warren, PLS

With more than 40 years in the surveying profession Mr. Warren has extensive experience in all elements of surveying and mapping for roads, bridges, airports, and other public works and private projects. His experience includes 28 years in the Private Sector, and 12 years as the Snohomish County Surveyor. This Hybrid blend of private and public sector has provided Jon a well balanced perspective of the different sectors of practice. He has served through all offices of the chapter and state of LSAW, and received Awards of Merit and the LSAW Surveyor of the Year (1991).


Lidargrammetry: Using 3D stereo photogrammetry for lidar interpretation and feature extraction

Doug Smith, David C. Smith & Associates

Doug Smith is a Professional Engineer and Certified Photogrammetrist with a strong background in engineering and mapping. As Vice President of a family owned photogrammetry company in Portland, Doug is active in the the project design and management of a wide range of photogrammetry and lidar mapping projects. Doug is also very active in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. As Director of the ASPRS Photogrammetric Applications Division, he is a member of the ASPRS Board of Directors as well as several committees that are actively developing photogrammetry and lidar standards and guidelines.