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Have an idea for an upcoming Program Meeting? If there is a topic you would like to learn more about or if you are interested in presenting at an upcoming meeting, please let us know at gis-sig@gis-sig.org.
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GIS/SIG  September Program


When:
Wednesday September 17, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
 
Where:
Monroe County Emergency Operations Center
1190 Scottsville Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
 
Cost:
$5.00 collected at the door to help with the cost of lunch.
 
Registration:
Please pre-register online at http://tinyurl.com/SeptProgram
We can also take registrations at the door, but it’s very helpful to have people pre-registered.

GIS Data - GIS/SIG's Top Sources
Tom Vogler Haley & Aldrich
 
Please join us for our September Program at the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center.  Tom Vogler, GIS/SIG Board Member and Senior Environmental Scientist at Haley & Aldrich, will be presenting on popular and useful sources for GIS data. Lunch will be served following the presentation.
 
Do you have a data source that you’d like to share with the group?  If so, please take a second to fill out this form.


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GIS/SIG June Program Picnic

Date: Wednesday June 18th, 2014

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion (Town of Greece)
               199 E Manitou Rd
               Hilton, NY 14468
Food: Lunch from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be served following the presentation
 
Cost: $5 payable at the door
 
Register Online: http://tinyurl.com/GIS-SIGJuneProgram

Changes In Aerial Photography, A Look Back And A Look Forward


Jenn Kerry and Andrew Mendola Pictometry

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GIS/SIG December Program

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Pittsford Community Library
                24 State Street
                Pittsford, NY 14534
 

ArcGIS Collector App for Stormwater Inspections

Dan Allen, GISP MRB Group

MRB Group assisted the Town of Ontario (Wayne County, NY) with the completion of its 2013 Stormwater Phase II inspections.  Instead of using paper forms, the Town leveraged its investment in GIS outfall mapping and combined it with ArcGIS Online, and the ESRI Collector App to complete the inspections digitally with smartphone devices.  Digital photos of every outfall were also taken with the Collector App and automatically attached to the inspection points.  The reporting functions of ArcGIS 10.1 desktop software was then used to generate an automatic paper report for every inspection with the attached photo displayed.

This presentation will cover a technical overview of the process used, in addition to considerations for planning future projects of this type.

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GIS/SIG September Program

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Greece Town Hall, Eastman Room

               1 Vince Tofany Blvd

               Rochester, New York

 

GIS and Active Transportation

Elizabeth Murphy, Active Transportation Specialist, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency

David Kruse, Community Planner, SRF & Associates

Active Transportation is a hot topic in local and regional planning; it encompasses modes of transportation other than the personal motor vehicle.  Climate change, fuel prices, and public health considerations have communities across the nation re-thinking transportation networks and infrastructure to better accommodate pedestrian and bicycle mobility, as well as public transit.  GIS is a critical tool being used by decision makers to take inventory of existing conditions and target priority improvements in the transportation network.


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GIS/SIG June Program

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
               199 East Manitou Road
               Town of Greece, New York

Register: By Friday, June 21st
                We expect this program to fill quickly (70 people max),
                please register as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
Cost: $5.00 per person, includes lunch from Char Broil.  Payable at the door.



The Updated Monroe County GIS Response Vehicle (MCU-4)


Scott McCarty GIS Operations Manager
Justin Cole, GISP Senior GIS Analyst

The  original MCU-4 was a  multi-purpose unit  that supported  day-to-day GIS operations and emergency situations for many years.  The truck, however, was in need of an update due to increased demand, lack of space, and the truck’s age.  The Monroe County Fleet Division located a 2006 Freightliner box truck in the summer of 2012 that would ultimately meet our needs. The new vehicle is much larger and gave the flexibility to add new technology.  The vehicle interior is equipped with four workstations, 2 rugged tablets, a 36”plotter, a scanner/copier/printer, a 32”SmartBoard LCD TV, 55” smart TV, County radios, refrigerator, microwave, restroom, and various office supplies.  The exterior now sports a  30-foot mast, a pan tilt zoom camera, and weather station.  The truck engine and generator are now fueled by diesel instead of gasoline, making it extremely efficient.  This improves the response range and operating time in the field. 

The June Program at Braddock Bay has become a favorite for many and we do expect it to fill quickly.  If you plan to attend, we recommend registering early to reserve your spot!

GEO PDF of Braddock Bay Park Pavilion

     Take 390 North to the Lake Ontario State Parkway
     Take the Parkway west to East Manitou Road exit
     Turn right
     Take the first left to enter the park
     Take a right at the T intersection and proceed to the pavilion


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GIS/SIG Special Winter Program Meeting

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
Time: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Greece Town Hall, Community Room
               1 Vince Tofany Blvd
               Rochester, New York


Esri 10.1 “Tips & Tricks”

Mark Scott, ESRI

Topics will include:

  • ArcGIS for Desktop, Server, Online, and Mobile components for the 10.1 release
  • ArcGIS for Desktop editing enhancements
  • Tools for publishing to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Server
  • ArcGIS for Server security reengineering and integration with ArcGIS Online
  • How-to’s with ArcGIS Online web maps and editable services

GIS/SIG will be sponsoring lunch after the talk. 


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GIS/SIG Winter Program Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Monroe County Emergency Operation Center
                1190 Scottsville Rd (Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility)
                Rochester, NY 14624
Cost: $5.00 per person includes lunch.  Payable at the door.
Register: By Thursday, December  7th to registration@GIS-SIG.org
                We expect this program to fill quickly, please register
                as soon as possible if you plan to attend.


GIS Use for Hurricane Sandy Response

Justin D. Cole, MS, GISP Senior GIS Analyst - Monroe County Department of Environmental Services
 

GIS plays a very important piece of situational awareness at the emergency operations center. This was very clear with the response needed for Hurricane Sandy. While, our community was not as impacted as those along the shore, we still had our localized impacts. This presentation looks at the different GIS tools and data sets used in planning and the operations of managing the storm. It also looks at how some of the data sets were created on the fly to answer important questions.

Beyond the local response, this presentation looks at the Crowdsourced information used in the larger management of the storm. Examples of this are Ushahidi and the civil air patrol map mill. Tools like this are still being used and the world community is still aiding in the rebuilding of the communities hit by the storm.
GIS use for Hurricane Sandy Dec 2012

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GIS/SIG Fall Program Meeting


Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Pittsford Community Library
                Fisher Meeting Room
                24 State Street

                Pittsford, NY
Cost: $5.00 per person includes lunch.  Payable at the door.
Register: By Thursday, October 4th to registration@GIS-SIG.org
                We expect this program to fill quickly, please register
                as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

Interoperability between ArcGIS and AutoCAD Map and Civil 3D

Chuck Pietra, Senior Technical Application Manager at O’Brien & Gere

 

This presentation will cover technical aspects of working with both programs, or moving information between the two platforms, and will be of interest to both GIS and AutoCAD professionals.

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GIS/SIG June Program Meeting

June Networking Event
Date : Tuesday June 12, 2012
Time : 11:30 AM - 1:00PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
               199 East Manitou Road
               Town of Greece, New York

Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register:  By Tuesday, June 5th to registration@gis-sig.org
              The June Program fills quickly, we recommend you register
               as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
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GIS/SIG September Program Meeting

September Program
Date:
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 
Town of Penfield Dolomite Lodge
               3100 Atlantic Avenue
               Penfield, New York 14526

Cost:
$5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Thursday, September 15th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
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               Creating Map Books Using Data Driven Pages Daniel Allen, GISP, MRB Group, P.C.
ESRI has introduced a new data driven pages toolbar in ArcGIS version 10.  With this toolbar you can efficiently create multi-page map books from a single map (.mxd) document.  This presentation covers the process of building, printing, exporting and updating map books using data driven pages.
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June Program
Date:
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
               199 East Manitou Road
               Town of Greece, New York
Cost:
$5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Wednesday, June 15th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
              The June Program fills quickly, we recommend you register
               as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
GIS Tree Inventory and Mapping for Emerald Ash Borer Andrew Place, City of Rochester Forestry Division
Mike Staples, City of Rochester Forestry Division
The presentation will demonstrate the need for GIS in the City of Rochester Tree Inventory.  Topics will include the development of the database and how we use it to manage, plan, and streamline operations within the Forestry Department.
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Previous GIS/SIG Special May Program Meeting

May Program
Date:
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 
Bergmann Associates
              19th Floor
              First Federal Plaza
              28 East Main Street
              Rochester, NY  14614
Cost: Free
        Optional $5.00 lunch to follow (payable at the door)
Register: By Friday, May 13th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
              Please register early as seating is limited and this event
              is likely to fill quickly.
Python Essentials in ArcGIS Jeff Bigos, Instructor, Esri
Python is a vital skill for any ArcGIS professional interested in furthering their automation and analysis tasks. Python allows users to create custom data management or analysis tools ranging from single functions to complex multi-function processes with validation, which can be easily reused, shared, and even executed with little to no user interaction. This workshop introduces the Python scripting language and shows how it can be used to access and automate geoprocessing tools and functionality. 
Session Outline:
-Python scripting basics
-Why use Python scripting?
-Python 101
-What’s new in ArcGIS 10? (ArcPy, Python window)
-Executing geoprocessing tools
-Messages and error handling
-Geoprocessing tasks
-ArcPy functions
-Batch processing
-Receiving arguments
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December Program
Date:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 
Pittsford Community Library
              24 State Street
              Pittsford, NY  14534
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
         Includes Dinosaur Bar-B-Que lunch!
Register: By Thursday, December 9th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
              Please register early as this event is likely to fill up.
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How to Edit in ArcGIS 10 The Bergmann Associates Analyst Team
At ArcGIS 10, the ArcMap editing environment has been simplified and enhanced to reduce button clicks; provide a more intuitive, sketch-based editing experience; and to decrease the time required to create and maintain your GIS data. This presentation introduced both the new editing interface and key workflows that you need to understand in order to be able to edit effectively in ArcGIS 10.  
• ArcMap Interface/Editing Interface
• Default Geodatabase
• Window Management and Tool Bars
• Base Maps
• Creating and Using Feature Templates
• Snapping Environment - Classic Snapping and New Snapping
• Creating Features
• Attributing Features
• Choosing Feature Construction Tools
• Digitizing Centerlines, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines, True Curves, etc.
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September Program
Date:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 
Roger Robach Community Center
               180 Beach Avenue
               Rochester, NY  14612
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door) Register: By Thursday, September 9th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
Green Ride & Green Fleet
Greg Coniglio, Ecology and Environment, Inc
Ecology and Environment has used GIS to develop two programs that deal with managing ride sharing to save economic, environmental, and emissions resources.  Green Ride is a web based application that allows the general public to enter their trip parameters and look for ride sharing partners that have the same commute pattern.  Green Fleet is a web based management tool that allows organizations with a fleet of vehicles to more efficiently use their transportation resources through ride sharing.  The details behind how these programs were implemented and how GIS was used was discussed.
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Previous GIS/SIG June Program Meeting

June Program
Date:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: 
Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
               199 East Manitou Road
               Town of Greece, New York

Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Thursday, June 17th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
              (The June Program fills quickly, we recommend you register
               as soon as possible if you plan to attend.)
GPS
Jonathan Cobb, Waypoint Technology Group, LLC
As has become a GIS/SIG summer tradition, we again returned to the Braddock Bay Park Pavilion in the Town of Greece for the June Program.  We were pleased to have Jonathan Cobb, a founder of Waypoint Technology Group, present on GPS, including:
  • How to set up GPS data collection to obtain useful GIS data
  • Avoiding common mistakes
  • Post-processing and real-time correction
  • New technical development: cellular network links.  This technology allows the use of web map services and real-time correction in the field.
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Previous GIS/SIG December Program Meeting

December Program
Date:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: 
Town of Penfield Dolomite Lodge
               3100 Atlantic Avenue
               Penfield, New York 14526
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Tuesday, December 8th to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org
Pictometry Deployment Alternatives
Jason Sealy, Regional Technical Manager, Pictometry International
The December Program focused on Pictometry’s deployment alternatives: Electronic Field Study, POL, and Self Hosting. In addition, Jason introduced ChangeFindr and Pictometry's new Critical 360º solution.
  • With Electronic Field Study (EFS), users can easily extract information from their images, locate images, measure heights, facades, roof pitch, and see and manage multiple views of each location, all from the ease of their desktop.
  • Pictometry unique web-based Pictometry Online (POL) product allows users to access images and software tools directly from a web browser with only a user name and password. It harnesses the power of the Internet and allows users – whether onsite or in the field - to instantly view and utilize high-resolution aerial oblique images. Since it is Pictometry’s servers that host the imagery, it eliminates the user’s cost of image warehouse storage and IT management.
  • Self Hosted POL utilizes Pictometry’s Web Solutions technology. It combines the full functionality, features and benefits of our web-based POL with a stand alone, self-hosted solution that gives users full control over their image data. Software interface tools provide measuring and navigational capabilities.
  • Pictometry’s Change Analysis and ChangeFindr products are the only oblique products specifically designed to compare changes to structures in an area year over year using simple tools.  Users can easily see what changes have occurred within a region since the last imaging flight.  No other oblique company has this capability.  
  • Pictometry’s Critical 360º Infrastructure Mapping Product is the only product of its kind that integrates with both Pictometry’s EFS software and its Self Hosting Pictometry Online Service.

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September Program
Date:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Time:
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:
CityPlace
              50 West Main St, 3rd Floor, Room 3139
              Rochester, NY 14614
Cost:
$5.00 per person for lunch (payable at the door)
Register:
Please register directly with ESRI
Creating Effective Web Maps
Mark Scott, ESRI Technical Marketing Representative
Jessica Valenti, ESRI Sales Engineer


Change the way you think about building Web mapping applications. Whether you have tons of GIS experience or are just learning how to publish geographic data, you’ll come away knowing how to serve high-quality Web maps that are effective for your organization.

This half-day seminar will help you:

  • Explore design strategies to quickly deploy modern Web maps.
  • Make the most of your investment in GIS data and infrastructure.
  • Discover no-cost resources such as sample viewers, industry templates, and widgets.
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Previous GIS/SIG June Program Meeting

June Program
Date:
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Time:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location:
Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
               199 East Manitou Road
               Town of Greece, New York
Cost:
$5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register:
By Thursday, June 18th
to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org

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Automating GIS Tasks (so you can play more golf)
Craig Cleveland, GISP, Bergmann Associates

As GIS professionals we're often called upon to do the same tasks over and over again.  Using ArcGIS Desktop's Model Builder is a great way to help us automate those redundant tasks, however you're still required to push a button or two from time to time.  With the use of Windows Scheduled Tasks, and exports from Model Builder, we can actually eliminate the need to do anything at all to accomplish these tasks!
 
During the course of this presentation users will see how Model Builder can be used to create models of specifics tasks/processes, how those models can then be exported to scripts and finally how Scheduled Tasks can be configured to run those processes at regularly scheduled intervals.

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December Program
Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Pittsford Community Library
               24 State Street
               Pittsford, New York  14534
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Monday, December 1st to mdebyah@townofpittsford.org


Grants
Jean O’Connell from J. O’Connell & Associates
Gail Fischer, Regional Advisory Officer (RAO) for Region 7 NYSED/New York State Archives

Jean O'Connell and Gail Fischer discussed the NYS grant climate and provided information on which grants may or may not be available to NYS municipalities in 2009.
GISP Certification
Julie Tolar, GISP, Town of Penfield
Jeff Volpe, GISP, Bergmann Associates

For those considering getting GISP Certification, this presentation covered certification, 
the grandfathering provision, which expired on December 31, 2008, and changes to the certification requirements expected to be enacted on January 1, 2009.
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September Program
Date: Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Brighton Town Hall Auditorium
               2300 Elmwood Avenue
               Rochester, New York  14618
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Thursday, September 25th to 
ktallon@ci.webster.ny.us

GIS For Elections
Joshua Williams, New York State Sales Representative, ESRI

The presentation focused attention on the ways GIS can impact local, state and federal election processes. From managing voter registration information, performing demographic analyses, enabling on-line polling place locator services and managing redistricting of voting districts based on changing populations, GIS is playing a growing role in all aspects of the business of elections.
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Previous GIS/SIG June Program Meeting

June Program
Date: Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion, Town of Greece, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)
Register: By Friday, June 13th to mdebyah@monroecounty.gov

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The Geographic Approach
GIS in Public Works
Paul Rooney, ESRI NY Account Manager
Mark Scott, ESRI Technical Marketing Representative

This presentation focused on the challenges and issues that Public Works Departments face on a daily basis and how GIS technology can be deployed and implemented to assist with these challenges. GIS solutions for public works operations specifically for asset management, planning and operations, mobile workforce, executive dashboard and operational awareness were demonstrated, presented and discussed.

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January Program
Date: Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Penfield Dolomite Lodge
               3100 Atlantic Avenue
               Penfield, New York 14526
Cost:$5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Case Study: How to use ArcMap and Google Earth Together to Create Powerful Mapping
Jason Wawro, LaBella Associates

Consultants are often tasked with generating mapping for an area they are not familiar with, sometimes with insufficient information to accurately define the project area. Other times, consultants are provided with low-quality paper or electronic maps from which to generate mapping for the project. The information on the map may be useful, but the low quality renders it useless. There are some free tools available that work with ArcView to greatly simplify these kinds of tasks, and circumvent some common problems.

In this case, we looked at a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an out-of-state project. The RFP contained a low-quality topographic map, the project area was extremely rural, and the local roads did not have assigned names. The consultant was asked to produce mapping in order to enable the project team to view and understand the project area. This presentation described the process used to take that low-quality topo map, and using ArcView, Google Earth, and two free extensions, create valuable project mapping for internal use.

The Use of 3D and GIS Technologies
David Peters, Diamond Visionics
Tim Woodard, Diamond Visionics
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August Program
Date: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Greece Community Room
               1 Vincent Tofany Blvd
               Rochester, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Overview of ArcGIS Explorer
Paul Rooney, ESRI
Mark Scott, ESRI

ArcGIS Explorer is a lightweight client for ArcGIS Server. It can be used to access, integrate, and utilize GIS services, geographic content, and other Web services. ArcGIS Explorer can also be used with a variety of other GIS services such as those published using ArcIMS, ArcWeb Services, Web Map Services (WMS), and other Web services. Explore data for the entire world seamlessly.
  • Fuse your local data with data and services from ArcGIS Server, ArcIMS, Open Geospatial Consortium WMS, and ESRI-hosted ArcWeb Services.
  • Perform GIS analysis using tasks (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search).
  • Answer geographic questions about the maps you generate and share the results with others.
  • Use maps and data from your own secure servers.

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December Program
Date: Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Veteran's Memorial Park Dolomite Lodge
               3100 Atlantic Avenue
               Penfield, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

LiDAR - What is it and How is it Used
Justin Cole, Monroe County GIS Services Division

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This year Monroe County flew LiDAR. In anticipation of future distribution and utilization, Justin discussed the basics of LiDAR. He focused on what LiDAR is, how its collected, differences in sensors, and what the deliverable look like. He also presented an example of how to process LiDAR and some of its early uses. There was also a glimpse into future projects planned at Monroe County utilizing LiDAR including flood models and 3D modeling.

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September Program
Date: Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Monroe County Public Safety Training Center
               Office of Emergency Preparedness
               1190 Scottsville Road
               Rochester, New York 14624
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Municipal and Public Safety GIS Mapping Solution
Dan Allen - GIS Consultant, MRB Group
Tom Hetherington - Deputy Chief, Village of Churchville Fire Department
Jeff Tewksbury - GIS Coordinator, Town of Ogden

This program presented two similar ArcGIS solutions to mobile mapping for emergency services and municipal agencies looking for an inexpensive approach to “response maps” and preplanning. Dan Allen, GIS Consultant from MRB Group, Tom Hetherington, Deputy Chief of Village of Churchville Fire Department, and Jeff Tewksbury, GIS Coordinator for the Town of Ogden, presented applications that have been developed for several Monroe County agencies and municipalities.
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Previous June Program Meeting

June Program
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Braddock Bay Park Pavilion, Town of Greece, New York
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Real Property Tax Administration Technology Improvement Grant Program (RPTATIP)
JoAnn Whalen, New York State Office of Real Property Services

The Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) has established the Real Property Tax Administration Technology Improvement grant program to advance the agency's mission "to support local governments in their pursuit of real property tax equity." Users of parcel level data can be provided more effective and efficient access to the information they need through the sharing of parcel level data, advancements in the use of technology and integrated real property systems. An important component to this grant program is to enable taxpayers, both current and potential, to gain access to parcel level data and sales information with greater ease and efficiency. Also important is improving the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes through intergovernmental collaboration and cooperation in the use of real property data. JoAnn Whalen of the New York State Office of Real Property Services presented an overview of the 2005-06 RPTATIP project and results, and proposals and time frames for the 2006-07 RPTATIP project.

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December Program
Date: Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St, Pittsford, NY, 14534
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Potential Uses of GIS in Determining & Managing "Point of Dispensing" (POD) Site Suitability and Selection
Chris Durkin - Public Health Emergency Planner, Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator, Interim Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Monroe County Department of Public Health
Jeff Tewksbury - Town of Ogden Emergency Manager, Ogden GIS Coordinator

Monroe County Department of Public Health is in the process of identifying potential POD sites to be used during a large-scale public health emergency. These sites will be "activated" should it become necessary to provide immunizations and/or medication to the population.

These sites should be:
  • Able to sustain massive patient flow rate
  • Relatively easy to secure
  • Easily accessible by the public
  • Large enough to accommodate the layout, equipment, staff and patients
  • Geographically centrally located
  • Self sustainable if necessary

Members of the Site Survey Task Force have completed approximately 50-site surveys within Monroe County. The selection process continues and to date 17 sites selected have agreed to become PODs and responded with a signed Letter of Agreement (LOA).

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Previous GIS/SIG September Program Meeting

September Program
Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Ogden Community Center, 269 Ogden Center Road
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

An Overview of the New Statewide GIS Roads & Addressing Data Set
Cheryl Benjamin, NYS CSCIC

New York State recently released the NYS Accident Location Information System (ALIS) GIS data, often referred to as the new Statewide GIS Streets and Addressing Data. This presentation provided an overview of the newly available NYS Streets file and the other associated ALIS GIS data layers and discussed how local governments and all NYS GIS Data Sharing Cooperative members can access the data layers, associated documentation, and new geocoding tools. Expected data maintenance releases and GIS user community participation in data maintenance partnerships was also be discussed.

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Previous GIS/SIG Program Meeting

June Program
Date: Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Greece, Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
Cost: $5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Making the Switch: Moving from Shapefiles to a Geodatabase
Craig Cleveland, GIS Specialist, Bergmann Associates
Michael Ross, GIS Administrator, Town of Pittsford

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There's nothing wrong with shapefiles, so why should you make the switch to the geodatabase? Mike and Craig discussed and demonstrated several of the features that the geodatadase offers, including Feature Classes and Datasets, Spatial & Attribute Validation in the form of Topologies and Domains, Feature-Linked Annotation, and Relationship Classes. They demonstrated each feature using specific, real-world examples.

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December Program
Date: Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Penfield Town Hall Lodge, 3100 Atlantic Avenue
Cost: $5.00 per person

Geocaching
Sandra Forbes
President of the New York Geocaching Organization

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Our December program featured a presentation on Geocaching by Sandra Forbes, President of the New York Geocaching Organization. Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a GPS unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. There are over 3400 geocaches hidden in New York State alone!

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September Program
Date: Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Casa Larga Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport NY
Cost: $10.00 per person

Vineyard Site Selection using GIS and Spatial Models
Steve DeGloria
Professor of Resource Inventory and Analysis
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS)
Director, Institute for Resource Information Systems (IRIS)

Dr. DeGloria's interests focus on advancing the development and use of spatial data to meet environmental information needs domestically and internationally. His current work focuses on improving the resource inventory process through the use of aerospace imagery, developing spatial models that incorporate multi-spectral and multi-temporal data from Earth-orbiting satellites, and integrating biophysical and socio-economic data for use in spatially-explicit simulation models of environmental processes in mixed use landscapes.

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June Program
Date: Thursday, June 10th, 2004
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Greece, Braddock Bay Park Pavilion
Cost: Free

Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)

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The GIS/SIG June Program was held Thursday, June 10th, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Braddock Bay Park Pavilion in the Town of Greece. The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority (RGRTA) presented on their Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system. Headquartered on Main Street in Rochester and governed by 11 commissioners, RGRTA oversees public transportation in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Wayne, Wyoming, and Seneca counties.

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December Program
Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Town of Ogden, 269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport, NY
Cost: Free

Grant Opportunities

The December program was on grant opportunities and how Counties and Municipalities can apply for grants to help offset the costs for GIS implementation. Gail Fischer, New York State Archives Regional Advisory Officer, presented on the New York State Archives grant process. Paul Rooney from ESRI and Ron Sassone from the Town of Greece also presented.

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September Program
Date: Monday, September 8th, 2003
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Pineway Ponds Park, Town of Ogden
Cost: Free

New York State Cyber Security & Critical Infrastructure Coordination (CSCIC) Digital Orthophoto Imagery Program/Application

Bruce Oswald from the New York State Cyber Security & Critical Infrastructure Coordination presented on the State's orthoimagery program and application, and the future enhancements of the system.

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December Program
Date: Friday, December 13th, 2002
Time: Noon - 2:00 PM
Location: Kate Gleason Auditorium at the Rochester Public Library
Cost: $5.00 Per Person

Instead of a formal presentation, GIS/SIG's December Program gave members the opportunity to socialize with other GIS professionals while they enjoyed a delicious Dinosaur Bar-B-Que lunch.

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September Program
Date: Thursday, September 26th, 2002
Time: 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Sam Patch Boat Tour, Village of Pittsford
Cost: $5.00 Per Person

GIS/SIG's September program was held September 26th, 2002 and featured Bob Kossowski, Division GIS Manager, from the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA). Bob spoke on the NYSTA and Canal Corporation's GIS program as well as some of the canal's history. Our program included a two-hour tour on the Canal aboard the Sam Patch tour boat (www.sampatch.org).

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