GIS For Elections

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.

The Geographic Approach GIS in Public Works

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.

Overview of ArcGIS Explorer

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.

Case Study: How to use ArcMap and Google Earth Together to Create Powerful Mapping and The Use of 3D and GIS Technologies

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

LiDAR – What is it and How is it Used

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.

Municipal and Public Safety GIS Mapping Solution

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.

Real Property Tax Administration Technology Improvement Grant Program (RPTATIP)

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.

Potential Uses of GIS in Determining & Managing “Point of Dispensing” (POD) Site Suitability and Selection

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).

An Overview of the New Statewide GIS Roads & Addressing Data Set

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.

Geocaching

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!