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2008 GIS Day

GIS DayThe University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Geography Department, Cambria County GSI Department, and ESRI will celebrate the 10th annual worldwide GIS Day on Wednesday, November 19.  GIS Day is a global event where thousands of users of geographic information system (GIS) technology showcase real-world applications of the technology.  Participants in the national event include the National Geographic Society, the Association of American Geographers, the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, the Library of Congress, the US Geological Survey, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. 


EVENTS

9- 11 a.m.
GIS Development Workshops
Blackington Hall – Room 138


This session will feature presentations on various tools and technologies used to develop GIS systems. ESRI developers will present an overview of how these tools can be used to build a custom GIS.  The following topics will be covered:

  • Using the Java Script API with ArcGIS Server
  • Developing desktop applications with ArcGIS Server
  • Extending ArcGIS desktop applications.


 

Noon-12:50 p.m.
“Using GIS as a planning tool.”
Krebs Hall – Room 216


Dr. Tim Dolney, assistant professor, environmental sciences/environmental studies, Penn State-Altoona, will demonstrate the Urban Grown Simulator [UGS]and Vehicle Emissions Related to Urban Sprawl [VERTUS] models as tools for assessing the environmental impact of urban sprawl. Dr. Dolney graduated from Pitt-Johnstown in 2001 with a degree in Geography.


1-1:50 p.m.
“Using GIS to solve problems” and “GIS employment opportunities.”
Krebs Hall – Room 216


This session will be presented by Pitt-Johnstown graduates and current students. Presenters will include Ashlie Hildebrand [Highland Sewer and Water Authority], Tim Dolney [Penn State Altoona], Glynn Collis and Anthony Scaletta [Johnstown Flood Mapping Project], and Jon Spohn [ESRI Intern].


 

2-2:50 p.m.
“Using GIS to solve problems” and “GIS employment opportunities.”
Krebs Hall – Room 216


This session will be presented by Pitt-Johnstown graduates and current students. Presenters will include Ashlie Hildebrand [Highland Sewer and Water Authority], Tim Dolney [Penn State Altoona], and Jon Spohn [ESRI Intern].


 

3-5 p.m.
"How GIS is Used Locally"
Blackington Hall – Room 131


This highly informative session will explore how and where GIS is used in our community.  With applications such as local parcel mapping, 911 response, medical GIS mapping, and assessing drug threats in cities across the nation, GIS has revolutionized the field of geography and made substantial contributions to the progress of our community.   The following topics will be presented:

Organization: Cambria County
Presenter:  Steve Kocsis
Topic Description:  This presentation will highlight Cambria County’s GIS mapping system.

Organization: Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission
Presenter:  Anne Stich
Topic Description:  This presentation will highlight the data gathering and GIS Analysis for the Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan. This is a six county plan that combined data from each county and identified conservation and preservation corridors based on specific criteria.

Organization: CONXX
Presenter:  Matt Sernell ('06)
Topic Description:  Cambria Connected: From the Flintstones to the Jetson’s.  This presentation will highlight the Conxx network in place throughout Cambria County, and its impact on GIS. 

Organization: Cambria County 911
Presenter: Tim Spangler
Topic Description:  GIS in the 9-1-1 Environment.  This presentation will highlight the impact of GIS on providing 9-1-1 services in Cambria County.

Organization: National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC)
Presenter: Phil Burkhart
Topic Description:  This presentation will highlight how the National Drug Intelligence Center uses GIS in support of its National Drug Threat Survey (NDTS) for data collection, analysis, and presentation.

Organization: L. Robert Kimball & Associates
Presenter: John Dubnansky-GISP, Project Manager, and Paul Sottile-GISP, GIS Specialist
Topic Description: Kimball has entered the world of medical GIS mapping and will discuss their process in dealing with sensitive patient data and performing data analysis. The focus of this presentation will be on the local diabetic population.

Organization: Concurrent Technologies Corporation
Presenters:  Dan Ross & Mike Kane
Topic Description:  This presentation will highlight geospatial capabilities of CTC and projects that use GIS.



All events are free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Mary Lavine, Geography Department, mlavine@pitt.edu or 814-269-2992