Ignite Spatial Vermont Presentations


Using GIS to Assess Wind Turbine Placement - Gary Scott Smith, Green Mountain GeoGraphics, Ltd.

As climate change and energy needs continue to collide, the call for green energy alternatives is growing louder.  Wind energy is one of the leading alternatives being pursued by energy developers.  Before we move ahead with large scale wind turbine construction, predominately on our mountain ridge tops, we need to use GIS to make sure we are proceeding with care.  The new generation of turbines will be the tallest manmade structures on our Vermont landscape.  Don Quixote would think twice before lowering his lance and charging one of these 450 foot tall turbines.  This presentation will look at several sights and illustrate how GIS can be used both quantitatively and qualitatively to evaluate wind turbine selection and placement and the need for energy transmission lines.  We need to make informed decisions and GIS should be helping.


LiDAR: What you Need To Know - Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is perhaps the most revolutionary remote sensing technology of the past decade.  Unfortunately the technology is often poorly understood and the data can be cumbersome to work with using common GIS software.  In 5 minutes this presentation will tell you everything you need to know about LiDAR, along with the potential and pitfalls of working with LiDAR data.


Visualize Your Data with Google Fusion Tables and Maps - Tim Sinnott, GreenInfo Network

Tim will show a recent project of GreenInfo Network's in which a client wanted to be able to enter their own information into a spreadsheet and have it visualized on a map.  When displayed, each point on the map would either play a video, show a picture, or play a song.  Tim will provide a behind the scenes look at this project and describe how the integration of Googles Fusion Tables and Maps Javascript API was the killer combination necessary to quickly pull off this application.


Maponics - Delivering geographic data to drive your business - Mark E. Dykstra, Maponics, LLC

Maponics has provided mapping and location-based data, such as neighborhood and ZIP Code boundaries, to businesses for nearly a decade. We leverage a wealth of GIS experience, innovative technology and a proven quality approach. At Maponics, we work with organizations in dozens of industries–from cutting edge start-ups to large government agencies. Our customers include Google, Twitter, Trulia, Citysearch, AccuData and many more. This presentation will outline our major product lines, neighborhood, schools, subdivisions, ZIP Codes, college campus, and shopping boundaries. We will provide brief outlines of use cases that will demonstrate how our products can be used to offer richer location-enabled apps and services and provide a more complete sense of place context. For additional information on Maponics, please visit www.maponics.com.


The Top 10 things You Can Do For Free With ArcGIS Online - John Cassidy, Esri

A lightning overview of what you can do with ESRI's online mapping application; ArcGIS Online provides easy discovery, access, visualization, and dissemination of geospatial information.


Crowdsourcing a Disaster Map: Lessons from Hurricane Irene - Bill Morris, GeoSprocket LLC

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Vermonters took to the internet to find and share information about the damage and recovery. Several contrasting mapping solutions were employed, each with the aim of acquiring and distributing key information rapidly among actors and the public. This will be a quick overview of the mapping platforms used, their respective capabilities, and their ultimate functions as Vermont reacted to the storm.


The Weird and Winding Road to Building an Application in a Developing Country - David Healy, Stone Environmental Inc.

Challenge: Build a Project Monitoring and Evaluation web mapping application for USAID|Liberia. This is the story of going to a developing country where all of the best plans get undone. Challenge: Find national data. This is the story of many meetings and coming up empty handed. Challenge: Data quality. This is the story of scrambled IDs. Challenge: Getting sign offs. This is the story of 3 month deployment goal when Project Officer dies and approvals of design document takes three months. Challenge: Duplication of effort. This is the story of USAID|Washington not knowing what USAID|Liberia was doing. Challenge: The staying on budget. This is the story of finding ways not to lose money. Challenge: Delivering a useful product.


VCGI + Irene: Close Encounter - Steve Sharp, VCGI

Vermonters came face-to-face with the destructive power of Tropical Storm Irene.  So did VCGI!  Learn about the impacts and how VCGI scrambled to recover.


National Orthoimagery Programs: Fact and Fiction - David Brotzman, VCGI

An overview of the status of several federal and national-level imagery.

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