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On Thursday, September 9, 2010, NEURISA held a webinar for an Overview of the Northeast LiDAR Project. This webinar was highly attended by public and private sector from locations throughout the U.S.

Funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, as well as, direct funding from other federal, state and local entities, Photo Science is contracted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to collect and process LiDAR data for more than 8,000 square miles of the coastal zone and inland areas spanning six Northeastern states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. Photo Science is tasked to provide project management, LiDAR data collection and processing, control surveys, product development, and quality control services. This project will not only help stimulate the U.S. economy and provide for more accurate floodplain mapping in the region, but will also represent the start of a regional LiDAR collection program that will be used as a test case for a national elevation program. The webinar features the USGS and Photo Science staff providing a technical overview of the project approach, specifications, deliverables and schedule as well as discuss the potential applications served by this high resolution elevation data set. The Maine Office of GIS will also provide background on the formation of the coalition of state and local agencies that banded together to secure the ARRA funding grant and move the project ahead with the USGS.


Mike Shillenn
Senior Program Director, Photo Science
Role - Photo Science's assigned project manager responsible for LiDAR collection and processing as per the task order specifications.

Mike Shillenn has over 23 years of experience in the design, management and execution of a broad range of geospatial technology services projects supporting end user applications. He is currently a Senior Program Director at Photo Science’s West Chester, Pennsylvania office working with that firm’s federal, state, local, and commercial clients. He is the immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Chapter Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (PA-MAPPS) where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He has served for three terms on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PAMAGIC) and was a founding committee member of the Pennsylvania’s I-Team. He has also been active in a variety of professional organizations such as Mid-Atlantic Chapter of URISA (positions included president, vice president, & conference co-chair), GITA, and Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors. Mike holds a BS in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University and has been granted the title of Certified Photogrammetrist (#R1027) by the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Michael Smith
State GIS Manager, Maine Office of GIS
Role - Principal Investigator for the State and local consortium that conceived the project.

Michael Smith has over 19 years experience in the geospatial field, chiefly in spatial data management, enterprise GIS architecture, and remote sensing.  He is currently the State GIS Manager for Maine, overseeing the Maine Office of GIS (http://megis.maine.gov) which provides GIS data and services to thousands of customers in Maine and elsewhere.  His background is in wildlife biology and he has spent much of his past years modeling wildlife habitat or otherwise managing and analyzing biological spatial data.  He currently serves on the Maine GeoLibrary Board, the Maine GIS Users Group Board of Directors, and is the Maine state representative to the National States Geographic Information Council. Michael holds a BS in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University, and a MS in Wildlife Sciences from the University of Washington.

Robert Kelly
Commercial Partnerships Team Member, USGS
Role - USGS's assigned Project Manager/Liaison working with State/Local consortium and local USGS Liaisons and Photo Science in execution of project requirements.

Robert Kelly has a  Bachelors of Science degree in Cartography from East Central University in Ada, OK and has worked for the USGS mapping programs as a Cartographer for over 32 years. Almost all those years have been in Rolla, MO. For more than 20 of these years, he has been involved in contracting for the USGS in one form or another. He was part of the USGS modernization team in the late 1980's and spent three years at USGS headquarters in Reston VA working on the contacts for that development. Robert has been involved in all the USGS cartographic and geospatial contracts managed in Rolla, as a Task Order Point of Contract for the Cartographic Services Contract, COR for the Cartographic Services Contract II, and Task Order Point of Contact for both iterations of the Geospatial Products and Services Contract.

The New England Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) is the professional association of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) practitioners in New England. NEURISA is a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to advance the effective and appropriate use of GIS and related information technologies to solve challenges throughout the region.
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