"NEURISA Day is a great one day conference that provides a great environment for networking, peer interaction, and interactive knowledge transfer." Jayson Brennan - CDM




Presentations - PDF files are linked to each title.

Preparing for GIS in 2012 (keynote)

- Ms. Adena Schutzberg, Executive Editor, Directions Magazine and Principal, ABS Consulting Group, Inc.


What should GIS professionals do to prepare for the challenges ahead in 2012? They need to identify and evaluate technology trends occurring in and outside GIS that may change how their organizations and/or their partners "do" GIS. They need to do the same for marketing and social trends that may change how they "sell" their GIS vision to their bosses and clients, buy from their vendors and learn about the latest buzz. Each attendee will take away at least one "must explore trend" for homework during these last months of 2011.


Mobile Brookline Police Department

- Officer Scott Wilder, Director of IT, Brookline Police Department


Reporting in the Field: Mobile Solutions Utilizing ArcPad Customizations and InfoPath Forms

- Andrew Flynn, GIS Technician, Vermont Electric Power Company


There is a disconnect between field data collected using handheld GPS devices, and the meaningful reports that need to be generated later in the office. ArcPad customizations and mobile reporting integration with Microsoft InfoPath can greatly increase an organization’s ability to review and distribute information while in the field. Data collected on mobile devices is used to populate InfoPath form templates, which can be customized to accommodate any report from the ArcPad interface. Field crews are now able to collect data during the inventory process, which can then be imported into the InfoPath forms that include the compiled attribute information and photographs. Employees unfamiliar with GIS can then view the data in a Microsoft platform, allowing them to immediately evaluate the work being done in the field. The ability to customize ArcPad and InfoPath has significantly improved the data being collected and the efficiency with which it can be distributed.


Hot New Mobile Technologies

- Jayson Brennen, CDM


Building Vermont's Federated Enterprise

- Steve Sharp, Senior Project Manager, VCGI


The State of Vermont laid the foundation for the creation of Vermont's Enterprise GIS with the formation of the Enterprise GIS Consortium (EGC) in 2008.  The EGC is a voluntary consortium of state government organizations focused on effective management of State’s Enterprise GIS.  Since 2008 the EGC has been building a "federated enterprise" that leverages individual organizational capabilities toward the goals and objectives identified in the State's Enterprise GIS Strategic Plan.  Under the federated enterprise model, EGC members (agencies and departments) maintain their own data and decision support systems.  They share their data  with other members via a common data warehouse architecture and data sharing protocols.  The EGC develops and maintains standards and protocols which support the federated enterprise.  In summary, the EGC's federated approach promotes cooperation by allowing organizational autonomy, provides incentives to promote effective participation, and supports an incremental development path.


State of Rhode Island Enterprise GIS Implementation Plan

- Shane White, State GIS Coordinator, Rhode Island


With financial support from the State of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) program was able to engage the services of Esri to create a detailed document summarizing what needs to be done to realize a fully-functional Enterprise GIS for the State of Rhode Island (State).  This project built on previous efforts to identify needs, the results of which were documented in the "2005-2010 RIGIS Strategic Plan", and the "State of Rhode Island Enterprise GIS Business Plan" from 2007.  The most exciting part of the document is a detailed list of items that need to be purchased to support current applications, and to fill in future gaps with planned applications.  The plan heavily leverages existing resources and discusses how to augment current department GIS configurations to fully take advantage of centralizing common GIS data sets and web services built on top of them.  Cloud capabilities are recommended where appropriate.  During the State's Department of Information Technology (DoIT) technical project review process, each new GIS project refers to this document and describes how it fits in with the overall Enterprise GIS.  After it is fully implemented, next steps include integrating municipal GIS data sets and workflows.  This is critical to realize the full capabilities of GIS to help plan, analyse, respond and mitigate all statewide activities.


Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Database to the Regions

- Jeffrey Barrett, Information Exchange Broker, Booz Allen Hamilton


The Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Database (HIFLD) Working Group (WG) was established to identify, share, and protect infrastructure geospatial information used for visualization and analysis. Members and contributing partners focus on identifying and facilitating acquisition of authoritative geospatial data, enhancing awareness and sharing of information. Primary membership includes DOD, NGA, DHS, and USGS. HIFLD is involved in Critical Infrastructure Protection; Emergency Preparedness Response and Recovery; Threat Analysis; Antiterrorism; Defense Support to Civil Authorities; Man-Made and Natural Hazard Modeling; Continuity of Operations and Planning.   The HIFLD partners are exporting the capability to eight regional areas.  HIFLD to the Regions is designed to support regional, state, and local infrastructure protection operations and activities by providing geospatial capabilities and awareness in support of the state and local community. Developing this capability will assist in bringing the geospatial stakeholder community together to increase and enhance regional activities and to strengthen Federal, State and Private Sector Partnerships.


ASPRS Professional Certification Program

- Matthew Barrett, GIS Program Coordinator, Town of Concord MA President, New England Region of ASPRS


A brief presentation on the ASPRS Professional Certification Program, to be followed by a panel discussion about the various professional certification programs available to GIS professionals.    ASPRS has a robust professional certification program with multiple levels and certification types.  These include Certified Photogrammetrist, Certified Mapping Scientist-Remote Sensing, Certified Mapping Scientist-GIS/LIS, Certified Photogrammetric Technologist, Certified Remote Sensing Technologist, and Certified GIS/LIS Technologist.  Each certification also allows for provisional certification for graduating students.  In provisional certification, students who pass the peer-review process are allowed to take the exam for the certification desired, and then have a period of years to allow themselves to gain the required professional experience before applying for the full certification.    Each certification requires the applicant to pass a peer-review process, meet certain experience requirements, and pass a written exam of either two or four hours, depending on the certification applied for.  All exams feature multiple choice questions covering the full breadth of the geo-spatial focus areas, with an emphasis of questions on the certification applied for.    Applicants must also comply with the ASPRS code of ethics.   ASPRS is a Board Member of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards, and all ASPRS certifications will be fully accredited by late summer 2011.


Esri Certification Program

- Jamie Rosa, Certification Manager, Esri, Inc.


This presentation will help build awareness and understanding of the certification program and how it can benefit you as a professional.  Details about registering for the program and preparing for examinations will also be covered.


The purpose of the Esri Technical Certification Program is to create a standardized level of expertise for the use of Esri products and technology. This is achieved by allowing individuals to validate their knowledge, skills and abilities against a proven and measurable level of competency.  The program provides a professional development path, helps individuals distinguish themselves, can aid employers with hiring decisions by creating a benchmark for skills and maximizes an organization’s investment in Esri technology by ensuring staff achieve an established level of competency. 



-Thad Dymkowski, GISP, Town of Newington CT

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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