In May, three MB&G team members provided educational presentations at the annual GIS in Action Conference that was held in Vancouver, Washington. This year the conference was co-sponsored by the Washington and Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapters of the International Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (USRA) as well as the Columbia River Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Much of the conference focused on emerging GIS technology.
GIS Analyst Brian Grass presented on Integrating Field Data Collection, Document Management and Enterprise GIS for Natural Resources. Brian highlighted the ‘Mobile Revolution’ in geospatial information management and discussed the proliferation of mobile devices, cloud accessible enterprise systems, and the expectation of uninterrupted data availability. Brian spoke to MB&G’s solutions including MB&G MobileMap and Spatial Content Management System. View Presentation.
Geospatial Analyst Tyler Bax spoke on Integration of Mobile Technology to Support Remotely Sensed Vegetation Mapping Efforts at Fort Apache. His presentation was a case study of the vegetation mapping project our team is completing on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. He provided an overview of the major project tasks for producing the EVT Map and provided a deeper dive into field collection and mobile technology. He also reviewed the final products for the 1.4 million-acre project. View Presentation.
Senior Geospatial Specialist Dr. Kerry Halligan, Ph.D., led a session on Digital Mobile Sketch Map: Offline Airborne Mobile Mapping Solution for Forest Health Monitoring. Kerry concentrated on our recent work with the USDA Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team (FHTET) and the use of aerial data collection surveys. Halligan spoke to our team’s challenges in collecting error-free data for a survey that focused on the economic impacts of wood-boring insects. He also addressed solutions looking forward that would incorporate the next generation Digital Mobile Sketch Map. View Presentation.
The annual conference was specifically geared toward the geospatial and remote sensing industry. It serves as a forum for workshops, training, and networking with industry leaders and colleagues. The technical programs addressed emerging technologies in a social environment. Professional Development Credits for ASPRS Certification was also available.