2023 Annual Conference - Virtual Track

Presentations with an asterisk (*) were recorded and are available via the Video Archive page.

Thursday, February 23 10:30a - 12p

ArcGIS Arcade Fundamentals (60 min)*


Phillip Julian, Solution Engineer, Esri

ArcGIS Arcade is a way to write expressions in ArcGIS. With Arcade, you can manipulate the information in your map and create new attributes on the fly. These new attributes can be used to create custom labels, symbolizations, and pop-up windows. Arcade is used throughout ArcGIS, with expressions used
interchangeably in different applications and different devices.

Improving the Accessibility of Your Web Maps (30 min)*


Hayden Elza, GIS Developer, Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office

Inaccessible web content means those with disabilities are denied equal access to information. Web
content that is inaccessible is just as much of a barrier as steps at the entrance of a building. In this talk I will cover what web accessibility means, how to assess your own sites, and what strategies can be used toimprove the accessibility of your web maps. I will use ArcGIS Online as test case, but the core concepts are the same no matter what technology you use, even for your non-mapping web content.

Thursday, February 23 

Using GIS for Erosion Control Inspections (30 min)*


Tyler DeBruin, GIS Utility Analyst, Town of Grand Chute

Stormwater management can be a huge undertaking for a community, especially when it comes to new developments & projects. Some of the most frequent and important stormwater management items that need to be conducted are erosion control inspections. There are a lot items the Wisconsin DNR requires for these to help protect our natural resources & critical infrastructure. Many communities throughout the state are falling behind on these required items because of staffing shortages to conduct them or lack of funding to hire an outside firm to take on the task. In this presentation I will cover how your community can use GIS to streamline the process of conducting erosion control inspections. By utilizing GIS to perform these inspections in house your community can save time, money, and increase compliance. This presentation will start by going over the basics of how to perform erosion control inspections. A laminated field guide will be provided that covers all the basics along with information on how to become a certified inspector. We will then dive into how GIS can help perform these inspections and how to automate reports, data collection, and outreach. This is a must see presentation if you’re with a local or county government agency.

Developing Guidelines to Resolve Addressing Conflicts (60 min)*


Brad Blumer, GIS Coordinator, City of Waukesha

The City of Waukesha is responsible for assigning addresses to structures and units within the city limits. As is the case with many organizations responsible for address management, the City has often grappled with maintaining an accurate address database and ensuring addresses follow a consistent address assignment system.

The newly adopted Street Naming and Addressing Guidelines provide comprehensive policies to ensure unique street names, consistent addressing methodologies, and a clear workflow for resolving missing or incorrect addresses being utilized. Learn how the City developed these guidelines and applies a review workflow to deal with new project and existing address conflicts in the real world.

Friday, February 24, 10:30a - 12p

Processing Drone Imagery on a Budget (60 min)*


Brad Blumer GIS Coordinator, City of Waukesha
Megan Roessler, GIS Analyst, City of Waukesha

The City of Waukesha GIS Program has been evaluating using a drone to collect aerial imagery on recently completed City projects. Funding was available for the acquisition of the hardware, however the budget for specialized drone image processing software (Site Scan / Drone2Map) was not. The GIS Staff developed workflows to process and rectify the orthographic imagery and photospheres using available software, resulting in high-quality output suitable for publication. Learn how these options may provide a lower-cost alternative to organizations who wish to explore the value of drone imagery without committing to ongoing license costs.

Improving Special Event Planning Workflows with Esri's Special Events Operations Solutions (30 min)*


Megan Roessler, GIS Analyst, City of Waukesha
Alex Gerke, Public Safety Application Administrator, City of Waukesha

Learn how City of Waukesha GIS Staff worked with Waukesha’s Police and Fire Departments to modernize their pre-incident planning—a process that saw these departments move from annotating screenshots in Microsoft Word to using a set of ArcGIS Online-hosted applications in a matter of months.

This presentation will cover our experience deploying Esri’s Special Event Operations Solution and tailoring it to our organization’s needs, the process of training non-GIS staff to work with these applications independently, and our long-term plans to provide first responders and special event teams with the most comprehensive information possible.