New this year: Virtual Track at the Annual Conference

Posted By: Carmen Novak Annual Conference,

Virtual Sessions at the 2023 Annual Conference!

The 2023 WLIA Annual Conference will be offering a virtual track of conference content for those who cannot be there in person. The virtual track will consist of six educational sessions on various topics and areas of interest. The same sessions will take place live, in-person, and also be broadcast via Zoom to the virtual attendees. This hybrid setup will allow more WLIA members and attendees access to educational content.  In addition, you get access to the three keynote speakers!

Fees for the virtual option are:
Member: $150
Non-member: $225

Thursday, February 23 10:30am - 12pm

ArcGIS Arcade Fundamentals (60 min) - Intermediate

Ryan Sellman, 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 Accessibility with Your Web Maps (30 min) - Beginner

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 to improve the accessibility of your web maps. I will use ArcGIS Online as a 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  2:00pm – 3:30pm

Using GIS for Erosion Control Inspections and Grade Checks (30 min) - Intermediate

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 and grade checks. There are a lot of 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 & grade checks. 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 and grade checks. 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) - Beginner

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, 10:30am - 12pm

Processing Drone Imagery on a Budget (60 min) - Intermediate

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) - Beginner

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.