What: Lunch Speaker Series: “GIS for Local Governments” Jimmy Nolan
Where: Historic Terminal Station, Downtown Macon (4th floor)
- 200 Cherry Street, Macon, GA 31201
When: Thursday October 25th, 2018 @ 11:30am – 1:30 pm
Registration ends Monday, October 22nd, 2018. Walk-ins are welcome, but you will need to pay $15.00 cash or check at the door. Credit Cards are not accepted at this time. You may also pay via the PayPal links included. Lunch for this meeting will be catered by Chick-fil-a. See registration links for lunch options.
- Georgia URISA Members $12.00: [Pay via PayPal]
- Non-Georgia URISA Members $15.00: [Pay via PayPal]
- At the door $15.00
GIS for Local Governments
GIS is a field that revolves around finding solutions. Local governments all over the country are using GIS as a tool to create solutions to challenges faced by their offices every day. If you are experiencing a challenge, there is a good chance that you are not the first to have done so. This presentation will cover some of the innovative solutions to those challenges that local governments have discovered as well as some of the things that are going on with data development, coordination, and how local data is being used for regional and statewide projects. Upcoming projects important to local governments will also be highlighted.
Mr. Nolan began working with GIS in 1994 when he was the chief appraiser for Morgan County. In 1999 Jimmy went to work as the GIS specialist for the Georgia Department of Revenue. In 2001 he became the local government project manager for the Information Technology Services division of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Since joining ITOS he has been instrumental in helping develop GIS in approximately 50 counties and has worked with local officials in many more counties and cities to enhance data or provide advice and training. Jimmy is the Cadastral Coordinator for the state of Georgia and was on the Federal Geographic Data Committee technical working group that developed the parcel data content standards for the eastern 31 states. He is a past chairman of the Georgia GIS coordinating committee and a former Ga. URISA board member. He has extensive knowledge of how Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal systems model property values and how the data used in these models is organized as well as how these systems integrate with GIS.
Tony Giarrusso, Associate Director of the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization in the College of Design at Georgia Tech, recently completed his second tree canopy assessment for the City of Atlanta, the results of which were highlighted in June 2018 both nationally and locally through news stories published by the Daily Beast and WABE, Georgia public radio. Using high-resolution satellite imagery to identify tree canopy, Mr. Giarrusso estimated that 47.1% of the city was covered by trees in 2014, a seemingly insignificant change from what he found in the 2008 canopy assessment (47.9%). However, after further investigation, Mr. Giarrusso found that while the quantity of tree canopy had not shrunk much between 2008-2014, the quality of tree canopy had diminished significantly. Through a combination of field visits and computer-based review of the satellite imagery, Mr. Giarrusso identified hundreds of acres of land that had been cleared for development prior to 2008 yet remained undeveloped in 2014 and subsequently showed signs of canopy growth, albeit it low quality, fast-growing pines. Unfortunately, these areas of “false” growth comprised the majority of canopy gain between 2008-2014. While identification of canopy gain wasn’t as straight-forward as might be expected, documentation of canopy loss was much simpler, and subsequently more alarming. Mr. Giarrusso determined that the majority of canopy loss in the City of Atlanta was a result of redevelopment of single-family homes, where a small house was almost always replaced with a larger house built-out to the maximum allowable lot coverage. In other words, single-family homes got bigger at the expense of the city’s tree canopy. Using development permit data obtained from the city, Mr. Giarrusso determined that approximately 30-40% of all single-family developments between 2012-2017 were actually redevelopments of single-family lots, most of which were built-out to the maximum lot coverage. And field visits during 2016 and 2017 strongly confirmed that this trend has accelerated substantially since 2014 and does not appear to be stopping any time soon. Please join us on ….to learn how the results of this study and those found in the next assessment (2019) are being used by the City of Atlanta to evaluate policy and its effects on the city’s tree canopy.
GIS converts asset management standards, best management practices, and institutional knowledge into an operational asset management program. The quantified steps of building inventories with administrative overlays set the stage for predicting outcomes. The single greatest benefit of using GIS is to create a geospatial and temporal model of the built and natural environment to identify, calculate, and predict risk.
Date: August 29, 2018
Time: 11am — 1pm
Location: Middle Georgia Regional Commission (175 Emery Highway Suite C | Macon, Georgia 31217)
Lunch (optional) $15
Speaker: Jeffrey Johnson, GISP, ITIL GIS Manager, Department of Public Works, City of Atlanta
For questions, please email or contact Jeff Griffin at (478) 621-6388
Summary: The session will highlight integration of an asset management system and GIS. Topics to be covered include the use of mobile applications, work order management, permitting, and infrastructure rehabilitation in Public Works activities. Attendees will leave with the concepts needed to better leverage a common operating picture for users to collaborate using these multiple systems displayed via the GIS language.
Speaker Bio: As the Geographic Information Systems Manager at the City of Atlanta, Jeffrey Johnson leads the GIS Team for the Department of Public Works and two transportation bond programs. He prepared himself for this work environment through his career choices. For the past 17 years, he has served at the University, City, and State levels providing geospatial solutions for better decision-making, resource conservation, and infrastructure management. Jeffrey completed his undergrad and graduate Geography degrees at Georgia State University (GSU). He has two
professional certifications as GIS Professional through URISA and the Department of Geosciences at GSU. Jeff, his wife Alia, and their two little girls reside in the City of Decatur, just a few miles outside the City of Atlanta.
Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 11am – 3pm (see Agenda for details)
Location: Harold Pate Building (1725 Reynolds St Rm 224, Brunswick, GA)
Lunch (optional): $12 (Honey Baked Ham Sandwich/Salad Box + Drinks)
Topic: Hurricane Prep Rally (see below for presentation details)
Kirk McElveen (Chatham County)
John Centeno (Glynn County)
Lisa Fulton (Coastal Regional Commission)
Scott Jackson (Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission)
For questions, please email us or contact Mandy Terkhorn at (912) 651-1458.
Title: Individual Assistance Damage Assessment Technologies & Best Practices
Speaker: Kirk McElveen (Chatham County)
Summary: Hurricane Matthew made it clear that paper Individual Assistance Damage Assessment (IADA) forms are not viable on a large scale disaster. Chatham County learned from this experience developed an intuitive, mobile data collection method for collecting IADA information. This included developing a Social Vulnerability Index to prioritize damage assessment areas. Hurricane Irma provided the opportunity to demonstrate Chatham County’s changes to the IADA Program while conducting more than 90,000 surveys in only a few days.
Title: Drones, Maps, and Math
Speaker: John Centeno (Glynn County)
Summary: We will discuss how Glynn County GIS used drone technology and ESRI Drone2Map software to monitor debris cleanup and calculate the volume of storm debris from Hurricane Irma. This method was used to compare with the amount of debris calculated the FEMA/GEMA monitors and debris removal companies in order to prevent fraudulent billing.
Title: GIS Best Practices & Resources for Public Safety
Speaker: Lisa Fulton (Coastal Regional Commission)
Summary: Presentation going through various resources to help streamline symbology and data preparation (and usage). This will also share some real-world lessons learned from Irma.
Title: Hazus & Emergency Response
Speaker: Scott Jackson (Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission)
Summary: Presentation on flooding modeled in Hazus that was later experienced in person not too long after the model run.