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Annual Conference
October 3-5, 2005

2005 Conference Program

Call for Papers
Conference at a Glance
Conference Highlights
Conference Sessions
Exhibitors Information
General Information

Hotel Information
Keynote Speakers
Online Registration
Poster Gallery
Preliminary Program PDF

Registration Fees
Sponsors for 2005
Sponsorship Information
St. Cloud Visitor Info.
Conference Workshops


Past Conferences
2004 St. Cloud, MN
2003 St. Paul, MN
2002 Duluth, MN

2001 Duluth, MN


MN GIS/LIS Conference Highlights

Tuesday Conference Program

7:30 a.m. Conference Registration and Materials Pick-Up

8:30 a.m. Opening Plenary Session

  • Karen Siderelis, Associate Director for Geospatial Information at theUnited States Geological Survey (USGS)

10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
                       Exhibit Hall Opens and Poster Display Begins

10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 - Management Strategies

  • Panel Discussion: The role of GIS in a Statewide Service-Oriented IT Architecture ~ Linda Finley, Minnesota Department of Administration; David Arbeit, Minnesota Department of Administration; Robert Maki, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Pat Cummens, ESRI

Session 2 - Data Management

  • Streamlining Wetland Management with GIS ~ John Mackiewicz, WSB & Associates Inc
  • One-Button Migration ~ Mark Kemper, The Sidwell Company
  • Geographic Marketing and Analysis for Rural Business ~ Jim Ramstrom, LMIC

Session 3 - Data Modeling

  • Predicting forest dynamics: moving from stand to landscape simulation models ~ John Snyder, Voyageurs National Park
  • Calculating Total Water Volume for Lake Embayments Using GIS-Derived Bathymetry Data: An Evaluation of Spatial Data Uncertainty ~ James Quinn, Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Evaluating Variability in Stream Slope Estimates ~ Matthew Kocian, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Session 4 - Web Mapping

  • ArcIMS Acetate Rendering: Displaying Multi-Jurisdictional Police Data Live ~ Zachary Christoff, LOGIS
  • Centralized Data Serving using Web Mapping Services and Web Feature Services ~ Tim Loesch, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Introduction to Web-based editing using ArcGIS Server ~ Ryan Kiefer, GeoSpatial Services

Session 5 - Remote Sensing

  • Estimating and Mapping Percent of Impervious Surface Area: A Comparison of Different Methods ~ Fei Yuan, Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Statewide Estimation and Mapping of Impervious Surface Area by Landsat Remote Sensing ~ Brian Loeffelholz, University of Minnesota
  • Land Cover Assessment Using High-Resolution, Multi-Spectral Digital Aerial Imagery: A Comparison of Object-Based and Pixel-Based Classification ~ Steve Kloiber, Metropolitan Council

Session 6 - Student Track

  • Spatial Decision Support Integration to Current GIS for Location Analysis and Strategic Planning in Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Area ~ Piush Mani Dahal, Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Bedrock Mapping Techniques in GIS Used for Future Aggregate Resources Forecasting ~ Ross Hoffmann, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Lands and Minerals
  •  Supporting Humanitarian Relief Operations with GIS ~ Jay Meehl, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Session 7 - Product Demos

  • Panel Discussion: Mobile Applications in GIS ~ ESRI, Trimble Navigation, Bullberry Systems and ProWest

Noon Awards Luncheon

1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 8 - Federal Programs

  • The National Geospatial Programs Office and Geospatial One-Stop ~ Ronald Wencl, U.S. Geological Survey
  • MAF/TIGER Accuracy Improvement Program Update ~ Craig Best, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Implementation of a Cohesive GIS at the U.S. EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Duluth, Minnesota: An ArcSDE/Oracle Approach ~ James Quinn, Computer Sciences Corporation

Session 9 - Data Management

  • Soil Survey Information-accessing digital and tabular soils data ~ Kim Steffen, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Real-time data connections between a Geodatabase and AS/400 ~ Mark Sloan, Clay County
  • Minnesota’s Geographic Data Clearinghouse ~ Chris Cialek, LMIC

Session 10 - Data Modeling

  • Identifying Potential Wetland Restoration Sites in Ramsey County ~ David Bauer, Ramsey Conservation District
  • Resource Suitability Model, Stearns County ~ Susan McGuire, Stearns County Environmental Services
  • The study of the balance between jobs and housing in GIS framework: In the case of the seven county metropolitan area in Minnesota ~ Woo Jang, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Session 11 - Web Mapping

  • Internet Mapping Application Presentation - Manifold GIS ~ Jim Dahl, Douglas County
  • Internet Mapping Application Presentation - MapServer ~ Brian Fisher, Huston Engineering

Session 12 - Remote Sensing

  • National Wetlands Inventory Delineation and Classification Using eCognition Remote Sensing Software ~ Jeff Knopf, GeoSpatial Services of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • NEXTMap USA ~ Robert Eadie, Intermap Technologies, Inc
  • Use of Remote Sensing Imagery for Assessment of Minnesota’s Water Resources ~ Leif Olmanson, University of Minnesota

Session 13 - Student Competition

Session 14 - Product Demos

  • Nazca Property Management Portal ~ Ted Mondale, Nazca Solutions
  • What’s New in ArcGIS 9.1 and Network Analyst ~ Dan Falbo, ESRI

3 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 15 - Field Computing

  • Wireless & Mobile Technologies in Agriculture ~ Josh Marsh, Pro-West & Associates
  • Washington County ISTS Program and GIS/GPS ~ Chris LeClair, Washington County
  • Mapping Without a Net: GIS Compilation Strategies ~ Mark Kemper, The Sidwell Company

Session 16 - Data Management

  • Mapping Easements in GIS ~ John Mackiewicz, WSB & Associates Inc
  • Geoids, Ellipsoids, Datums and Projects ~ Chuck Bryant, Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Geodetic Control Database ~ Chuck Bryant, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Session 17 - Data Modeling

  • Student Enrollment Study ~ Charles Parson
  • Using GIS to Find Optimal Locations for New Ethanol Plants in Southern Minnesota ~ Lyle Petrick, Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • Site Location Decision for Chain Restaurants Using GIS and Spatial Analysis ~ Sajan Dhakal, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Session 18 - Web Mapping

  • Internet Mapping Application Presentation-ArcIMS ~ presenter TBA
  • Internet Mapping Application Presentation - Autodesk ~ Carl Dunn, City of Williston

Session 19 - Remote Sensing

  • Imagery On Demand - Storing and Delivering Large Raster Datasets ~ Jim Dickerson, LMIC
  • Panel Discussion: The latest news from Remote Sensing ~ Dr. Bill Befort, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Dr. Marvin Bauer, University of Minnesota; Dave Fuhr, Airborne Data Systems; Ron Wencl, U.S. Geological Survey

Session 20 - Student Competition

Session 21 - Product Demos

  • DNR Garmin Version 5.0 Software ~ Chris Pouliot, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Wildlife Survey Extension ~ Chris Pouliot, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Real Time Automated Vehicle Location using OpenSource Web-based Technology ~ Bruce Shriver, ThomTech Design, Inc.

5 p.m. Vendor Reception and Poster Session - Exhibit Hall

Prize Drawings (must be present to win), Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar

7:30 p.m. Beer Tasting Gathering - hosted by GeoComm at the Lahr building


Wednesday Conference Program

7:30 a.m. Conference Registration and Materials Pick-Up

8:00 a.m. Exhibits Open - Refreshments Served

8:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 22 - Community GIS

  • GIS for Everyone ~ Richard Rice, City of Chanhassen
  • Panel Discussion: Promotion of GIS in Broad Based County Government ~ Judson Freed, Emergency Services Director, Ramsey County; Mary Hagerman, Dakota County GIS Specialist, Dakota County Office of GIS; Bill Swing, IT Director, Wright County

Session 23 - Natural Resources

  • Habitat Improvement GIS: Examples from the Minnesota DNR ~ Paul Wickman, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife
  • Minnesota GAP Analysis: Utilizing GIS to Establish Gaps in Biodiversity ~ Bruce Anderson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Fish and Wildlife
  • GIS Approach in Determining Factors of Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Populations ~ Michelle Imes, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Session 24 - Parcels

  • Panel Discussion: Examining the Parcel Management Workflow ~ Dan Falbo, ESRI

Session 25 - Homeland Security

  • Emergency Preparedness: Are You Prepared? ~ Todd Lusk, Dakota County
  • MetroGIS and GCGI Emergency Preparedness Committees - Recent Activities ~ Randy Knippel, Dakota County
  • A Collaborative Model For Capturing Local Emergency Preparedness Knowledge And Data - A Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Example ~ Keith Anderson, LOGIS

Session 26 - Water Resources

  • Building a Repository to Share Hydrologic Event Data ~ Mark Olsen, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • EPA’s Uses of the National Hydrography Dataset ~ Thomas Dewald, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Using the National Hydrography Dataset ~ Jeff Simley, U.S. Geological Survey

Session 27 - Student Competition

Session 28 - Product Demos

  • Custom Cost Effective Aerial Photography ~ Lee Westfield, Pro-West & Associates
  • Plat Book Professional 3.0 ~ Jerry Happel, Plansight
  • CivXplorer ~ Suzanne Fliege, Plansight

10 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 29 - Community GIS

  • Minnesota 3-D: An Online GIS Application for Economic Development ~ Jeff Matson, University of Minnesota
  • Integrating Enterprise GIS for your Community ~ Paul Weinberger, City of Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Snow Emergency IMS Web site ~ Jeff Schroeder, City of Minneapolis

Session 30 - Natural Resources

  • Alaska Fire Season 2004 - Mapping the Millions ~ Paul Olson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Forestry
  • Assessment of Oak Wilt Incidence and Distribution ~ Susan Burks, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Presenting GIS data to the public for natural resource conservation: three case studies ~ Kim Alan Chapman, Applied Ecological Services

Session 31 - Parcels

  • A Standardized, Official Address and Point for Every Occupiable Unit? Metro Wide? Are we Nuts? ~ Mark Kotz, Metropolitan Council
  • Developing and Implementing the Geodatabase Parcel Data Model ~ Richard Bunten, City of Duluth
  • Aligning GIS data to the New Anoka County Parcels ~ Blaine Hackett, GIS Rangers

Session 32 - Homeland Security

  • Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security: A Practical Perspective ~ Dan Falbo, ESRI
  • The Holistic Nature of GIS and its Application to 911 Dispatch and Emergency Management Operations ~ Mark Luther, BullBerry Systems, Inc.
  • Grant Writing for GIS-Based Homeland Security Initiatives ~ Jenifer Sorensen, BullBerry Systems, Inc.

Session 33 - Transportation

  • Travel Demand Forecasting in a GIS-T Context ~ Changjoo Kim, Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • GIS Opportunities in Design Build at Minnesota Department of Transportation ~ Brad Henry, URS
  • Was that a robot driving that machine? (What does GIS have to do with Machine Control in Construction) ~ Brad Henry, URS

Session 34 - Education

  • Panel Discussion: Minnesota State Colleges & Universities - ESRI Site License ~ Mark Thomas, ESRI Site License Administrator, MnSCU; Angela Lee, Libraries & Museums, ESRI; Todd Harmening, Planning, Academic and Student Affairs, MnSCU; Tim Fox, GIS/Geography Coordinator, Itasca Community College; Charlie Parson, Geography Professor, Bemidji State University; Marty Mitchell, Geography Professor, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Session 35 - Product Demos

  • Introducing WebFusion GIS ~ Greg Proper, Pro-West & Associates
  • mPower Integrator - Web GIS ~ Scott Hameister, mPower Technologies
  • Manifold GIS ~ Jim Dahl, Douglas County

Noon Closing Luncheon (Exhibit Hall Closes)

  • Rob Nurre, The Surly Surveyor

1:30 p.m. Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Business Meeting and Year-End Review

2 p.m. Prize Drawings (must be present to win)





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