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September 13, 2019

Three Rivers Community College  (574 New London Turnpike, Norwich – Room B127) from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  Below is a detailed agenda.

8:30 – 9:00: Networking

9:00 – 9:15: Welcome/Introduction – Cityworks

9:15 – 9:35: Committee Updates

Standards – Mark Goetz, MetroCOG

Communications – Kristen Ponak, GEI

Education – Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR

Data Acquisition Advocacy – Erik Snowden, CRCOG

9:35 – 9:55: Geospatial Aspects of Semi – Urban Planning

Mark Comeau – Three Rivers Community College

9:55 – 10:15 Weather Analysis for Commercial Airlines

Patrick Burton – Three Rivers Community College

10:15 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:15: Census New Data Search Engine

Ana-Maria Garcia – US Census

11:15 – 11:30: CT GIS Legislation Update

Mark Goetz – MetroCOG

11:30 – 12:15: MS4 -Calculating DCIA and Migrating to the new MS4 Data Standard

Zach Giron – MetroCOG

12:15 – 12:30: Education, Standards, Data Acquisition Advocacy & Communications Committee Breakout Sessions

March 29, 2019

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location

Central Connecticut State University

Sprague-Carleton Room

New Britain, CT 06050

Details

~40 people in attendance

8:30 – 9:00          Networking

9:00 – 9:05          Introduction

  • Thad Dymkowski welcomed everyone at 9:00am
  • Cary Chadwick provided an overview of the Steering Committee roles and current vacancies.

9:05 – 9:25          Art van Meeteren, New England Institute of Technology, Drone Education Programming

  • Art van Meeteren dicussed drone technology and applications as well as the drone curriculum at the New England Institute of Technology.

9:25 – 9:35          Mike Towle, WESTCOG, 2020 Census Boundaries, Why it matters, What’s your role (Presentation)

9:35 – 9:45          Break

9:45 – 10:00       Steering Committee Elections – Election results are as follows:  (All positions are 3-yr terms unless otherwise stated)

  • Private Sector – Jessica Mercier (1-yr term)
  • Regional Planning Organization – Mark Hoover
  • Member-at-Large – Mike Towle
  • Member-at-Large – Jennifer Petrario
  • Member-at-Large – Rebecca Talamini
  • Member-at-Large – Kevin Dunkin
  • Member-at-Large – Jennifer Dierkens
  • Member-at-Large – David Cook
  • Member-at-Large – Kristen Ponak

 

10:00 – 10:30     John Guszkowski and Mark Goetz discussion on Connecticut SB 550, An act concerning geographic Information Systems

  • John Guszkowski and Mark Goetz provided an overview of SB 550 that failed in committee this year.
  • John Guszkowski noted that while this bill failed, they now have a champion at the legislative level (Norm Needleman) to move the legislation forward. He stated that this is a good time to gather technical power and brainpower and help guide it forward
  • Mark Goetz proved public testimony for the bill on behalf of MetroCOG.   He noted that this is a blank slate to define what the future of GIS in the state is from a legislative standpoint.

10:30 – 11:30     Neil MacGaffey, NSGIC, NSGIC Intro and National Geospatial Data Act

  • Neil MacGaffey provided a brief history on geospatial activity on a national level as well as an overview of the Geospatial Data Act.

11:30 – 11:40     Cori Grainger, Yale University, modeling the vulnerability of households to natural disasters in the Himalaya region of India (Presentation)

11:40 – 11:50     Bryce Mase, ECSU , Examining Distributions of Arsenic and Uranium in Domestic Wells Within the Deep River Quadrangle (Presentation)

11:50 – 12:00     Isabelle Smith, Conn. College, New London Urban Forestry (Presentation)

12:00 – 12:30     Committee Updates

  • Education
    • Cary Chadwick provided an overview
    • GIS Day will be November 13th at Eastern CT State University. Anyone interested in helping should contact Cary or Aaron Nash.
  • Standards
    • Mark Goetz provided an overview
    • Currently working to finalize MS4 standards
  • Data Acquisition & Advocacy
    • 2019 flight is currently underway

12:30 – 12:45     Executive Committee Election   

  • The steering committee held elections for the executive committee. The results are as follows:
    • Aaron Nash –President
    • Thad Dymkowski – Vice President
    • Jessica Mercier – Secretary

December 14, 2018

Friday,  Dec 14, 2018

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

 

Location

Metropolitan District (MDC)

231 Brainard Rd

Hartford, CT 06114

Details

37 people in attendance

9:00 – 9: 15: Introduction

  • Dan Czaja welcomed everyone at 9:10am

9:15 – 9:30: Committee Updates

Standards Cary Chadwick summarized previous meetings.

  • Working on MS4 data schema for towns and DOT
  • DOT has end of January deadline for final schema

Communications – Steven Birney, Norwalk

  • Upgrades to the website (meeting information -including GIS day and archives)
  • Continue to update ctgisu2u twitter feed

Education – Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR

  • GIS day was last month in Hartford Public Library.  110 people registered
  • Cary is looking for someone to be the main coordinator for GIS day 2019
  • Looking into more educational opportunities, including ESRI workshops
  • There is an ESRI story map competition for middle and high school students.  Cary is state representative for competition
  • CLEAR will be holding story map workshop at end of January.

Data Acquisition Advocacy – Erik Snowden, CRCOG

  • Holding pattern as they wait to hear about possible 2019 flight

 

9:30 – 10:00: Urban Tree Mapping Project – A.I. Prince Technical High School, Hartford     (Presentation)            

  • Students presented their work conducting a tree inventory in Pope Park, Hartford using collector app.

 

10:00 – 10:30: A Status Update on Proposed Statewide 2019 Orthoimagery – Eric Lindquist, OPM (Presentation)

  • Eric provided update on 2019 flight
  • New scope of work for a 6” flight instead of 3” due to an error in the original estimate.
  • Members expressed concern over planimetrics with 6” including MS4 applications
  • Other members noted that 3” was more difficult to process
  • Erik noted that OPM had to consider proceeding with the 6” acquisition while funds were available or to decline it at this time in hope to gather more funds and have a 3” flight in the future.  At the end of the day they agreed to proceed with 6”.
  • There have been some recent developments that may allow for more funding to get the 3” and he will keep the group posted.
  • They are trying to get a tide coordinated session as well.

10:30 – 10:45: Break

10:45 – 11:15: South Windsor Address Points – Thad Dymkowski, Town of South Windsor      (Presentation)

11:15 – 12:00: Locusview GPS Asset Management (Presentation)

September 14, 2018

Friday, September 14, 2018 –Meeting Notes

Location: Pope Park

8:30 – 9:00: Networking

9:00 – 9:15: Introduction / Welcome

9:15 – 9:30: Committee Updates

Standards – Mark Goetz, MetroCOG

Communications – Steven Birney, Norwalk

Education – Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR

Data Acquisition Advocacy – Erik Snowden, CRCOG

9:30 – 10:15: FirstNet – National Public Safety Data Network what is it and how can I leverage it for GIS – Michael Varney

10:15 – 10:30: Break

10:30 – 11:15: GeoEvent Server, Real time mapping and data analytics – Aaron Nash

11:15 – 12:00: UAS and Geospatial Data: Beyond the Flight – Steven Santovasi

12:00 – 12:30: Education, Standards, Data Acquisition Advocacy & Communications Committee Breakout Sessions

June 22, 2018

Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location

Pope Park

Hartford, CT 06114

Details

31 people in attendance

9:00 – 9: 15: Introduction

  • Mark H welcomed everyone at 9:15am.

 

9:15 – 9:45: Committee Updates

Standards – Mark Goetz, MetroCOG

  • Had committee meeting on 6/21
  • Working on recommendations for coordinate systems, guidance on transformations etc
  • Also working on standards for web applications (best practices for web services, applications etc)
  • Going to be initiating storm water working group after July 1
  • DOT is spearheading working group for survey control and administrative boundaries

Communications – Steven Birney, Norwalk

  • New website has been launched.
  • Currently in the process of loading the meetings minutes
  • Old site now directs you to the new site
  • Want to add sub-committee and meeting notes to the website
  • Open to suggestions

Education – Cary Chadwick, UConn CLEAR

  • Committee has not formally met but they are gearing up for GIS Day on Wednesday Nov 14th
  • It will probably in Hartford.  Have reserved Hartford Public Library
  • Still looking for volunteers for a committee
  • Mostly conference calls
  •  1 site visit

Data Acquisition Advocacy – Erik Snowden, CRCOG

  • Working on a white paper to present to legislative champions for the flight
  • Could use a new angle and advice on who to talk to in the legislature
  • Currently talking to NRCS, USGS, and reps from Mass RI VT about multi state flight
  •  Multi-state flight would be 4 band 6 inch imagery.  CT could do 6” with 3” buy up 300 – 350 K for 6” for the entire state
  • Mark G asked if it included LiDAR. Erik indicated that it does not.

 

9:45 – 10:15:  Public Act 18-175 – Tyler Kleykamp,  Chief Data Officer, Office of Policy & Management

                -Presentation  

 

10:15 – 10:30: Break

 

10:30 – 11:15: State Hazard Mitigation Plan – Meghan McGaffin, Milone & MacBroom

                -Presentation

 

11:15 – 12:00: Lidar: uses for the cloud – Jason Parent, UConn

                -Presentation

 

12:00 – 12:30: Education, Standards, Data Acquisition Advocacy & Communications Committee Breakout Sessions

March 23, 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location

Metropolitan District Training Center
125 Maxim Road

Hartford, CT 06114

Details

Meeting Agenda – Meeting Notes

8:30- 9 AM – Networking
9:00-9:15 AM – Welcome, discussion of storm response systems and methods
9:15-9:45 AM – Project Updates:

  • MS4 Status update – Amanda Ryan, UConn CLEAR
  • Statewide planimetrics discussion- Mark Goetz, Metro COG (PRESENTATION SLIDES)
  • How can GIS help cemetery managers – Jeff Nolan, Central Cemetery of Brookfield, CT

9:45 – 10:15 AM- Steering Committee vote (new members listed below)
10:15-10:30 AM – Field Data Collection with GeoData Services & Replication, Steven Birney, Norwalk, CT

10:30-11:45 AM- New 2022 Datum, Dan Martin, NOAA (PRESENTATION SLIDES)

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM – ArcGIS Pro, Tom Schwartzman, Esri (PRESENTATION SLIDES)

12:30 – Committee break-out discussions

 

Reminder! Spring NEARC will be held at UConn on May 8th. Great opportunity for CT GIS Network members to attend and showcase our work.

 

New steering commitee members, elected to a 3-year term:
Education: Cary Chadwick
Non-Profit: Steve Perry
State: Dan Czaja
Utility: Keith Anderson
Member-at-large: George Obeng
Member-at-large: Jeff Nolan