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We put geographic information systems to work for King County and beyond
King County GIS Center
King Street Center
201 S. Jackson St.
Suite 706
Seattle, WA 98104
giscenter@kingcounty.gov

47.59909 N
122.33136 W

47° 35' 56.72" N
122° 19' 52.90" W

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KCGIS User Group

About the User Group

 Next Meeting: December 1, 2014

11am–noon
King Street Center, Conference Room 7044-45

main program to be determined

Other Agenda Items

  • New Data Updates
  • New Maps
  • Training
  • Announcements

 October 2014 Meeting

Hot Topics from FOSS4G Portland
Peter Keum and others, King County GIS Center

Peter and several KCGIS Center colleagues will be freshly returned from the FOSS4G conference in Portland. "The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols." More about FOSS4G (external link).

ArcGIS Online in King County: What's New
Patrick Jankanish and Mary Ullrich, King County GIS Center

Patrick will present an overview of the King County ArcGIS Online for Organizations content publishing standards. Mary will give a sneak peak of the latest addition to the King County GIS Training Program, "Putting ArcGIS Online to Work in King County," which has its inaugural offering on October 23rd.

 August 2014 Meeting

3D Point Cloud Generation for Mapping
Bret Hazell and Marcus Glass, 3Di (external link).

The presentation will focus on developments in photogrammetric point cloud technology in support of aerial mapping projects. Evolving hardware and software technology are creating a new breed of imagery-based terrain models with faster delivery time line and lower costs. For some projects this wil replace standard photogrammetry and aerial lidar as the method of production.

 June 2014 Meeting

Cooking With Open-Source Tools
Peter Keum, King County GIS Center
View the presentation slides here (external link)

Learn how to use open-source resources, tools, and ingredients to bake a web map that displays real-time data. This presentation will step through the process of using GitHub, Python, GeoJSON, geojson.io, OpenStreetMap, and Sublime Text 2 to create a real-time King County Wastewater combined sewer overflow (CSO) status viewer. (All external links.)

 April 2014 Meeting

Pictometry Aerial Imagery for King County Update
Scott Faust, Pictometry

Pictometry provides integrated, measurable orthogonal and oblique aerial imagery collections to the geospatial industry for locations around the world. Pictometry's 2013 high-resolution image capture of King County produced 4-inch ground sample distance (GSD) ortho and four-way oblique views for much of the county. In addition, there are new and very economical ways to access the imagery under King County's Pictometry license. Scott discussed these and demonstrated ways in which county, city, utility, and other GIS professionals are integrating Pictometry imagery technology into their GIS and other platforms and operations. He also demonstrated how the technology enables the creation of 3D models with a high degree of photorealism.

February 2014 Meeting

Cancelled, to be rescheduled.

Demonstration of Sedarū® for Connected Water Utility Management
Dave Harrington, IDModeling, Inc.

Sedarū® utility management software connects water professionals throughout the utility to anticipate water operations, understand impacts, and solve problems. Sedarū is a GIS-centric solution that lets your water utility make more proactive decisions by sharing current, relevant information from every department, including field operations and maintenance, to improve both short-term work and long-term system planning and investment.

December 2013 Meeting

Esri CityEngine
John Sharrard, Esri Office, Olympia, Washington

Esri CityEngine (external link) is a stand-alone desktop software application for the design, planning, and modeling of urban environments in 3D. CityEngine allows professional users in GIS, CAD, and 3D to:
  • Quickly generate 3D cities from existing 2D GIS data.
  • Do conceptual design in 3D, based on GIS data and procedural rules.
  • Efficiently model virtual 3D urban environments for simulation and entertainment.
CityEngine also provides advanced capabilities for the direct export of the generated 3D city models to other software tools, including data management/analysis packages (such as ArcGIS), 3D editing software (such as Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max), geo-visualization tools (such as ArcGlobe or Google Earth), game engines (such as Unity or Unreal), high-end rendering solutions (such as Pixar's RenderMan), or web-ready cloud rendering services (such as NVIDIA RealityServer).

October 2013 Meeting

Assessing the Impact of Coal Mining on the Land Environment in India
Lopamudra Dasgupta PhD, Presidency University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Landscapes are often modified by humans in response to a specific requirement for the society. This presentation is on the impact of coal mining on the land environment (Land Use Land Cover pattern). The study has been done by interpreting time series Remote Sensing data and then analyzing the data sets in the GIS platform by applying Boolean Logic. Probable future trends have been predicted by applying Regression Equations.

August 2013 Meeting

STAR Community Rating System
Richard Gelb, Performance Measurement Manager, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
download a PDF file of the presentation (3Mb)

King County and the City of Seattle have been invited to pilot the STAR Community Rating System—the nation's first voluntary, self-reporting framework for evaluating the sustainability of U.S. communities. This framework relies on spatial data to portray the status and trends in community conditions. This session will introduce the STAR framework, describe the measurement requirements, and present spatial data layers developed by King County for 'credit' in the STAR Community Rating System (external link).

June 2013 Meeting

Mobile GIS: iRealProperty Field Application for iPad
Don Saxby, IT Project Manager, King County Department of Assessments

The King County Department of Assessments' iRealProperty field application for iPad allows appraisers to search for assigned parcels, navigate to them using GPS, input property data (including photos), and perform GIS analysis. GIS and property data are integrated real-time so that property attributes, such as view quality, building quality, topography, traffic noise, wetlands, and completed inspections can be displayed thematically on maps and compared with multiple GIS layers, such as aerial images, parcels, cadastral annotation, topographic contours, wetlands, etc.

This presentation included information about the development and implementation of the application, and it featured a live demonstration.

April 2013 Meeting

Asset Inventory Mobile Mapping System (AIMMS)
Jon Warren, P.L.S., and Tobin Guthrie, L.S.I.T., David Evans and Associates

Imagine a surveying vehicle equipped to capture 3D measurements and data in a single crossing of your project site. Through GeoAutomation® technology, mobile mapping solutions are cost effective, schedule-friendly, and more accurate than ever before. GeoAutomation® is an advanced photographic imaging and data reduction system that can be used for asset management, GIS data collection, pavement assessment, virtual facility management, inventory, engineering surveys, risk management, 3D modeling, and conventional surveying and mapping. All this with real-world, sub-foot accuracy feature location, measurements and mapping at your desktop, automated feature extraction, mobile web access and edit capability, and all with project-specific or subscription-based funding models.

February 2013 Meeting

Focus on Open-Source GIS Tools

Google’s Fusion Tables, TileMill
Peter Keum, King County GIS Center and DNRP Wastewater Treatment Division

Fusion Tables* is an experimental data visualization web application to gather, visualize, and share larger data tables” (Google). Peter talked about using Fusion Tables to display spatial data, and presented off-line, desktop, map tile caching using TileMill* technology.
(*external links)

A Custom Tool for Managing Field-Collected GPS Data
Matthew Kenny, RIDOLFI, Inc.*

Matthew talked about PntTrax, a simple GeoDjango*-based application that stores GPS data collected by engineers and scientists at his company. PntTrax attempts to address the need to provide a centralized and browsable repository for GPS datasets. Specifically, this internal tool is designed to assist staff members through the process of uploading GPS data (as shapefiles output from Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office*) to the company file system and associating these datasets with particular thematic groupings (clients, reports, etc.). The end result is the ability to explore datasets through a map/tabular interface. Ultimately, datasets can be exported as KML files for transmittal to a client.
(*external links)

December 2012 Meeting

A Wastewater Application Built With the ArcGIS for Server JavaScript API
Crystal Murphy, King County GIS Center and DNRP Wastewater Treatment Division

Crystal talked about using the JavaScript API to build a portal for accessing flow monitoring data and documentation from an internal file server.

Developing For and Using ArcGIS for Mobile
Harkeerat Kang, King County GIS Center and DNRP Water and Land Resources Division
Mark Preszler and Paul Alley, Water and Land Resources Division

Topics covered included field data collection, integration with ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS for Desktop, and the management and deployment of mobile GIS data, maps, tasks, and projects.

October 2012 Meeting

King County Parcel Viewer 2.0: What's Happening
Michael Jenkins, King County GIS Center

Parcel Viewer 2.0 is an ArcGIS Server web application which will eventually replace the 11-year-old, ArcIMS-based Parcel Viewer. This presentation was a brief demonstration of the new version and discussion of some of the lessons learned in development and deployment.
www.kingcounty.gov/operations/GIS/PropResearch/ParcelViewer.aspx

Design Factors for New Metro Transit System Maps
Patrick Jankanish, King County GIS Center

King County Metro Transit developed new system maps to publish in conjunction with its September 2012 service change. KCGIS Center Client Services worked with Metro on the design of the new maps and performed the map production. Patrick presented and discussed some of the key design considerations from both a visual, information-display perspective, and a GIS-data/map-production perspective.

August 2012 Meeting

TerraGo GeoPDF® Maps and Imagery (Online Demonstration)
Brian Buterbaugh, TerraGO Technologies

Interactive, portable, intelligent 2D and 3D GeoPDF maps and imagery allows users who do not have a sophisticated GIS or training the ability to access, update and share compact geospatial information from any source and roundtrip it back to the enterprise GIS.
TerraGo Technologies is an innovative provider of widely adopted geospatial solutions and looks forward to the opportunity to show what a GeoPDF is, how it can be used, and where TerraGo GIS applications can provide value to a workflow.

June 2012 Meeting

ArcGIS Online Subscriptions—Mapping and GIS for Organizations
Leah Saunders, Solution Engineer, Esri

With an ArcGIS Online for organizations subscription, organizations will have the ability to store, manage, and host mapping services in Esri's cloud and easily publish geographic content using cloud services. This presentation covered what ArcGIS Online Subscriptions are, administering content and users, and hosting services, maps, and apps.

April 2012 Meeting

Nine Steps to a Highly Successful Geospatial Industry Career
Greg Babinski, GISP
download a PDF file of the presentation (726kb)

This presentation was an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration's (USDOLETA) Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM) (external link). The GTCM, published in 2010, represents the federal government's definition of the geospatial technology competencies required for a successful career in this high-growth field. Attendees could see where they fall among the nine tiers of the competency pyramid and learn the latest about the recently developed Tier Nine—the proposed geospatial management competency model (GMCM).

Greg Babinski is the King County GIS Center Finance and Marketing Manager, President of URISA, and co-organizer of the URISA GMCM task force.

NWGIS Community Connection
Kevin Armstrong

The Northwest GIS User Group, Inc. (external link), is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for training, exchange of knowledge, techniques, and data among the users of Esri software and related GIS products and services. Kevin talked about upcoming activities and events in our region.

Kevin Armstrong is President of Rich Geographic Internet Applications of Des Moines, Washington, and a member of the board of directors of the Northwest GIS User Group.

February 2012 Meeting

Free Open Source Extensions for ArcGIS Desktop 9 and 10
Karsten Vennemann, Terra GIS Ltd.

Two powerful free extensions for ArcGIS were released in late 2011: "SpatialKit for ArcMap" and "SEXTANTE for ArcGIS." These extensions offer functionality that is not available at the ArcView level to ArcGIS license owners. This talk presented the extensions and demonstrated many of their tools.

SpatialKit for ArcMap enables users to use PostGIS data directly in ArcGIS. This means that ArcGIS users can employ the power of the first-class, open source spatial database PostGIS in the same way they use proprietary databases to store, edit and retrieve spatial features via ArcSDE. SpatialKit for ArcMap does not require ArcSDE, ArcInfo, the new Spatial Data Server (SDS) technology, or ArcGIS server.

SEXTANTE is a spatial data analysis library written in Java. The SEXTANTE for ArcGIS extension makes it possible to use SEXTANTE (and SAGA GIS) tools directly in ArcGIS, including Model Builder. Together SEXTANTE and SAGA comprise hundreds of spatial analysis functions, including many that are otherwise available in ArcGIS only through proprietary extensions that require additional licenses, such as Spatial Analyst.

See (external links):

December 2011 Meeting

Internal KCGIS ArcGIS Editors/Analysts Group Meeting

KCGIS Server and Software Migration
Debbie Bull, King County GIS Center

ArcGIS Server Silverlight Viewer
Adam Cabrera, King County GIS Center

November 2011 Special Meeting

Many thanks to special guests Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap* and CloudMade,* and Henk Hoff, OpenStreetMap Foundation* board member. (*Outside links.)

October 2011 Meeting

Highlights from FOSS4G 2011, Free Open Source Software for Geospatial! See: 2011.foss4g.org (external link)
Peter Keum, King County GIS Center

August 2011 Meeting

Developing an interactive map to show the use of Transferable Development Rights in King County
Harkeerat Kang, King County GIS Center

 

King County’s Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program seeks to shift the region’s development growth away from rural farms, forests and open space lands into designated urban areas. The program allows landowners of these properties to separate their rights to develop land from the bundle of other property rights. These transferable development rights, or TDRs, become a tradable commodity that can be sold to developers to create more building capacity than would otherwise be allowed in their urban building projects. When a landowner chooses to transfer development rights, their property (a "sending site") is permanently protected by a conservation easement.

TDR Program staff needed a simple way to illustrate to the public the locations of TDR sites, sending-receiving site relationships, and other data about the creation and use of TDRs in King County.

Harkeerat discussed the development process and technological challenges, and gave a real-time demonstration of the application showing how King County’s TDR program has protected more than 141,000 acres—more than any other TDR program nationally!

See:

June 2011 Meeting

Geospatial PDF: There's an App for That
Patrick Jankanish, King County GIS Center
download a PDF file of the presentation, including notes (6.5Mb)

The ability to create and interact spatially with geo-referenced PDF maps has been around for a few years now. More recently, Avenza Systems, Inc., released PDF Maps, a geospatial reader for Apple iOS devices. Patrick presented a brief overview of products that can produce and consume geospatial PDF maps, and some map products that have been published as geospatial PDFs. He talked about his experience using both the geospatial PDF exporter that is part of the MAPublisher set of plug-ins for Adobe Illustrator, and the PDF Maps app, which allowed him to use his iPhone as a field tool to help locate and verify map features on the ground, and to collect and export point locations and field notes for the recently completed update to the U-District & North Capitol Hill Get Around guide maps

Census Updates
Mary Ullrich, King County GIS Center

Mary gave a brief update on what's happening with Census data at the KCGIS Center.

More Information about the KCGIS User Group

What is the King County GIS User Group?
The KCGIS User Group is a bi-monthly forum that features information sharing among users of the King County Geographic Information System in the form of announcements, technical tips, and in-depth presentations. Users can find out first-hand what is happening across departments and disciplines, and glean timely information that will affect their day-to-day work.

The KCGIS Center hosts the user group meetings. Cheryl Wilder, GIS Analyst and King County GIS Center Training Coordinator organizes and moderates the meetings. Cheryl welcomes suggestions and volunteers for future featured speakers and topics.

Who attends?
The agenda is designed to be of interest to King County GIS staff, however other GIS users are welcome.

When does the User Group meet?
KCGIS User Group meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of every other month from 11am to noon. Make sure you check here for the latest information before attending.

2014 Dates
   February 5
   April 2
   June 4
   August 6
   October 1
   December 3

Where are meetings held?
The user group meets in King Street Center in downtown Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. Meetings are held on the seventh floor in conference room 7044-45. From the seventh-floor elevator lobby, enter via keycard or receptionist buzz-in.