Minutes from September 18 Meeting

posted Oct 27, 2016, 1:59 PM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 2:01 PM ]

 EIG Minutes for September 18, 2016

10:00 AM Idaho State University

Attendance:    Greg Newkirk (Fremont County), Dennis Hill (Pocatello),Mary Nies (ISU), Keith Weber (ISU), Susan Parsons (ISU), Kindra Blair (ISU), Andy Newbry (Rupert), Rob Marin (Teton County), Heather Studley (Bannock County), Colten Hopkin (Bannock County), Nikolaus Sterbentz (ITD), Chase Fly (Frontier Precision-phone).

 

Keith moved to approve the minutes and Andy seconded. The motion passed.

Chase made a presentation on the current state of using Drones:

·       He introduced various kinds of drones, cameras, packages in a large number of slides.

·       He explained the difference between a DTM and a DSM.

·       He listed fixed wing and multi rotor Trimble UAV “X5” series.

·       He identified the Sony a7R 36 megapixel camera as one of the better value cameras for UAV’s.

·       He explained in detail about the new FAA Part 107 rule for operating UAV’s/

Greg gave a presentation on joining a GIS professional association

·       He explained the difference between local, state and international groups.

·       He listed a number of national groups, particularly URISA.

Rob led a discussion on changing the name from EIRRC.

·       Sue Parsons made a motion to change the name to East Idaho Geospatial RRC. Andy seconded. The motion passed.

The group discussed having refreshments at the next meeting to attract students. College Market was suggested as a possible venue.

The group suggested sending out another round of flyers for conference abstracts and posters.

Meeting adjourned at 12:15

Agenda for September 28 Meeting @ ISU GIS Center

posted Sep 1, 2016, 8:19 AM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Sep 1, 2016, 8:19 AM ]

9/28/2016 Meeting

 

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

1.       Welcome / Introductions, outline agenda for the day

2.       Review and accept meeting minutes from July 13 meeting.

3.       Intro to Drone Mapping Technology, Chase Fly, Frontier Precision (tentative topic)

4.       Presentation on Professional GIS Organizations / URISA: Greg Newkirk, Intermountain GIS Conference C-Chair

5.       Intermountain GIS Conference Overview & Planning /Call for Papers / Volunteer needs

6.       EIRRC transition to geospatial user’s group: Adopt a new name

7.       Outreach to new members, diversifying membership, website changes; monthly meetings until conference?

8.       Workshop / presentation topic suggestions

9.       Optional post-meeting lunch, location TBD

Minutes from July 13 Meeting

posted Sep 1, 2016, 8:17 AM by East Idaho RRC

 EIRRC Minutes for July 13, 2016

10:00 AM University Place, Idaho Falls

Attendance:    Greg Newkirk (Fremont County), Dennis Hill (Pocatello), Keith Weber (ISU - phone), Andy Newbry (Rupert), Rob Marin (Teton County), Heather Studley (Bannock County) and Colten Hopkin (Bannock County), Trish Van Wagner (Bonneville County), Craig Rindlisbacher (Rexburg), Chase Fly (Electdata – Frontier Precision), Eric Verner (ITD), Ryan Howerton (Chubbuck) and John Sharrard (ESRI).

 

·         ·   Andy moved to approve the minutes and Trish seconded. The motion passed.

·         ·   Rob shared his notes from ESRI-UC 2016:

·       As Microsoft is discontinuing support for COM and DCOM, which ArcMap and ArcCatalog upon which ESRI relies. ESRI has committed to support these two applications until 2022, but is developing all new functionality for ArcGIS Pro.
·       ArcGIS Pro 1.3 is now available for download.
·       ESRI has developed a series of apps & tools to model and map green infrastructure. These can be found at http://www.esri.com/about-esri/greeninfrastructure/tools
·       As the world moves toward mobility, programming has moved to native apps as noted in https://appstudio.arcgis.com/ . The basic level license requires an ArcGIS Online account. The standard version charges a $1,500 annual license fee. It is available in Windows, Mac and Linux.
·       ESRI also introduced the ability to author vector tile creation using ArcGIS Pro and uploaded to ArcGIS Online.
·       ESRI also introduced the new Drone2Map for ArcG

·    Dennis Hill and Craig Rindlisbacher talked about the IGC-EC meeting.

    ·       ISO metadata requirement and standards for all state data.

    ·       Moving to services and away from FTP data download.

    ·       MCPD standards adoption.

    ·       Use of REST endpoints for hyperlinks.

·         ·   Craig began a discussion on topics for the 2017 conference.

·                                                  ·   The Keynote speaker should address current issues facing the GIS community.

        ·       A session tailored to executives would be helpful

·        ·   Rob presented slides on response to questionnaire; general consensus was member enthusiasm for user’s group functions over stagnant data standards efforts

·         ·   Craig suggested reforming EIRRC as a more informal GIS / geospatial user’s group. General agreement that this would attract broader membership. Suggested keeping EIRRC technically alive for official purposes / dealing with state geospatial office

·         ·   Meeting adjourned at 12:45

Minutes from May 4th, 2016 Meeting

posted May 18, 2016, 1:30 PM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated May 18, 2016, 1:32 PM ]


 EIRRC Minutes for May 4th, 2016

10:00 AM University Place, Idaho Falls

Attendance:    Greg Newkirk (Fremont County), Keith Weber (ISU), Andy Newbry (Rupert), Rob Marin (Teton County), Heather Studley (Bannock County) and Colten Hopkin (Bannock County), Nikolaus Sternbentz (ITD), Stewart Ward (Dioptra), Trish Van Wagner (Bonneville County), Chad Hinckley (Rexburg), Cole Hibbard (Rexburg), Ryan Pierson (Electdata), Randy Lee (INL – phone), Scott Bergen (Idaho Fish & Game), Eric Verner (ITD) and Cindy Riegel (Teton County)

 

·       Eric moved to approve the minutes and Andy seconded. The motion passed.

·       Scott then began a presentation on species, niches and real estate.

·       He talked about focus species: mule deer, pronghorn, elk and moose.

·       He specifically presented on migrating vs resident moose.

·       He showed a number of pattern maps of species distribution.

·       He discussed statistical concepts from maximum entropy and Bayesian probability.

·       Tracking was done using GPS collars. He noted that using helicopters to tag animals is dangerous.

·       He spoke about the significance of co-variables such as slope, aspect, elevation, vegetation as they affect the migration habitat.

·       He presented 8 months of data processed in Maxant (a free 3rd party software) that uses a machine learning algorithm that was more predictive that the statistical concepts previously discussed.

·       The groups decided to focus the next meeting on the 2017 Intermountain GIS conference in West Yellowstone, particularly to take about workshops, session chairs, etc.

·       Heather Studley developed the logo for the upcoming conference.

·       Keith provided an update on the Imagery TWG and on ArcGIS Pro.

·       The group then discussed the upcoming ESRI-UC and who would be attending. Keith will have a meet up on the NASA RECOVER program at the conference.

·       Rob asked about the EIRRC website and alternations to the name. A discussion ensued that included the original creation of the group at the state level. One thing Keith suggested is that the “C” in EIRRC should be changed from Center to Council. The group then discussed how each member has varied geospatial specialties and calling the organization GIS is too limiting.

·       Stewart suggested that we focus on how we get our knowledge out to the public.

·       Rob asked for ideas on meeting items, speakers, etc. for future meetings.

·       Meeting adjourned at 12:05

EIRRC Meeting, Wednesday, May 4

posted Apr 6, 2016, 8:08 AM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Apr 6, 2016, 8:35 AM ]

Please join us at our next meeting, located at University Place in Idaho Falls, 1784 Science Center Drive

Bennion Student Union Building, room 109  10:00 am-12:00 noon
Parking Pass is required (attached).

AGENDA ITEMS:


1.       Introductions

2.       Review and accept meeting minutes from February 24 meeting.

3.       Presentation by Scott Bergen, Phd. of Idaho Fish & Game on Wildlife Mapping and GIS

4.       ESRI User’s Conference in June: who’s going, and what to look for

5.       TWG updates

6.       Further discussion of EIRRC name / logo change

7.       Needed web site updates, project status

8.       Optional post-meeting lunch, location TBD

Minutes from February 24the Meeting

posted Mar 7, 2016, 3:28 PM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 3:37 PM ]

 EIRRC Minutes for February 24, 2016

10:00 AM University Place, Idaho Falls

Attendance:    Greg Newkirk (Fremont County), Keith Weber (ISU), Andy Newbry (Rupert), Rob Marin (Teton County), Heather Studley (Bannock County) and Colten Hopkin (Bannock County), Nikolaus Sternbentz (ITD), Craig Rindlisbacher (Rexburg), Carol Ellison (Ammon), Angie Rudolph and Rich Greenwood (Greenwood Mapping), Stewart Ward (by phone)

 

·   Craig moved and Keith seconded to approve the minutes. The minutes were approved.

·      Rich Greenwood presented his Mapserver Technology by demonstrating Teton County, Wyoming. (www.greenwoodmapping.com  http://maps.greenwoodmap.com/tetonwy/mapserver/ ) 

This included his incorporation of document search into the mapping technology and the use of Google imagery.

·      Keith provided an update on the IGCEC and the new ITC data standard. He indicated that it was approved. It will apply to state agencies and embraces web services over desktop. 

·       Rob indicated that he put up a new list and REST endpoints along with other updates on the web and asked for feedback on these.


·       New google imagery is available at 6” resolution, 3-band for the entire state. The cost is $44K/year but Keith is uncertain what agencies would be allowed to participate and how much each participant would need to contribute to gain access.


·       Rob went to the INL lab & university user’s group meeting. He talked with Sera White about merging the two entities, but they want to meet every 2-4 months at 4:00 PM. They also talked about what interests could bring the two groups together.


·       A discussion ensure about a new name for EIRRC (suggested by Sue Parsons) because this name can be a mouthful. The nickname of East Idaho GIS was suggested. Keith noted that the formal name should remain the same, but a nickname might be appropriate. Heather and Andy will consider a logo and new name.


·       Greg started a conversation about competing venues for the 2017 intermountain GIS conference. The group decided that West Yellowstone is the preferred venue. Heather and Andy will come up with a logo and them.


·       Rob suggested the next meeting be in April and would see if Pam Bond could make a presentation at that meeting.


·       Meeting adjourned at 12:10

EIRRC Meeting, February 24

posted Feb 2, 2016, 8:59 AM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 7:52 AM ]

Please join us at our next meeting, located at University Place in Idaho Falls, 1784 Science Center Drive
Bennion Student Union Building, room 109  10:00 am-12:00 noon
Parking Pass is required (attached)

AGENDA ITEMS:

 

1.       Introductions

2.       Review and accept meeting minutes from January 27 meeting.

3.       Presentation by Rich Greenwood of Greenwood Mapping: Open Source Map Server / GIS

4.       ArcGIS Online “show & tell” by EIRRC members

5.       Discussion: comparing ESRI / non-ESRI GIS web solutions

6.       Update on IGCEC meeting / ITA standards.

7.       TWG updates

8.       Updates to EIRRC website

9.       Report on Idaho Falls “GIS User’s Group” meeting

10.    Discussion of EIRRC changes / meeting schedule

11. 2017 Northern Rockies URISA Conference (March/April, 2017)

12.    Optional post-meeting lunch, location TBD

Special IGC-EC Meeting

posted Jan 28, 2016, 11:09 AM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 9:22 AM ]

There is a special meeting of the IGC-EC to be held February 4, 2016 to vote on the attached draft data standards. Please review these standards and submit any comments to Erin Seaman (Erin.Seaman@cio.idaho.gov)

If you wish to join the meeting in person, please notify Erin so she can ensure sufficient seating. 

MEETING DETAILS:
Date:                     Thursday, February 4th
Time:                     10:00 - 10:30 am (Mountain)
Location:            Dept. of Administration 650 W. State St., Room 100, Boise 

Via teleconference: Phone:  1-877-820-7831  Guest passcode:  958526 (followed by the # sign)

Minutes from the January 27, 2016 meeting

posted Jan 28, 2016, 9:36 AM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 11:00 AM ]

Attendance:     Eric Verner (ITD), Nickolaus Sternbentz (ITD), Dennis Hill (City of Pocatello), Greg Newkirk (Fremont County), Keith Weber (ISU), Andy Newbry (Rupert), Rob Marin (Teton County), Heather Studley (Bannock County), Colten Hopkin (Bannock County), Kade Smith (BYUI), Susan Parsons (ISU – phone), Craig Rindlisbacher (Rexburg) and Eric Smith (Jefferson County)

 

·         The minutes of November 18, 2015 were approved.

·         A review of the bylaws indicates that the last president Dennis Hill is to serve as VP for the coming period.

·         Keith Weber presented the NASA RECOVER program that is administered out of the ISU GIS Center. He indicated that it was created from a NASA grant that lasted for 3 years and was renewed for another 3 years. The website can be found at http://giscenter.isu.edu/Research/Techpg/nasa_RECOVER/index.htm. He also sent around a NASA book called SPINOFF. A PDF of the document can be downloaded from https://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2016/index.html. Keith described the steps to using the product, how it works and the final products. Lastly, he discussed how it will need to eventually obtain long-term operational funding to continue.

·         The group then engaged in a discussion about aerial photography. The 2015 NAIP photography is ready for download as county mosaics, but not yet available for placing on the ISU server. Other higher resolution services are available, but are either expensive or spotty in temporal or spatial resolution. A Google Earth re-seller is offering state-wide imagery service using Google 1-ft imagery for around $25,000.

·         The group then engaged in a discussion about TWG’s (technical working groups). Keith talked about the new control point standard that is under development. This is different from the requirements for getting control points placed in the MCPD (multi-state control point database). The group identified how developments in NextGen 911 will affect standards for other GIS records such as structures, parcels, roads, etc. Eric Verner indicated that the newly adopted federal transportation legislation will take a few months before its effect upon ARNOLD (all roads network of linear referenced data) can be determined.

·         Dennis then began a discussion on the IGCEC’s (Idaho geospatial council executive committee) efforts to adopt new data standards that will apply to all state agencies and will affect other entities within Idaho that interact with them. The committee has a planned vote on the draft standards set for 2/4/2016. Dennis also noted that the committee will be proceeding with new elections for 2/19/2016 and that nominations are welcome.

·         Rob then began a discussion on what constitutes the EIRRC mission. Is it primarily a standards and data-sharing group, a user-support group, or both? Is it a collective voice? If so, how can we expand it? Providing training opportunities, more show and tell regarding what each member is doing, and reaching out for other voices such as state and federal agencies, tribal representatives, etc. can help increase the effectiveness of our regional efforts.

·         During the lunch hour, the group discussed establishing a committee to oversee the 2017 regional GIS conference, which will be held in Eastern Idaho this time. Craig, Dennis, Greg, Heather and others expressed interest in serving on this committee. Craig has some specific ideas about where to hold the conference this biennium including West Yellowstone.

Minutes from November 18, 2015 EIRRC Meeting

posted Jan 7, 2016, 9:13 AM by East Idaho RRC   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 9:17 AM ]

 

 EIRRC Minutes for November 18, 2015
10:00 AM University Place, Idaho Falls
Attendance: Eric Verner (ITD), Dennis Hill (City of Pocatello), Greg Newkirk (Fremont County), Ryan Pierson (Elecdata), Keith Weber (ISU), Andy Newbry (Rupert), Rob Marin (Teton County), Heather Studley (Bannock County) and Colten Hopkin (Bannock County)

Keith Weber provided an update on the MCPD (his efforts at web optimizing) and the opportunity to acquire Google Imagery as a service from its 3rd party provider (SICS.com) for $25K/annually for the entire state of Idaho.

Keith also reported on the National Geospatial Data Act of 2015 that Senator Risch was asked to step off the bill and for more Democrats to sign on that it might have more bipartisan appeal. However, the bill still is not moving very fast.

Rob Marin reported on the URISA conference in Spokane, having attended various sessions and learning about the ESRI App Studio.

Dennis Hill noted that Craig Rindlisbacher will be a conference chair for the 2017 NR URISA Conference. Craig is exploring the possibility of holding the conference in West Yellowstone. In the past, the conference was held at ISU for a reduced cost and made money for the chapter. If it is held in a resort community, costs will be significantly higher and fewer people might attend.

Eric Verner provided an update on ARNOLD, particularly its Linear Reference System. He also noted that ESRI will provide some in state training for ArcGIS Online and there may be seats available.

Keith Weber provided an update on the stat’s strategic GIS plan. He noted that GIS professionals have doubled in the state since its inception and that many more cities and counties employ GIS staff and use GIS in their operations.

Ryan Pierson indicated there will be GIS training in January with Michael Clancy as the instructor and how ESRI’s Local Government Information Model can be used to push data up to ArcGIS Online. He also talked about the R1 and R2 systems, their popularity, accuracy and price.

Dennis Hill withdrew as Chair of the EIRRC due to increased work commitments. Dennis and Keith Weber suggested Rob Marin, GIS Coordinator for Teton County, as a candidate for the chair position. Rob Marin accepted the position, though no formal election was held.


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