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Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote:

Brian Stevens, CP, SP

"Cutting-Edge Geospatial and Remote Sensing Tools"

Utilizing remote sensing technology along with the base mapping layers of high resolution ortho-imagery and LiDAR, the Pennsylvania Lake Erie Watershed Team has implemented a process that efficiently and effectively delineated impervious surfaces, calculated the Lake Erie Bluff-Line, created a connected hydrology dataset (3D streams, rivers, lakes, ponds) and watershed boundaries.  All the data layers in combination are being used to analyze runoff from existing developed areas and the surrounding undeveloped terrain, how that runoff is entering the bodies of water and where those bodies of water are transporting drainage throughout the watershed. The technologies and datasets used in the drainage analysis are cutting edge and evolutionary in their application.

Brian Stevens is a Program Director with Woolpert, Inc. (Columbus, Ohio Office) and a graduate of the Ohio State University.  For the last 20 years, Brian has been involved in the management of aerial base/cadastral mapping, GIS (data and application development), LiDAR, remote sensing and mobile mapping programs/projects. Brian currently administers the Ohio Statewide Imagery Program and most recently managed the Lake Erie Watershed (Pennsylvania) Base Mapping Program.  In addition to an extensive background working with state and county/city governments, Brian also has a long history working with the private sector. 

Mid-Day Keynote Speakers:

Mark Maguire, GISP (CEC);
Matt Mercurio, GISP (Civic Mapper/Spatial Analytix); and,
Robert Schwartz, GISP (Remote Intelligence)

"Up, Up, and Away! Connecting UAS with GIS"

The advent of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and drone technology is revolutionizing the survey and land mapping industries.  These tools present alternatives to traditional land survey, aerial photography, inspection activities, where operators can rapidly and efficiency capture large amounts of detailed spatial data.  These datasets are well suited for analysis in GIS software platforms, going well beyond the simple display of information on a map.  This panel will provide an overview of the technology, summarize the basics of data/software processing, and provide examples of specific GIS analyses that truly harness the power of UAS. 

Even though the commercial drone market is a relatively new one, the technology surrounding this industry is exploding at break neck speed. It is difficult to keep on top of what’s new, what’s junk, and what’s helpful.  Rob will provide an overview of the latest technology related to UAVs, available sensors, and processing software. 

This growing industry is also creating an influx of enormous spatial datasets that are filling up hard drives and cloud servers at a rapid pace.  Matt will discuss “drone mapping 101” with a focus on data needs and GIS deliverables.  He will present an overview of data collection and processing techniques, while discussing important considerations for flight planning, survey control, and accuracy of deliverables. 

UAS data products can be consumed in commercial and open-source GIS software for high-power analysis.  Mark will provide an overview of geoprocessing and remote sensing tools available in GIS for change detection and pattern analysis of UAS data.  In particular, he will discuss using infrared and multi-spectral data to analyze vegetation health.

Rob Schwarz is President and Co-founder of Remote Intelligence, LLC, an unmanned aerial services and consulting company, based in North-central PA. He has held previous positions as GIS Manager of a wildlife consulting firm, and served as Director of Tioga County GIS where he was also honored to serve as VP and on various committees of the County GIS Pros. He has obtained his GISP certification in 2012 and obtained his bachelors degree in geography with a minor in regional planning at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

Mr. Maguire is GIS Manager at CEC in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) with more than 14 years of experience performing geospatial services and managing software development projects for public and private sector clients.  He has utilized GIS and related technology to analyze, develop, and maintain geographic data for environmental impact assessment, alternatives analyses, and routing studies for projects related to energy, waste management, mining, and ecological preservation.  Mr. Maguire has provided expert testimony in support of his GIS work for an environmental litigation case.

Matt Mercurio is a geospatial technology entrepreneur. His experiences as a geospatial technology professional at non-profits and in local government has made him very attuned to the critical needs of small organizations. Through his work at these positions he was able to test new ideas and carry out innovative approaches for solving tough problems in GIS and geospatial data management. He has been called an “ideas person” for the better part of his life, and is now taking these innovative problem-solving ideas and skills into the business world. Mr. Mercurio co-founded two geospatial technology companies in 2015 and serve as Geospatial Technology Officer (GTO) at both. He also provides GTO services to several other companies and organizations that require assistance in the use of geospatially enabled tools and data to maximize business efficiency. Some of his current projects include development and commoditization of accurate ortho-image products from drones, enabling geospatial technologies for emergency 911 services, and providing geodata management and development services for civic projects.