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Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote:
Michael Anderson
Michael Baker Corporation

Next Generation 911 and the Changing GIS Role
With the Next Generation 911 (NG911) transition and deployment, Geographic Information System (GIS) data becomes centric to routing emergency calls. Historically, 911 systems have relied upon an accurate tabular Master Street Address Guide (MSAG) for routing of emergency calls. The core NG911 softwares for the Emergency Call Routing Function/Location Validation Function (ECRF/LVF) and Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) systems now require stringent GIS address points, street centerlines, and other data quality for a reliable emergency dispatching system. With NG911, the 911 call will be directly routed using the GIS data. So, if the GIS data is errorsome or incomplete, the NG911 system will not automatically dispatch or may dispatch the wrong first responder unit/s. Inaccurate or delayed dispatching could mean the matter of life or death. The role of NENA standards/guidelines and some solutions/tips will be presented.

Mike has been implementing GIS solution nationally for 23 years for Michael Baker International and their clients. In addition, Mike is a volunteer firefighter and trustee for Hanover Fire Department within his western PA community. He attained his Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification in 2004 and his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2007. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Geneva College and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from University of Pittsburgh.

Mid-Day Keynote:
Fred McMullen
National Weather Service

GIS at the National Weather Service
Although Geographic Information System (GIS) data has been used to create/maintain map data for internal and external use in the NWS since 1995, the importance and application of this data has increased substantially in recent years. Nearly all operational aspects of the modern day NWS is dependent on GIS technology; from dissemination of watches/warnings/advisories,  developing and issuing forecasts, accomplishing both internal and external training programs, to fully taking advantage of social media.  GIS is now and will remain a critical component in executing the mission of the NWS.

Fred has been in the National Weather for 15 years.  Fred started his career at the Weather Forecast office in North Platte, NE in 1998.  This was a marked changed from where he grew up in western Pennsylvania.  He then moved to the Forecast Office in Charleston, WV.  After Charleston, Fred worked at the regional headquarters just outside New York City where he was the program leader for Aviation and Severe Weather for the eastern United States.  He transferred back to his hometown of Pittsburgh as Warning Coordination Meteorologist in the fall of 2010.
Fred holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University and a M.S in Information Systems from Marshall University.