Arkansas GIS Spring Meeting

Wednesday, 12 April 2023 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT

5, Municipal Drive, Jacksonville, AR, 72076, United States

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Wednesday, 12 April 2023 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT

Jacksonville Community Center, 5, Jacksonville, AR, 72076, United States.

Join the very best and brightest from the Arkansas Geospatial Community as we meet to discuss the latest news, information, events, and technology. 

Take a look at the highlights from last year:

Arkansas GIS Users Forum

https://www.argisusers.org

The Arkansas GIS Users Forum is a group of geospatial professionals that work to develop, publish, distribute and use geospatial information to help you get where you are going, know where you have been, or know what’s happening around you. This Forum is a volunteer organization that addresses the complex issues surrounding our chosen field, GIS (Geographic Information Science). Part of our function includes the standardization and sharing of data, with the ultimate goal of cost reduction.

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Deano Traywick
Chair
Arkansas GIS Users Forum

https://www.argisusers.org/

About Deano Traywick

Chair
Arkansas GIS Users Forum
Chad Hicks
Treasurer
Arkansas GIS Users Forum

https://www.argisusers.org/

About Chad Hicks

Treasurer
Arkansas GIS Users Forum
Matt Charton
Chair
Arkansas GIS Board

https://www.transform.ar.gov/gis-office/gis-board/gis-board-members/

About Matt Charton

Chair
Arkansas GIS Board
Shelby Johnson
State Geographic Information Officer
Arkansas GIS Office

https://gis.arkansas.gov/staff/shelby-johnson/

About Shelby Johnson

State Geographic Information Officer
Arkansas GIS Office
Dr. Rauf Hussein
GIS/Geotechnical Engineer
Nelson Intelligence Solutions

Rauf Hussein (GIS/Geotechnical Engineer, NiS) received the B.Sc. degree in geology from the College of Science, University of Mosul, Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq, the M.Sc., and the Ph.D. degrees in near-surface geophysics from the Applied Science Program, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. From 2009 to 2014, he was with the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mineral Investigation of Duhok, Iraq. He is now with the Nelson Intelligence Solutions, LLC. His research interests include developing geospatial web apps, creating GIS tools and real-time feeds and integrating GPR with GIS.

https://www.nelsonintelligencesolutions.com/

About Dr. Rauf Hussein

GIS/Geotechnical Engineer
Nelson Intelligence Solutions
Devon Ramey
Lead Drone Pilot
Nelson Intelligence Solutions

Devon is Nelson Intelligence Solutions lead Drone Pilot, specializing in Surveillance, Flight Planning, Photogrammetry, Infrared Thermography, and LiDAR. Devon is Part 107 Certified as a Commercial Drone Pilot with 4 years of flight experience including creation and development of a Law enforcement Drone Program for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. In addition to his Pilot duties, Devon serves as a Team lead at our Arkansas Office, supporting NGA Land Cover production efforts. Before becoming a GIS Professional, Devon spent over 12 years in Law Enforcement roles in the State of Arkansas. He began his GIS career while majoring in Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence at Delta State University. Devon possesses a wealth of experience using a variety of GIS Software to include, ENVI, R Studio, ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and ERDAS IMAGINE.

https://www.nelsonintelligencesolutions.com/

About Devon Ramey

Lead Drone Pilot
Nelson Intelligence Solutions
Edgar Mersiovsky
State Soil Scientist
NRCS

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

About Edgar Mersiovsky

State Soil Scientist
NRCS
Nathan Foster
State GIS Specialist
NRCS

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

About Nathan Foster

State GIS Specialist
NRCS
Ryan Poe
Mapping & GIS Sales Consultant
NEI

Ryan is NEI’s Mapping and GIS Sales Consultant for Mississippi. He earned a master’s degree from Delta State University in GIS and Remote Sensing and has worked in the industry for over 10 years. Ryan provides training and support of geospatial and mapping needs to all existing and new customers in Mississippi, as well as educating customers with new strategies and techniques of Trimble hardware and software. One of Ryan’s favorite things about this industry is interacting and meeting new people every day to help them in the best way possible. When he’s free, Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, baseball, football, and cooking. Ryan loves selling the best GIS equipment, but he feels what makes NEI different is the customer service! Customers have the local state representative support any time they need and have in house support at NEI and Trimble. If there is a problem, Ryan knows the team will help in a quick and timely manner.

https://www.neigps.com/

About Ryan Poe

Mapping & GIS Sales Consultant
NEI
Katy Hattenhauer
Senior GIS Analyst
Arkansas GIS Office

https://gis.arkansas.gov/

About Katy Hattenhauer

Senior GIS Analyst
Arkansas GIS Office
Marcus Kitchens
Local Government Account Manager
Esri

Marcus works at Esri as an AM for Local Government out of the St Louis Regional Office.

https://www.esri.com/

About Marcus Kitchens

Local Government Account Manager
Esri
Segun Adedapo
Research Assistant
University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Arkansas Forest Resources Center...

Segun is a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Zurqani, working on the characterization of FOAgREC soils and the development of fine-scale soil properties maps project. Segun has used his expertise and skills to develop potential solutions to forestry problems especially in Nigeria; he has also contributed to the advancement of forest growth and yield studies. His interest lies in applying GIS and remote sensing technology in solving complex forest problems.

https://uamont.edu/

About Segun Adedapo

Research Assistant
University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Arkansas Forest Resources Center...
Dr. Hamdi Zurqani
Assistant Professor
UA Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dr. Zurqani is a recognized expert as a result of his internationally acclaimed work in the areas of environmental information science, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, land evaluation, sustainability, pedology, and soil science education. He has conducted cutting-edge research across the world, including the United States of America, and Africa, and has served as PI, co-PI, or co-investigator on several grants-funded research projects. Dr. Zurqani is highly collaborative as evidenced by his publications. He is the author and co-author of many peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and technical publications (including teaching laboratory manuals).

https://www.uamont.edu/academics/CFANR/zurqani.html

About Dr. Hamdi Zurqani

Assistant Professor
UA Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sharon Hawkins
GIS and Mapping Administrator
ArDOT

Sharon Hawkins is the Section Head of the GIS and Mapping Section at the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). Sharon grew up in Greenbrier, Arkansas and currently resides in Saline County with her husband, Joe. Her career with the ARDOT began in 1999 as a Cartographer I. Her Section is responsible for maintaining and publishing the Arkansas State Highway (Tourist) Map, producing county and city maps, performing GIS functions for the Transportation Planning and Policy Division as well as other offices at the ARDOT. Sharon is an active member of the GIS community not only in Arkansas but also with the nationwide transportation GIS community as a member of the GIS-T committee. Sharon graduated in the spring of 1999 from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. in Geography.

https://www.ardot.gov/divisions/transportation-planning-policy/gis-mapping/

About Sharon Hawkins

GIS and Mapping Administrator
ArDOT
Sam Treece
Associate VP of Special Projects
Palmetto Engineering & Consulting

https://palmettoeng.com/

About Sam Treece

Associate VP of Special Projects
Palmetto Engineering & Consulting
Rachel Anderson
Digital Media Officer/Video Analyst
Jonesboro Police Department

Reserve Officer Anderson graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, and graduated from the JPD Police Academy in 2020. Rachel currently serves the department as the Digital Media Officer and Video Analyst. She oversees the department’s Real-Time Crime Center and manages all social media outlets for the department as well as web design and maintenance, photography, videography, graphic design, and oversees intersection cameras, traffic cameras, security footage, and SkyCop video management and analysis.

https://jonesboropolice.com/

About Rachel Anderson

Digital Media Officer/Video Analyst
Jonesboro Police Department

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Sessions on Apr 12, 2023

08:30 AM

Caffeinated Kick-off

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
09:00 AM

Welcome to the Spring Meeting

09:00 AM - 09:15 AM
    Deano Traywick
    Chair
    09:15 AM

    The Treasurer's Report

    09:15 AM - 09:30 AM
      Chad Hicks
      Treasurer
      09:30 AM

      Arkansas GIS Board - Update

      09:30 AM - 09:45 AM
      09:45 AM

      Arkansas GIS Office - Update

      09:45 AM - 10:20 AM
        Shelby Johnson
        State Geographic Information Officer
        10:20 AM

        Break

        10:20 AM - 10:30 AM
        10:30 AM

        Efficient Subsurface Mapping: Automatic Integration of GPR with GIS

        10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
          Dr. Rauf Hussein
          GIS/Geotechnical Engineer
          Rauf Hussein (GIS/Geotechnical Engineer, NiS) received the B.Sc. degree in geology from the College of Science, University of Mosul, Mosul, Nineveh, Iraq, the M.Sc., and the Ph.D. degrees in near-surface geophysics from the Applied Science Program, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, in 2016 and 2020, respectively. From 2009 to 2014, he was with the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mineral Investigation of Duhok, Iraq. He is now with the Nelson Intelligence Solutions, LLC. His research interests include developing geospatial web apps, creating GIS tools and real-time feeds and integrating GPR with GIS.
          Devon Ramey
          Lead Drone Pilot
          Devon is Nelson Intelligence Solutions lead Drone Pilot, specializing in Surveillance, Flight Planning, Photogrammetry, Infrared Thermography, and LiDAR. Devon is Part 107 Certified as a Commercial Drone Pilot with 4 years of flight experience including creation and development of a Law enforcement Drone Program for the Arkansas Department of Corrections. In addition to his Pilot duties, Devon serves as a Team lead at our Arkansas Office, supporting NGA Land Cover production efforts. Before becoming a GIS Professional, Devon spent over 12 years in Law Enforcement roles in the State of Arkansas. He began his GIS career while majoring in Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence at Delta State University. Devon possesses a wealth of experience using a variety of GIS Software to include, ENVI, R Studio, ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, and ERDAS IMAGINE.

          Sponsors

          11:00 AM

          NRCS-USDA Qualith Level 2 LiDAR Update

          11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
            Edgar Mersiovsky
            State Soil Scientist
            Nathan Foster
            State GIS Specialist
            11:30 AM

            Presentation by NEI

            11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
              Ryan Poe
              Mapping & GIS Sales Consultant
              Ryan is NEI’s Mapping and GIS Sales Consultant for Mississippi. He earned a master’s degree from Delta State University in GIS and Remote Sensing and has worked in the industry for over 10 years. Ryan provides training and support of geospatial and mapping needs to all existing and new customers in Mississippi, as well as educating customers with new strategies and techniques of Trimble hardware and software. One of Ryan’s favorite things about this industry is interacting and meeting new people every day to help them in the best way possible. When he’s free, Ryan enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, baseball, football, and cooking. Ryan loves selling the best GIS equipment, but he feels what makes NEI different is the customer service! Customers have the local state representative support any time they need and have in house support at NEI and Trimble. If there is a problem, Ryan knows the team will help in a quick and timely manner.

              Sponsors

              12:00 PM

              Lunch

              12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

              Sponsors

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              12:45 PM

              NG911

              12:45 PM - 01:15 PM
                Katy Hattenhauer
                Senior GIS Analyst
                01:15 PM

                11 Trends in GIS

                01:15 PM - 01:45 PM
                  Marcus Kitchens
                  Local Government Account Manager
                  Marcus works at Esri as an AM for Local Government out of the St Louis Regional Office.

                  Sponsors

                  01:45 PM

                  Development of Digital Elevation Model Under High Dense Forest Cover

                  01:45 PM - 02:15 PM
                    Segun Adedapo
                    Research Assistant
                    Segun is a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Zurqani, working on the characterization of FOAgREC soils and the development of fine-scale soil properties maps project. Segun has used his expertise and skills to develop potential solutions to forestry problems especially in Nigeria; he has also contributed to the advancement of forest growth and yield studies. His interest lies in applying GIS and remote sensing technology in solving complex forest problems.
                    Dr. Hamdi Zurqani
                    Assistant Professor
                    Dr. Zurqani is a recognized expert as a result of his internationally acclaimed work in the areas of environmental information science, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, land evaluation, sustainability, pedology, and soil science education. He has conducted cutting-edge research across the world, including the United States of America, and Africa, and has served as PI, co-PI, or co-investigator on several grants-funded research projects. Dr. Zurqani is highly collaborative as evidenced by his publications. He is the author and co-author of many peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and technical publications (including teaching laboratory manuals).
                    02:15 PM

                    Break

                    02:15 PM - 02:30 PM
                    02:30 PM

                    Quick Capture for Asset Collection

                    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
                      Sharon Hawkins
                      GIS and Mapping Administrator
                      Sharon Hawkins is the Section Head of the GIS and Mapping Section at the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT). Sharon grew up in Greenbrier, Arkansas and currently resides in Saline County with her husband, Joe. Her career with the ARDOT began in 1999 as a Cartographer I. Her Section is responsible for maintaining and publishing the Arkansas State Highway (Tourist) Map, producing county and city maps, performing GIS functions for the Transportation Planning and Policy Division as well as other offices at the ARDOT. Sharon is an active member of the GIS community not only in Arkansas but also with the nationwide transportation GIS community as a member of the GIS-T committee. Sharon graduated in the spring of 1999 from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. in Geography.
                      03:00 PM

                      Independent Telcos and the Journey of Digital Transformation: One victory at a time.

                      03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
                        Sam Treece
                        Associate VP of Special Projects

                        Sponsors

                        03:30 PM

                        On-line Crime Analysis

                        03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
                          Rachel Anderson
                          Digital Media Officer/Video Analyst
                          Reserve Officer Anderson graduated from Arkansas State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies, and graduated from the JPD Police Academy in 2020. Rachel currently serves the department as the Digital Media Officer and Video Analyst. She oversees the department’s Real-Time Crime Center and manages all social media outlets for the department as well as web design and maintenance, photography, videography, graphic design, and oversees intersection cameras, traffic cameras, security footage, and SkyCop video management and analysis.
                          04:00 PM

                          Closing Remarks

                          04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
                            Deano Traywick
                            Chair
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