Highlights from the 2018 FedGIS Plenary

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Welcome to FedGIS 2018

Welcome and thank you for following the 2018 Federal GIS Plenary!


Please enjoy the highlights from today's plenary session. Feel free to join the conversation and comment bleow.


Be sure to check back today and Wednesday for FedGIS Conference 2018 daily recaps of all the exciting activities. 


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Michelle Mathias and Candace Loya ready
to share the plenary

The Army’s 132nd: asking them what they’re excited about learning more about this week. “We’re looking forward to understanding how to use and implement Portal so we can better collaborate and share information among the 132nd. And we really want to see what opportunities there are with ArcGIS Pro. Should be a great next couple of days!”



Welcome to FedGIS Conference 2018! 

GIS – Connecting and Helping Everyone


Jack's IntroJack welcomes and thanks the audience for attending the 2018 Federal GIS Conference and shares the focus for this year’s conference including insights on the work that will be shared, the valuable sessions and what’s new in the world of GIS He is excited about the work done to advance products such as ArcGIS Pro, Web APIs, new server technologies, 3D analytics and mobile technology integration for more efficiency in the Science of Where.


Meet & Greet

Keeping with the Esri Conference traditions and Jack’s inspirational message of collaboration, he asks the audience to stand up and greet one another. Conversation fills the room as the attendees shake hands, exchanging names and business cards.

 Meet and Greet

Hamilton and John make a quick connection during the meet and greet.


Your Work

Jack shares samples of work inspired, developed and designed by Esri customers all over the world. He shares examples of Field Mobility, maps from the Census Bureau and the National Weather Service.


Provided by staff writer: Matt Ball


You are working in so many areas – agriculture, energy, natural resources, environment, public safety, defense, transportation, etc. You apply GIS, remote sensing and real-time technologies, and you create and use data of many kinds. The beauty of geospatial technology is its ability to integrate information across domains and across organizations. The culture of governments has shifted driven by policy and technology innovation, especially with open data initiatives that make it easier to share information. You are navigating around barriers and engaging citizens at whole new levels.


Jack announces winners of the Making a Difference Award. Congratulations to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, National Centers for Environmental Prediction, and the Office of Dissemination for their work together in GIS.

Accepting the award: Kari Sheets, Ben Kyger, and Tony LaVoi


Accepting the Making a Difference Award



 Jack elaborates on the Science of Where, simply stating that it is the science of geography, of GIS technology, and the science of applying GIS.

Our biggest objective..."Creating a more sustainable future." ~ Jack Dangermond

Esri Vision - Creating a More Sustainable Future

Esri Framework


Jack shares the vision and framework to creating a more sustainable future.


Our Work

Jack explains how the field of GIS is expanding, advancing and always changing to build better services and systems. He discusses the ArcGIS comprehensive geospatial platform from the desktop to the Enterprise.

Matt Ball

A big change has been happening under our feet, using services to integrate data dynamically as digital dial tones. We can read data in from many sources and can share data through the cloud to collaborate in new ways. The concept of spatial infrastructure has been around for years. There is a revolution now with how easy it is to share information through services. We can bring data together, mash it up, and create new understanding. It’s available to everyone in an organization through simple maps on any device. At the high-end, it engages data scientists who apply analytics to drive policy planning and decision making. Distributed systems weave together information across individuals, teams, departments and organizations as well as between local, regional, national and global governments. 

ArcGIS model


Protecting Plants and Animals to Feed Our Country and the World

USDA APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services)

Speakers: Shannon Reid Hamm, Mary Jane McCool-Eye, Lisa Kennaway and Bryson Webber

APHIS PresentersHamm introduces APHIS's mission to protect American agriculture and natural resources. Using Web GIS for a variety of APHIS programs, they seek to find new and innovative approaches to gather scientific data. With tools like Web GIS, APHIS can transform this data into usable information, share it with the public and continue to protect the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. 


Hamm introduces Mary Jane McCool-Eye. McCool-Eye shares a recent project on screwworms. Screwworms pose a growing concern for APHIS as infestation can result in costly losses for our country’s livestock. She explains how ArcGIS tools and Survey123 for ArcGIS are used to help prevent infestation of the Screwworm.

Invasive Gypsy MothBryson Webber presents the use of WebGIS to solve biological problems
Lisa Kennaway talks further about the invasive Gypsy Moth that causes over $30 million a year in damage in US Forests.Bryson Webber shares a current project to develop systems for real-time tracking of feral swine for monitoring feral swine densities using drones in Texas.


Hamm wraps it up with a demonstration of how they use Web GIS to maximize their efficiency while in the field during disasters.

APHIS use of WebGIS and ArcGIS Online during disaster recovery


* Additional resources can be found on GeoNet in the Web GIS space. 


Our Work

Jack discusses the benefits of using ArcGIS Enterprise for building better GIS experiences. Going from Desktop to Cloud allows collaboration, sharing of resources and analytics, and efficiency. It opens GIS to the world. 

ArcGIS platform from desktop to cloudArcGIS platform from desktop to clou

ArcGIS 3D, Mobility, and Apps all helping to evolve GIS with new visualization, Analytics and Apps. ArcGIS is a complete image management system.

Integration of 3D making GIS more appealing


"Maps are engaging." ~Jack Dangermond, Founder and CEO


Maps engage community


Jack introduces Machine LearningOur Work in Machine Learning

Speakers: Alberto Nieto, Kristen Hocutt

Jack introduces the next group of presenters from Esri to discuss Esri’s advancements and use of Machine Learning.


“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are some of the most important and fascinating concepts in today’s world.” ~ Alberto Nieto


Nieto begins by explaining the main ideas for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning:


Deep Learning Integration- has to do with code structures that loosely resemble the human brain and how adaptive it is at solving problems. In ArcGIS we use these concepts to drive spatial analysis.


Alberto Nieto discusses concepts of Machine LearningMachine Learning Algorithms – Three concepts

  • Classification - using Support Vector Machine algorithms to create a land cover classification layer
  • Clustering - the new Density-based Clustering tool allows you to process large quantities of input point data into meaningful cluster or sparse noise
  • Prediction - using Geographically-Weighted Regression lets geography calibrate the factors that help you predict


Kristen Hocutt demonstrates how clustering in Machine Learning Algorithms were used to reflect over 700K traffic accidents that happened in Virginia, DC and Maryland in 2017.

Hocutt demonstrates traffic clustering in machine learning
Density Based Clustering: DBSCAN

  • GP Tool & algorithm DBSCAN
  • Comparison between DC & Baltimore
  • North Street in Baltimore
  • Close to Home-Conference Center

Density Based Clustering: HDBSCAN

  • Redefines what it means to be a cluster
  • Massachusetts Avenue with AOI boundary

Clustering & Classification of Parking Lots

  • HDBSCAN in Hagerstown
  • Hagerstown Parking Lot
  • Image Classification - impervious surface parking lots
  • Top 25 Worst Parking Lots

Deep Learning Integration - is code structures that loosely resemble the human brain and how adaptive it is at solving problems. In ArcGIS we use these concepts to drive spatial analysis.


Nieto gives a live demonstration of traffic intersections in Jackson Hole, WY and how using ArcGIS API for Python, the Operations Dashboard can track activity within intersections every six seconds. The example of the integration between ArcGIS and Deep Learning allows us to find new capabilities to predict and improve traffic in areas such of roads and intersections.


Live feed of traffic


Nieto displays real-time feed for traffic prediction and deep learning allows your capabilities to expand.


~Matt Ball

A highlight of the use of machine learning technology was the use of unsupervised learning and self-organizing maps to optimize oil and gas inspection routes to wells in remote areas where the road segments haven’t been mapped. We used GPS breadcrumbs from multiple vehicles and multiple days to determine the road location. The machine mutates the lines to conform with the breadcrumb points and created a complete network. A collection of breadcrumbs were then converted into navigable street segments and then analyzed with Network Analyst to determine the optimal routes.


Jack summarizes the first half of the plenary with a few words and explains the use of key elements in ArcGIS such as Real-Time & Big Data GIS Analytics. He shares the ArcGIS enterprise strategy and architecture as an open, inter-operable and standards-compliant platform and concludes with the actual components of what ArcGIS is about.


ArcGIS Product ComponentsArcGIS Online
ArcGIS EnterpriseArcGIS Portal

Esri Roadmap


"We live for you..." ~Jack Dangermond

~ Matt Ball

ArcGIS product components are desktop or ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online a software as a service that can be integrated with other components as well as being used independently, and ArcGIS Enterprise that can scale massively via the cloud. With ArcGIS Portal, we enable sharing and collaboration across organizations to achieve the system of systems vision so that updated content can be sent dynamically and periodically to other organizations. We also have extensions to ArcGIS Enterprise: ImageServer, Geoanalytics Server, GeoEvent Server, ArcGIS Monitor and Utility Network Management. We have focused application products around geodesign, location intelligence and location-specific workflows. Then we have ArcGIS Solutions that are industry focused around apps and communities. Finally, we have an ArcGIS Developer Platform that allows users to build custom solutions.


Jack concludes with a slide on GIS Mapping and Advancing.

Advancing in GIS


During the Break 

Postcards for Jack

During the break the “Postcards to Jack” area buzzed with activity as attendees reflected on the first half on the plenary jotting down their feedback, ideas and thoughts. Jack also stopped by to answer questions and talk with users about what they were most interested in and curious about.


Return with opening video - Exploring The Science of Where™


ArcGIS Pro Mapping - BasemapBillie Leff describes the use of the ArcGIS Basemaps Gallery

Speakers: Bille Leff

Leff opens by sharing that she has had the opportunity to help many GIS professionals “transform GIS data into amazing and powerful maps.”


Image: Billie Leff describes the use of the ArcGIS Basemaps Gallery


“Today, I want to share with you some of the capabilities ArcGIS Pro has to offer to help you create maps that inform, engage and inspire.”

She continues how Basemap is an important context for mapping. The ArcGIS Pro Basemap Gallery provides an impressive variety of basemaps from:

  • World topographic maps for visualizing environmental phenomena
  • Popular light and dark gray canvases for a clean context
  • Firefly versions of the World Imagery for a desaturated look
  • Vector tile basemaps
  • Other layers from the ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World
  • Simple journalistic appearance like the Newspaper basemap
  • Education appearance maps with a youthful look such as the Color Pencil basemap
  • Historic maps like the Modern Antique
  • And adding new ones all the time making them ideal any purpose and audience

Leff switches to demonstrate the Topo of Mapping and Charting Solutions that are in the process of migrating cartographic production from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro such as a MGCP Topographic Map.


She follows with a slide on TE Imagery using a background for a realistic and detailed appearance demonstrating a map of coastal California areas with terrain in places where it matters.


Pro Imagery

Speakers: Jo Fraley, Juhan Yoon

Fraley opens explaining that imagery in the perfect complement to visual language of GIS and a key component of the ArcGIS Platform. Combining Image Analysis with Geospatial Analysis, “unlocks new understanding of our world and the issues we need to address,’ states Fraley.


Fraley asks Yoon to start a visual demonstration of the mountains of Iran investigating a suspected military complex.


Drone video starts playing: Yoon’s gives a fascinating presentation of satellite imagery to drones flying over a facility in Imam Ali and even includes a close-up of roads, walls, and what appears to look like a missile.

Juhan Yoon demonstrates 3D mapping showing Missile

Image: Juhan Yoon demonstrates 3D mapping showing what appears to be a missile on a vehicle.


Fraley gives a demonstration in real-time 3D with Drone2Map for ArcGIS at the Yucaipa Valley Water District, California. Using one of our Apps for the field, Drone2Map, it allows us to process the imagery collected to create 2D and 3D products. 

Jo Fraley demonstrates Drone2Map in 3D Crowd looking at maps in 3D vision


Additional options are available for the creation of different 2D and 3D products. In less than 40 minutes, we had our first 2D products, and the high accuracy of the Surface Model and the Digital Terrain Model. 


Pro Configured

Natalie Feuerstein demonstrates ICAP

Speaker: Natalie Feuerstein

Feuerstein gives a visual comparison of what users currently see when opening ArcGIS Pro versus an example of how a configuration and some add-ins can transform ArcGIS Pro into a focused workstation for intelligence analysts out in the field supporting operations, with little to no GIS experience.

Using the SDK, she demonstrates how users can go from ArcGIS Pro to a more focused experience.


“We’re calling it the Intelligence Configuration for ArcGIS Pro, or ICAP for short, and it’ll change the way intel analysts do business.”


With just a few exciting new capabilities in ICAP, offers the power and potential of using the ArcGIS Pro SDK to build custom mission applications for tactical and strategic intelligence, border security, law enforcement investigations, and many others.

ArcGIS as a platform for Science: Ocean Pollution Demo

Speaker: Brett Rose

“ArcGIS is a great platform for Science to interact, visualize and perform analysis.”

Brett Rose gives demonstration of tracking pollution in oceansUsing Web services from NOAA and DOI's Marine Cadastre Program showing aspects of marine life, Rose investigates a scientific study of how human actions, (noise pollution and plastic pollution,) off the coast of Southern California impact whale density, migration corridors, and feeding areas.


The map portrays a visual of how sound pollution can travel for many miles along the deep sound channel utilizing Ecological Marine Units (developed as a collaborative effort between Esri, USGS and many others within the Group on Earth Observation community).


Also follow Dawn Wright for more information about Spatial Analytics and Ocean Sciences.

Rose explains they downloaded the Ecological Marine Units as a Pro Package and loaded them into a 3D scene providing with a wealth of information about our oceans and detailed date for each water column.


He moves onto mapping of the impact plastics has on the oceans. “Using observations with Empirical Bayesian Kriging - Regression Prediction, we can use the current direction and speed as explanatory variables and now interpolate a continuous surface that represents the concentration of plastics across the Pacific.”  The output shows us the areas with the highest concentrations of plastics.


“Using ArcGIS as a platform for science allows us to connect data, perform analysis and share our science to everyone.”



Speakers: James Jones, Alberto Nieto

 James Jones demonstrates how Esri can use Python to track staff

James Jones demonstrates Learning to Write Python in Jupyter Notebook, sharing a notebook that allow us to analyze personal relationships for Esri employee tracking.


Alberto Nieto gives a simple and quick example of how WebGIS Automation with the ArcGIS API for Python allows you to connect with federated servers, publish content, clone content, ensuring consistency, reliability, and efficiency across your enterprise.

Alberto Nieto shows how he develops an online ArcGIS community in Python

Alberto Nieto shows how he develops an online ArcGIS community in Python


ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Online 3D

Speakers: Kyle Talbot, Madeline Schueren

 Kyle Talbot demonstrates ArcGIS Online

Kyle Talbot provides a visual presentation of recreation data provided by the USDA Forest Service customizing the basemap with different looks until he settles on one that is a more Mid-Century artistic look suited for Forest service data. ArcGIS Online allows you to harness spatial data and to easily create beautiful maps that tell the stories within that data.


Talbot also demonstrates a map designed for the Pacific Northwest Campsites using familiar images, layers


Madeline Schueren continues the visual journey with 3D Web scenes using ArcGIS Online for maps of popular trails near Mt. Jefferson in Oregon with high-resolution terrain.

Madeline Schueren gives a demonstration of lidar point clouds

Using her iPhone, Schueren demonstrates a map scene in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina to show how simple and beautiful the 3D maps are designed, and how the use of mobile mapping allows for users to see the details of buildings, road signs, and so much more.


Additional related GeoNet spaces 3D   and a blog on Analyzing 30 days of Earthquakes using 3D Scenes in ArcGIS Online.


Fighting Fraud, Waste, and Abuse through Spatial Analytics

Speakers: Joanne Chiedi & Timothy Kropp from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG)


The HHS OIG is at the forefront of our country's efforts to combat fraud, waste, and abuse and to improve the efficiency of Medicare, Medicaid and more than 100 other HHS programs. With such urgency to accomplish a grand mission, the HHS OIG is leveraging advanced technologies in spatial analytics to support their work in the opioid crisis. 


~ Matt Ball

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) is starting to use Insights for ArcGIS to help guide resources to make maximum positive impacts on the opioid academic. Pennsylvania has one of the highest rates of death. Insights allowed HHS OIG to look at prescriptions across the state. The analysis presents different doctor types. Drilling into the family practice specialists, we expect to see fewer prescription rates. We found one family physician with the highest rate of prescriptions over a year. We dive in to look at this outlier, and at a time series, we see oxycodone prescriptions are far higher than the average and are trending upwards. HHS OIG took at a look to see if the irrational was indeed unlawful Indeed, this physician was indicted for writing fraudulent prescriptions, for unlawful drug distribution and for causing the death of five of his patients.


GeoNet references to today’s HHS presentation:

Responding to the Opioid Crisis with GIS whitepaper 

Health and Human ServicesHealth and Human Services

ArcGIS Solutions for the Opioid Epidemic

Insights for ArcGIS - Opioid epidemic 


ArcGIS for Developers

Speakers: Euan Cameron, Kerry Robinson, Jo Fraley

Euan Cameron discusses map viewer and explains that the developer’s website covers resources such as example apps (group The specified item was not found..)


Cameron also references GeoNet for useful resources for developers.

GeoNet mention as resource for Developers


Kerry Robinson demonstrates the Mobile Map Package Runtime SDK, OCG Tiles and WMS services, support OGC SEO Package and shows the current vegetation in the DC area.

Kerry Robinson demonstrates Run-time over mobile phone

Robinson demonstrates Runtime over mobile phone. She explains that Runtime also supports a 3D experience with viewshed.

~ Matt Ball

You don’t have to be a developer to create a native application. The ArcGIS Developers website gives you the tools to build with GIS components. It shows best practices for the platform that you’re targeting. We outline what you can do with the individual components. There are also success stories that outline how a user has pulled together components to create a solution.

One Platform – Supporting Many Missions (Smart Installations)

Speakers: Jim Bauer and James Sullivan

Jim BauerJim Bauer
 James Sullivan gives visual demonstration of Autodesk BIM Design (Internal Use of a facilities) Jim Bauer – Noise Survey using Survey123

Closing Plenary

Jeff Peters closes by reminding everyone to “Connect” while here.