Kochoff Hall, University Center

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


GIS day will provide students, faculty, staff, and the community with the opportunity to explore, share and learn about the application of geographic information systems (GIS) to problems that affect the environment and community.  Presentations and exhibits will showcase the use of GIS in community development, public safety, health, environmental science, and others. 


GIS Day 2019 Information

Presentations (Link to Abstracts in left sidebar)
  • 8:30 - 4:30          Registration


  • 9:00 - 9:10          Dr. Sven Morgan, Chair of Natural Sciences Department, UM-Dearborn

Session 1 - New Data and Technologies

  • 9:15 - 9:35         State of Michigan MiSAIL and GIS Update - Everett Root (DTMB, State of Michigan)
  • 9:35 - 9:55         What's new in GIS at U-M? - Peter Knoop (LS&A, UM - Ann Arbor)
  • 9:55 - 10:15       GIS Community Driven Solutions for Safer Drone Operations - Michael Healander (Airspacelink)
  • 10:15 - 10:35     Fusing Satellite and Drone Data with GIS to Create New Analytical Decision Support Tools for Varying Farm Types - Shannon Brines (SEAS, UM - Ann Arbor)

Session 2 - Urban Assets and Development 

  • 10:50 - 11:10     Mapping the Assets that are Seen and Unseen - Dennis Faustich and Casey Hanson (Oakland County)
  • 11:10 - 11:30     Gathering, Creating, and Utilizing GIS data to help the State Land Bank Authority recycle land to productive use - Brian Woodin, Ryan McNeil, and Jennifer Quinlivan (Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority)
  • 11:30 - 11:50     Using GIS to Promote Transparency - Marty DeNicolo (City of Detroit)
  • 11:50 - 12:10     The Eviction Machine - Josh Akers (Urban Praxis Workshop)

Lunch Break - lunch on your own

Session 3 - Public Health

Session 4  - GIS Applications in Field and Classroom

  • 3:05 - 3:25       Inquiry Based Learning Using GIS to Assess Renewable Energy Infrastructure - Adam Simon (UM - Ann Arbor)
  • 3:25 - 3:45       Mapping Glacial Changes in the Peruvian Andes using Aerial Repeat Photography and Satellite Imagery - Ulrich Kamp (UM-Dearborn) and Kate Truitt (Ducks Unlimited)
  • 3:45 - 4:05       Evaluation of the 2018 "Father's Day Flood" using Technology-based Tools - Mike Cousins (OHM Advisors)
  • 4:05 - 4:25       Mapping Injustice through the Policing and Social Justice HistoryLab - Matthew Lassiter (UM- Ann Arbor)
Workshop Descriptions and Registration

Peter Knoop, Abbey Roelofs, and Caitlin Dickinson (UM-Ann Arbor) have graciously agreed to hold the following workshops. 

The workshops are held in 1225 University Center (across the hall from Kochoff Hall).  Please bring a laptop.  

10:50 - 12:10  Introduction to Gathering Data in the Field - Registration 

Field work is a key component of many teaching, research, and community engagement activities in almost any domain, from Archaeology to Zoology, and geospatial or location-based information is a cornerstone of such work. Learn about the Esri ArcGIS field apps, including Explorer, Collector, Survey123, and QuickCapture. Used separately or together, these apps aid and improve capturing, understanding, and navigating your data. Also, discover how they seamlessly integrate with the rest of the Esri ArcGIS platform, enabling easy yet powerful analysis, sharing, collaboration, and dissemination workflows. 

This workshop includes optional hands-on activities with the field apps during the lunch break; weather permitting, the activities will take place outdoors. For that portion of the workshop, please bring your smartphone, and if possible, pre-install the above apps; they are free downloads from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store. (Use of the apps relies on U-M login credentials, and we will have temporary credentials available for non-U-M participants.)


1:30 - 2:50  Build Interactive Maps with ArcGIS Online - Registration

ArcGIS Online is a simple, yet powerful interactive mapping tool to which everyone at the University of Michigan has access. Use ArcGIS Online to visualize data, analyze spatial patterns, and present materials in a professional-looking app. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn how to easily turn a spreadsheet into a map using ArcGIS Online, all on the web. We will explore how to work with symbols and pop-ups on the map, and discover and add data from authoritative sources, including Esri’s Living Atlas.


3:05 - 4:25  Getting Started with Story Maps - Registration

Do you have a story to tell? Looking for innovative ways to communicate research? Interested in exploring multimedia assignments? Are location or geographic relationship a key component of your message? Then harness the power of maps to tell your story! 

Story Maps provide a powerful, engaging, and inspiring alternative for dissemination of research, public outreach, educational activities, and more! In this hands-on workshop, learn to use Story Maps’ intuitive interface to combine interactive maps, text, images, and multimedia content into a web-based, visually compelling, responsive narrative.


The following organizations will be participating in the exhibit.  

  • Anderson, Eckstein, and Westrick
  • Atwell, LCC
  • City of Auburn Hills
  • Department of Transportation, Management & Budget, State of Michigan
  • DroneView Technologies
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Geospatial Analysis and Mapping (GAM) Program, UM-Dearborn)
  • Giffels Webster
  • Livingston County
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum
  • Oakland County
  • OHM Advisors
  • Seiler Geospatial
  • State of Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority
  • U-M GIS Community of Practice
  • Urban Praxis Workshop
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