GIS Day Virtual 2021 Program

Preliminary Program

Welcome to our virtual GIS Event!

“Going virtual” brings opportunities, opportunities to learn, to change, to expand our communities and to collaborate in new ways. We are excited to collaborate this year with the Northern Area GIS User Group, reaching across the state, to combine our events, and to welcome Yolanda Chioma Richards-Albert as we work to solve critical issues in our communities.

Check out our exciting program below.

Keynote Speaker…

Yoland Richards profile pictureYolanda Chioma Richards-Albert

Keynote Title: Location Matters – GIS and its Role in Racial Equity and Social Justice

Bio: Yolanda currently serves as an Account Manager for Local Government at ESRI. In her role, she works closely with the City of Chicago and sister agencies to support their efforts in solving critical issues using geospatial technology. Yolanda also supports ESRI’s racial equity initiative to inform and provide resources available or agencies that tackle systemic racism and racial Justice. Furthermore, Yolanda works with several programs and initiatives through NorthStar, a community organization connecting persons of African descent in the GIS and locational intelligence industry.

Yolanda’s work experience has deep roots in racial and social justice. Prior to joining ESRI, worked in business and neighborhood development for over 4 years at World Business Chicago. In her role, Yolanda led and supported efforts to drive inclusive business and economic growth in the City of Chicago. She furthermore worked closely with community leaders and organizations to better improve linkages among local businesses in neighborhoods and within the Central Business District. As a planner by training and deeply connected to issues related to equity, Yolanda believes in the power of collective partnerships to create systematic change.

Although her roots stem from Southern California, Yolanda has called the Chicagoland area her home since 2011 where she lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys strengthening her skills in photography, playing instruments, building community with others, deepening her faith, and laughing as much as she possibly can.

Event Overview

More information on the registration page.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 AM
Northern WI GIS Users Group – talks
9:30 AM Storymaps Workshop Intro to GIS Workshop Census Workshop
10:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:30 AM Equity Advocates – talk
12:00 PM Keynote Speaker
12:30 PM WLIA – talk
1:00 PM Student Competition Announcement Ketter/ LiDAR workshop
1:30 PM Esri Dashboards for Data Collection – talk
2:00 PM ArcGIS Field Maps
2:30 PM High Resolution Aerial Imagery – talk Smart Communities Demo
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
4:00 PM
4:30 PM Social Networking
5:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:00 PM

Monday, April 12

Workshop – Create a StoryMap

9:30-11:00 am Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Sue Borchardt, UW-Milwaukee
Skill level: Introduction     Requires preparation in advance
“Create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content. Publish and share your story with your organization or everyone around the world.”

Keynote – Yolanda Chioma Richards-Albert

Yoland Richards profile picture“Location Matters – GIS and its Role in Racial Equity and Social Justice”

12:00-1:00 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Skill level: All

Announcement – Student GIS Project Competition

1:15-1:45 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Host: Stephen Appel, UWM Libraries, American Geographical Society Library
Skill level: All
To encourage and award the contributions made by UWM students to the development of geographic information science and technology, the GIS Council at UWM will hold a student GIS project competition during GIS Day activities the week of April 12th, 2021. UWM students are encouraged to participate in this important event.


Talk – What’s New With ArcGIS Field Maps and High Accuracy

2:00-2:30 pm
Presenter: Jay Riester, Seiler Geospatial
Skill level: All
The Collector for ArcGIS software platform has been evolving in both the iOS and Android versions in the last year, “Again”. In this presentation, we will cover what is new and what is on the horizon for the Collector platform integrated with Field Maps.


      • Overview of ArcGIS Field Maps (View, Collect and Track).
      • Tips and Tricks to setting up Field Maps on iOS and Android.
      • Integrating High Accuracy GNSS Receivers with Field Maps.
      • What’s on the horizon for Field Maps?

    ArcGIS Field Maps 2021 UWM GIS Day April 12 2021 – presentation slides.
    NOTE: There was a Zoom technical issue. The presentation concludes in the next video.

Talk – GIS & Frequent, HR Aerial Imagery: Innovating with Truth on the Ground

2:30-3:15 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Kevin Korth and Bryce Hall, Nearmap
Skill level: All
Digital transformation has enabled GIS teams across industries to continue serving the public or their customers while the world continues about its constant change. Emergency response teams assisting with public safety, assessor’s offices and insurance companies completing property appraisals, and even AEC project teams working while social distancing — more organizations than ever are using frequently updated, high-resolution 2D/3D imagery-as-a-service to solve problems and prepare for the future.

NOTE: Due to a Zoom technical difficulty, the previous presentation concludes at the beginning of this video.

Social Networking Event

4:30-6:00 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Host: Nick Weber, UWM Cultural Resource Management
Special Guests: Weary Mappers
Skill level: All
Welcome UWM campus community, GIS Professionals and Vendor Sponsors. Meet new people and reconnect with old friends! We aren’t able to meet in the UWM Gasthaus this year, but we can come together with a favorite beverage. Come join us!

Tuesday, April 13

Workshop – Intro to GIS Using QGIS

9:30-11:00 am Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Greg Latsch, Marketing Analytics Consultant
Skill level: Introduction     Requires preparation in advance
Learn to make maps using the free, open-source GIS QGIS software on PCs, Macs, and Linux computers. Intended for those with no GIS experience but with a working knowledge of their computer’s interface such as installing applications, starting and stopping applications, and navigating to files on the hard drive. Participants will build a map from scratch on their own computer with QGIS using data provided. Live help during the workshop using Zoom screen sharing. After completing the class, participants will be able to make useful maps on their own.

Step-by-step guide and data files for the Intro to GIS workshop.

Talk – Equity Advocates

11:30am-12:00 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Jennifer Borlick and Kelly Felton, Equity Advocates
Skill level: All
This brief presentation will cover some history and mission of Equity Advocates. Mission: To lead efforts in building equity, representation, and inclusion inside the geospatial community through education, mentorship, and advocacy.

Talk – Overview of the Wisconsin Land Information Association

12:30-1:00 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Carmen Novak and Shelley Witte, WLIA
Skill level: All
This brief presentation will cover some history, operations, and goals of WLIA.

Talk – Use of Esri Dashboards for Data Collection

1:30-2:00 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Cindy MacDonald, Mandli Communications, Inc.
Skill level: Intermediate
Live dashboards are a growing part of our culture. We utilize them for managing our data collection projects for DOTs across the country.

Demo – Using GIS as a Smart Communities Information System

2:30-3:30 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Jordan Miller, Esri
Skill level: All
Look at how people are solving problems using GIS and how spatial awareness can improve how things are done. This topic will discuss trends in how GIS is being implemented and how users are harnessing data driven decision making tools.

Wednesday, April 14

Workshop – US Census and ACS Data for GIS

9:30-11:00 am Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Stephen Appel, UWM Libraries, American Geographical Society Library
Skill level: Intermediate     Requires preparation in advance
Learn about the basics of the Census and American Community Survey, data retrieval from the NHGIS system, and basic methods for working with tabular and geospatial census data in GIS.

Accompanying Census Workshop information.

Workshop – Basic LiDAR Handling using PDAL

1:00-2:30 pm Free – Advanced Registration Required
Presenter: Brett Ketter, UW-Milwaukee
Skill level: Advanced     Requires preparation in advance
In this tutorial, we will use publicly available LiDAR data and the open source and free software packages PDAL and QGIS to create a high-resolution digital terrain model (DTM) that we can use in maps and 3D visualizations.

LiDAR Workshop Accompanying Information.

Thursday, April 15

Northern Area GIS User Group Meeting

9:00 am-2:30 pm Free – Registration Requested (link takes you to an external site)

Welcome and discussion

9:00-10:15 am

Presentation – LiDAR Presentation

10:30-11:00 am
Presenter: Harrison and Alex Knoll, Rock ROBOTIC

Presentation – Cartography with Maps for Adobe

11:00-11:30 am
Presenter: Sarah Bell, Esri
Skill level: Introductory 
ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is Esri’s extension for Illustrator. Maps for Adobe has been developed specifically to provide map designers with a familiar experience by enabling them to create maps using software they already know. This presentation demonstrates how cartographers and GIS professionals can integrate Maps for Adobe into their mapmaking workflows using ArcGIS Pro and Adobe Illustrator.

Presentation – ArcGIS Online Notebooks

11:30 am-12:00 pm
Presenter: Zach Vavra, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Notebooks is an intuitive interface that allows users to interact with their GIS and other data using Python. From simple administrative tasks to complex analysis, Notebooks provides a clean space to write and integrate scripts into your GIS work. This presentation will provide an overview of Notebooks and demo some examples of tasks which can be done in a Notebook.

Presentation – Automated incident detection on roads using ROVER Artificial Intelligence

1:00-1:30 pm
Presenter: Roy Tal, Visual Defence
Skill level: All
This presentation will cover ROVER Artificial Intelligence, which automatically identifies road deficiencies requiring repair using smart phone cameras deployed in vehicles. It will also provide an overview of how ROVER helps to create actionable GIS data that allows local governments to improve service levels and operate more efficiently by enabling municipal fleets to gather important data automatically as they go through their day-to-day activities.

Presentation – OpenStreetMaps in ArcGIS

1:30-2:00 pm
Presenter: Steven Moore, Esri
Skill level: Introductory 
For over 15 years, OpenStreetMap has been a free and open database of the world for GIS professionals and casual mappers alike. As the quality and quantity of data in the map has increased over the years, it has become an increasingly viable alternative to other commercial data providers. In this presentation, we will cover a brief history of OpenStreetMap, show how Esri is using OSM in our content and software products and how you can access for your work, and discuss how we can collectively contribute to the OSM project as it enters a new era of community participation.

Presentation – Scripting and Modeling Workflows (Without Coding!)

2:15-2:45 pm
Presenter: Justin Conner, City of Wisconsin Rapids
Sure, there’s dozens of programming languages available to automate work but honestly who has time to learn them all? For those of us who know enough to be dangerous, there are ways to automate without programming. I will walk you through a couple scenarios I created using Survey123 and Integromat.  The same basic principles apply to Microsoft Power Automate as well. So, whether it be Integromat or Power Automate, I hope this session encourages you to automate workflows without the need of programming.