GIS day


   University of Idaho
   Clearwater/Whitewater Rooms
   Idaho Commons (1st floor)
   Moscow, Idaho
   November 18, 2015

GIS Day is an annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives.

The University of Idaho is hosting a GIS Day event that will include prepared talks, exhibits, and printed posters on topics related to geospatial technology. This event brings together educators, students, researchers, professionals, businesses and the public to discuss the impact of geospatial technology on our daily lives. Admission is free.

Contact Bruce Godfrey (, ph. 208-292-1407) for more information.

Schedule of Events | Sponsors | Supporters | Parking | Planning Committee


Schedule of Events

Tentative information is posted below.

Schedule of Events
Time Title/Presenter Description


Doors Open


Welcome Announcements


Early History of Map Engraving and Printing at the U.S. Geological Survey
Will Stettner, U.S. Geological Survey (emeritus)

Moderator: Bruce Godfrey

Location: Clearwater Room

In 1889 the US Congress made an appropriation of $45,000 for the engraving and printing of maps of the Geological Survey and placed that function under the control of the Director. This act established the USGS as this country's premier map publisher. The Geological Survey applied and in many cases established map production techniques ranging from copper plates to today’s digital methods. This talk will deal with the early history of map making that used copper plates in the production of topographic and geologic maps.

Note: this presentation will be accompanied by a display created for a set of copper engraving plates recently acquired by the University of Idaho Library.

To learn more read the press release.

This prepared talk is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this prepared talk do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Use of GIS @ Idaho State Agencies
Bill Farnsworth, Geospatial Information Officer, Idaho Office of the Chief Information Officer

Moderator: Donna Phillips

Location: Clearwater Room

This presentation will provide an overview of the use of geographic information systems throughout Idaho state agencies.


Assimilating Survey Data into an Enterprise GIS: Resistance is Futile
Darrel G. Ramus PLS, GISP, Ruen-Yeager & Associates, Inc.

Moderator: Bob Nichols

Location: Clearwater Room

This presentation will address many of the issues encountered when integrating survey data into a GIS system. Why do surveyors work in different coordinate systems? How do Geodetic, Grid and Ground systems relate? Premeditated Projects - Building an effective team and defining data flow for new projects. Order from Chaos - Making survey data fit your GIS and vice versa for projects using various pre-existing data sources. Realizing Alternatives – Discussion of data management methods that work with current software to enhance both surveying and GIS needs; especially when higher accuracy data requirements are anticipated.



Location: Whitewater Room

Organizer: Jeremy Kenyon

Netmaps for Weed Mapping
Larry Lass, Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho

The Words That Were Our Names
Steve Branting, City of Lewiston/Lewis-Clark State College

WEPP GIS Online Watershed Interface
Mariana Dobre, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho

Ground Snow Loads for Idaho: 2015
Richard Nielsen & Ronald Sack (emeritus), Civil Engineering Department, University of Idaho

TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc.
Benjamin Bailey, TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc.

University of Idaho - Geography Department
Patrick Olsen, Geography Department, University of Idaho

Immersive Virtual Landscapes
Seth Haynes & Melo Maiolie, Virtual Technology Laboratory, University of Idaho

Copper Engraving Plates
Will Stettner, U.S. Geological Survey

Use of GIS @ Idaho State Agencies
Bill Farnsworth, Idaho Dept. of Administration, Office of the CIO

Data & Digital Services: Story Maps
Jeremy Kenyon, Library, University of Idaho

Incident Management Team Mapping
Ken Marshall, U.S. Forest Service

Northwest Knowledge Network
Marisa Guarinello, Northwest Knowledge Network, University of Idaho

Mobile GIS
Ensheng Dong, Department of Statistics, University of Idaho


North Idaho GIS Users Meeting
Ed DeYoung, Idaho Department of Lands
Donna Phillips, City of Hayden

Moderator: Bill Reynolds

Location: Clearwater Room

This presentation will provide an update on geospatial coordination taking place across the northern Idaho region.


Lightning Talks

Moderators: Kristin Henrich & Linda Tedrow

Location: Clearwater Room

Educational and entertaining - professionals and students will be doing 5-minute presentations (20 slides that automatically advance every 15-seconds) highlighting their GIS-related work.

*** Raffle drawings will take place between presentations - must be present to win. ***

Crowd Cartography: Mobile Crowdsourcing of University Facilities Mapping
Bob Nichols, Washington State University - Facilities Services, Administration

Applying Data Mining and Machine Learning Techniques to Geospatial Data: A Climate Analysis Example
Erich Seamon, University of Idaho - Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

Hydrant App for Water/Fire Department Decision Making
Angela Vanderpas, City of Lewiston Public Works

Prioritizing Bicycle Facility Improvement Projects for Low-stress Network Connectivity
Michael Lowry, University of Idaho - Civil Engineering Department

Low Distortion Projections
Darrel Ramus, PLS, GISP, Ruen-Yeager & Associates

Geologic Data and Web Access at the Idaho Geological Survey
Loudon Stanford, Idaho Geological Survey

Community Mapping: SMARTransit
Eric Larson, University of Idaho - Geography Department

Climate Engine: Cloud Computing and Visualization of Climate and Remote Sensing Datasets
Katherine Hegewisch, University of Idaho - Geography Department

Geospatial Program on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
Joel Harrison, U.S. Forest Service

GIS Applications in Environmental Consulting
Benjamin Bailey, TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc.


Concluding Remarks




 Idaho Commons
 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
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The following entities have generously provided financial contributions to make this event a success.




 Idaho Commons
 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
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Become a Sponsor

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor of GIS Day at the University of Idaho please make a donation using one of the options:

  1. Online with a credit card
    Go to:
    Click the “Give Now” button
    Under “1. Select a Fund or Priority”
    Start typing in “GIS Day Fund” (the fund title will auto complete) and click on “GIS Day Fund”
    Click “Next” and follow the online payment instructions

  2. By phone
    Call the University of Idaho Gift Administration Office at (208) 885-6796 and give with a credit card. Indicate you are giving to the “GIS Day Fund.”

  3. By mail
    Checks may be mailed to:
    University of Idaho Foundation 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3147 Moscow, ID 83843-3147
    Please have the checks made out to the “University of Idaho Foundation, Inc.” Put “GIS Day Fund” on the check memo line or on a note accompanying the check.

Contact Bruce Godfrey (, ph. 208-292-1407) if you have any sponsorship questions.


Sponsorship Levels & Entitlements

We welcome any financial contribution but respectfully suggest to following amounts:

Friend: $50
Professional: $100
Corporate: $250 - logo on web page & flyers; banner space; recognition during the event

These contributions may be tax deductible.



.The following entities have generously provided raffle items to make this event a success

C&L Locker
Cider House
La Casa
Mikey's Gyros
Nourish Yoga Studio
Porch Light Pizza
Side Bar
The Man Shop



The UofI Campus Parking Map shows all parking lots and their associated permit requirements.

For those driving to campus a Visitor Parking Permit is required to park in any of the Gold, Red, or Blue lots. Exempt vehicles do not require a permit.

Contact Bruce Godfrey prior to the event for a FREE one-day Visitor Parking Permit.

GIS Day will take place in the Idaho Commons (highlighted on this map); Lots 19, 56, and 17 are within a few minutes walk.



Planning Committee Members

Bruce Godfrey - Chair (Library)
Judy Bielenberg (Library)
Jeremy Kenyon (Library)
Kristin Henrich (Library)
Patrick Olsen (Geography)
Nancy Sprague (Library)
Linda Tedrow (College of Natural Resources)