GIS Day 2020

Annual free event

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Each year, GIS Day brings together city, industry, and students to showcase "the science of where" or how geographic information systems are integrated into our everyday lives.

GIS Day 2020 was held virtually on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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If you weren't able to attend or want another look, some of our speakers have made their presentations and other information available. 


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GIS experts from the City, area governments, and the business community offered live virtual chats and questions. Some have provided additional information about their services. 



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Teacher and Student Resources 

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Event Agenda

GIS Day 2020 was hosted virtually by the City of Raleigh on Nov. 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Presentations included everything from using drones in earthquake investigations, to virtual reality and and election mapping. 

Two tracks were set up based on interest or occupation.

Professional & Industry 

 Kids and Community 

  • 10 a.m. - Opening Remarks from Raleigh GIS
  • 10:15 a.m. – Remarks from Mayor Baldwin
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - “Using GIS in Real Estate” Melissa Kolodziej, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors
  • 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. - “Parcel Fabric: Complying with Tax Map Submission Standards” Amanda Paton, Maser Consulting
  • 11:15 - 11:30 a.m. -“New Perspectives on a New Fault - How the Use of Drones Aided in the Sparta Earthquake Investigation” Corey Scheip, NC Geological Survey
  • 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. – "Life Expectancy, Economics and Equity for Black Americans: A Collaborative Web App Development Experience" Wake County 4-H GIS Club, NC State University
  • 11:45 a.m. - noon - "Adding GeoJSON Support to ArcGIS Pro with KoopJS" Ryan Cooper, City of Raleigh
  • Noon - 12:30 p.m. - "Address Management (A Deeper Look at the Master Address Repository)" Darnell Allen, City of Raleigh
  • 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. - "Mobile & Web GIS Communicating with the General Public" Peter Erlenbach, Maser Consulting
  • 1 - 1:15 p.m. – "Using Unsupervised Machine Learning to Find Patterns in Your Data: Peter Sherman & Chad Foley, City of Raleigh
  • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m. - "Cloud-Based GIS: Managing Fiber Data in a Cloud-Based Environment" Julie Kottamala & Justin Surratt, City of Raleigh
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. – "Assessing Implementation of Forestry Best Management Practices in North Carolina Using GIS" Alan Coats, NC Forest Service
  • 10 a.m. -  Opening Remarks from Raleigh GIS
  • 10:15 a.m. - Remarks from Mayor Baldwin
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m. – “Use of Fire Inspections and Fire Response Data” Brandon McGhee, Andrew Langan and Preston Gaster, City of Raleigh
  • 10:45 - 11 a.m. – "A Ten-Minute Recipe to Save Your Places and Trips" Jay Fowler, ESRI
  • 11 - 11:15 a.m. – "The Future of GIS: 3D, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Real-Time Location System" Lawrence Muhammad, City of Raleigh
  • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. – "Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station Suitability Mapping" Greg Sponseller, City of Raleigh
  • 11:45 a.m. - noon – "How Should We Get there? (Part I)", Wake County Public Schools 
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m. Break
  • 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. – "How Should We Get there? (Part II)", Wake County Public Schools
  • 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. “GIS@Home” time to work on enrichment kits from the City of Raleigh
  • 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. – "How Should We Get there? (Part III)", Wake County Public Schools
  • 1:45 - 2 p.m. – "The Impact of GIS on Our Community: COVID-19, Election and Neighborhood Mapping" Ella Li, Zillion Info

About Previous GIS Days

Last year's Raleigh GIS Day had a full schedule of presenters that included the lunch keynote “ Using the Power of GIS to Understand Access to Public Transit”  presented by Andrew Kniowski, Cameron Crenshaw, Melinda Brown, ESRI. 

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