US DOT PHMSA Public Awareness Workshop & Webcast

It’s not too late to register to attend the US DOT PHMSA Public Awareness Workshop on June 19 – 20, 2013 – either in person at the Hyatt Regency N. Dallas Hotel or via webcast.

Since 2005 pipeline operators have been required to have a Public Awareness Program per federal pipeline safety regulations. They must provide information to four stakeholder audiences categorized as: (1) affected public, (2) emergency officials, (3) local public officials, and (4) excavators.

The workshop will bring together stakeholders to discuss findings from recent federal and state public awareness inspections, and gain perspectives from various stakeholders on public awareness challenges and successes to identify ways to strengthen pipeline safety public awareness.

The primary goals of this workshop are to:

  1. Provide an overview of the public awareness program and discuss recent inspection findings;
  2. Understand what’s working and not working with API RP 1162 (1st edition) from various stakeholder perspectives (industry, pipeline operators, public, emergency response officials, local public officials, and excavators);
  3. Share ways to improve public awareness outreach efforts; and
  4. Discuss the path forward for improving public awareness

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Spatial@ucsb.local13 Poster & Plenary Sessions

Spatial data come in many forms—from geo-referenced coordinates and areal units on a map to diagrams and the coding of sound with musical notation. The sources of such data include, among many others, human creativity, the Census, trajectories of movements from GPS, and the social networks represented by online contacts. Problem solving in the science, business, and design disciplines, and aesthetic renderings in the arts increasingly make use of spatial visualization technologies to represent and interpret the patterns and processes that define natural and human worlds at scales ranging from the molecular to the astronomical.  spatial@ucsb.local2013 brings together leading contributors to the art and science of visualization for demonstrations of applications and discussion. The Visualization of Spatial Data Plenary Session will feature presentations by Jason Dykes (School of Informatics, City University London), JoAnn Kuchera-Morin (Media Arts and Technology Program, UCSB), and Ross Whitaker  (Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI), University of Utah).

On Thursday, June 6, 2013, spatial@ucsb.local2013 will host a Poster Session and Plenary Session on this theme. The event will be held at Corwin Pavilion. Posters can be viewed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; the Plenary Session will be from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Karen Doehner,

Preliminary 3D Agenda for ESRI UC

Here is the link to the Forum’s website:

Learn new 3D webmap: (works best in Chrome)


Preliminary Agenda:

Sunday, July 7, 2013
8:00 a.m. –   8:10 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Steve Snow, MAPS Industry Specialist
8:00 a.m. –   8:30 a.m. Esri 3D Imagery Future   Possibilities
Lawrie Jordan, Esri, Director of Imagery
8:30 a.m. –   9:30 a.m. Lidar and ArcGIS: Recent   Advances and the Road Ahead
Clayton Crawford, Esri Product Engineer
9:30 a.m. –   10:00 a.m. 3D Mapping and GeoDesign
Gert van Maren, Esri, Head of Product Management
10:00 a.m. –   10:15 a.m. Gold Sponsor Speaking Slot
10:00 a.m. –   10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. –   11:00 a.m. Lidar   and Imagery in ArcGIS 10.1
Cody Benkelman, Esri Product Manager
11:00 a.m. –   11:20 a.m. Leveraging data attributes   populated from Lidar with CityEngine
Geoff Taylor, Solutions Engineer
11:20 a.m. –   11:40 a.m. An update on the American   Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) LIDAR Data Standard
Lewis Graham,  ASPRS Regional Director
11:40 a.m. –   12:00 p.m. Lunch   and Platinum Speaker: Optech
Title TBA
Jim Green, Regional Manager, North America, Airborne Survey Products
12:00 p.m. –   1:00 p.m. Lunch sponsored by Optech   with exhibitors
Exhibition area



Session I

Session II

Session III

Topic: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and   Mobile Mapping Smart 3D Cities Military Installation 3D   Management
Moderator: Myles Sutherland Chris Wilkins Terry Martin
1:00 p.m. –   1:15 p.m. Introduction Introduction Introduction
1:15 p.m. –   1:45 p.m. Panel Discussion (TBD) The Instant City
Elliot Hartley,
Garsdale Design Ltd.
User Speaker (TBD)
1:45 p.m. –   2:15 p.m. Panel Discussion (TBD) Master Plan for 500K
Tal Aisenberg, WATG
User Speaker (TBD)
2:15 p.m. –   2:30 p.m. Hawkeye
Rowland Harrison
Geospecific City Modeling
Sponsor, Kevin Devito,
Sponsor Speaker (TBD)
2:30 p.m. –   3:00 p.m. SenseFly
Andrea Hildebrand
Immersive City Visualization
David Burdick,
E-on Software
User Speaker (TBD)
Each breakout session will   contain 1 sponsor speaker with 15 minute speaking slot and 3 user speakers   with 30 minute speaking slot each.


3:00 p.m. –   3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. –   3:30 p.m. Gold Sponsor Speaker
3:30 p.m. –   4:00 p.m. User Speaker
4:00 p.m. –   4:30 p.m. User Speaker
4:30 p.m. –   4:45 p.m. Closing
5:00 p.m. –   6:30 p.m. Break


Coastal LiDAR Data Available from NOAA

Hello CA GIS users,

As you may be aware, the California Ocean Protection Council, in partnership with USGS and NOAA Coastal Services Center, funded a LiDAR data collection effort along the California coast and San Francisco Bay, between 2009-2011. The data were made available last year through the NOAA Coastal Service Center’s Digital Coast Data Access Viewer.

The entire LiDAR dataset is now available for download via an ftp/http directory from the NOAA Coastal Service Center’s Digital Coast Data Registry. The data are packaged as .laz files. Please read the 0README file in the directory for instructions on how to download. For technical questions, please contact NOAA CSC staff, Keil Schmid at

The Ocean Protection Council is looking for illustrated examples of how the LiDAR data are being used. This can be an image, map, figure, etc you developed based on the LiDAR or DEMs.  We would like to use these illustrated examples in future presentations about how the LiDAR and derived products are applied. If you are able, please email me a screen capture or small jpeg for use in presentations, with your permission.

Thank you,

Clare O’Reilly
Project Manager, Ocean Protection Council
State Coastal Conservancy
1330 Broadway, Floor 13; Oakland, CA 94612-2530
phone 510-286-0332 / fax 510-286-0470

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Google Maps Rebuilt


Google has rebuilt Maps from the “ground up”, with a new interface, search abilities, and faster performance.  Check it out at .

Google Maps will be based on vector imagery delivered via WebGL.  Maps will also include 3D photographic imagery for some locations and user-uploaded photos.

Google has also updated its mobile apps for iOS and Android, which includes traffic alerts with live accident information and rerouting capabilities.  An iPad version will also be released this summer.

Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that our next SoCalGIS meeting will be tomorrow, May 9th, at the City of Culver City.  More details and agenda on our Meetings page.

If you have not done so already through email or meeting invite, contact Michael Carson at and let him know you will be attending.  This will help us get an accurate count for refreshments.

Hope to see you there!