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Esri UC 2018: Top 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

With Esri UC less than a month away, it’s time to get pumped and start mapping out your week!

To help get you started, check out our tips below to take your conference experience to the next level.

  1. Learn from the best: Not to brag or anything, but our customers are pretty brilliant. Head to their abstract presentations to discover new ways to unlock your data’s full potential with Cartegraph and Esri. Check out the full listing below—we dare you to try to pick just one.
  2. Grab free swag: Head to Booth #627 to say hey to the Cartegraph crew, grab a free t-shirt and sticker, learn all about high-performance government, and see our latest solutions in action. 
  3. Rub elbows: Create new connections with peers that share the same interests and challenges as you. Attend one of our sponsored events or special interest group meetings:
  • Water Sector Social | 5:30 PM, Sunday, July 9 | SDCC Plaza Terrace (Upper Level)
  • Public Works SIG | 12:00 PM, Wednesday, July 12 | SDCC Room 28E
  • State & Local Gov Social | 6:00 PM Wednesday, July 12 | Hilton Promenade Plaza
  • Emergency Management SIG | 12:00 PM, Thursday, July 13 | SDCC Room 28A
  1. Have free fun with the fam: Looking to introduce your friends and family to the wonderful world of GIS? Bring them to Family Night to explore partner exhibits and enjoy fun activities, food, and drinks. Family Night is 4:00-6:00 PM on Wednesday, July 12 and is open to anyone accompanied by a registered UC attendee.
  2. Get social: Follow the Cartegraph team during #EsriUC by using #highperformancegov and connecting with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. You can even win one of our five free Cartegraph insulated water bottles while you're at the conference! Here's how:
  • Step one: Snap a photo with some of our awesome Cartegraph swag—think t-shirts, banners, stickers, our booth, get creative!
  • Step two: Head to either Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram to share your photo, and be sure to BOTH tag Cartegraph in the post and use #highperformancegov to be entered.
  • Step three: We'll randomly select a winner or two each day, and shoot you a message to let you know if you've won and where to claim your prize.

Cartegraph Customer Presentations:

From Trees to Buoys: Best Practices in Asset Management for Parks
10:15-11:30 AM, Tues. July 11  |  Room 27A
Presented by: Simon Morgan | Three Rivers Park District, MN
When your park district is the same size as Disney World, asset management is no small task. Trees, pavement, playgrounds, buoys, signs—they’re all assets that need to be tracked and maintained. See how Three Rivers Park District is using its GIS data, in conjunction with a modern operations management system, to keep its 27,000 acres in top condition for their 10 million annual visitors. Hear about projects they’ve implemented, efficiencies they’ve realized, and what they’re working on next.

911: Using GIS to Streamline Communication & Reduce Response Time
1:30-2:45 PM, Tues. July 11  |  Room 30C
Presented by: Lynn Biggs and Tashekka Fleming | Cobb County, GA DOT
When it comes to 911 calls, every minute counts. Cobb County uses a GIS-based workflow to pass requests from the 911 operator directly into the Department of Transportation’s operations management system. This efficiency streamlines communication during flooding and severe weather events, allows the county to dispatch crews instantly for downed stop signs, and eliminates redundant data entry—giving 911 operators back nearly 10,000 minutes a year.

How the Second-Fastest Growing City in the U.S. Became “Street Smart”
10:15-11:30 AM, Wed. July 12 |  Room 28D
Presented by: Greg Brown | City of New Braunfels, TX
When you’re the second-fastest growing city in the United States, every minute counts. That's why the City of New Braunfels is leveraging GIS, enterprise applications, and tactical thinking to expedite its pavement planning process. Gone are the days of compiling handwritten complaints into spreadsheets—replaced by the use of ArcGIS Online and a modern operations management system. It used to take a team of engineers a month to assemble a proposal for the city council. Now, the data is aggregated in real time.

Culverts: A Framework for Managing Your Critical Stormwater Assets
1:30-2:45 PM, Wed. July 12  |  Room 23A
Presented by: Lauren Woodruff | Multnomah County, OR
A culvert collapsing in a neighboring jurisdiction was the only wake-up call Multnomah County DCS needed: it was time for them to get an accurate inventory and inspection of their 1,800 culverts—and fast. Using the Oregon DOT’s Culvert Inspection and Inventory Handbook as a framework, learn how Multnomah is leveraging GIS and enterprise application workflows to keep tabs on the life cycle of their assets to ensure they are making proactive, data-driven decisions for the safety of their citizens.

Building a Smarter City with the Internet of Things
8:30-9:45 AM, Thurs. July 13  |  Room 23C
Presented by: Ashley Riggs | City of Auburn, WA
As the City of Auburn continues to increase efficiency and become a smarter city, the Internet of Things (IoT) is playing a critical role.  The City is working on several IoT projects that leverage GIS, enterprise applications, and strategic thinking—including smart grid meters, automatic license plate readers, parking monitoring, and smart lighting. The combination of innovation, centralized data, and modern tools is not only making the City of Auburn smarter, but also a better resource for its citizens.

Paper to Platform: A Mobile GIS Transformation in Kingsport
8:30-9:45 AM, Thurs. July 13  |  Room 24B
Presented by: Jake White | City of Kingsport, TN
After years of directing crews with maps printed from its GIS database, the City of Kingsport decided it was time for a change. In 2014, the wastewater team replaced its paper maps with mobile technology—giving field crews the power to add, update or edit GIS asset data on the go, instead of passing hand-drawn corrections to office staff for entry. The move to mobile has delivered significant time savings—approximately 30 minutes per edit—and led to the city’s most accurate GIS database to date.

Rain Check: Preparing Your Stormwater System for Historic Flooding
8:30-9:45 AM, Thurs. July 13  |  Room 29C
Presented by: Dan Hartman and Kim Soulliere | City of Golden, CO
Is your stormwater system prepared to handle a year’s worth of rainfall in less than a week? That was the test for the City of Golden in 2013. Thanks to a proactive stormwater maintenance routine and reliable GIS data, the City incurred minimal damage. And since they were able to provide detailed reports on recovery efforts and costs, they received FEMA reimbursement within months. Today, Golden is implementing an advanced flood solution that leverages ArcGIS and operations management technology.