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Using GIS for State and Local Government Asset Management WEBINAR SERIES


January 2024 session:

Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling 

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 | 10:00am MT

Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling is a methodology used to assess the availability and quality of broadband infrastructure in a particular geographic area. Join this session to learn how GIS can be used to map your broadband infrastructure.





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Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling is a methodology used to assess the availability and quality of broadband infrastructure in a particular geographic area. This process involves gathering data on existing broadband networks, analyzing broadband demand in the area, and evaluating the feasibility and cost of implementing new infrastructure. One important tool used in this process is Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which allows analysts to visualize and manipulate spatial data. GIS can be used to map the location of existing broadband infrastructure, identify areas with poor coverage, and estimate the cost of expanding or upgrading infrastructure. By using GIS in conjunction with other data sources, broadband infrastructure assessment modeling can help policymakers and industry stakeholders make informed decisions about how to improve broadband access and affordability in each area.

GISP Points

This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit to self-submit the event curriculum for approval




  • Organizations:​

    • Cities/Towns/Municipalities

    • Campuses/Zoos/Parks

    • Enterprises

    • DOTs

  • Roles:

    • Managers, Analysts, and Directors

    • Elected Officials

    • Department Heads and Division Directors

  • Sectors:

    • Land Administration

    • Transportation Planning & Management

    • Utilities Planning & Management

    • Law Enforcement/Fire/Public Safety

    • Public Administration

    • Economic Development

    • Urban Planning

    • Parks and Recreation

    • Public Information Services

    • Public Works

    • Purchasing

    • Sustainability

    • Welfare and Human Services

    • Environmental Planning, Management, and Services

    • Treasury and Budget

    • Risk Management

    • and more ...



16 January 2024
10:00am - 11:30am
All times in US Denver Mountain time



Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Moderator: Sara Taylor, GISP, GIS Manager, Texas811

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A brief overview of Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling, and introduction of the uses of GIS.



Using Esri’s ArcGIS Field Maps Solution
for Broadband Asset Data Capture

Presenter: Jeff Shaner, Field Apps Solutions Lead, Esri

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ArcGIS Field Maps is Esri’s latest all-in-one mobile solution for streamlining field data capture workflows. Paired with Bad Elf GNSS receivers, organizations can rapidly locate and capture broadband infrastructure. Jeff will provide a brief overview of ArcGIS Field Maps and how it can be used to capture broadband assets.



Municipality View of GIS for Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling 

Presenter: Catherine Crook, MS, Former Enterprise GIS Manager, City of Kent WA
Former Chair, Sound to Summit King County WA GIS Group

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An overview of the issues faced by municipalities when using GIS in Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling.



Navigating Broadband: Mapping Success with GPS and GIS

Presenter: Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD GISP, Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf

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In this 10-minute thrill ride, we'll journey through the geospatial wonderland of broadband infrastructure assessment. Strap in as we explore how GPS and GIS technologies guide state and local governments in steering the broadband ship through uncharted territories. From mapping internet deserts to charting connectivity oases, witness how these tools transform data into action, ensuring every citizen gets a high-speed ticket to the digital world. Fasten your seatbelts for a GPS-guided joyride through the geospatial galaxy of broadband management!



Revolutionizing Telecom and GIS

Presenter: Andrew Nash, GIS Project Manager, BPG Designs

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An overview of the revolution in telecom and GIS, including a discussion of the use of LiDAR, drones and range finders.



Expectations and Reality in Asset Change Management

Presenter: Catherine Crook, Senior Program Manager, Hexvarium

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A discussion of available Hexvarium solutions for asset change management.



Panel Discussion / Audience Q&A

Moderator: Sara Taylor, GISP, GIS Manager, Texas811
Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD GISP, Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf
Jeff Shaner, Field Apps Solutions Lead, Esri
Catherine Crook, MS, Senior Program Manager, Hexvarium
Andrew Nash, GIS Project Manager, BPG Designs

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A panel discussion of the issues and available GIS solutions for Broadband Infrastructure Assessment Modeling, with live audience question-and-answers.



Closing Remarks

Moderator: Sara Taylor, GISP, GIS Manager, Texas811

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Session wrap-up and audience take-aways.

Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event series features a virtual auditorium, plus audience interaction via Q&A and Polls.



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Sara Taylor, GISP

GIS Manager, Texas811

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Sara Taylor, GISP, is the GIS Manager at Texas811, serving the GIS needs of the 811 community in Texas, South Dakota, and West Virginia. She leads a team of GIS technicians focused on maintaining data for various underground utilities and base mapping, supporting the mission of damage prevention. She was Board Treasurer and Director at Large at URISA Texas, and a former President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of URISA (MAC URISA). Sara received her GISP in 2010 and supports GISP workshop development. She holds a BS in Environmental Policy from Rutgers University and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in GIS from Penn State University.

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Jeff Shaner

Field Apps Solutions Lead, Esri

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Jeff Shaner is a Senior Product Lead with the software products team at Esri. With 27 years experience, Jeff is focused on delivering apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively. In his spare time, you are likely to find Jeff on the golf course or hockey rink.

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Catherine Crook, MS

Senior Program Manager, Hexvarium
Former Enterprise GIS Manager, City of Kent WA

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Catherine Crook is a Senior Program Manager with Hexvarium, and concurrently Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University. Prior to joining Hexvarium in early 2023, she was the Enterprise GIS Manager for the City of Kent, Washington. Catherine spent 19 years as a GIS professional within the Puget Sound Region including City of Maple Valley, City of Puyallup and Port of Tacoma, in addition to the City of Kent. She has Chaired the Sound to Summit Regional GIS Committee, and is a member of the WA GIS Association, NW GIS Users Group, Association of County and City Information Systems, C3 Community Connectivity Consortium, as well as an active guest speaker at various workshops and conferences within the GIS professional community. While at the City of Kent, Catherine created and managed the city’s successful GIS Intern program, many of whom now work as GIS professionals in various industry and public sector roles. Catherine has a Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies and a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Washington.

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Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD GISP

Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf

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Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD, GISP is a Geospatial Evangelist, Solutions Provider, and Educator, as well as Geospatial Solutions Director with Bad Elf. For nearly two decades Nik has focused his efforts on the professional and academic expansion of the geospatial professions. Whether working for a plethora of different types of private consulting firms collecting, analyzing, and displaying geographic data or working as an academic, researching and contributing to the corpus of educational knowledge, his passion in life is geography. As an energetic and enthusiastic public speaker, teacher, and thought leader he has enjoyed sharing successes with others and seeing them flourish. Specifically, his interests in the geospatial fields include the geography of behavior, sustainable and resilient geodesign, geographic science pedagogy (especially online education), and geospatial technologies as a whole. Nik loves innovative GIS tech and is a Geoholic! He is also a certified arborist, UAS Remote Pilot and Esri ArcGIS professional.

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Andrew Nash

GIS Project Manager, BPG Designs

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Andrew Nash is a GIS Project Manager at BPG Designs, where he has been responsible for the direction, coordination, implementation and completion of BPG projects, including Verizon OneFiber, Vero Long Haul Fiber Network and Cox Aerial Pole Inventory Audits. Prior to joining BPG, Andrew was a GIS Mapping Technician with Southwest Gas and a Software Developer at Cloud Software. Andrew has a BS in Geography from Arizona State University. 



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Bad Elf GNSS receivers deliver affordable accuracy through easy-to-use hardware supported by continuously evolving firmware, apps, and cloud services. Founded in 2010, Bad Elf created the first Made for iOS external GPS accessory and now enables high performance location services for all mobile platforms.

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Hexvarium™ is changing the way we think about broadband and how to build it. Hexvarium’s proprietary HexMAPP™ platform and algorithms takes the guesswork out of broadband network investments, enabling investors, utilities, municipalities, businesses to quickly determine how and where to build fiber networks for the highest possible impact and the best possible return to investors. Dedicated to solving some of the most vexing problems that have long caused broadband services across the country to underperform and buildout projects to fail, Hexvarium is the only broadband service provider using Data Science modeling to accurately select, deliver, and connect open, profitable community networks, regardless of location. Hexvarium believes in its approach so much that it plans to invest alongside other public and private capital to build out networks across the United States. The company is based in Seattle, Washington.

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The World Geospatial Industry Council is an association of companies representing the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry. WGIC endeavors to enhance the role of the geospatial industry and strengthen its contribution in global economy and society. We facilitate exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-creation of larger business opportunities for the geospatial industry. We represent business interest, share perspectives of the geospatial industry and undertake policy advocacy and dialogue with public authorities, multilateral agencies and other relevant bodies.

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Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Geospatial Intelligence, Open Source, Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contracts. Founded in 2004, Carahsoft is headquartered in Reston, Virginia and employs more than 1,900 professionals dedicated to serving the Public Sector.

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Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) is committed to advancing the science of location intelligence and geospatial technology.  We want to inspire, push the envelope, break through boundaries, solve problems, and introduce a new kind of decision support. We go beyond location intelligence to plan, design, build, implement, transform, and maintain. We use spatial information to empower understanding, influence the decision-making process, offer new insights, reveal new data relationships, predict events, engage and educate the community, and solve problems of the future. The ultimate outcome is a smarter, more resilient, and sustainable government. We create location intelligent organizations!

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