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Following up on last year’s successful event, the 2021 Right-of-Way Asset Mapping Exchange is a free, interactive online Virtual Conference Experience (VCX) focusing on innovation in asset inventory and mapping that supports all phases of infrastructure lifecycles. The event provides hands-on actionable information on a variety of current and emerging technologies. Via presentations, discussions, and one-on-one meetings, the event gives you an opportunity to learn from and engage with technology and industry leading professionals in a wide range of disciplines, and some of their key clients, as well as many of your peers and colleagues.


Why ROW Asset Mapping?

Right-of-way (ROW) corridors, especially in urban areas, are densely populated by many public and private infrastructure features—including overhead electric and telephone wires, street-level parking meters, signage, traffic sensors, underground fiberoptic cables, water mains, natural gas pipes, and sewers. They are constantly changing environments, as additional poles, signs, and conduits are installed and old ones are replaced with newer ones to restore service after storm damage. Yet public works and utility managers, engineers, and planners, need to know what each stretch of each ROW corridor contains at any given moment, especially as they work to make our cities “smarter.” Hence, the Sisyphean task of mapping these assets.


Fortunately, the technology to map ROW assets is continuing to improve rapidly. Platforms for data collection include vehicles driving at normal traffic speeds, UAVs, and manned aircraft. Sensors include digital cameras, lidar scanners, and ground-penetrating radar. Visualization tools include augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, and models ranging from small 2D and 3D ones of individual features all the way up to digital twins of buildings and, eventually, entire cities. Increasingly, the tedious work of identifying and classifying features is being delegated to automated feature extraction software, a form of artificial intelligence.

  • Comparing 2D and 3D visualization tools

  • Explaining the benefits of 3D models as an advanced spatial analysis tool for urban planning

  • Exploring the future of smart cities and digital twins

  • A light equity study and pole inventory in the context of the transition to LED lighting

  • How a two-man team can capture 500 miles worth of utility data in two weeks


  • City Federal, State, Regional, and Local Transportation Professionals

  • City/Urban Planners

  • Geospatial Information Officers

  • Mapping Technology Decision Makers

  • Smart City Innovation Leaders

  • State and Local Government CIOs, CTOs, and IT directors

  • Public Works Asset Managers

  • Parks & Recreation

  • Transportation Departments

  • Government & Municipal DOT Officials

  • Traffic & Transit Engineers

  • Transit Planners and Administrators

  • Drafters & Surveyors

  • GIS Professionals & Geospatial Analysts

  • Transportation & Regional Planners

  • Engineering & Design Consultants

  • Geospatial Application Developers

  • Project Engineers & Managers

  • Airport Operations

  • Public Works Managers & Roadway Maintenance Supervisors

  • Enterprise Asset Managers & DBAs


08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

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09:00 AM - 09:15 AM

Moderator's Welcome Remarks

Matteo Luccio, Editor-in-Chief, GPS World

Welcome remarks from "2nd Right-of-Way Asset Mapping VCX" Moderator Matteo Luccio


09:15 AM - 10:00 AM

The World Through a Surveyor’s Eyes: The Role of Augmented Reality (AR) in Data Collection

Presenters: Larry Fox, VP Marketing & Business Development, Bad Elf LLC

WIlliam Wing, Owner/Operator/CEO, Infinity Land Surveying

David Grafton, GIS Intern, Bad Elf LLC

Bad Elf and Infinity Land Surveying have combined forces to take the field of surveying to the next level with the power of vGIS augmented reality (AR) technology.  By using the Bad Elf Flex, a survey grade GNSS receiver, in connection with the viewing device of your choice, anyone can look through the eyes of an expert.  vGIS offers instant visual feedback to assist with asset locates, allowing for creative workflows to save time and effort. Join us as we walk through the advantages of AR on a boundary survey project.


10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Capture Nationwide RoW Map Data

Presenter: Bill Singleton, Vice President, Ecopia AI

Ecopia is in the business of using artificial intelligence to convert high-resolution images of Earth into high-definition vector maps. These enhanced, geocoded maps are embedded into critical applications around the world. Ecopia extracts invaluable insight from geospatial big-data to help solve real-world problems in new and innovative ways.


10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Automated ROW Asset Inventory and Extraction Using 4D Voxel Technology

Presenter: Brian Soliday, Chief Revenue Officer, Voxelmaps

Voxelmaps has developed a unique hardware and software technology platform using state-of-the-art LiDAR & optical cameras to fully automate the collection and extraction of ROW asset features. Organizations in the electrical utility, transportation, telecommunications and AEC industries are leveraging the technology to rapidly collect and create a Digital Twin of the collected environments. The Voxel-based deep learning neural network (AI) models can then be employed to automatically segment and classify features, as well as capture/extract attributes and linear/volumetric measurement information.


11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Light Pole Inventory Helps with Transition to LED Lighting, Safety & 5G Implementation in Pittsburgh

Presenters: Matthew Jacob, Senior Enterprise Applications Administrator, City of Pittsburgh
Quint Pertzch, Director of Sales Engineering, Cartegraph

In 2020, the City of Pittsburgh was faced with a challenge to begin the process of upgrading its street light network from older high pressure sodium lights to new LED lights. The first obstacle that had to be addressed was that there was no map of the city's street lights. As a result, Pittsburgh mapped all street lights and utility poles in the city right-of-way as well as details about those assets. With this information in hand, Pittsburgh is now able to make more informed budgets around the street light upgrades as well as able to analyze how to make upgrades in an equitable manner.


12:15 PM - 01:00 PM

Covering More Ground Faster: Joint Use Pole Audit Data Capture with Trimble Mobile LiDAR

Presenters: Bradford Folta, GIS Architect & CEO, Honey Badger Analytics LLC
Justin Brooks, Applied Geospatial Expert, Trimble

It used to take tens of people to cover a large amount of ground in a limited amount of time. The keywords being "use to"... Today, with the right tools, and knowledge of what to use when, we can cover more ground faster, more efficiently and more effectively.

With the Trimble MX9 you can conquer data collection of navigable areas in no time flat. You use to be specific about the data you were seeking to collect, now you see and capture almost anything. It use to take a team a few hours to cover a few miles, now it's mere minutes. But best of all, it use to take a toll on the team being hot or cold, now they get to drink coffee and listen to book on tape as they move along!

In this talk we will cover the Trimble MX9 workflow and advantages to collecting data at highway or slower speeds across large areas.


01:00 PM - 01:45 PM

Ground Displacement Risk to ROW Infrastructure

Shawn Melamed, Product Marketing Manager, CATALYST

Ground displacement threatens critical right of way (ROW) infrastructure that millions of people rely on each day by causing structural stress to transportation networks and utilities. The impacts of ground displacement on these assets can result in costly equipment damages, service disruptions, and even loss of life. For example, since 2000, there have been over 140 bridge failures, resulting in the death of nearly 1000 people worldwide. The US alone has over 50,000 structurally deficient bridges, which pose a risk to over 178 million daily crossings. 


CATALYST Insights measures ground displacement to millimeter-level accuracy over large areas with a high density of measurements, updated regularly. With our intuitive solution you can monitor and assess the risk ground displacement poses to vast networks of ROW assets to remediate areas of interest before loss occurs.


01:45 PM - 02:30 PM

Review of major themes and Panel Discussion

Moderator: Matteo Luccio, Editor-in-Chief, GPS World

Panelists from the day's event will join together for a review of Right-of-Way Asset Mapping issues, and a wrap-up panel discussion.


02:45 PM - 03:30 PM

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Matteo Luccio

Editor-in-Chief, GPS World

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Matteo Luccio, the Editor-in-Chief for GPS World and a regular contributing writer to xyHt, has 25 years of experience as a magazine writer and editor. He has a master’s degree in political science from MIT and he co−founded the public policy magazine Oregon’s Future, which he edited for four years. For the past 20 years, he has edited and written articles for technical magazines on geospatial technologies, as managing editor of GPS World and Galileo’s World, editor and publisher of GPS User Magazine, editor of Earth Observation Magazine, editor of the on−line weekly GIS Monitor, columnist for Professional Surveyor Magazine, contributing writer for Apogeo Spatial and for xyHt, and special correspondent for Sensors and Systems. He has also written for ArcNews, ArcWatch, GeoWorld, GIM International, GEO Informatics, and several other publications. Prior to becoming a journalist, Matteo was a research analyst on public policy issues for a private think tank and for state and local government agencies. His varied career has included employment as a case worker for homeless families, as a sailing instructor, and as an Italian teacher.


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Justin Brooks

Applied Geospatial Expert, Trimble Inc.

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Justin is an Applied Geospatial Expert at Trimble, where he assists and educates Trimble dealers on the practical application of LiDAR and other imaging technology. He has over 6 years experience working across the entire Mobile Mapping survey process; from mission planning, setting ground control, data collection, processing, registration, to classification and data extraction. Many of these projects are based on strict requirements, often pushing the limits of the hardware's capabilities to provide creative solutions.

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Matthew Jacob

Sr Enterprise Applications Administrator
Dept of Innovation and Performance, City of Pittsburgh

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Matthew Jacob is a Senior Enterprise Applications Administrator at the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Innovation and Performance responsible for the management of a variety of different software applications. Matthew has worked at the City of Pittsburgh since 2014 and holds a Master's in Public Management from The Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. 


Bradford Folta

GIS Architect & CEO, Honey Badger Analytics LLC

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Bradford has been in and out of the geospatial industry since 2008. Starting with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency where he conduct river surveys and monitoring using a Trimble R8 and S5 Total station, all the way to Cape Cod National Seashore where he authored a GPS Monument Catalog and Research poster on the GPS monitoring of Littoral Sediments along the coast of Cape Cod, all the way to MaineDOT where he architected the TRAPPD tool. A decision support tool for planning and production with regard to bridges and large culverts. Workflows, data collection and integration, and the like have always been fascinating and Bradford relishes any chance to bring it all together.

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Larry Fox

VP Marketing & Business Development, Bad Elf LLC

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Larry Fox is VP of Marketing and Business Development at Bad Elf, LLC. He has over twenty years of experience as a product visionary, business development, and technology strategist. He is an innovator with the ability to identify, design and launch complex hardware and software solutions, Fox has leadership experience with diverse and highly dynamic teams from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Throughout his career, he has patented expertise in GNSS/GPS technologies, mobile applications, web development, and wireless communication solutions.

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David Grafton

GIS Intern, Bad Elf LLC

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David Grafton is a master’s student at Arizona State University studying Geographic Information Sciences and is currently interning at Bad Elf.  David has four years of experience in the field of GIS and is expanding his knowledge on GNSS technology and the Esri ecosystem every day.  Previously, he has worked for the state of Arizona in the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Center for the Future of Arizona to provide useful and reliable spatial information for the public’s benefit


Shawn Melamed

Product Marketing Manager, CATALYST

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Shawn Melamed is the Product Marketing Manager at CATALYST and comes with over 15 years of combined education and professional experience developing and implementing remote sensing science and technology for private, public and defense applications. Shawn specializes in geometric and radiometric correction of optical satellite imagery, as well as automating information extraction through machine learning and AI modeling.


Quint Pertzsch

Director of Sales Engineering

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Quint Pertzsch is the Director of Sales Engineering at Cartegraph where he has served in that capacity for the last 9 years. Prior to joining Cartegraph, Quint worked at the County and Municipal government level for 16 years, with a majority of that time spent with asset and work management, GIS integration and mobile technology. Quint resides in Denver, Colorado.

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Bill Singleton

Vice President, Ecopia AI

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Bill Singleton is the Vice President at Ecopia AI and has been with the company for 6 years. His main responsibility is engaging with geospatial analytics partners to find new ways of combining vector base maps with alternate data sets to help public & private entities better understand and improve the communities in which they operate.  Previously, he spent 5 years working in enterprise sales at Cisco Systems Canada, providing data center and voice solutions. Following this, he graduated with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business with a focus on entrepreneurship and managing high-growth companies.


Brian L. Soliday

Chief Revenue Officer, Voxelmaps

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Brian Soliday has over 30 years of extensive experience working in sales, marketing and channel development within the GIS and remote sensing industries.  He currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Voxelmaps.  His career includes CRO, VP and director level positions with leading geospatial organizations such as Autodesk, Trimble, Space Imaging, LizardTech, Intermap, and TerraGo.  Mr. Soliday has presented at over 100 geospatial events on an international basis and has written published articles in; Planning, Point of Beginning, GEOinformatics, The World & I, GEOEurope, Arc News, Space News, and Earth Observation Magazine. Soliday earned MA/BS degrees in geography specializing in remote sensing and GIS from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 


William Wing

Owner/Operator/CEO, Infinity Land Surveying 

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William Wing, Infinity Land Surveying, LLC, is a seasoned Registered Land Surveyor in AZ and NM with over fifteen years of experience. William’s received his education at New Mexico State University and spent the formative years of his career being mentored by senior survey personnel in the challenging environment of Arizona and New Mexico’s vast terrain.




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Trimble Geospatial provides solutions that facilitate high-quality, productive workflows and information exchange for a global customer base of surveyors, engineering and GIS service companies, governments, utilities and transportation authorities. Trimble's innovative technologies include integrated sensors, field applications, real-time communications and office software for processing, modeling and data analytics. Using Trimble solutions, organizations can capture the most accurate spatial data and transform it into intelligence to deliver increased productivity and improved decision-making. Whether enabling more efficient use of natural resources or enhancing the performance and lifecycle of civil infrastructure, timely and reliable geospatial information is at the core of Trimble's solutions.

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Ecopia's mission is to digitize the world using AI.  We provide foundational information for critical decision-making, improve the welfare of societies, efficiency of economies, and health of environments. Ecopia specializes in extracting insight from geospatial big data. Our intelligent  systems leverage groundbreaking advancements in artificial intelligence to convert high- resolution imagery of our earth into HD Vector Maps, which are embedded into critical applications around the world. Learn more about how we got to where we are today.

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Voxelmaps is building the world’s most accurate 4D volumetric model of the earth, combining high resolution scans using the latest LiDAR and HD imaging sensors, fused with temporal data. The result is a new form of mapping which provides superior levels of accuracy and information of the areas mapped. Voxelmaps has developed a technology that splits the planet into a dense matrix of multi-resolution voxels, each voxel has a permanent location and address. The automated feature extraction is performed using Voxelmaps’ developed AI software tools.

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Cartegraph builds safer, more resilient and sustainable communities through better stewardship of buildings and infrastructure. They offer powerful, location-centric software solutions that help local governments, utilities, colleges, universities, and commercial campuses seamlessly manage their physical assets and associated operations. With Cartegraph, users optimize the performance of their assets, drive efficiencies, maximize resources, and reduce costs through smarter, data-driven decisions. By extending the power of ArcGIS to every facet of infrastructure management, organizations use Cartegraph to drive end-to-end performance improvements. Whether it’s repaving a road or fixing a leaky faucet, maintenance crews efficiently inspect the condition of any asset, receive work assignments, and track resources—like labor, equipment, and materials—from anywhere. Leaders tap into real-time dashboards and a two-way ArcGIS integration to weigh scenarios, monitor budgets, build capital plans, and optimize space. For more information on using Cartegraph to manage all your indoor, outdoor, above, and below-ground assets, visit

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