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Trees, Parks, & Recreation Asset Management 

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

10:00am MT

Tree and park asset management involves the effective planning, monitoring, and maintenance.  Join this session to learn about integrating GIS for more efficient and effective asset management.

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OVERVIEW

 

Tree and park asset management involves the effective planning, monitoring, and maintenance of trees and parks in order to enhance their overall health, safety, and aesthetic value. This is achieved through the implementation of various management practices such as pruning, watering, and fertilizing, among others. By integrating GIS into asset management processes, managers can make informed decisions on where to allocate resources and prioritize maintenance activities, resulting in more efficient and effective management of these important public resources. Additionally, GIS can be used to monitor changes over time, track work progress, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. Effective management of trees, parks, and recreation areas promotes sustainable urban development and improves the quality of life for residents.

GISP Points

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

To submit for GISP Points, visit www.gisci.org to self-submit the event curriculum for approval

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

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 ...

AGENDA

Tuesday, 12 September 2023
All times in US (Denver) Mountain time

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10:00am

Welcome and Introductions

Moderator: James Kelt, VP Software Solutions, GTG

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A brief overview of Trees, Parks, & Recreation Asset Management and the webinar presenters.

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10:05am

Trees, Parks, & Recreation Asset Management

Chris Buscaglia, Solution Lead, Planning and Natural Resources, Esri
Mike Dagle, Product Engineer, Esri

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Parks and trees are essential assets that contribute to the quality of life in a community. They improve health outcomes, provide environmental benefits, and support social interaction, community engagement, and special events. This session will provide an overview two asset management solutions that help parks, facilities, and public works agencies develop authoritative asset inventories and understand the condition of their assets.

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10:35am

Keeping Track of All Our Stuff:
GIS and Asset Management at Tucson Parks and Recreation

Jennifer Psillas, GIS Project Manager, Tucson Parks and Recreation

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In 2019, Tucson Parks and Recreation moved from an underutilized, in-house work order database to a comprehensive, GIS-based asset management and work tracking system.  Where previously we were unable to look at the 132 parks and their assets as a whole, the department is now able to track individual assets and the work performed on them, perform asset inspections and assess conditions, and make data-driven budget requests.  In addition, the underlying GIS data helps the department answer staff questions and provide information to the public.

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10:50am

Trees Deserve Better: Digital System of Record Advantages 

Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf

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Accurate field data collection and geospatial solutions are essential for 21st century tree and park management. Arborists and other professionals use these tools to visualize and analyze tree data in ways that were not possible before. This information is then used to make better decisions about tree care such as where to plant new trees, how to prune existing trees, how to manage pests and diseases, and how to mitigate safety risks.

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11:00am

Leveraging The Benefits of GreenCity GIS for Parks and Recreation – Asset Management, Location-Based Decision Support, and Community Analytics

Jonathan Welker, Sr Software Specialist, GTG

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Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) has developed a data-first solution (GreenCity GIS) that offers tools to analyze, model, and understand the relationship between park assets, recreation programming, natural resources, and the community. GreenCity GIS is modernizing, redefining, and transforming how parks and recreation professionals use location data and decision support systems (GIS) to make better, more informed decisions. Developed with a focus on the Three National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Pillars (Health and Wellness – Equity – Conservation), GreenCity GIS leverages park asset data, alongside recreation and demographic data creating a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable park system. The outcomes and benefits to the community include advanced Service Zone Area Equity Analysis (SZEA), Neighborhood Analysis (NA), Social Equity and Racial Lens Analysis (SERLA) and Capital Investment Analysis (CIA). GreenCity GIS has integrated, forward-thinking GIS solutions providing a model for accelerating data-based decisions in all areas of parks, recreation, and natural resources.

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11:15am - 11:30am

Industry Solution Provider Panel/Audience Q&A

Moderator:
Moderator: James Kelt, VP Software Solutions, GTG
Panelists:
Chris Buscaglia, Solution Lead, Planning and Natural Resources, Esri

Jennifer Psillas, GIS Project Manager, Tucson Parks and Recreation
Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, Geospatial Solutions Director, Bad Elf
Jonathan Welker, Sr Software Specialist, GTG
MIke Dagle, Product Engineer, Esri

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A roundtable discussion among industry solution providers and presenters, focusing on Trees, Parks, & Recreation Asset Management, followed by live audience questions and answers.

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Agenda
Speakers

SPEAKERS

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MODERATOR: James Kelt

VP Software Solutions
Geographic Technology Group

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James Kelt is the Vice President of Software Solutions for Geographic Technologies Group. James has 21 years in the GIS/GPS field focusing on project management and technical services. Since joining GTG in 2001, James has immediately contributed to the management of several GIS/GPS projects, implemented Esri and GTG’s software applications for clients throughout North America, and trained staff and clients on GIS/GPS theory and use.  James specializes in GIS for local government, manages client accounts, and has hands-on experience implementing geospatial solutions for City and County departments. He specializes in integrating GIS with existing information and technology. He also works on improving the GIS capabilities of the software in regard to analytical tools, reporting and tracking, and integrating with various databases such as Recreation Management, Computer Aided Dispatch, Record Management Systems, Enterprise Resource Planning, and other data sources.  James has a Bachelor of Science – Environmental Science from Stephen F. Austin State University, and is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).

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Chris Buscaglia

Solution Lead, Planning and Natural Resources
Esri

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Chris Buscaglia is a member of the ArcGIS Solutions Team where he is responsible for the delivering ArcGIS Solutions for Planning, Land Records, and Natural Resources.  He has been with Esri for over 17 years.

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Mike Dagle

Product Engineer
Esri

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Mike Dagle is a Product Engineer on the State and Local Government Solution Team. He focuses on the Infrastructure community and has a strong interest in public works and elections solutions.

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Jennifer Psillas

GIS Project Manager
Tucson Parks and Recreation

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Jennifer Psillas is the GIS Project Manager with Tucson Parks and Recreation.  She is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) who has worked for Tucson-area local governments and parks departments since 2004. She uses Esri and OpenGov products to provide wide-ranging GIS support and asset management for Tucson Parks and Recreation and often can be found in City of Tucson parks updating asset information.  Jennifer's background is in physical sciences and natural resources with bachelor's degrees in Geosciences and Geography and master's degrees in GIS Technology and Watershed Management from the University of Arizona.

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Dr. Nikolas Smilovsky, PhD, GISP

Geospatial Solutions Director
Bad Elf LLC

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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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Jonathan Welker

Senior Software Specialist
Geographic Technology Group

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Jonathan Welker currently serves as Senior Enterprise Solutions Analyst for Geographic Technologies Group. As part of the GTG team, he has led the deployment of GIS software applications and solutions for local government clients throughout North America. Although he works primarily in the ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise environments, has also develops database design and migration strategies, conducts GIS training and knowledge transfer sessions, and contributes to GIS strategic planning initiatives. Since the inception of GreenCity GIS at GTG, he has collaborated with over 25 Parks and Recreation departments across the country to deliver GIS solutions tailored for Parks and Recreation efforts. Jonathan has a Master of Arts – Geography (GIS) from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Science – Geography and Community and Regional Planning from Appalachian State University.

Sponsors

SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS

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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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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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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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