Presentation Titles

GIS Day 2010 Posters

Tulsa Community College, Metro Campus

ESRI and ArcGIS 10 -- Stacia Canaday, ESRI

Geographers in IT: Fact or Fiction -- Sterling Overturf, GISP, ONEOK

Geographic Profiling:  The role it played in catching a serial rapist -- Kurt Bickle, INCOGG

Leveraging Google Earth with ArcGIS -- Meredith Reeder, Willbros Engineering

OKMaps: A New Geographic Information Clearinghouse for Oklahoma -- Mike Sharp, Oklahoma Office of Geographic Information

Public Outreach – Providing Effective GIS Data for Oklahoma Communities -- Chris Hill, GISP, Meshek & Associates, PLC

Remote Sensing of Invasive Plants--Philip Hanley, GISP, ESRGIS


Role of GIS in Comprehensive Internationalization of Higher Education -- Bryan Tapp, PhD – The University of Tulsa

The GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program -- Sheila Wilson, PhD, GISP – GIS Certification Institute

Title: ESRI and ArcGIS 10, Stacia Canaday, ESRI

Abstract: Esri is the global leader in GIS.  This session will provide an overview of what GIS is as well as insight into the company and its newest software release, ArcGIS 10.  The presenter will discuss different uses of GIS and give demonstrations on the value it can bring to an organization.

Presenter Bio: Stacia Canaday
Stacia began working for Esri in 2002.  She is the Training Consultant for the Energy and Utilities teams, handling training-related inquiries and sales.  She also teaches courses focusing on geodatabases, ArcSDE technology and Microsoft SQL Server.  Stacia studied geography and geology at the University of Oklahoma.  After graduating, she worked at a GIS consulting company in Oklahoma City, where she was a technical marketer and taught Esri classes as an Authorized Instructor. 

Stacia has also been involved in the South Central Arc Users Group (SCAUG) since 2001, both as a member and instructor of the pre- and post-conference classes.  Since 2007, she has served as the Esri representative to SCAUG.  This appointed position is chosen by the SCAUG president and Esri regional manager. 


Title: Geographers in IT: Fact or Fiction, Sterling Overturf, GISP, ONEOK

Abstract: Thanks to spatial technologies like GIS, IT organizations typically focused on professional experience in the areas of server technology, network designs, coding languages and database administrators are now also finding application specialist as key to their business support success. With the maturation of GIS software for both desktop and server platforms, IT organizations are finding employees trained with GIS technology and applications are a beneficial ingredient to supporting large scale implementations that meet serious business requirements. This presentation will feature the role of a GIS Analyst within an IT organization and will discuss some of the value GIS technology contributes to businesses within the energy industry.

Presenter Bio: Sterling Overturf, GISP
Sterling Overturf currently works as a Business Systems Analyst within the IT organization at ONEOK, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 2007. The GIS environments he helps administer supports business operations for multiple subsidiary companies. Using ESRI technology as a core platform, Sterling has experience supporting ArcGIS, ArcSDE and ArcGIS Server software suites as well as the pipeline industry standard datamodels of PODS and APDM. Having studied Geography at Tulsa Community College and Oklahoma State University, Sterling focused on GIS technology during his Geography curriculum and holds a B.S and A.S both in Geography as well as having completed a Certificate in GIS program featured in the OSU Department of Geography.


Title: Geographic Profiling:  The role it played in catching a serial rapist, Kurt Bickle, INCOGG

Abstract: In Tulsa, Oklahoma between the summer of 2001 and the fall of 2005, seventeen female victims between the ages of 2 and 37 had been sexually assaulted.  In three of these assaults, children under the age of 6 were removed from their residence and sexually assaulted outside.  Five of the cases had been linked by DNA and Tulsa Sex Crimes detectives believed the remaining twelve assaults were also committed by the same suspect.

In the summer of 2005 a task force was formed and an intensive manhunt for a serial rapist began.  As a member of the task force I began studying serial rapists, serial rape investigations, geographic and offender profiling techniques.  Geographic Profiling is an investigative technique that uses the locations of a connected series of crimes to determine a suspect's 'anchor point'.  Using GIS, a geographic profile was developed along with time-lines, maps, and aerial photographs.  The geographic profile reduced the search area to a few square miles enabling the task force to concentrate their efforts which ultimately resulted in the capture of a serial rapist.

The manhunt for Tulsa's most prolific child predator ended on February 20th, 2006 when Tulsa Sex Crimes detectives arrested Gary Lee Graham, Jr.  Graham was later convicted and sentenced to 181 years in prison.

My presentation will explain Geographic Profiling and how it was used during the Tulsa serial rape investigation.

Presenter Bio: Kurt Bickle
Kurt Bickle graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1974, with a Bachelors degree in Geography (specializing in Weather & Climate).  Mr. Bickle moved to Tulsa that same year and went to work for Senturion Sciences a geophysical exploration company, beginning his career in Computer Mapping.  He has worked for Seismograph Corporation, Benham Group Engineering and has been with INCOG, the regional planning agency for the Tulsa area, for the past 16 years, managing the Mapping & Graphics Department.  INCOG has about 60 employees and approximately a third of the staff use ArcGIS to perform their daily duties.  The Mapping Department is responsible for providing mapping services and products to their in-house staff, member communities, and the maps can be purchased by the general public.  INCOG also manages the annual aerial photography program for their member communities.  They are responsible for maintaining and updating the E-911 Street file used by the E-911 dispatch centers within the Tulsa area.

For the past 14 years, Mr. Bickle has worked as a volunteer with the Tulsa Police Department in the Homicide Squad as a Crime Analyst working on cases, writing summaries, developing time-lines, etc.  He completed the FBI's Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) training in 2002.  In the summer of 2005, he worked with the Tulsa Police Department Sex Crimes Squad on the serial rape case.


Title: Leveraging Google Earth with ArcGIS, Meredith Reeder, Willbros Engineering Inc.

Abstract: More choices in technology become available it becomes imperative to deliver information in a fast concise manner.  By leveraging Google Earth with ArcGIS data the resulting KML file creates an easy to use, goof proof end product for the non-GIS professional.   Reasons for using Google Earth are many and this presentation will examine a few of those reasons, along with tools which provide a great deal of functionality.

Presenter Bio: Meredith Reeder
Ms. Reeder is the GIS Coordinator for Willbros Engineering Inc., with over 30 years of experience in mapping and GIS work. Her farsighted approach to technology has kept her in tune with the rapid changes in software and equipment. This attention to detail and forward thinking has kept her in leadership positions throughout her career. She has taught GIS classes at TCC since 1997. Her current duties include overseeing the development of projects, as well as, overseeing the GIS staff and coordinating efforts between remote offices.  Additionally, Meredith initiates feasibility studies for bids, analyses routes to see where modifications need to be made for increased ease of construction, and creates route books for use in the field for both field reconnaissance and discussions with clients.


Title: OKMaps: A New Geographic Information Clearinghouse for Oklahoma, Mike Sharp, Oklahoma Office of Geographic Information

Abstract: The Oklahoma Office of Geographic Information (OGI) was created by statute in 2004 (Title 82, Section 1501-205.3) which directed that the OGI be located within the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.  Subsection D-1 states that the Office shall "Establish a central statewide geographic information clearinghouse to maintain data inventories, information on current and planned Geographic Information System applications, information on grants available for the acquisition or enhancement of geographic information resources, and a directory of geographic information resources available within the state or from the federal government".   Although this legislation became law, no funding was appropriated to carry out the mandates contained therein.  In 2007 with a grant from the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security the OGI employed Coordinate Solutions, Inc. to develop a pilot geospatial clearinghouse to support not only law enforcement activities but would provide spatial data to all levels of government, businesses, educational institutions and citizens of our state. 

One of the primary goals of the project was to develop the clearinghouse using Open Source software.  The central to the clearinghouse is the data warehouse catalog where users choose their data based on keyword search or browsing through categories of data layers.  FGDC standard metadata is available for preview or download.  Once data has been selected it can be previewed through an OpenLayers based user interface or can be received in Google Earth, downloaded as files or connected to via web services.  The catalog has a secure way of allowing a fine degree of access rights to the data depending on userid/password control.  Most of the catalog functions are performed by GeoNetwork which is an Open Source standard based spatial information management system.

Various clients can access both raster and vector data through several methods.  KML is available for visualization in Google Earth or other web-based clients that can consume this data format.  OGC-based web services (WMS, WFS, WCS) can be consumed by clients such as OpenLayers, uDig, QGIS, ArcMap, AutoCAD Map, and many others.  Also, within the users defined area of interest data can be downloaded as files in a variety of formats, projections, and datums.  There is also the ability to enable data layers to be updatable meaning that a suitable feature client connecting through WFS-T can directly edit data on the server. 

Web services are managed through the Open Source web server, GeoServer.  Integrated into GeoServer is the Open Source tile caching client, GeoWebCache which greatly speeds up delivery of uniform tiled blocks of both raster and vector data through WMS.  Vector data is stored in the Open Source geodatabase, PostGIS which is the spatially enabled version of the Open Source database, PostgresSQL.  Downloadable files are created using various Open Source tools from the GDAL/OGR library. 

OKMaps is the integration of all of these Open Source tools which has required a small amount of custom programming in .NET. The front page for OKMaps can be found at while the map viewer user interface can be found at Please refer to the help page for information on how to navigate the site. As of November, 2010 the site is still under development so all functionality may not be present.

Presenter Bio:  Mike Sharp
Mike Sharp serves as the Acting State Geographic Information Coordinator for the Oklahoma Office of Geographic Information and chairs the State Geographic Information Council.  He also serves as the Director of Information Technology for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.  In addition Mike serves as the Assistant Director of the Abandoned Mine Land Program, a position he has held since he came to work for the Conservation Commission in 1991.  From 1987 to 1991 he served four years as the Secretary to the Commissioners of the Land Office.  Since 1994 he has been an instructor of various GPS, CAD and GIS related courses for the Office of Surface Mining, US Department of Interior and is a member of their CAD Team.  He presently serves on the Office of Surface Mining's National Technical Innovation and Professional Services Committee and the National Coal Mining Geospatial Committee.


Title: Public Outreach - Providing Effective GIS Data for Oklahoma Communities, Chris Hill, GISP, Meshek & Associates, PLC

Abstract: GIS technology continues to develop new avenues for data dissemination and distribution.  As the general public becomes more familiar with the capabilities of referencing geospatial data, these new methods are improving the way we deliver and receive information.  The availability of quality, raw data online provides a starting point for many GIS studies, and it is the job of the GIS professional to communicate the information to the end user.  This presentation hopes to highlight creative mapping and data distribution techniques that are currently being implemented to share data with non-GIS professionals.  Examples of mapping creativity and innovation including effective map products, interactive, internet-based GIS data viewers, and other mapping procedures will be discussed and demonstrated.  The overall goal is to discuss mapping outreach by providing real-world examples of effective map communication and data sharing.

Presenter Bio:  Chris Hill, GISP
Mr. Chris Hill serves as the GIS Program Manager for Meshek & Associates, PLC and has worked in GIS for over 10 years.  He received his BS degree in Geography (specializing in GIS and Engineering) from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 and is currently the instructor for the Introduction to GIS class at Tulsa Community College.  Mr. Hill's software expertise includes the suite of ArcGIS products, and the creation and management of geospatial related databases.  Technical proficiencies focus on project management, workflow analysis, project mapping, cartography, data visualization, and project data organization.  Chris is directly responsible for each GIS project at Meshek, and takes great pride in the numerous mapping and GIS projects Meshek provides for communities and other entities across the state of Oklahoma.


Title: Remote Sensing of Invasive Plants, Philip Hanley, GISP, ERGIS

Abstract: Invasive nonindigenous plants are threatening the biological integrity of North American rangelands, as well as the economies that are supported by those ecosystems. Spatial information is critical to fulfilling invasive plant management strategies. Traditional invasive plant mapping has utilized ground-based hand or GPS mapping. The shortfalls of ground-based methods include the limited spatial extent covered and the associated time and cost. Mapping vegetation with remote sensing covers large spatial areas and maps can be updated at an interval determined by management needs and project goals.

The use of various airborne platforms has become a vital part of this remote sensing field and now includes not only satellites and traditional manned airplanes to acquire data but now we see the advent of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles being use to fill in the gap in data collection.

Presenter Bio:  Philip Hanley, GISP
Philip Hanley is both a GISP and professional environmental consultant. He currently owns and operates a consulting firm called ERGIS. As a GIS Professional, Mr. Hanley has over 12 years of experience in various aspects of cadastral land surveying, GPS surveying, Digital Terrain Modeling, LIDAR and all forms of remote sensing and Multispectral-Hyperspectral analysis. His survey experience also includes near shore bathymetric and hydrographic data collection along with water quality and benthic analysis. He has been involved at all levels of surveying for environmental resource management to private industry and institutional as well as state and federal governmental projects. He is a research partner with Oklahoma State University and The Nature Conservancy as well as Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in the use of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing. His other research projects include the University of North Dakota in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in remote sensing and natural resource management.

As an Environmental consultant he is a professional wetland scientist and certified in wetland construction and restoration, environmental regulation and policies. He has worked extensively with state, county, municipal and private projects on environmental compliance and permitting. He also is recognized by US Fish & Wildlife Service for his surveys and work on the Texas coast for various Section Seven endangered species, including the Piping Plover and sea turtles. He has been a volunteer and contributor to the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) in Port Aransas Texas.


Title: Role of GIS in Comprehensive Internationalization of Higher Education, Bryan Tapp, PhD- The University of Tulsa

Abstract: The University of Tulsa is engaged in The American Council of Higher Education Internationalization Laboratory, and is preparing a Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization.  As part of the process, the GIS class of 2010 undertook a pilot study to evaluate the potential of integrating GIS into the University's international effort.  Work was limited to the Center for Global Education (CGE), to determine if GIS could help 1) manage the volume of data they have regarding Study Abroad, 2) provide risk assessment modeling  (political and physical) 3) manage faculty and student exchanges and short faculty lead workshops abroad, and 4) manage Memoranda of Understanding with international institutions. 

Presenter Bio: Bryan Tapp, PhD
Dr. Bryan Tapp is Chairman of the Department of Geosciences at The University of Tulsa.  Dr. Tapp trained as a classic structural geologist and has research interests in fractured reservoir characterization, characterization of fractured and karstified aquifers, hydrogeophysics, folding dynamics, finite element analysis, carbonate deformation mechanisms, and GIS. He learned GIS at the insistence of a post-doctoral student in 1996, and now tries to integrate GIS as a data management and data analysis tool in all areas of his research and teaching.   He has developed and offered multiple teachers workshops in all areas of the geosciences.  He currently is involved in workshops for primary, middle and secondary teachers using GIS and GPS, in cooperation with the faculty in Chemistry, Education, and partnering with Tulsa non-profits.


Title: The GIS Professional (GISP) Certification Program, Sheila Wilson, PhD, GISP - GIS Certification Institute

Abstract: This presentation details the GISCI certification program for GIS professionals, including current initiatives underway by GISCI and its various committees.  Current initiatives include changes in the certification process, the possibility of an exam-based certification, state endorsements, a website redesign, and more.

The presentation will include a brief description of the application, recertification requirements, and information about the history of the effort and the Institute. The presentation will outline the review cycle of how applications are received, processed, and deliberated on. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions and dialog with current GISPs.

Presenter Bio: Sheila Wilson, PhD, GISP
Dr. Wilson is the Executive Director of the GIS Certification Institute.  She oversees the Institute and the GIS Professional (GISP) certification program.  She has a doctorate in geology from the University of Tulsa.  Dr. Wilson taught hydrogeology at the University of Tulsa for seven years.  Previously, she was the Executive Director of the PODS Association in which she was involved in the relational data model standard for the pipeline industry.  She has been in GIS in the GIS industry since 1998.  She received her GISP in 2008.