The members of the Executive Committee and the Program Committee express our sincere thanks to the attendees, speakers, volunteers and exhibitors at the 2011 NC GIS Conference. More than 880 people attended in a difficult economic climate, even more than in 2009. We are especially grateful to the 44 vendors that exhibited and to the financial sponsors, listed on the Sponsors
of conference participants, by county, by state and by type of employer.
To view individual PowerPoint or pdf files of selected conference presentations, see the Proceedings
Enjoy the 2011 Conference in Pictures.
The 2011 G. Herbert Stout Award
for Visionary Use of GIS by Local Government in North Carolina was presented to:
City of Asheboro
(Drew Fioranelli, Todd Stout and Casey Fletcher) for "Mobile 311 Program."
The City of Asheboro has made exemplary use of emerging technology in a practical manner to serve its citizens, particularly for a municipality of its size. The Mobile 311 Program was created to get field data into the office and reduce expenses such as fuel costs for the sanitation department. An additional goal was to make the application scalable for future applications beyond the needs of the sanitation department. Results have included more efficient routing, lower fuel costs, and a significant decrease in operations costs including equipment and staff resources (allowing those precious staff resources to meet other city needs).
(Charles Friddle and team) for "iMAPs - Using Collaboration and Technology to Color Outside the Organizational Lines."
The iMAPS application provides access to geospatial and supporting data for internal and citizen uses. This effort stands out due to the level of collaboration that the county has achieved with the City of Raleigh. Over 10 city and county databases are used to deliver iMAPS seamlessly. Wake County and the City of Raleigh have shared responsibilities for its success. Through its collaborative approach with other Wake County cities/towns and citizens, very positive impacts have been achieved such as higher confidence in data integrity, greater organizational trust and understanding, cost and resource sharing, and a positive impact on the citizens of Wake County.
Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County
(Kathryn Brewer and team) for "MSD Flex Viewer."
The Metropolitan Sewerage District (MSD) of Buncombe County received the award in the new “regional” category. It is exemplary because of the overall impact that it has had on the organization. Before implementation of the MSD Flex Viewer there was significant data fragmentation, lack of standardization, and lack of data sharing. The MSD Flex Viewer technical solution coupled with a very collaborative spirit resulted in lessened “silo mentality” and more efficient use of staff time across the organization. There is a greater willingness to share in data maintenance and the application has enabled more nimble decision making. The MSD user base has broadened to realtors, surveyors, appraisers, plumbers, and homeowners. It has garnered the attention of the General Manager for support of macro-level decisions and the Finance Division for cost savings achieved.
The Poster Session
featured 50 posters, which were judged by peers in attendance at the social.
First Place: City of Greensboro
, "Implementing a Trail Marker System for Computer Aided Dispatch," (Todd Hayes)
Second Place was a tie between:
NC State Center for Health Statistics
, "Rabies in North Carolina," (Dianne Enright, Reggie Daye).
Western Foothills Regional Group
, "Western Foothills Regional GIS Website," (George Brown, Doug Fox, Lisa Harrington, Kevin Parrish, Michelle Deese, Ralph Dell, Chris Bridges, Angela Huss, Tom Waryold, Vic Spenser, Mike Murphy, Mike Cotter)