User Group Presentations

The RIGIS User Group is an informal professional group on an approximately quarterly basis to learn from presenters, and to share ideas and information with fellow colleagues. The user group represents a wide range of interests and backgrounds, ranging from businesses, government, nonprofit, and education. The user group is currently following an organizational model of having the host organization arrange for meeting space and logistics for each quarterly meeting. The host is also encouraged to solicit speakers, and is helped with this by the RIGIS Coordinator and fellow colleagues. Communication between meetings is encouraged by using the RIGIS-L email listserv. Upcoming meetings are listed in the event calendar. All are welcome to attend! Please contact Vincent Flood with any questions regarding the user group.


December 1, 2016
Using GIS to Comply with Phase II Storm Water Program Requirements – Carol Baker, Town of South Kingstown Bringing GIS Into the Design World and Back Again – Deb Landi, GZA Stormwater System Structure Maintenance Using the Collector App – Maria Giarrusso, City of Cranston Apps for Maps & Accessibility – Michael Funaro, Latitude Geographics MS4 Stormwater Permitting Panel Discussion


June 6, 2014 The Road Not Taken – Route Finding Help for Emergency Responders and Evacuees – Michele Giorgianni, AppGeo Surveying Archaeological Sites Damaged by Hurricane Sandy along the Coastlines of Southern Rhode Island – Jane Miller & Jay Waller, Public Archaeology Laboratory Shelter Island, NY’s Event and Post-Event Tool Set for Hurricane Sandy – Mike Doyle, Hilltop Northeast Enterprises Using SLOSH to Model Storm Surge Vulnerability for Coastal Communities – Rachel Shmookler, RPS RI Transportation Assets Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise – Christina Delage Baza, RI Statewide Planning Program March 3, 2014 Supporting Community Policing with GIS – Dan Clement, City of Providence Utilizing GIS in Emergency Management – Jess Stimson, RI Emergency Management Agency Fire Department Response Times and Run Orders – Maria Giarrusso, City of Cranston


November 14, 2013 IGNITE Spatial Newport
Artificial Reef Site Selection Modeling – Kevin Ruddock, The Nature Conservancy Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Paul Jordan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management ArcGIS Online at National Grid: Integrated Mapping Applications Portal – Jeff Pires, National Grid Coastal Planning in the Age of Superstorms: Coastal and Subaqueous Soil Mapping in Rhode Island – Maggie Payne, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Modeling Select Cold, Cool, and Warm Water Fish on lake Ontario – Barbara J. McKay Archibald, Pennsylvania State University GIS Holds the Keys to the Future of Land Surveying – Ed O’Brien, Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors Let’s Address Addresses! – Michele Giorgianni, AppGeo South Kingstown’s Mobile iPad Infrastructure Inspection Application – Carol Baker, Town of South Kingstown, RI Elegant Simplicity: The Ideal Web Map – Marie Esten, Loon Environmental Humans, Technology, and the Need for Common Sense – Justin Jobin, Town of Jamestown, RI State Water Interactive Map (SWIM) Viewer: A Public Notification System – Amie Parris, Rhode Island Department of Health Google Earth: Tools for Surveyors and Engineers – Wayne Kelloway, Eastern Topographics


August 14, 2012 Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Data (HIFLD) Working Group – Jeff Barrett, New England Information Exchange Broker Connecticut Geospatial Information Systems Council Storm Response and Recovery Assessment Group Findings Report – Jeff Bolton (State of Connecticut, Dept. of Construction Services), Meg McGaffin (City of Milford, CT), Aaron Nash (City of Hartford, CT), and Eric Snowden (Connecticut Capitol of Governments) May 7, 2012 IGNITE Spatial Providence
Combining Municipal Parcel, Health Department Lead Exposure, and Lead Law Compliance Data to Gauge the Problem and Target Intervention – Jim Lucht, The Providence Plan Adding Place to a Water Quality Project in Cambodia ( – Chris Stanton, US Air National Guard Careful with What You Create (Adventures of Mobile Development for Southington, CT) – Marwin Gonzalez, New England GeoSystems What’s New in ArcGIS Online – Al Frauenfelder, Esri Rhody Archeology – Jane Miller, Public Archeology Laboratory A Tale of Two Spatial Data Sets – Michele Giorgianni, Applied Geographics Preliminary Work in Determining Rates and Drivers of Agricultural Intensification in Mato Grosso, Brazil – Stephanie Spera, Brown University Using SLAMM to Predict Future Salt Marsh Habitat – Kevin Ruddock, The Nature Conservancy Surveyors / GIS – Different Sides of the Same Coin – Ed O’Brien, RI Society of Professional Land Surveyors Protecting Rhode Island’s Biodiversity in the Context of Climate Change – Pete August, University of Rhode Island Advancing the Analysis Potential of Topographic Maps in the Digital World – Pete Steeves, US Geological Survey A Land Cover/Use Collision Course: Pressures of Agricultural Development and Land Protection in Tanzania – Marc Mayes, Brown University


August 4, 2009 Rhode Island Cesspool Phaseout Legislation to Implementation – Paul Jordan, RI Department of Environmental Management RIDOT GIS Activities – Stephen Kut,  RI Department of Transportation What’s New: RIGIS Data Clearinghouse – Greg Bonynge, University of Rhode Island Geospatial Extension Program