Western US Manifold Users Meeting - Phoenix 2008
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Friday, January 18th

8:00 - 8:30       Registration
8:30 - 8:40       Welcome/Introductions
8:40 - 10:00     Overview of Manifold's Internal Planning Process and Roadmap by Dimitri Rotow, Project Manager,
10:00 - 10:10   Break
10:10 - 11:00   Using Manifold GIS as a tool for Real Estate Market Analysis by John Norman.  Please see abstract below.
11:00 - 11:10   Break
11:10 - 12:00   Integrating PDAs, a Centralized Database, and Manifold IMS for Asset Management by Rob Wood 
                                  Please see abstract below.
12:00 - 1:30     Lunch
1:30 - 2:20       Creating a GIS Application with the Manifold Map Control by Danielle Cullen.  Please see abstract below.
2:20 - 2:30       Break
2:30 - 3:20       Demonstration of Manifold IMS capabilities and IMS hosting on MapServing.com by Joe Luchette and
                                  Charles McLane. Please see abstract below.
3:20 - 3:30       Break
3:30 - 5:00       Integrating Manifold with your existing GIS software  This will be a roundtable discussion.

5:30 - 8:00       Evening Social  held at the Old Chicago here: 6821 East Superstition Springs Blvd.

Saturday, January 19th

9:00 - 11:00     Creation of Western Manifold User Group
11:00 - 11:10   Break
11:10 - 12:00   Flight Planning For Photo Missions Using Manifold by Eric Andelin.  Please see abstract below.
12:00 - 1:30     Lunch (Provided by Manifold.net)
1:30 - 2:20       "How do you do that in Manifold?" an interactive session led by the Conference Organizing Committee
2:20 - 2:30       Break
2:30 - 3:20       Tips and Tricks an interactive opportunity to help your peers.
3:20 - 3:30       Drawing for door prize  You do *NOT* want to miss this! Thanks to our sponsors, this is your opportunity to
                                  turn $50 into thousands.  You must be present to win.  Conference Organizers are not eligible.



Friday, January 18th

10:10 - 11:00 AM      Using Manifold GIS as a tool for Real Estate Market Analysis

Manifold GIS as a tool has a huge variety of applications. The Taurean Group uses Manifold on a daily basis for the purpose of analyzing primary and secondary data with respect to real estate feasibility, valuation, market analysis and land use planning.

In real estate, as the cliché suggests, location is key. No matter what the property, be it a single parcel or an entire community, understanding the associated spatial environment can only make decisions about those entities better. Valuation and land use planning involves not only the understanding of specific properties, but also surrounding land use, linkages to services, customers, competition etc. The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss and demonstrate how Manifold has been used by Taurean for the integration and analysis of commercial, government and primary data in a real estate decision making and land use planning context.

The presentation will include the use of Census TIGER files for simple base mapping and drive time calculations (using business tools) as well as creation of demographic ‘heat maps’ using Manifold’s surface analysis package. It will also present how Taurean has used spatial queries with previously created drive time zones to generate a detailed community comparison of people, business and employment, and expenditure information.

Presenter: John Norman, The Taurean Group, LLC

11:10 - 12:00 AM     Integrating PDAs, a Centralized Database, and Manifold IMS for Asset Management

Artisan Farms (Kendall-Jackson) is a distributed premium wine grape growing operation with strategic holdings throughout California. The company uses PDA and smartphone data collection tools to record everything from mealy bug trap locations to equipment utilization details. Data is stored in a central database where server based GIS is used to present consolidated data and deliver reports through a web accessible portal. The portal delivers maps showing real-time information for Yield Estimates and Harvest Planning among many other functions. Each time a map is opened the underlying database is queried to build the presentation completely automatically. The same capabilities are in use by other global wine brands such as Diageo Chateau & Estates, Fosters and J Lohr and by specialist wine industry consultants in the Barossa Valley outside Adelaide, South Australia.

 Harvest Planning for Artisan Farms’ Alexander Valley vineyard office was sometimes a stressful exercise with last minute measurements being called in from the field, Excel spreadsheets to update and multi-page reports to print. Viticultural and winemaking staff would get together and scan through tabular information for hundreds of vineyard blocks to gain an understanding of progressing maturity and determine which areas would be harvested when. The whole procedure would be repeated every 2 or 3 days. Now, the hurried atmosphere has been replaced by projecting a web-based current maturity report onto a large screen at the end of the conference room table. This and other map based reports are accessed through a portal that has been constructed to meet the needs of the management team in the region and provide instant status information for multiple variables across seven different ranches. Data is fed from PDA’s and smartphone devices into a central database. The data comprises records that track qualitative and resource allocation variables. The database contains several years worth of data amounting to over 200,000 individual records with current growth at approximately 10,000 entries per week. Database tools are used to create structured queries and views that deliver consolidated information. Records are filtered to break out the most recent sugar sample values for each block and then averaged. Manifold desktop software is used to join the summarized values to geographic data and then published using the Web Page wizard to a server running the Manifold runtime. Anyone who opens a map report page on the portal will force re-execution of the underlying database query thereby assuring extraction of the most up-to-date database content. This presentation will provide a view into the underlying database architecture of the solution. Construction of queries and views used to filter and manipulate records will be demonstrated and an overview provided of the IMS capabilities in Manifold. The portal structure will be briefly explained to complete the picture.

 Additional parallel applications using the same tools and system architecture have been constructed for multinational specialty crop producers, public infrastructure managers and the horse racing industry in Australia. If time permits we will illustrate how the above has been applied in these unique vertical markets.

 This presentation will be delivered by Rob Wood. Rob is the Founder and CEO of ScanControl, Inc. of Pleasanton, CA. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from San Jose State University. After 10 years in the construction industry he transitioned into various infrastructure management consulting roles in Silicon Valley before starting out on his own in 2002.

1:30 - 2:20 PM          Creating a GIS Application with the Manifold Map Control

Parcel Viewer is a program used by county governments in Idaho to view their Parcel ownership maps with their assessment information. It was created in Visual Studio 2005 with the Manifold Map Control. Originally Parcel Viewer was created in Visual Basic 6 with ESRI's MapObjects. I will discuss the creation of Parcel Viewer, give a demonstration and also show how to set up a basic Manifold application with Visual Basic Express utilizing the Manifold Map Control.

Parcel Viewer is owned by Geographic Mapping Consultants, Inc. located in Moscow, Idaho. Digital Mapping Services provides maintenance and technical support for the Parcel Viewer software.

This presentation will be delivered by Danielle Cullen from Digital Mapping Services, LLC

2:30 - 3:20 PM          Demonstration of Manifold IMS capabilities and IMS hosting on MapServing.com

Manifold IMS is unique in that it is a built-in part of the Manifold System GIS. Other IMS packages require a separate application to actually publish the map on the Internet. By combining both GIS and IMS into one package, Manifold makes it easy for authors of new web maps to simply create a project the way they want it to look and then publish it in web-ready form without any programming. The web application is then modifiable to create an unlimited number of functionalities within the IMS, including geocoding (address locating), routing, data queries and much much more! Manifold users can host their own GIS-enabled web pages to publish their IMS projects, but many prefer to subscribe to a web-hosting service that can provide a reliable and easy to use hosting platform that allows them to concentrate on creating and enhancing their projects. One method of enhancing the functionality of an IMS project while avoiding the costly and time consuming process of coding commonly used tools and features is to use a predeveloped template within which their IMS map can be embedded when it is published. Templates can add a variety of tools including Geocoding (address finding), measuring tools, overview/index maps, print layouts and custom query tools. For more sophisticated IMS applications, specialty products are available that allow the Manifold user to deploy a high-end IMS map application providing a suite of advanced map user tools and map management tools. In this presentation we will discuss Manifold’s IMS capabilities, demonstrate how easy it is to create and publish an IMS project, and discuss and demonstrate some of the available templates and software products for enhancing your IMS applications.

Presenters: Charles McLane  – Principal, MapServing.com, LLC and Joe Luchette – Senior GIS Specialist, MapServing.com, LLC

Saturday, January 19th

11:10 - 12:00             Flight Planning For Photo Missions Using Manifold

Manifold can be used as an alternative to COTS software for flight planning of with regard to Aerial Photo missions. Traditionally photo missions were planned using quad sheets, scales, and some knowledge of geometry as it pertains to photogrammetry. More recently this has been replaced with software such as DeLorme's Xmap (and others) which allow the flight planner to digitally create these maps using DRG's and/or NAIP imagery as the backdrop. Typically the base maps are too old and the software to costly. In this presentation some of the requirements for planning photo missions will be discussed and an alternative method using manifold will be demonstrated.

Presenter: Eric Andelin, Vice President, Aerial Data Service, Inc.


***CALL FOR PRESENTERS***  Sorry, the conference schedule is full.

Date: Friday, January 18th and Saturday, January 19th 2008

We are looking for presenters for the users meeting in January. Below are some suggested topics, but we would like to hear other ideas as well!

  • GPS Integration
  • Programming with the Manifold ActiveX Control
  • Database Implementation
  • Integrating Manifold with your existing GIS software
  • Linked Drawings
  • Project Demonstrations

Presentation time slots are 50 minutes in length. If you are interested in giving a presentation for a shorter period of time, please let us know and we will do our best to double up presenters in the same time slot.

Please contact us at information@gis4everyone.com if you are interested in presenting!