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From Hours to Milliseconds: Using GPUs to accelerate data discovery and visual analytics

The challenge facing geospatial community today is the speed of their analytical capabilities. Billions of dollars have been invested in core technology to create competitive advantage from fiber to algorithmic trading models, but the speed of hypothesis generation and hypothesis testing has lagged, pulled down by legacy CPU technologies that are ill suited to querying and visualizing billions of records with millisecond delays. This has allowed GPU-tuned analytics to step in and replace lengthy wait times with rapid fire results and instant transparency. The results?

Experience level: 
Beginner

Reality Capture Technology 101

Are you new to the area of 3d scanning? Do you need help figuring out whether a LiDAR scanner will work? Do you need a primer on what technologies you’ll need? This session is intended to help users who want to understand the basic technologies involved in 3d scanning and photogrammetry. We’ll give you better insight into what features matters the most when choosing a 3d scanner or camera for drone. Example questions: What is LiDAR? What’s the difference between a phase shift and a time of flight 3D scanner? What is NIRGB? What is an RTK-GNSS?
Experience level: 
Beginner

Workflow and Design of an Emergency Flood Response Mapbook

Using ArcMap, InDesign, and Illustrator in tandem has allowed high-volume, high-quality design throughout the production of the Contra Costa County Flood Safety Plan mapbook. Here's an whirlwind dive into our workflow for a 100+ page mapbook for 14 levee districts in the Contra Costa County California Delta.
Experience level: 
Advanced

Simple is Better. An Intro to Event-Driven Serverless Architecture on AWS

The network is the computer, especially when your data is already in the Cloud. This workshop will show how, without concern for the details of servers and storage, you can use small amounts of code to run big geospatial batch jobs with help from GDAL, Amazon Lambda and S3. Participants will need AWS accounts, know how to create an S3 bucket and upload data to it. Most of the session will be using the AWS Command Line Interface and little bit of Bash on a Linux EC2 instance.

Experience level: 
Intermediate

Virtual Reality GIS In the Classroom:

In 2016 I recieved a grant to investigate virtual reality applications to GIS in the classroom. Although Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality headsets have been creating much buzz in the realms of video games and other fields, due to new generations of devices and consumer affordability, the ecosystem of Virtual Reality GIS arguably requires more maturity before adoption can be justfied in certain settings. 

Experience level: 
Intermediate

Women in GIS: Thriving as one and priming those around you to thrive!

Thriving as a woman in GIS is not impossible, it's possible and many women are doing it. We'll go over some labor statistics and numbers to start off and then dive into what you as a woman can do to help yourself thrive and what allies can do to help women around them thrive as well. Many of these things are common across business, science, and engineering vocations but we might not think about how applicable they can be in our roles. Take home some tips and thoughts to ponder as you thrive and help women around you thrive!

Experience level: 
Beginner

Adding Geospatial Alerting and Stream processing to GIS Applications

Many tools in the geographic information system (GIS) domain are built around styling, author, and managing datasets. Many of these tools require you to have all the data in a database, file, or resource in order to transform it.  These tools built around bounded datasets do not make it obvious when something unique is added at a later date. One way this is solved is through visualization techniques and manually use temporal sliders and search to manually see what has changed.

Experience level: 
Beginner

Principles and Tools for Visualization

This workshop introduces participants to design thinking and is helpful to those who want to learn about ways to effectively present their data and maps. This workshop is presented by Nahila Ahsan who has a background in the social sciences and has experience working in program evaluation and community development; she also has experience working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. Part of her job consists of visualizing various datasets and creating maps. Her answer to many questions related to visualization is “it depends” and “who is your audience?”

Experience level: 
Beginner

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