The festivities kicked off with a presentation by Senior Data Scientist Parker Wittman, highlighting some of the GIS team’s work over the last year. They have developed innovations using Fulcrum in concert with Google Earth, EQuIS, and other software to make field testing, sampling, and reporting much more efficient. Citing specific work Aspect has done for the Port of Seattle at SeaTac Airport, Parker demonstrated how the systems we’ve created are helping the Port assess the potential impacts proposed construction/redevelopment would have on the existing stormwater infrastructure and keep the existing mass of ever-updating data organized and easily accessible. Our team is strategically employing automated tools where it can save projects time and money.
Later in the day, we cut the cake as the GIS team set out to stump the rest of us with several rounds of GIS / geography-related trivia questions.
- List the eight states and provinces that the entire Columbia River Basin lies within.
- What two countries provide full satellite coverage of the Pacific Northwest?
- If you live in this city in Washington State, you must cross through two international borders to drive your car to any major shopping areas.
- What is the comprehensive name of the interconnected seas, sounds, and bays in the Pacific Northwest?
- Bruce Springsteen's song "Streets of Philadelphia" won a Grammy and what other major award?
Of course, a GIS Day celebration would not be complete without an informative map. The GIS team polled staffers on all the places they’ve lived throughout their lives. Using the analytical software Tableau, they created this lovely lattice crisscrossing the world.