MAGTUG News – Free Webinar Tue Feb 21, 2017 and more

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Tue, February 21, 2017 – 10:00am EST (1 hour)

The Philadelphia Streets Department is responsible for managing and regulating the roadway Right-of-Way (“ROW”) for the City of Philadelphia. As such, the Department is required to issue street opening permits, which allows utilities to excavate City streets in order to install or maintain their infrastructure. The Department is also responsible for paving City maintained streets and for coordinating work on state maintained streets. This coordination was managed in the Guaranteed Pavement Information System (“GPIS”) which connects departments and organizations in and outside of the City.

The City replaced the legacy GPIS system with a modern, web-based, scalable system. The new GPIS provides the flexibility, scalability, and interoperability needed to meet both current requirements and future phases of the new system. Features of the new system include project tracking, utility clearance notification, and reporting. In addition, an advanced GIS mapping component provides users with the ability to identify project locations, collaborate with existing City ROW project owners, and manage project conflicts.


bpliszka Presenter: Bob Pliszka, JMT Technology Group

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Now Available

  • Preliminary Program for the 2017 GIS-T Symposium (Apr 10-13, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ) is now available Read more…
  • Washington Metro Area and Pittsburgh PA score in the Top 10 Best Cities for Engineering and Geospatial Professions Read more…
  • Pavement Management Systems: Putting Data to Work is now available from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Read more…

Call for Abstracts

  • Presentation Abstracts now being accepted for Pennsylvania GIS Conference (May 15-17, 2017 in State College, PA). Deadline is tomorrow! Read more…
  • Presentation and Poster Abstract Submissions now being accepted for Meadowlands Conference on Super Storm Sandy: Five Years Later (Oct 26-27, 2017 in Lyndhurst, NJ) Read more…

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

  • FHWA webinar on Public-Private Design & Construction Performance Requirements (Thu Feb 9, 2017) Read more…
  • DVRPC Information Resource Exchange Group (IREG) meets Wed Mar 8, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA Read more…
  • NJ Geospatial Forum meets Thu Mar 16 in Trenton, NJ Read more…
  • Southeastern PA GIS Users Group meets Fri Mar 24, 2014 in Malvern, PA Read more…
  • MAGTUG webinar on NJ Transit Trailblazer Sign Inventory and Management (Tue Mar 28, 2017) Stay tuned…
  • MAGTUG webinar on HD-LiDAR Design-Scale Ready (Tue Apr 18, 2017) Read more…

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MAGTUG Webinar – 1/19/17

Please join us for our next webinar on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am EST.


Accessibility has become an increasingly popular topic and metric moving forward in transportation planning. Metrics such as access to jobs and accessibility scores for walking have become a popular way to determine how well our transportation systems are delivering people to their desired destinations. In fact, they are even used in real estate for gauging desirability of a property. This presentation highlights a new easy to use tool which allows planners to conduct accessibility analysis using a prepackaged and integrated data source. Sugar Access, an ArcGIS add-in, allows planners to understand the public’s ability to walk or bike to their daily errands, analyze the benefits of bike infrastructure improvements, and compute the increased accessibility resulting from simple transit improvements. Model and compare future scenarios and integrate with ArcGIS Online to easily share the benefits of a project with stakeholders.

Presenter: Robert T. Kohler of CitiLabs

Citilabs’ mission is to empower those who shape the future with impactful mobility analytics tools. The company engineers software, analyzes data and provides professional services to understand, model, and predict the movement of people and goods. Their products and services provide the backbone of operational and predictive transportation systems in more than 2,500 cities in 70 countties across 6 continents.

REGISTER HERE to attend this event.

MAGTUG Webinar – 12/6/16

Please join us for our next webinar on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 from 10:00-11:00am EST.


Weston Solutions has put together and tested architecture for being able to quickly setup Geo-Spatial Portals (web viewers) for their clients during field deployments.  This is based on 20+ years of supporting clients for Emergency Response.  Starting in 2010/2011 they moved this architecture to the Cloud for greater flexibility and have been able to implement both on Client Procured and Weston Procured Cloud Environments.  More than a traditional transportation topic, the presentation addresses accessibility to resources, data and infrastructure, and the tools that enable that accessibility in times of emergency.

Presenter:  Brad Morgan, IT Practice Director, Weston Solutions

Weston Solutions, Inc. is an employee-owned environmental management company serving federal/state/local government and commercial/industrial clients.  Mr. Morgan has worked for Weston since 2000 primarily supporting large federal contracts in an IT leadership role.  Mr. Morgan has deployed to some of the largest emergency responses in US history including Space Shuttle Columbia Response, Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, Ike, Gustave, Sandy and more and has also supported Deep Water Horizon and Enbridge Oil Spills, and gold King Mine Release in Colorado.

REGISTER HERE to attend this event.

MAGTUG Seminar @ Burlington Co GIS Day – Nov 2, 2016

Register now to celebrate GIS Day with MAGTUG at Rowan College at Burlington County on November 2nd.  Information on this full-day GIS Day event can be found HERE.  There will be speaker presentations throughout the morning and an afternoon of GPS and GIS activities, including a MAGTUG seminar that begins at 1:00.

Title – MAGTUG Seminar: How to Model Infrastructure in 3D

Abstract –  Technological advances have made it easier and cheaper to work with 3-Dimensional data.  This workshop will introduce options for collecting 3D data ‘from the ground up’, that is, from ground-based manual surveys, to mobile and aerial collection systems, to the new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) carrying cameras and GPS receivers.  Representatives will illustrate how commonly used software (ArcGIS, MicroStation, and AutoCAD) can be used to analyze and display 3D data, and a panel of presenters will discuss tradeoffs among alternatives.



  • 1-1:05 Introduction (Matt Lawson,
  • 1:05-1:50 “How Desktop Apps Have Evolved to Manage 3D Data Once You Have It”
    • Esri – Patrick Gahagan (
    • Bentley Systems – Kurt Rasmussen (
    • AutoDesk – George Hatch (
  • 1:50-1:55 Break
  • 1:55-3:10 “Data Collection – Equipment, Method, and Examples”
    • Traditional and GPS-Enhanced Surveying and Ground Control – Bob Pliszka, JMT (
    • Mobile LiDAR – TBA, Michael Baker
    • Aerial LiDAR and Stereo Orthophotos – Wesley Weaver, Keystone Aerial Surveys (
    • DIY Models with Drones/UAS – George Hatch, AutoDesk & 3DR (
    • Drone Images to 3D Models with ArcGIS – Patrick Gahagan, Esri (
  • 3:10-3:40  “Tradeoffs of Alternative Methods”
    • Panel Discussion – Moderator: Dave Wagner, Greenman Pederson (



MAGTUG Webinar – 10/4/16

Mark your calendars for the next MAGTUG webinar.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – 10:00am EDT (1 hour)

This webinar will focus on the web-based Planning Review System implemented for DelDOT that facilitates the review and approval process for Subdivision Record Plans, Subdivision Street Plans and Commercial Entrance Plans as well as identifies and manages required participants and cost contributions to offsite improvements.

Using GIS technology, users can interactively locate and define boundaries of projects and off-site improvements, perform spatial analysis and generate reports based on spatial queries. The solution streamlines the work flow process for reviewers by providing all project data in one location.

Presenter: Dave Braig, JMT Technology Group

CLICK HERE for more information and to register



MAGTUG Event – 9/15/2016

You are invited to the next MAGTUG event – COMPARING TOOLS FOR MANAGING INFRASTRUCTURE.  The event will feature presentations and demonstrations by asset management software vendors and is cosponsored by Delaware T2/LTAP Center and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at University of Delaware.

When: 8:30am-3:00pm, Thursday September 15, 2016

Where: Embassy Suites, 654 S. College Ave, Newark, DE

There is no cost for the event, we only ask that you register and then attend.  Space is limited.

Click HERE to register.

For more information and the agenda, click HERE

MAGTUG Webinar – 8/2/16

MAGTUG invites you to REGISTER for our next webinar.

Expansion of to include Road and Bridge Conceptual Design
Presented by: JP Gauthier of Bentley
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
10:00 am EDT

Jump-start your projects by rapidly creating conceptual designs and improving the decision-making process. OpenRoads ConceptStation offers roadway and bridge design capabilities to help road and land development engineers create intelligent models in context. Explore conceptual design options with real-world data and cost analysis to improve project results. Combine data acquisition, reality modeling, and conceptual design to help identify high-cost and high-risk items in the preliminary and planning design stages of your infrastructure projects.

Using OpenRoads ConceptStation, you can:

  • Assemble context data rapidly from a variety of sources, such as point clouds, 3D reality meshes, terrain data, images, and geospatial information to bring real-world settings to your project.
  • Simplify 3D modeling with easy-to-use engineering sketching capabilities to quickly conceptualize road and bridge infrastructure.
  • Rapidly generate 3D layouts with associated project costs, and share with project teams and stakeholders to choose the best option.
  • Advance the approved 2D model to the detailed design phase to rapidly accelerate project delivery.
  • Share realistic visualizations with the public and stakeholders to gather feedback, improve public engagements, and speed project approvals.