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2018 Municipal Technology Conference - Agenda

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast/Visit with Partners

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Welcome - Stephen W. Gove, Executive Director, Maine Municipal Association

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Address – Protect Thyself: Assessing Cyber Threats and Preventing Fraud
There’s no need to list the names. Besides, there are too many of them. We’ve all read how some of the nation’s largest businesses and government agencies were hit with online data breaches and potential fraud on a massive scale. Andrew Grover, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Vice President for Bangor Savings Bank, is our keynote speaker. An expert on this topic, Mr. Grover, a trained accountant who has been with Bangor Savings for eight years, is president of the Maine Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He previously worked as an audit manager for Macdonald, Page & Co., one of the state’s largest public accounting firms. Come hear this valuable address as Mr. Grover updates 2018 attendees on the many threats that exist and what cities and towns can do about them.
MTCMA Certification – .75 points Leadership, Ethics and Legal categories

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Morning Break/Visit with Partners

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Workplace Technology: Keeping it Appropriate
Employees these days don’t just use employer-supplied computers and telephones at work – they bring their own as well. Use of personal technology can hurt productivity and sometimes it’s inappropriate, carrying serious legal consequences for both employees and employers. This timely session examines the legalities of restricting technology use in the office, at a worksite and among co-workers.
Presenters: Natalie Burns and Mark A. Bower, Attorneys, Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal and Human Resources categories

How to Save Money and Conserve Energy with LED Street Lights
Municipalities now have options for how they manage, maintain and pay for street lights. Learn more about these options and how some decisions can lead to saving money, reducing energy consumption, technologically advanced control systems, and using street lights as a platform for other technology and communications.
Presenter: Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Town of Falmouth
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Finance/Budget categories

Web Maps in Planning Process (30-minute session)
This presentation will show a “soup to notes” approach on how to use web-maps throughout the planning process and how interactive maps can extend beyond the plans, themselves. Using two bicycle plans in the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle (HEP) region as examples, the presentation covers map design and development for data collection, analysis, advisory committee review, public input, and plan recommendations.
Presenter: Chris Chop, Michael Baker International, Portland, ME
.5 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services

How Well is Your Web Mapping Application Doing? (30-minute session)
AppGeo will cover ten specific ways to ensure the value of web mapping applications for municipal governments. Many municipalities have one, but in many cases, they are not getting all of the value from them. AppGeo has been studying usage statistics and exploring this topic with their more than 100 web mapping customers and have a top ten list to share in-depth. 
Presenter: Jessica Chen, Sales Engineer, Applied Geographics (AppGeo)
.5 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Morning Break/Visit with Partners


11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Developing a Municipal Website – On Your Own! (Washington/York)
Stu Marckoon will discuss how he has successfully built and maintained the Town of Lamoine’s website – from scratch and on a small town budget. Providing technical support on your own can seem daunting, but this session will also provide some tips and tricks on how to keep your office technologies running smoothly.
Presenter: Stuart Marckoon, Admin Asst to Selectboard, Town of Lamoine
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Finance/Budget category

Energy Competence: Your Municipality’s Most Important Skill
It is impossible to overestimate the impact that the energy choices for powering your town or city will have on the future of our economy, our society, and our planet. In this panel session, we will talk about the key questions you need to ask and answer to navigate the energy world and make your community economically competitive, agile, and sustainable.
Presenters: Barry Tibbetts, MBA, Director of Hydrogen 2.0 Cities, Joi Scientific, Retired Town Manager; Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Town of Falmouth; Others TBD
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership and Finance/Budget categories

The Center Can Hold: A Combined Approach to Linear and Vertical Asset Management Using GIS, CAD-Based Schematics, and Alignment Reporting (30-minute session)
The Portland Water District maintains a unified asset management system that encompasses water and wastewater treatment; collection, pumping and distribution systems; service-associated infrastructure; source protection, and administration. Tim Walsh will show how PWD leverages GIS, CAD, and alignment reports to present - and efficiently maintain - a seamless portrait of both linear and vertical asset systems, interlinked with a common core database.
Presenter: Tim Walsh, Asset Management Program Manager, Portland Water District

GIS-ing Fiber Infrastructure: Knowing what you have, where it is, and accessing it at Lightspeed (30-minute session)
This session will cover how towns, cities, counties, or even states manage the fiber infrastructure throughout their jurisdiction getting faster connectivity for their citizens. Waveguide, Inc. utilizes GIS to manage customer fiber systems and its information for data consistency, translation, and maintenance. They pre-construct the system in GIS, build it from the GIS/CAD data, and analyze/troubleshoot via GIS. Their workflow from beginning to end is GIS-Centric. Bradford Folta will discuss how they gather data, track permits, and make the process easier for their customers when installing or upgrading their current systems. All of which is done, tracked, and set-up in GIS.
Presenter: Bradford Folta, Waveguide, Inc.

NG9-1-1 Data Enhancement for Municipalities (1 hour session)
During this session we will review the Addressing Officer role in NG9-1-1, where we are today, and discuss new efforts to review all of the GIS/911 data for each municipality.  We will also be discussing the role of Maine DOT in these efforts.
Presenter: Bob White, 9-1-1 Spatial Database Manager, State of Maine Emergency Services Communication Bureau


12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Buffet Luncheon

12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Address: The Regulatory Climate of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
The Federal Regulations allow for the use of unmanned aircrafts (drones) under three different rules of pilot certification, aircraft registration, and UAS operations. As a government agency, business, or individual which is the best set of rules to comply with? Dan Leclair will discuss the advantages and pitfalls of flying unmanned aircraft certifying under:

  • 14 CFR part 101 – Hobbyist
  • 14 CFR part 107 – Commercial Operation
  • Public Entity Operating Under a COA

We will also discuss how the citizens of Maine have adopted these rules and how they are using these unmanned aircrafts to do business.

About the Presenter: Col Daniel (Dan) Leclair is the Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Education and Research at the University of Maine at Augusta. Col Leclair served in the US Air Force for 20-years on active duty and currently serves as a volunteer in the US Air Force Auxiliary as a Search and Rescue / Disaster Recovery pilot. Dan is an active pilot in and for his community. He also volunteers with Patient Airlift Service to airlift patients from Maine to hospitals in the greater Boston area using his airplane. He graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate as is also an FAA Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilot. He and his family live in Minot Maine.

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Afternoon Break/Visit with Partners


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Unmanned Aircraft Programs and Potential Municipal Uses
Representatives from UMA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program will introduce you to the UAS program in the U.S. and specifically at the University of Maine at Augusta, the process for pilot certification and the types of drone operations you can expect in your municipality. The session will close with an aerial drone demonstration.
Presenters: Dr. Thomas Abbott, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Manager, Greg Jolda, Aviation Program Coordinator and Dan Leclair, Director UAS Education and Research, University of Maine at Augusta
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category

FirstNetME: Broadband Support for First Responders
Come learn about and offer your thoughts on FirstNet, the nation’s first dedicated, high-speed wireless broadband network devoted to emergency responders. Implementation is underway and outreach continues in Maine. The FirstNetME project team is anxious to acquaint municipal officials with the planned coverage and service for the state.
Presenter: David Maxwell, Program Director, FirstNetME
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Leadership category

Cyber-Security on a Shoestring Municipal Budget
Ever wonder about Cyber-Security and your community’s GIS? The following topics will be discussed during this presentation:

  • How to evaluate your current cyber-security system?
  • How to identify and fix common weaknesses in a small-town cyber-infrastructure?
  • How to write a good cyber security policy?
  • Identify GIS data vulnerabilities that can be exploited in event of a cyber-attack

Meeting HIPPA and CJIS compliance for Police and Fire data (Tentative)
Presenter: Avinash Rude, IT/GIS Analyst, Town of Orono

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break/Visit with Partners


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  Concurrent Sessions

Legal Considerations Regarding the Regulation of Aerial Drones
This workshop considers the legal regulation of aerial drones. Drones – small and remotely piloted aircrafts – provide challenges and opportunities for local governments. As commercial and residential drones increasingly fill the skies, the occurrence of municipal regulation is on the rise. This session will provide insight into the federal rules relating to drone operation. It will also consider the areas in which the Federal Aviation Administration considers local regulation of drones appropriate, including public safety, privacy, nuisance, trespass and land use. As drone technology evolves, municipal officials in communities small and large must begin to think about developing regulations for drone use.
Presenter: Amanda Meader, Ellis & Meader, Attorneys at Law
MTCMA Certification – 1 point Legal category

UPDATE: The State of Municipal Broadband
Come hear “new” ConnectME Authority Director Heather Johnson update attendees on the current condition of municipal and community broadband in Maine – where it was, where it is and where she thinks local broadband is heading. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, learn about broadband resources and seek advice.
Presenter: Heather Johnson, Director, ConnectME Authority

Generating a 3D Point Cloud from UAV Images
In this presentation we will explore one increasingly common workflow for UAV operators, in which overlapping geotagged images are processed to create a high-density 3D point cloud. Using the new Pixels-to-Points tool in Global Mapper’s LiDAR Module, we will address the challenge of calculating the volume of a landfill represented in a surface model derived from a photogrammetrically-generated point cloud. This procedure involves initial visualization of the array of images to ensure optimal and consistent coverage of the landfill area; the establishment of the parameters and settings that allow the output to be customized; the generation of the point cloud along with an accompanying orthoimage; the identification, reclassification, and filtering of ground or bare earth points; and the creation of a precise Digital Terrain Model (DTM) from which accurate volumetric calculations can be derived.
Presenter: Katrina Schweikert, Application Specialists, Blue Marble Geographics

Maine GIS User Group Board Meeting

Overnight Rooms:

An overnight room block has been set up at the Best Western Plus Augusta Civic Center Inn for $72.00/night plus tax on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Room block is available until April 12, 2018 (release date). Reference “Municipal Technology Conference”  and call (207) 622-4751 for reservations.

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