GIS Day 2023

The ISU GIS Support and Research Facility along with Parks Library will be hosting GIS Day 2023 on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The Catalyst at Parks Library (Room 199).  This is a come-and-go event so stay as long as you would like. GIS Day is for everyone, from the GIS curious to the GIS user. There will be speakers throughout the day sharing their research from around campus, information about GIS opportunities and programs on campus, free GIS swag, free food, and a map competition with prizes.  The Mapping Masterminds competition is open to everyone including non-ISU staff and students.  There will be three categories and prizes for the winning entries. For additional competition details, visit Please join us in The Catalyst at Parks Library for this exciting event. 

Welcome and introduction of the ISU GIS Support and Research Facility by Kevin Kane

This presentation will focus on how GIS is being used at the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University.  GIS serves a critical role in the area of traffic safety, including data integration/assimilation, spatial analysis and network screening. In addition, the presentation will discuss how GIS is used with IoT devices such as connected arrow boards to improve the accuracy of work zone data with real-time information from the roadway.

Zach Hans and Skylar Knickerbocker
Institute for Transportation
Research Scientist II

2711 S Loop Drive Suite4700
Ames, IA 50010 and


As precision agriculture continues to advance, there is increasing interest in managing crops at smaller scales to increase efficiency and yield.  This presentation will highlight work being done by the ISU Digital Ag Innovation Lab to examine causes of plant-to-plant variability using high resolution imagery and various ArcGIS tools.

Teresa Middleton
Digital Ag Innovation Lab

Research Scientist II

1327 U Ave
Boone, IA 50010

This presentation will highlight the collaboration between the Daily Erosion Project (DEP) and the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), focusing on the development of a GIS tool. This tool, designed to be a part of the ACPF toolbox, aims to identify vulnerable agricultural fields and specific parts within the field to soil erosion at the HUC12 watershed level. Leveraging DEP's estimations from HUC12 to field-level and raster average soil loss/gains is key in locating and prioritizing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to address soil erosion in agricultural landscapes.

Eduardo Luquin, Ph.D.  
Postdoctoral Research Associate  
Daily Erosion Project & Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework  
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management & 
Department of Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering 
3351 Elings Hall, Iowa State University  

This project showcases nearly 2,000 trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants on the ISU campus through an ArcGIS Online map application. Using seasonal photos of mapped plant specimens, you can use the app as a plant identification guide on your virtual - or actual walks on the beautiful ISU campus.


Gregg Hadish, GIS Analyst
227 Durham Center

Monica Haddad will speak on the GIS minor and GIS graduate certificate administered by the Department of Community Regional Planning

Join us for a FREE lunch while voting for the winners of the Mapping Masterminds Contest (see above) and discussing with entry submitters in person.

This project incorporates historic documents, maps, and photography and integrates them into a GIS framework. New insights on building locations, functions, and the background to the stories of the university are being discovered through this spatial integration.


Kevin Kane
Director, ISU GIS Facility
211 Durham
Iowa State University

This presentation will spotlight selected projects undertaken by the NAVKA Team, offering attendees a comprehensive understanding of the mechanics of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and its constantly evolving applications. Through an exploration of real-world projects, attendees will discover the influential role that GNSS plays across various industries. Additionally, we'll explore how GNSS smoothly collaborates with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), showcasing the powerful partnership between these two essential technologies.

Mohamed Almagboul (M.Sc.)
GNSS, Geodesy & Navigation
Research Associate -NAVKA Team
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences - Germany

This talk summarizes some of the results of several recent research projects that focus on characterizing the hydrological properties of drained depressions in central and north-central Iowa and their integrated surface runoff networks.

David Green
Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology
Research Scientist III
251 Bessey

The ISU President's Office and our state representatives want to know: "How many Dean's List students come from each of Iowa's voting districts?" We can answer that question using R and ArcGIS Pro.


Jay Maxwell
Data Analyst
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Community and Economic Development
2321 North Loop Drive, Ste. 121
Ames, IA 50010

Over the last four years, the DSPG program has introduced its student scholars to a variety of data science tools and techniques, this has included geospatial data, scripts and software. In this brief presentation we will look at a few project examples that showcase how geospatial data plays a crucial role within the data science discipline.

Closing by the GIS Support and Research Facility and awarding of Mapping Masterminds contest prizes

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