Below are several presentations from the GIS Symposium: Exploring Your Community Through GIS event the GIS Center hosted on December 5th, 2014.  Click each dropdown menu to find a brief description of the presentation and a link to download the presentation in PDF form.

Click here for the day's schedule.

"GIS Center Introduction" – Troy Rosencrants

Troy Rosencrants, manager of the GIS Center, will give an overview of the Center, what the Center has accomplished, and the future projects.


“Fire-flow Capacity Analysis in Grand Blanc and Flint Township” – Marty Kaufman; Troy Rosencrants

Marty Kaufman (Department Chair, Professor, Dept. of Earth and Resource Science) and Troy Rosencrants (GIS Center Manager) discussed their research into fire-flow capacity analysis in the City of Grand Blanc and Flint Township.  Their study used a GIS method to determine if locations within each community had potential deficiencies or exceedances in fire-flow capabilities.


“Visualizing Active Travel using GIS” – Greg Rybarczyk

Greg Rybarczyk's (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth and Resource Science) presentation explores how GIS and Spatial Modeling can be used to examine the potential for walking, bicycling, and mass-transit usage in and around the University of Michigan-Flint.  This talk specifically illustrates a methodological approach that may help stakeholders promote these modes of transportation in their own environment.


“Examining Blanding's Turtle Habitat using Remote Sensing and GIS" - Melissa Syzmanski

Biology graduate student Melissa Szymanski gave a research talk on the use of remote sensing and GIS to determine microhabitat factors in choosing the correct place for the release of Blanding’s Turtles within the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw, MI.


"GIS Certificate Program at UM-Flint" - Greg Rybarczyk

Greg Rybarczyk gave an overview of the new GIS Certificate program within the Earth and Resource Science Department.  The GIS Certificate became available to students starting in Fall of 2014.


"Pictometry Utilization" – Ken Koleda

Ken Koleda, Genesee County GIS Director, presented on Pictometry and the uses of Pictometry, specifically within Genesee County.