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Northwest  WA  GIS  Users  Group

Meeting Agendas & Locations

The Northwest Washington GIS Users Group is an informal gathering of GIS professionals meeting quarterly (typically the 3rd Friday of the month in March, June, Sept. and Dec). Locations of meetings vary, ranging from Everett, WA. to Bellingham, WA, depending upon the host of a particular meeting.

For information on hosting or presenting at future meetings, contact Meeting Coordinators Suzanne Shull and Ann Stark.
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See also:   NWWaGIS Info Page


See also:   Bellingham GIS Breakfast Group

               Snohomish County GIS Users Group (meet quarterly, Jan. April, July & Oct.)

               NW (USA) User Group (ESRI) & List of other NW User Groups

                Bellingham AutoCAD User Group

               WAURISA Washington GIS Forums


MEETINGS (2013):


    Dec. 13, 20139:00-12:00, Bellingham Border Patrol Station - map NOTE: The December meeting is on the 2nd Friday of the month (not the 3rd)

TBA () - Topics TBA



    Sept. 20, 20139:00-12:00, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - map

Jake Lesser (WWU) - Toxic Trends Mapper: Developing an Interactive Map to Display Complex Public Data

Dal Neitzel - Real Life Tales of a Treasure Hunter


AFTERWARDS: following the meeting there will be a POTLUCK at Josh Greenberg's house (close by) - even if you can't bring a side dish join us if you can.



    June 21, 20139:00-12:00, Skagit County PUD office, Mt. Vernon - map (NOTE: Due to the I-5 bridge closure travel from the north may be delayed...)

Andrew Phay (Whatcom Conservation District) - A Manure Spreader App - Yep, there's an app for that!

James Van Dyk (Latitude Geographics) - Building ESRI-Baed Mobile and WebGIS Applications with Geocortex



    March 15, 20139:00-12:00, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - map

Matthew Marsik (The Nature Conservancy) - Web-based Decision Support: Community-based coastal and Marine Spatial Planning for Washington

Greg Sutherland (San Juan Co. Public Works) - Intro to Sausage Making: Developing Semi-Custom Web Applications with Limited Resources

Cathy Walker (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) - Harnessing the Power of GIS and OSPI









    Dec. 21, 2012 - Meeting Canceled


    Sept. 21, 20129:00-12:00, City of Bellingham (Fireplace Room) 625 Halleck St.) map


Chris Behee (City of Bellingham) - Mapping Bicycle Network Characteristics

Jeremy Davies (Pew Environmental Group) - Interactive Maps: Another Arrow to add to your Cartographic Quiver

Kate Newell (City of Bellingham) - Mapping for the Downtown Community Reports

         PLUS - Map Gallery - Everyone encouraged to bring maps (old, new, good, draft, etc.)


    June 15, 20129:00-12:00, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve map

Gary Greene (Marine Geologist) - The Deep Hidden Secrets of a Forage Fish Revealed Through GIS - The Sub-Tidal Habitat of Pacific Sand Lance


    March 16, 2012 - MEETING CANCELED

         (everyone encouraged to attend the WaURISA Making Beautiful Maps workshop instead)




    Dec. 9, 20119:00-12:00, Skagit Co. PUD, Mt. Vernon map NOTE: The December meeting is on the 2nd Friday of the month (not the 3rd)

TJ Abernhaus (ESRI) - ESRI's Community Map Program

Jeremy Davies (Pew Trust Environmental Group) - Engaging the Public in Research and Conservation using Interactive Maps


    Sept. 16, 20119:00-12:00, Snohomish County, Everett (Robert J Drewel Building) map (building "A")

Ed Fairbanks (Snohomish County) - Collaboration at Snohomish County

Katy Taylor, Darby Veeck, Liz O'Dea & Tammy Pelletier (Wa. Dept. of Ecology) - The Washington Coastal Atlas

Rick Jordan (Wa. Dept. of Ecology) - National Hydrographic Dataset

Suzanne Shull (Padilla Bay Reserve) & Ann Stark (City of Bellingham) - Bringing Local Marine Resource Committee GIS Data to the Public via a Web Access Portal


    June 17, 20119:00-12:00, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve map

Alex Wallace & Suzanne Tomlinson (University of Washington) - Mapping Restoration in the Puget sound

Jennifer Minich & Jessica Taylor (Green River) - Seahurst Park Project: Designing a Geodatabase for Data Collection, Monitoring and Analysis

Aaron Racicot (Z-Pulley Inc) - Disaster Response in the Gulf of Mexico - ERMA


    March 18, 20119:00-12:00, City of Bellingham (Fireplace Room, 625 Halleck St.) map

Chris Behee (City of Bellingham) - Using GIS and Google Sketch-Up to produce quick architectual-style perspective sketches

Chris Gardner (Pacific Alliance Technologies) - iVault: A self service web mapping application based on ArcGIS Server 10 and Silverlight

Matt Stevenson (CORE GIS) - Mapping Floods, Damage, Development, and Habitat in Western Washington for
the National Wildlife Federation

Brian Small & Ann Stark (City of Bellingham) - Automating those daily tasks with Python: tips and ricks for behind the scenes productivity





    December 17, 2010Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve map

Mike Price (Entrada / San Juan) - Glenosa Revisited - Evacuation Modeling with ArcGIS Network Analyst

Jason Taylor (Samish Nation) - Invasive Knotweed Survey, Control, and Monitoring Using Python, Network Analyst
and Trimble Technologies

Matt Paskus (WWU) - Understanding the Dynamic Effects of Flight Paths on Land Use and
Property Values in Whatcom County

Josh Greenberg (Skagit County) - Predicting the Future: An Introduction to the Envision Skagit 2060 Project

    September 17, 2010 - 9:00-12:00, Mt. Vernon (Tetra Tech) map


Alison Bailey (Sound GIS) - Python and Statistics and ArcMap - Oh My! Automating Data Analysis

Gerry Gabrisch (Lummi Nation) - Exporting GPS Locations and Attributes from a GPS Enabled Smart Phone to an ESRI Shapefile

Emilio Mayorga (Univ. of Washington) - Python Glue Holding Pacific NW Real-Time Marine Data Together in the NANOOS Visualization System

Steve Walker (Middle Fork GIS) - Python-Based, Spatially-Enabled Website Deployment Using Django

                                           - Turning your Python scripts into GUI EXEs using WxPythonand PyInstaller



    June 18, 2010 - 9:00-12:00, Mt. Vernon (PUD) map  -     Call for Presenters


Gerry Gabrisch (Lummi Nation) - Creating 3D Anaglyph Maps

Victor High (King County) - 3D Map of San Juan Islands and the Latest King County Bike Map

Chris Behee (City of Bellingham) - Cartographic Techniques for Illustrating a Geo-Temporal Population Model

Eliana Macdonald (Ecotrust Canada) - Creating Maps for Living Proof, by Terry Tobias

Jeremy Davies (NOAA) - Using Illustrator to Make Better Maps - Simple Tweaks and Tips

Matt Kenny (Ridolfi) - The State of Open-Source Cartography Tools

         Cartographic Map Gallery - Everyone is encouraged to bring maps to post and share



    March 19, 2010 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) map

Craig Dolphin (Lummi Nation) - Large-Scale Survey of the Natural Resources of the Lummi Reservation Tidelands

Gi-Choul Ahn (Snohomish County) - Land Cover Mapping and Change Detection for Snohomish County Critical Area Monitoring

Michael Hannam (Univ. of Washington) - The Influence of Multiple Scales of Topography on the Distribution and Interaction of a Native and an Introduced Seagrass in the Puget Sound





    December 18, 2009 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) map

Matt Kenny (Ridolfi) - Flex API for ArcGIS Server

Ed Whitford (TetraTech) - Hazus

Suzanne Shull (Padilla Bay NERR), Nearly 20 Years of Eelgrass Monitoring in Padilla Bay


    September 18, 2009 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) map

Jessica Archer & Jessica Bennett (Wa DOE & DOH) - Wa Marine Public Access Project

Kathy Taylor (Wa DOE) - Wa. Coastal Atlas: Informing Marine Resource Planning and Management

Jeremy Davies (NOAA) - Mapping the Potential Distribution of Shallow-Subtidal Eelgrass in the Southern Salish Sea


    June 19, 2009 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) map


TJ Abbenhaus (ESRI) - Cartography Tips & Tricks w/ArcGIS 9.3

Misc. Presenters - Map demos, postings, tips, etc.

Everyone is encouraged to bring samples of their work to post and/or discuss

If you'd like to present a short tip or map please contact stefan


    March 20, 2009 - City of Bellingham (Fireplace Room) map

Don Burdick (City of Bellingham) - Redeveloping the GIS Viewer Application with ArcGIS Server & Web Services

Chris Behee (City of Bellingham) - Urban Modeling Using ESRI's ArcMap and ArcScene & Google's SketchUp




    December 12, 2008 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) map

               (NOTE: Due to the holidays the December meeting is on the second Friday of the month)

Josh Greenberg (Skagit Co.) - Mapping Riparian Land Use within Agricultural Zones

Sean Carson & Kari Secrest (Skagit Co.) - GIS and the NWIMT (NW Incident Management Team)

Mike Geertsen & Bill Bothell (Depiction, Inc.) - Depiction Software Demo (online mapping software)


    September 19, 2008 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) map

TJ Abbenhaus (ESRI) - What's New in ArcGIS 9.3

Nate Herold (NOAA) - NOAA Costal Change Analysis Program and Data


    June 20, 2008 - Bellingham (Bellingham Tech College, map)

Peter Hodges - BTC's GIS Program

Terri Clark - San Juan County's Routes & Data Integration

Matt Kenny - Extending GIS with Open Source

Jeremiah Podleski - Perteet Mobile GIS & Field Data Collection Projects


    March 21, 2008 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) map


Scott Tyler - Field Data Collection using GeoAge FAST

Mike Price - DS Map Book demonstration

Terri Clark - Implementing ArcGIS Routes as a Data Integration Solution


Jeremiah Podleski - Using DS Map Book (2009 Overlay Assessment, City of Seattle)


Cartographic Round Table LINKS - Open to All - Tips, Tricks, Map Show & Tell




    December 14, 2007 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) map

               (NOTE: Due to the holidays the December meeting was on the second Friday)

Josh Greenberg - Using ArcGIS to Plagiarize your way to an Atlas: Creating a Topographic Atlas of Skagit County

Sean Carsom - Using the USNG (United States National Grid)

Patrick Jankanish - Creating Publication-Quality Maps in the King County GIS Center

Cartographic Round Table - Open to All - Tips, Tricks, Map Show & Tell

        postponed until March...


    September 21, 2007 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) map

Tarang Khangaonkar - PNNL’s Puget Sound Model of Circulation and Transport, a Land Use Planning Tool and it’s Proposed Application to Skagit and Padilla Bay System

Jeremy Davies - Predicting Salmonid Recolonization Patterns Following the Removal of the Elwha Dams

Stephen Stanley - Developing a Watershed Based Management Plan for Birch Bay


    June 15, 2007 - Stanwood (Tetra Tech) map

Chris Hansen - GIS User Needs Assessments

                    Hansen PowerPoint on GIS Needs Assessment

Geoff Almvig - Skagit County’s Crime Map

Chris Behee - Cooking in the Cartographic Kitchen


    March 16, 2007 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) map

Scott Miles - Computing with Words for GIS: Development of an Earthquake-Induced Landslide Model

Chen Li - ESRI’s ArcGIS Image Server




    December 15, 2006 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) (map)

Nicole Barrett & Nicholas Barrett - Osyris LIDAR, Recent Advances in Hardware and Software

Jaden Langford - LIDAR Remote Sensing of Forests: Applications, Issues and Opportunities

Darrell Sofield - Advanced Surface Modeling for Geomorphic Applications: Post Processing of LIDAR Helps to Identify Relative Changes in Topography


    Sept. 15, 2006 - Lummi Nation (Silver Reef Casino)

Allison Bailey & Zach Ferdana - Incorporating Groundfish Survey Data into Offshore Ecoregional Assessment

Matt Paskus - Custom Applications with Google Earth

Steve Walker - Open Source Internet Mapping Applications

Mike Pelela & Peter Gill - Using Pictometry for Shoreline Inventory and Enterprise Imagery


    June 16, 2006 - Mt. Vernon (PUD) (map)

John Joseph & ESRI Staff - What's New in ArcGIS 9.2 


    March 17, 2006 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) (map)

Jessica Archer - The Boundaries Project: Mapping Washington’s Shoreline for Public Access and Public Ownership 

Susan Grigsby & Peter Gill - Watershed Analysis: DOE's GIS Analysis for Characterizing Watershed Processes, and the Application of These Methods for Whatcom County's Shoreline Update Process

Greg Hood - A Conceptual Model of Depositional, Rather than Erosional, Tidal Channel Development in the Rapidly Prograding Skagit River Delta CANCELED 

Helen Berry - Mapping and Monitoring Kelp in Washington State 




    December 16, 2005 - Mt Vernon (PUD) (map)

Tyson Waldo - SSHIAP & ArcHydro: Integrating information for Puget Sound Salmon Recovery

Victor Johnson - Orthorectification of Air Photos with OrthoRec and Image Analysis

Kate Newell & Chris Behee - Modeling the Urban Environment using ArcScene and Sketch-Up


    September 16, 2005 - Sedro Woolley (North Cascades National Park Office)

Mike Leech - Comparison of Pixel-Based and Object-Oriented Approaches to Vegetation Mapping in Hawaii Using High Resolution IKONOS Imagery

Jeremy Davies -  GIS Methods for Incorporating Catastrophic Risk Assessments in Chinook Recovery Planning


    June 24, 2005 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) (map)

Allison Bailey - Examples of Marine GIS Projects on the West Coast: Comparing Regional to Coastwide Scales.

Jessemine Fung - Nearshore Analysis Around the Sound.

Ross Freeman - Using 3D GIS Visualization to Portray Dam Removal in WA


    March 18, 2005 - Bellingham (map)

Don Burdick – Enterprise GIS at the City.

City of Bellingham Public Works GIS Staff – CityIQ: Demo of the City’s MapObjects customer service interface

Chris Behee – Using Color-Infrared Imagery for Impervious Surface Analysis

Ann Stark – An Overview of the Recently Completed Address-Mapping Project




    December 17, 2004 - Mt. Vernon

Tim Hyatt - Hydraulic Modeling of Nooksack Channels Using TINs to Determine Old Meanders and Back Channels

Matt Nash - The use of LIDAR for Island County Drainage Delineation and Public Works Applications

Chris Behee & Roland Behee - Terrain Analysis of Extra-Terrestrial Objects Using PIGWAD & GRASS for the Topography of Mars


    September 17, 2004 - Everett Community Transit

Roland Behee -  Census Transportation Planning Package: 

Roland Behee - Update on the State Transportation Framework Project

John Joseph & Jeff Barrette -  An In-depth Look at Geoprocessing.


    June 18, 2004 - Mount Vernon


    March 19, 2004 - Mount Vernon (Skagit County)




    December 12, 2003 - Padilla Bay (National Estuarine Research Reserve) (map)

Chris Behee - The use of Orthorec for In-house Orthorectification

Richard Hicks - Estuary or Watershed, Which is Most Important to Salmon?

Nathan Evans - Use of Remotely Sensed Data to Track Water Masses Associated with Harmful Algal Blooms Along the Washington Coast

Bert Tatham - High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and Urban Applications: Impervious Surface and Urban Greenspace Mapping


    September 26, 2003 - Stanwood (TerraLogic GIS)

Levon Yengoyan - West Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat EIS

Ken Blagborne - Environmental Information in the British Columbia Provincial Arc SME Database

Chris Hansen - Building a Stormwater Geometric Network using GPS and Arc Geodatabase

Bret Grady - Integrating Geographic Data in a Tax Assessment System


    June 20, 2003 -  Everett (Everett Station, Snohomish County)

Eiko Toguchi & Adam Urbaniak - Tulalip Technology Leap Program

Todd Zackey - Tulalip Shoreline Mapping and Habitat Assessment

Brent Linder - City of Everett, ArcSDE, Geodatabase, Daily Maintenance

Ed Fairbanks & Rob Simmonds - Snohomish Co.'s Critical Areas Map Viewer


    March 21, 2003 - Sedro Woolley




    December 13, 2002 - Everett Community Transit

Ed Quarles - HAZUS for ArcView

Ed Fairbanks - Snohomish Co.'s Land Use Allocation Model (LUFAM)

Roland Behee - Geographic Analysis of a Joint-Agency Transit Survey


    September 20, 2002 - Lummi Nation (NW Indian College)

Willy Lynch - A brief summary of the Lummi Nation GIS

Michael Cochrane - North Puget Sound Ecological Characterization

Mike Medler - Modeling of Fire Potential Using GIS and Remote Sensing

Jaime Crawford - Topology in the Geodatabase in ArcGIS 8.3 


     June 21, 2002 -


    March 15, 2002 - Sedro Woolley

Karen Van Parys - Introduction to the Skagit System Cooperative

Devin Smith - Using a routed hydro layer to analyze riparian forest conditions

W. Gregory Hood - Analysis of Direct and Indirect Impacts of Dikes on Estuarine Habitat

David A. Brown - Comparing Puget Sound Lidar Consortium (PSLC) data with Photogrammetric Mapping