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Join us for comprehensive education, networking, and professional development. URISA and the IAAO partner together each year to provide a conference that assists assessment and appraisal professionals in visualizing how they can work more effectively through the use of technology.  Join us March 19/22, 2018  for the 22nd annual conference in Houston, Texas

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Sunday, March 18
 

3:00pm

Optional Service Project - Field Day in Houston!
GIS/CAMA attendees have always been willing to give back to communities!
This year is no different. We're going to contribute to a project where we can get our hands dirty in Houston. 

Be a role modeler, come on out, let’s plant a seed and grow the values of the community.

Please join Blodgett Urban Gardens in the field to add a layer of food on the tables as we export our values. We are happy to partner with URISA and IAAO for an excited and productive field day on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm.

Blodgett Urban Gardens (BUG) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization located in the Third Ward area of Houston. The purpose of the garden is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid and relief to eradicate chronic malnutrition and hunger through gardening and other sustainability practices. According to the United States Department of Agriculture food deserts are urban or rural towns without ready access to fresh, health, and affordable food. Third Ward is one of Houston’s biggest food deserts and the aim of the garden is to alleviating or minimizing the effect on the local residents.

We provide education by giving free lectures and demonstrations titled “BUG Out Day,” in schools, libraries, and other public venues as well as utilizing social media channels and the corporation’s website to provide facts, statistics, and other related data on causes, current efforts and solutions to eradicating chronic malnutrition and hunger.

Our programs include sending out ambassadors to raise social consciousness about the cause on a local and global level, and to hold fundraising events in order to provide immediate relief and assistance to those suffering from chronic malnutrition and hunger regardless of their race, et c.

As a charitable organization, BUG relies on donation and volunteerism to meet the community nutritional needs. Our plot sponsorship program allows us to grow fresh fruits and vegetables and donate them to the community. Employees from the Harris County Appraisal District are ‘one’ of our biggest sponsors. 

We are happy to partner with URISA and IAAO for an excited and productive field day on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm. March is the peak of our spring planting season and the demand for volunteers are high so the timing is perfect. Come on out let’s plant a seed and grow the values of the community.

The garden is located 15 minutes from the conference hotel at 3216 Blodgett Street Houston TX 77004.http://www.blodgetturbangardens.org/ 

Information about transportation will be forthcoming.  

Again, a great way to give back and start networking early with your fellow conference attendees!

Moderators
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Errol Williams, Ph.D.

Residential Valuation Specialist, Harris County Appraisal District
Errol Williams is a Residential Valuation Specialist with the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) in Houston, Texas. HCAD has more than 1.8 million parcels with an estimated market value of $556 billion distributed across approximately 500 taxing units. With more than 18 years... Read More →

Sunday March 18, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA
 
Monday, March 19
 

8:30am

Assessment Performance Reporting Improving Ratio Studies with GIS and Geostatistics
Assessment Performance Reporting Improving Ratio Studies with GIS and Geostatistics
Monday, March 19, 2018
Instructors:

Paul Bidanset, Valuation Research Project Manager, IAAO, Kansas City, Missouri
Daniel J. Fasteen, Ph.D., CAMA & Systems Manager , Dakota County Assessing Services, Hastings, MN

Description: How does location effect value?  How do I improve valuations and adjustments with GIS data? A best-practices tutorial for administrative heads and staff alike, this workshop will demonstrate the power and relevance of GIS, as well as equip technical staff with the understanding of how to implement it. Attendees do not need a technical background to benefit from this session, though the hands-on, technical know-how will be provided in parallel for those who desire it.

This workshop will reveal to assessors how GIS is used in small, medium, and large government jurisdictions to improve valuation fairness, equitability, and defensibility.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bidanset

Paul Bidanset

Valuation Research Project Manager, International Association of Assessing Officers
Paul Bidanset currently serves as the IAAO's Valuation Research Project Manager. He is in the final year of his PhD candidacy at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he has developed a new AVM for mass real estate appraisal under the supervision of doctors Billy McCluskey... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Fasteen, PhD

Daniel Fasteen, PhD

Director of Special Projects, BIS Consulting
Daniel J. Fasteen, Ph.D. is the Director of Special Projects for BIS consulting where he coordinates, designs, and implements analytical services and solutions for GIS and mass appraisal. Daniel has been in the property valuation profession since 2010 working for local government... Read More →


Monday March 19, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

8:30am

Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy

Public Data, Public Access, Privacy, and Security: U.S. Law and Policy
Monday, March 19, 2018

Instructor: Kim McDonough, GISP, Senior IT Manager, Tennessee Department of Transportation

As data distribution capacities increase, there is increasing tension between access to public records as a foundation of a free society, citizen expectations of confidentiality, and protection of public security. There are instances where land records are impacted by state or federal records laws. This workshop is will help land record managers to know if their data may have legal limitations on how and where it can be distributed.

  • What data are subject to Freedom of Information laws?
  • What about privacy restrictions and homeland security concerns?
  • Can a government raise revenue (or defray maintenance costs) by charging market prices for the data?
  • What about liability for data errors?

 

This workshop will focus on the critical legal issues and the policy options they frame. Specific topics include:

  • State and federal Freedom of Information laws
  • State and federal informational privacy laws
  • Secrecy and homeland security protections
  • Balancing public access, privacy, and secrecy
  • Data sales vs. data access
  • Protecting ownership and minimizing liability
  • Policy and technical considerations

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for Assessors, Recorders, public sector managers, policy professionals, database developers, administrators, and GIS professionals.

Workshop Instructors
avatar for Kim McDonough, GISP

Kim McDonough, GISP

Senior IT Manager, GIS, Tennessee Department of Transportation
I have been involved in GIS since my first course in Computer Cartography in 1981. I worked in the Computer Cartography Lab for the School of Forest Resources at N.C. State Univ. from 1983 until 1986. At that time, I moved back to my home town of Nashville and worked initially in... Read More →

Monday March 19, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

8:30am

Using GIS and CAMA Data to Support Emergency Management

Using GIS and CAMA Data to Support Emergency Management
Monday, March 19, 2018

Instructor: Kevin Mickey, GISP, Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technology Education, The Polis Center, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

Communities are often faced with significant economic and social risks from natural and man-made disasters. In order for emergency management professionals to effectively prepare for and respond to these events they need to have an accurate understanding of the built and social environment, including knowledge of where buildings are located, how they are constructed and how they are used. This workshop will provide guidance and hands-on activities that reveal why CAMA and parcel data, combined with the capabilities of GIS, are valuable for addressing this need and what the key steps are to ensuring that this data is effectively applied.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with them to the workshop in order to better participate in activities. Instructions for setup will be provided in advance of the workshop.

The workshop will offer insights about challenges and best practices identified from past and current attempts to apply CAMA and parcel data in support of hazard mitigation, response and recovery objectives. These insights will be supported by real examples of recent projects that have occurred or are being developed in Georgia, Indiana and many other states and communities where tools and workflows have been implemented that apply CAMA and parcel data to support the GIS-based analysis of potential impacts from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and other hazards along with identifying ways to mitigate those impacts. The instructors will help participants understand what CAMA data elements are critical to informing this process. They will also identify financial and political incentives for developing collaborations that lead to the effective collection, application and sharing of CAMA and parcel data resources. 


Workshop Instructors
avatar for Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+

Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+

Director Professional Development and Geospatial Education, The Polis Center @ IUPUI
I am the current URISA Professional Education Committee Chair as well as Chair of the Community Resilience Task Force. At the conclusion of GIS-Pro 2019 I will assume the role of URISA President-Elect.I have nearly three decades of experience supporting GIS-related projects for federal... Read More →

Monday March 19, 2018 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

5:00pm

Attendee Welcome Meeting
Whether you are a veteran attendee or it this is your first time, attend this informational meeting to pick up some helpful hints on navigating the program, connect with fellow attendees and learn how to make the most of the conference.

Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

5:00pm

Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
Connect with our great exhibitors, generous sponsors and your fellow attendees during the Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall!

Monday March 19, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Imperial East, 3rd Floor
 
Tuesday, March 20
 

8:30am

Welcome & Keynote Address: Keeper of the Maps
Dan Cypert, 2018 Conference Chair, will welcome us all to Houston for the GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference. Hear about program highlights and organizational news from both IAAO and URISA. 


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fred Calef – “Keeper of the Maps” for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory

Dr. Calef is currently the Geospatial Information Scientist for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.  He maintains the GIS base map containing MSL science data and he provides a geospatial reference for all data products related to “hard targets” (i.e. rocks) analyzed by the MSL rover.  He also provides geospatial products, such as geologic maps, traverse paths, and surface roughness, for planning to the MSL Rover Planners. 
Dr. Calef obtained his PhD at the University of Alaska in 2010, studying Mars crater distribution and ejecta, and was later a postdoc at JPL, joining the Lab full-time in 2012.  In addition to his background in Earth and Mars geology, he has extensive experience with Esri and other GIS tools.


Moderators
avatar for Dan Cypert

Dan Cypert

Chief Deputy Assessor, Washington County Assessor's Office
Chief Deputy Assessor at Washington County, Arkansas. Currently serve on the GIS/CAMA Conference Content committee and IAAO's Executive Board.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Fred Calef

Dr. Fred Calef

Geospatial Information Scientist, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Fred Calef obtained his PhD at the University of Alaska in 2010, studying Mars crater distribution and ejecta, and was later a postdoc at JPL, joining the Lab full-time in 2012. In addition to his background in Earth and Mars geology, Fred has extensive experience with ESRI and other... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom, 3rd Floor

10:00am

10:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Getting Started - CAMA GIS Integration 101

Getting Started with GIS CAMA Integration
There are a lot of moving parts and getting started with GIS CAMA integration can seem daunting, but it’s not.  This presentation will discuss how to get started and detail the benefits from syncing GIS with CAMA, integrating County Clerk documents and workflows, parcel fabric migration, and how CAMA and GIS are used in appraisal review board hearings. 

  • Brent Jones, Global Manager, Land Records/Cadastre, Esri, Vienna, VA
  • David Dignum, GISP, Director, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX

Moderators
avatar for Bill Wetzel

Bill Wetzel

Senior Account Manager, The Sidwell Company

Speakers
avatar for David Dignum, GISP

David Dignum, GISP

Dir, GIS, HCAD
avatar for Brent Jones, PE, PLS

Brent Jones, PE, PLS

Global Manager, Cadastre/Land Records, Esri
Based in Washington D.C., Brent Jones oversees Esri’s worldwide strategic planning, business development, and marketing activities for land records, cadastral, surveying, and land administration.  As a recognized technology innovator, Jones specializes in modernizing existing land... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Leading the Way: Trends in assessment and GIS leadership
Come learn about the trends in assessment and GIS leadership and the keys to professional success. 

Session Moderators: Margie Cusack and Wendy Nelson

  • IAAO and URISA Industry Compensation Surveys-A Pathway to the Future!
    Margie Cusack, Research Manager, IAAO, Chicago, IL
    Wendy Nelson, Executive Director,  URISA, Des Plaines, IL

  • Ladies Who Lead in the Assessment Industry
    Panel Moderator: Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, SAMA, Director of Assessments, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
    Panelists:
    Dorothy Jacks, CFE, AAS, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser, West Palm Beach, FL - IAAO President
    Tanya Giddings, Bernalillo County Assessor, Albuquerque, NM
    Susan Gullette, Director, State of Tennessee/Comptroller's Office, Nashville, TN

Speakers
avatar for Margie Cusack

Margie Cusack

Research Manager, IAAO
Margie Cusack is the Research Manager for the IAAO promoting international research and innovation in assessment administration. Margie retired after obtaining 30 years of experience in management, property tax administration, and valuation in Cook County, Illinois. Margie was instrumental... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Giddings

Tanya Giddings

Assessor, Bernalillo County Assessor
Tanya R. Giddings is the Assessor for Bernalillo County, which encompasses the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area, the most populated county in the State of New Mexico. Initially unanimously appointed in January 2013 by the County Board of Commissioners to fill an unexpired term... Read More →
avatar for Susan Gullette

Susan Gullette

Director, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury
Susan Gullette is the Director of the Division of Property Assessments for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. She oversees the division’s central office in Nashville as well as its five field offices across the state. This division provides technical assistance, support... Read More →
avatar for Dorothy Jacks

Dorothy Jacks

Property Appraiser, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser
Dorothy Jacks was elected as Palm Beach County’s Property Appraiser in 2016 after a distinguished 28-year career in the office. As a Certified Florida Appraiser and Assessment Administration Specialist, she has the highest professional designation in Florida and one of the highest... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Nelson

Wendy Nelson

Executive Director, URISA
Connecting URISA members, GISCorps, Caribbean travel, Purdue sports
avatar for Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, SAMA

Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, SAMA

Director, City of Minneapolis
Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, SAMA, is the Director of Assessments in the Minneapolis Assessor’s Office. She has worked for the City of Minneapolis since July 2014. Prior to joining Minneapolis, Rebecca was with the City of Minnetonka for 17 years, serving as the City Assessor for five... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Urban to the Outskirts
This session will present information about managing locational attributes for urban and non-urban environments and everything in between.  Over the course of these two presentations, the speakers will cover commercial properties and the potential development of vacant land.

  • Florida Statewide Model Updates Commercial Property Market Values
    Patrick M. O'Connor, ASA, President, O'Connor Consulting Inc., Plano, TX
  • Modelling the Urban Fringe to Improve Valuation Equity
    Robert Babin, Data Analyst, MPAC, Kitchener, ON Canada

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Keene

Kevin Keene

Director of Mass Appraisal and Analysis, City of Philadelphia
Kevin has been the architect, lead modeler, and analyst for every mass appraisal project in Philadelphia since 1999. He has designed and directed several major revaluation projects, and created solutions for many problems that face modelers and assessors.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Babin

Robert Babin

Data Analyst, MPAC
Robert Babin is a Data Analyst at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of Waterloo, where he developed the residential valuation sub-model and associated spatial variables... Read More →
avatar for Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

President, O'Connor Consulting Inc.
Patrick O'Connor, ASA is an international leader in the field of Computer-Assisted Appraisal.  Mr. O’Connor is President of O’Connor Consulting Incorporated, which provides consultant services in ratio studies, market analysis and computer-assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) valuations... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

10:30am

Technology Showcase Session (Bruce Harris & Associates, PCI Geomatics)
10:30 - 11:15 AM - Bruce Harris & Associates Technology Showcase Presentation
  •  Photography is a Key Component of the County Appraiser's Toolkit
    A new approach to capturing street-level photos brings the element of virtual reality to property appraisals. Photos are taken with action cameras, uploaded to the cloud in real time, reconstructed in 3D, and integrated with ArcGIS Online and specialized appraisal software. With affordable equipment and fast turnaround time, this approach to appraisal is effective and efficient. Join our talk to learn how best practices for capturing recent street-level imagery can be applied to property appraisals.
    Presenter: Brandon Harris, Director of Sales & Marketing

11:15 - 12:00 Noon - PCI Geomatics Technology Showcase Presentation
  • Historical Airphoto Ortho Mosaicking and Applications
    Kevin Jones, Marketing Director will discuss the topic of historical airphotos that many organizations keep in their archives, but struggle to work with in a modern GIS environment since they are not typically properly ortho-rectified and mosaicked.


The main topics to be discussed include:

  • Requirements for successful historical airphoto processing
  • Software processing workflow and overview
  • Historical Airphoto Processing Service offering overview
  • Data publication, creating swipe galleries and web publishing historical airphotos
  • Application examples from historical imagery
  • object detection and creation of automated vector data from features in imagery      
  • change detection
  • elevation information extraction and analysis
  • forestry analysis

Tuesday March 20, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Raintree, 4th Floor

12:00pm

Hosted Networking Lunch Buffet, Vendor Spark Session
Enjoy a lunch buffet and hear from each of our exhibitors and sponsors in these quick-hit Spark presentations. What sets one company apart from another? How can their products and services make your work better, more efficient and solution-focused? What great giveaways are they raffling off in their booth? 

Typically entertaining and informative! Check off your technology wish list!

Tuesday March 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Imperial Ballroom, 3rd Floor

1:00pm

1:30pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

1:30pm

Discovering the World from your Desktop
These real life examples showcase modern desktop review tools to efficiently gather data for analysis of diverse properties. This has resulted in better data quality, improved accuracy, equality, and fairness in valuations, with less time needed to complete the work.

  • A GIS Driven Reevaluation of Summer Houses
    Ingi Finnsson, Director, Valuations and Economics and Sigurbjorg Anna Gudnadottir, CAMA Modeler, Registers Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Desktop Review Using GIS and CAMA
    Sarah Welt, MBA, MS, Property Valuation Modeler, New York City Department of Finance, New York, NY

Moderators
avatar for Matt Bryant

Matt Bryant

Chief Technology Officer, DEVNET Inc
Matt Bryant is the Chief Technology Officer at DEVNET Incorporated, where he oversees the company’s technical vision and leads all aspects of the company’s technological development. His work experience as a GIS consultant, developer, and solutions architect has led to the seamless... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ingi Finnsson

Ingi Finnsson

Director, Valuations and Economics, Registers Iceland
Has a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iceland. For the past 10 years Ingi has been a CAMA modeler with Registers Iceland which is responsible for all property evaluations in Iceland. His focus has been commercial real estate which Registers Iceland... Read More →
avatar for Anna Gudnadottir

Anna Gudnadottir

Mathematician, Registers Iceland
Is a CAMA modeler for Registers Iceland and has worked there since 2014. Registers Iceland is responsible for all property evaluations in Iceland for both taxation and fire insurance purposes. Anna has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Iceland.
avatar for Sarah Welt

Sarah Welt

Property Valuation Modeler, NYC Department of Finance
Sarah Welt has spent over a decade working with civic technology; her particular interests are in data science, public policy and working with open data. She holds a Master of Science in Applied Urban Science and Informatics from New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

1:30pm

Use Location to Defend your Values
Using GIS to improve assessment valuation, defense and equity.  A mandatory session for executives looking to building upon skills, boost efficiency and be more effective in your jurisdiction.

  • Using GIS & Spatial Models to Improve Ratio Studies
    Paul Bidanset, Statistician/CAMA Modeler, City of Norfolk, Virginia Beach, VA

Moderators
avatar for Dan Cypert

Dan Cypert

Chief Deputy Assessor, Washington County Assessor's Office
Chief Deputy Assessor at Washington County, Arkansas. Currently serve on the GIS/CAMA Conference Content committee and IAAO's Executive Board.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bidanset

Paul Bidanset

Valuation Research Project Manager, International Association of Assessing Officers
Paul Bidanset currently serves as the IAAO's Valuation Research Project Manager. He is in the final year of his PhD candidacy at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he has developed a new AVM for mass real estate appraisal under the supervision of doctors Billy McCluskey... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

1:30pm

Relationships and Integration
The concepts presented during this session will demonstrate application of valuation models. Discuss solutions for valuation integrations with CAMA applications and then examine cluster analysis using the first law of geography that everything is related. 

  • Practical Applications of Cluster Analysis for Assessment Professionals
    Daniel J. Fasteen, Ph.D., CAMA/Systems Manager , Dakota County, Hastings, MN
  • Connecting The Market Approach
     Russ Thimgan, Thimgan & Associates, Goodyear, AZ

Moderators
avatar for Patrick O'Connor

Patrick O'Connor

President, O'Connor Consulting Inc.
Patrick O'Connor, ASA is an international leader in the field of Computer-Assisted Appraisal.  Mr. O’Connor is President of O’Connor Consulting Incorporated, which provides consultant services in ratio studies, market analysis and computer-assisted mass appraisal (CAMA) valuations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Fasteen, PhD

Daniel Fasteen, PhD

Director of Special Projects, BIS Consulting
Daniel J. Fasteen, Ph.D. is the Director of Special Projects for BIS consulting where he coordinates, designs, and implements analytical services and solutions for GIS and mass appraisal. Daniel has been in the property valuation profession since 2010 working for local government... Read More →
avatar for Russ Thimgan

Russ Thimgan

Analyst, Thimgan & Associates
Russ Thimgan started working in the Mass Appraisal field after graduating with a degree in Economics from Colorado State University. Russ’ extended experience in valuation modeling, coupled with his involvement in Ad Valorem Taxation since 1988, makes him a valuable asset in determining... Read More →


Tuesday March 20, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

1:30pm

Technology Showcase Session (Esri Canada, Assessure Systems)
1:30 - 2:15 PM - Esri Canada - How can Complex 3D GIS Scenes Take Your Organization to the Next Level?
The Esri Canada Assessment Team will demonstrate the power of using 3 dimensional modeling to view a complete and realistic picture of buildings. By integrating 3D visualization and spatial analysis into your property assessment workflow your staff can gain the ability to increase the accuracy of valuations and discover missing or incorrect property data. Also, using 3D generated factors such as percentage of view (unobstructed, obstructed), floor adjustments and other salient unit/building value adjustments and other opportunities for adjustment or model calibrations such as location, traffic noise, % of shade, your office will gain a more scientific approach when asked to accurately set and defend values equitably and in accordance to IAAO Mass Appraisal Standards.  
Presenters
Elton Yuen, Director, Business Development Assessment, Esri Canada
Todd Bergren, Account Manager, Esri Canada



2:15 - 3:00 PM - Assessure Systems - Putting Advanced Technology at your Fingertips
Introducing VERIFY® a proprietary and powerful investigative system that integrates advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, for the verification of homestead exemptions.  For assessment professionals, it reduces time and costs, providing substantial reductions in time & labor with significant increases in accuracy & ROI.

Assessure Systems is committed to bringing advanced technology and the highest level of service to the homestead exemption process. Through the continual application and integration of advanced technology to the exemption audit, Assessure is now able to offer assessment professionals a robust exemption audit of past and present rolls, the screening of new applications through our proprietary VERIFY® reports, and the periodic digital review of the tax rolls. 

Our goal is to offer a full service product that reduces the time and costs associated with the verification of the entire homestead exemption process.
Presenters:
Michael T. Sarver, CEO  Assessure Systems, LLC
Christopher Ferraro, Director of Maps and Data Science, Dito, LLC

Tuesday March 20, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raintree, 4th Floor

3:00pm

3:30pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

3:30pm

Supersized Data!
Aggregating large disparate parcel data sets is a common goal in both of these presentations. They will include project overview/background, costs, benefits, strategies, pitfalls, methodologies, and data standardization.

  • Texas Statewide Ownership Layer, and the Coastal Pilot Project
    Scot Friedman, MA, GIS Manager, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX
    Daniel Gao, Geographic Information Specialist, Texas Geographic Information Office
    Felicia Retiz, Deputy State GIO, Texas Geographic Information Office

  • ParcelMap BC - Compiling a Parcel Fabric for the Province of British Columbia
    Wendy Amy, GISP PMP, GIS Manager, MNC Ltd., Calgary, AB Canada
    Ellen Styner, General Manager, MNC Ltd., Calgary, AB Canada

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Dye, GISP

Joshua Dye, GISP

GIS Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District
Joshua Dye is a Senior GIS Analyst with the HCAD and loves Parcel Fabric and Land Records.

Speakers
avatar for Scot Friedman

Scot Friedman

GIS Director, Texas General Land Office
Scot received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in physical geography, geographic information systems (GIS), and environmental studies. For many years, Scot oversaw the Coastal GIS lab at the Texas General Land... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Gao

Daniel Gao

GIS Analyst, Texas General Land Office
avatar for Wendy Amy, C.E.T., GISP, PMP

Wendy Amy, C.E.T., GISP, PMP

GIS Manager, MNC Ltd.
Wendy Amy manages GIS projects and mapping programs at MNC. Over the past 19 years, she has led many large, multi-year GIS mapping projects through to successful completion including: the Alberta's Public Land mapping project, Alberta’s Title Mapping project, Manitoba Hydro’s... Read More →
avatar for Felicia Retiz

Felicia Retiz

Deputy State GIO, Texas Geographic Information Office
Felicia began her career in GIS at TNRIS in 1999 after graduating from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Geography. During her 18 years at TNRIS, she received the FEMA Under Secretary’s Award for her support on the Space Shuttle Columbia Recovery Operation as well as an ESRI... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Styner

Ellen Styner

General Manager, MNC Ltd.
I have been involved in parcel, cadastral and title/deed mapping over the past 20 years. In 2017 our team successfully completed one of the largest implementations of the parcel fabric model to date, the ParcelMapBC Project. If you are considering moving your data into the parcel... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

3:30pm

When Disaster Strikes
Learn how GIS and addressing management help prepare and recover from natural disasters.

  •  Using Assessment Data for FEMA/USACE Disaster Mitigation Planning
    Steven Shultz, PhD, Professor Real Estate/Land Use Economics, University of Nebraska at Omaha,Omaha, NE
  • Enterprise GIS-Centric Addressing (AddressOne) at Boulder County, Colorado
    Rachel Parrinello, GISP, Senior GIS Specialist, Boulder County Assessor's Office, Boulder, CO

Moderators
avatar for Angela Hill

Angela Hill

Deputy Director, Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department
Deputy Director since July 2017. Previously Faulkner County Assessor from 2013 to 2017. Also worked in GIS before becoming Assessor.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Parrinello, GISP

Rachel Parrinello, GISP

Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist, Boulder County Assessor’s Office
I like making sense of (and mapping) complex assessment/parcel data relationships, mining databases, training and teaching, and hiking. Talk to me about addresses, parcels, assessment data, or anything!
avatar for Steven Shultz, PhD

Steven Shultz, PhD

Professor Real Estate/Land Use Economics, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Working on ways to utilize real estate data for estimating potential disaster damage. Current focus is on quantifying the impact of flood risk on property values and improving FEMA-HAZUS data. Recent Publications in: JPTAA (IAAO), Natural Hazards Review Past life: Geographer, Current... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

3:30pm

Managing Comparable Properties
This session will explore two different approaches to finding comparable properties. The presenters will re-examine how comparable selection can be defined and improved.

  • Standard Grouping of Properties For Mass Appraisal
    James Williams, MSc, CPE, Mass Appraisal Supervisor, Philadelphia Office Of Property Assessment, Philadelphia, PA
  • Finding the Best Comparables
    Russ Thimgan, Thimgan & Associates, Goodyear, AZ

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Simpson

Danielle Simpson

Senior Modeling Appraiser, Boulder County Assessor
I am the Senior Modeling Appraiser with the Boulder County Assessor’s Office in Boulder, Colorado. I have been a real estate appraiser since 2001 and joined the Boulder County team in 2004. I enjoy exploring real estate and modeling. Sharing real estate and mass appraisal information... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Williams, MSc, CPE

James Williams, MSc, CPE

Mass Appraisal Supervisor, Philadelphia Office Of Property Assessment
James has been with the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment for 20 years and has held several positions that include Clerical, Residential Assessor, Analyst and now Mass Appraisal Supervisor. His Education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, as well as a... Read More →
avatar for Russ Thimgan

Russ Thimgan

Analyst, Thimgan & Associates
Russ Thimgan started working in the Mass Appraisal field after graduating with a degree in Economics from Colorado State University. Russ’ extended experience in valuation modeling, coupled with his involvement in Ad Valorem Taxation since 1988, makes him a valuable asset in determining... Read More →



Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

3:30pm

ArcGIS for Assessment and Tax: A System of Engagement for the Assessor’s Office - Esri Technology Showcase Session
ArcGIS for Assessment and Tax: A System of Engagement for the Assessor’s Office
See how the ArcGIS Platform can empower the entire workforce within the Assessor’s Office with ready-to-use maps, apps, and templates that include your data to bring more insight into what is happening. Easily create and share maps throughout your organization and effectively provide access to your organization's critical location information from your desktop, browser, tablet, or smartphone-anytime, anywhere. ArcGIS for Assessment and Tax provides your organization with a solution to increase the quality of your information, rapidly answer questions, visualize results quickly and easily, and then share that information with your constituents, either internal or external for increased transparency.

Presenters
Brent Jones, Global Manager, Land Records/Cadastre, Esri
J.D. Overton, Solution Engineer, Esri
Frank Baxter, Team Lead, Esri
Dan Stone, PM-Consulting Services, Esri
Kevin Ruggiero, Solution Engineer, Esri


Tuesday March 20, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Raintree, 4th Floor

6:30pm

Geocaching Poker Run

Geocaching Poker Run
On Tuesday evening, meet old friends and make new ones as the conference presents the Geocaching Poker Run. Clues and GPS coordinates to nearby establishments will be provided to you as you wander downtown Houston in teams. At each destination, beverages will be available for purchase if you so desire. The rules are simple:

  1. Meet at 6:30 PM at registration to divide into teams and receive instructions on loading destination points.
  2. Begin by following the coordinates and the clues to reach your first destination.
  3. Once there, enjoy a beverage of your choice, if you wish, and collect your team’s envelope containing the first of five playing cards that will make up your winning hand in Poker. Do Not Open the Envelope.
  4. Receive your next clue and coordinates.
  5. Continue to the next destination until all five playing card envelopes are collected.
  6. Return to starting location.
  7. When all teams have completed their mission, each team’s envelopes will be opened to reveal the winning hand!

Tuesday March 20, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Registration
 
Wednesday, March 21
 

9:00am

Plenary Session: 36 Million Documents and Maps that Tell the Story of the Public Lands of Texas
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) Archives and Records was established to manage the public lands of Texas, which meant documenting all land transactions that transpired under the Crown of Spain and Republic of Mexico, and then administering the public lands for incoming Texas pioneers, including thousands of veterans of the Texas Revolution.

The GLO has over 36 million documents and maps that tell the story of the public lands of Texas. It is our job today to protect and provide access to these records in a way that our diverse customer groups can get the information that they need, whether it is a land surveyor, an oil and gas professional, or a genealogist or historian.

Learn how GIS, and other interactive tools, are used to provide access to Texas history.

  • Researching the Archives and Records of the Texas General Land Office
    Alex Chiba, Map Vault Team Leader, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX

Moderators
avatar for Dan Cypert

Dan Cypert

Chief Deputy Assessor, Washington County Assessor's Office
Chief Deputy Assessor at Washington County, Arkansas. Currently serve on the GIS/CAMA Conference Content committee and IAAO's Executive Board.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Chiba

Alex Chiba

Map Vault Team Leader, Texas General Land Office
Alex Chiba is one of the Curators of the map collection at the Texas General Land Office. He has worked at the GLO for over 14 years and has extensive knowledge and experience with the archival collections of the agency. Alex is also the chief architect and administrator of the database... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Imperial Ballroom, 3rd Floor

10:00am

Exhibit Hall Break
Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Imperial East, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Automating Efficiencies with HCAD: Deep in the Heart of Texas
HCAD (Harris County Appraisal District) will discuss two real life, ongoing projects that modernize and automate internal processes. This automation simplifies work while improving the quality of data and ease of use for the taxpayers.

  • Hearing Evidence Mapping Application: A Collaboration Between GIS Developers and Appraisers at Harris County Appraisal District
    Tiffany Selvidge, GISP, GIS Programmer Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX

  • Migration of HCAD to the Parcel Fabric
    Joshua Dye, GISP, GIS Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX
    Van O’Brien, Director of Solutions and Services, The Sidwell Company, Saint  Charles, IL

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Simpson

Danielle Simpson

Senior Modeling Appraiser, Boulder County Assessor
I am the Senior Modeling Appraiser with the Boulder County Assessor’s Office in Boulder, Colorado. I have been a real estate appraiser since 2001 and joined the Boulder County team in 2004. I enjoy exploring real estate and modeling. Sharing real estate and mass appraisal information... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Dye, GISP

Joshua Dye, GISP

GIS Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District
Joshua Dye is a Senior GIS Analyst with the HCAD and loves Parcel Fabric and Land Records.
avatar for Tiffany Selvidge, GISP

Tiffany Selvidge, GISP

GIS Programmer Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District
Tiffany Selvidge is a GIS Programmer Analyst at Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) in Houston, Texas. She has been with the district for three years during which time she has been involved in the development of a variety of different applications. The applications provide support... Read More →
avatar for Van O'Brien

Van O'Brien

Director of Solutions and Services, SIDWELL
Van O’Brien has been with Sidwell since 2000, serving as a Project Manager, Technical Marketing Manager, and Manager of GIS Implementations before his current role as Director of Services and Solutions.  In this role, he directs all phases of Sidwell’s GIS implementation projects... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Houston….Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here!
Artificial intelligence is becoming an integral part of our lives.  Learn how AI technology can assist your jurisdiction and transform your workflows. 

  • From Science Fiction to Reality: Optimizing Artificial Intelligence for the Benefit of the Assessment Industry
    Michael Sarver, President, Assessure Systems, Covington, LA
    Conrad Comeaux, Assessor, Lafayette Parish, Lafayette, LA
    Christopher Ferraro, Director of Maps and Data Science, Dito, LLC, Manassas, VA

Moderators
avatar for Rob McGee

Rob McGee

Division Administrator, Arkansas Assessment Coordination
Agricultural Specialist, Oil and Gas Specialist, Excel geek, GIS tech & bootstrap GIS education cheerleader. Nine years working for the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department.Former life as a Golf Course Superintendent.

Speakers
avatar for Conrad Comeaux

Conrad Comeaux

Assessor, Lafayette Parish Tax Assessor
Serving as Assessor since 2001, Conrad has taken the Lafayette Parish Assessor's office from manual typewriters, dummy terminals and no maps into the digital age at high speed. Currently, his office has migrated the mapping to ESRI's parcel fabric and ARCGIS Online. Conrad has also... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Ferraro

Christopher Ferraro

Director of Maps and Data Science, Dito, LLC
Chris Ferraro is Director of Maps and Data Science for Dito, LLC, a Cloud Advisory and Consulting Services provider. Chris received a M.S. in GIS and Remote Sensing from Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography and B.S. degrees in Environmental Science and Geography from... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sarver

Michael Sarver

President, Assessure Systems
Michael “Mike” Sarver is President & CEO of Assessure Systems, a technology company focused on improving the assessment process by developing tools and systems uniquely designed to aid assessment professionals throughout the United States. Assessure’s latest product, the... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

10:30am

Speaking the Languages of Mass Appraisal
The presentation will demystify PMML and Power BI by discussing why they are structured as they are.  PMML can be used to move attributes between platforms and Power BI is a powerful tool you are probably not using for data analytics.

  • Data Analytics with Power BI
    Alex Raju, CPE, City Of Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment, Philadelphia, PA
  • Demystifying Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML)
    David Whiterell, RES, CAMA Supervisor, Maricopa County Assessor's Office, Phoenix, AZ
  • Beyond PMML for Valuation Models: Model Deployment for Communicating Time Trends
    Jennifer Rearich , CAMA Regression Modeler, Maricopa County, Phoenix, AZ

Moderators
avatar for Carol Neihardt

Carol Neihardt

Project Manager, Tyler Technologies Inc

Speakers
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Alex Raju, CPE

City of Philadelphia
Works with the City of Philadelphia - Office Of Property Assessment. From training, to data analytics, to data scientist, to modeling to residential evaluation; he keeps seven of his fingers in various roles. Two he keeps reserved for new roles. One is left at home just in case.
avatar for Jennifer Rearich

Jennifer Rearich

CAMA Regression Modeler, Maricopa County Assessor's Office
Jennifer Rearich is a CAMA Regression Modeler at the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office (Phoenix, AZ). Since 2012, Jennifer has been exploring the realms of the assessment industry, including mass appraisal valuation modeling, GIS, and more recently, model deployment with several... Read More →
avatar for David Whiterell, RES

David Whiterell, RES

CAMA Supervisor, Maricopa County Assessor's Office
David Whiterell is the CAMA Supervisor for the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office CAMA Division. His Job is to manage the unit that develops and calibrates statistical valuation models using multiple regression analysis. David Has over 25 years of appraisal industry experience... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

10:30am

Technology Showcase Session (Pushpin, The Sidwell Company)
10:30 - 11:15 AM - Pushpin Presentation
  • Leveraging Deep Learning to Accelerate Parcel Change Detection and Feature Extraction
    Pushpin leverages state-of-the-art artificial intelligence techniques in a patent-pending workflow that enables the company to complete county-wide change detection projects in weeks versus months and at 70% lower cost than the competition.  Pushpin’s CEO and founder, Randy Milbert, will provide an overview of Pushpin’s change detection and feature extraction algorithms and explain how these next-generation workflows consistently achieve human-level accuracy or better.  Mr. Milbert will also discuss how Pushpin amassed the world’s largest parcel change detection training set, which contains parcel boundaries with old and new, high-resolution, leaf-off imagery.  Mr. Milbert will walk through recent case studies and explore sample change reports, which highlight changed parcels on a heatmap, provide statistics by change type (addition, construction, deck, demolished, flatwork, garage, new, other, pool, or shed), and estimate the tax impact of the discovered changed.  Mr. Milbert will also discuss how customers ingest this change detection information into their existing CAMA workflows.
    Presenters:
    Randy Milbert, President, Pushpin
    Scott Sherwood, Consultant, Pushpin

11:15 - 12:00 Noon - The Sidwell Company Presentation
  • Modern GIS Land Records Management for Everyone!
Sidwell will demonstrate the powerful workflows that many governments across the Country utilize to efficiently manage their GIS land records data.  These workflows combine Sidwell’s Parcel Administrator technology with Esri’s parcel fabric and ArcGIS solutions to effectively manage, track and integrate GIS, tax, CAMA and other information found within your office.
Presenters: 
Van O’Brien – Director of Solutions and Services
Tony Pellettiere – Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Wednesday March 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Raintree, 4th Floor

12:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

12:00pm

Do you want to create a more efficient and effective Assessment Office? - Harris Govern Educational Lunch Session

If yes, join us for lunch Wednesday, March 21st from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm to see how the Govern OpenForms CAMA and Tax Software can turn your office into a productive environment!  You will also learn how to BREAK FREE from vendor dependency, be in FULL Control, tailor the software to meet YOUR needs with NO Source Code changes, and eliminate the need to create custom silo applications. There is limited seating, so be sure to register now to secure your spot!

Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJDXH8L



Wednesday March 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mesquite, 3rd Floor

12:00pm

Make the Right (Lunch) Connection - Tyler Technologies Educational Lunch Session
Join Tyler Technologies for lunch and enjoy some valuable food for thought. We’ll discuss our vision for Connected Communities™ and the steps we’re taking to empower you to share data across local agencies and with constituents. For more information, visit tylertech.com/gis-cama-2018 

Seating is extremely limited, so reserve your seat now.



Wednesday March 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Redbud, 3rd Floor

12:00pm

Plan Your Work. Work Your Plan - iLOOKABOUT, Inc Educational Lunch Session

Understanding where you are at any given moment with your annual work load sounds simple but can be a daunting task. This luncheon will provide an in depth review of several Counties’ approach to planning annual inspections, assigning and tracking sales and permit inspections all while avoiding costly duplicate visits, you will be exposed to simple tools to track progress, and we will demonostrate a simple solution to automate quality control and audit work flows. This lunchoen will provide a road map to transition your workflow into a solid transiparent process that allows you to manage the big blocks and analise the work from top to bottom.  

Please send an email to rod.miller@ilookabout.com to confirm your attendance as will be ordering lunches accordingly and have limited seating.
We look forward to hosting you.



Wednesday March 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Willow, 4th Floor

12:00pm

Today’s GIS/CAMA/GAMA: Where is Assessment GIS Going for the Assessor? - Esri Canada Educational Lunch Session
This lunch and learn will highlight some of the innovations in the GIS/CAMA realm and articulate this new paradigm for the Assessor’s Office.  At the session you will see and understand various projects Esri Canada has completed for Assessment Agencies worldwide and gain a knowledge of how these applications and services are advancing the workflow and protocol’s within the offices.   Highlights include GIS/CAMA integrations, GIS sketching, Analytics, 3D GIS and Smart Cities and the pathway to a Geographic Assisted Mass Appraisal (GAMA) platform.


Wednesday March 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Holly, 4th Floor

12:00pm

What’s New in ArcGIS for Assessors - Esri Educational Lunch Session
A lot has been happening at Esri!  Join us for a casual lunch and see what’s new in ArcGIS for Assessment, Taxation and Land Records. Learn what’s new from Esri and how ArcGIS can enhance your use of GIS, help increase your efficiency, find hidden value in your data, and deliver new capabilities. Bring your questions and join Esri staff for lunch and an informal presentation and discussion what’s new in the ArcGIS for Land Records solution.


Wednesday March 21, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Windowbox, 2nd Floor

1:30pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

1:30pm

Add a New Dimension to your GIS
The way you use geospatial data and the information derived from it is changing. Learn about the benefits of an imagery derived 3D model and how to extract and apply the most practical information from your data.

  • From 2D Map to 3D World: Cambria County, PA Merges Spatial Data for Robust GIS
    Stephen Kocsis, GISP, GIS Director, Cambria County GIS Center, Ebensburg, PA
    Keith Owens , Technical/Business Development Manager, Fugro Geospatial, Inc., Frederick, MD

  • 3D Cadastral and Construction of a Visibility Measure with Grading System for CAMA Modeling
    Jah-Vin Vaughan, Computer Programmer Analyst, City of New York Department of Finance, New York, NY

Moderators
avatar for Alex Hepp

Alex Hepp

Director, Assessment, CycloMedia Technology, Inc.

Speakers
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Stephen Kocsis, GISP

GIS Director, Cambria County GIS Center
Stephen Kocsis, GISP is the GIS Director at Cambria County, has been involved with GIS for nearly 20 years with 16 years at the County. He participates in various GIS community groups and enjoys working with geospatial technology. 
avatar for Keith Owens

Keith Owens

Manager of Business Development and Marketing, Fugro
In his 22-year career, Keith Owens has held nearly every position in the aerial mapping industry – aerial systems operator, surveyor, positioning, compilation, data processing, project planning/estimating, project management and technical and business development. Now, as the Manager... Read More →
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Jah-Vin Vaughan

Computer Programmer Analyst, City of New York Department of Finance
Jah-Vin Vaughan is currently a computer programmer analyst at the City of New York, Department of Finance within the Property Valuation and Mapping Division. Jah-Vin graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor in Engineering. Jah-Vin is the technical lead for Cyclomedia’s... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

1:30pm

Rise of the Machines: Drone Technologies
It’s a Bird!  It’s a Plane?  Is it Superman?  It’s a drone!  Learn about drone technology and how they are being used for field data collection, imagery capture and workflow improvement.  This session will also cover the legal considerations that your jurisdiction would encounter when using UAS/drones. 

  • A Look into the Future: SRCPA's Use of Drones & Legal Considerations Under FAA
    Greg Brown, CFA, Property Appraiser, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser, Milton, FL
    Karl Sandell, JD, CFE, General Counsel/Director of Programming, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser, Milton, FL
    Abigail Roberts, Esq., Aviation & Drone Law Attorney, 
    Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, Miami, FL 

Moderators
avatar for William Stephenson

William Stephenson

Senior Appraiser, Washington County
 William Stephenson is a senior appraiser and has been with Washington County, Arkansas since 1996. He also holds an Assessment Administration Specialist designation through IAAO.  His duties as Assistant Assessor of Real Estate and Appraisal include managing the real estate assessment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gregory S. Brown, CFA

Gregory S. Brown, CFA

Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
Greg Brown, re-elected in 2016 to his fifth term as Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser, is a DOR designated Certified Florida Appraiser, and has been in the appraisal industry for over 40 years. In 2016, Greg’s office received the Distinguished Assessment Jurisdiction Award, the... Read More →
avatar for Karl Sandell, JD, CFE

Karl Sandell, JD, CFE

General Counsel/Director of Programming, Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser
Karl Sandell joined the Santa Rosa County Property Appraiser's office in 2014 as General Counsel and Director of GIS. Previously, he served as a USAF JAG and worked in private practice doing commercial and residential real estate, foreclosures, and estate planning. In 2015, he received... Read More →
avatar for Abigail Roberts

Abigail Roberts

Aviation & Drone Law Attorney, Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell
Abigail Roberts is an aviation and drone lawyer practicing in Miami, Florida.  She earned her law degree from the University of Miami in 2007.  She has worked as an aviation lawyer since 2010 and has represented clients nationally in hundreds of cases.  In 2014, she was a member... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

1:30pm

All About Land: From Traditional to Spatial
Examine problems inherent in land valuation, including attributes that effect value in both vacant and improved land. Learn about an approach and methodology that was implemented with great success in Philadelphia.
  • An Approach to Land Revaluation
    Kevin Keene,  Director of Mass Appraisal and Analysis, City of Philadelphia - Office of Property Assessment, Philadelphia, PA

Moderators
avatar for Leighann Chambliss

Leighann Chambliss

Consultant, Thimgan & Associates

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Keene

Kevin Keene

Director of Mass Appraisal and Analysis, City of Philadelphia
Kevin has been the architect, lead modeler, and analyst for every mass appraisal project in Philadelphia since 1999. He has designed and directed several major revaluation projects, and created solutions for many problems that face modelers and assessors.



Wednesday March 21, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

1:30pm

Technology Showcase Session (DEVNET, Inc., Moore Precision Cost)
1:30 - 2:15 PM - Moore Precision Cost Presentation
  • Improving Commercial Value Estimates with Moore Precision Cost® and Moore Cost Online
    This session will present the new cost model and methodology that has evolved from research during the past five years to produce Moore Precision Cost, which corrects flaws in the current widely used method. It improves commercial cost approach value estimates using the same data that has been collected for the current method such as area, perimeter, structure type, wall height, occupancy, etc. The existing flaws and method improvements will be discussed in detail. In addition, a new online capability, which is now available at MooreCostOnline.com for entry, calculation, and printing of cost approach estimates of value will be demonstrated. It uses the same cost model and is intended for doing single appraisals online, on demand, for a small transaction fee.

2:15 - 3:00 PM - DEVNET, Inc Presentation
  • Integrated GIS CAMA
    Seamless integration with the ArcGIS Platform.  See how Web GIS can enhance your appraisal experience, from mobile data collection to desktop analytics.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raintree, 4th Floor

3:00pm

4:00pm

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Wednesday March 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

4:00pm

Parcel Fabric Cleanup for the Masses
Come join us as we show you how to quickly set up a staging database and then demonstrate simple models that allow you to perform Parcel Fabric cleanup.
 
  • Parcel Fabric Cleanup for the Masses
    Dan Sereno, GIS Analyst V, County of Maui, Wailuku, HI

Moderators
avatar for Scott Teruya, AAS

Scott Teruya, AAS

Director of Finance, County of Maui

Speakers
avatar for Dan Sereno

Dan Sereno

Geographic Services Manager, County of Maui
Talk to me about parcel fabric, python, drag racing, fishing. Don't talk to me about brussel sprouts, kale, liver. ;-) Bio: Graduated Univ. of Utah, Cum Laude, B.S. Geography 8 yrs. public safety GIS work for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Flagstaff, AZ. 2+ yrs. County... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

4:00pm

Transparency in Modeling
Come and learn about capturing differences in valuations and making models transparent to ensure equity across all properties. 

  • Price Indexes for Submarkets: The Hierarchical Blending Method
    Andy Krause, PhD, Principal Data Scientist, Greenfield Advisors, Seattle, WA

  • The Pros and Cons of Model Transparency
    Danielle Simpson, Senior Modeling Appraiser, Boulder County Assessor, Boulder, CO
    Leighann Coates, Thimgan & Associates, Boulder, CO

Moderators
avatar for Matt Bryant

Matt Bryant

Chief Technology Officer, DEVNET Inc
Matt Bryant is the Chief Technology Officer at DEVNET Incorporated, where he oversees the company’s technical vision and leads all aspects of the company’s technological development. His work experience as a GIS consultant, developer, and solutions architect has led to the seamless... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Leighann Chambliss

Leighann Chambliss

Consultant, Thimgan & Associates
avatar for Andy Krause, PhD

Andy Krause, PhD

Principal Data Scientist, Greenfield Advisors
I'm a geographer and urban planner at heart. I'm interested in merging statistical analyses and urban land economics to improve valuation. I'm a proponent of reproducible research and open source software.
avatar for Danielle Simpson

Danielle Simpson

Senior Modeling Appraiser, Boulder County Assessor
I am the Senior Modeling Appraiser with the Boulder County Assessor’s Office in Boulder, Colorado. I have been a real estate appraiser since 2001 and joined the Boulder County team in 2004. I enjoy exploring real estate and modeling. Sharing real estate and mass appraisal information... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

4:00pm

Challenges of Equalization - Defeating Outliers and Enhancing Representativeness
This session will expose property tax professionals to additional methods of creating ratio studies that are more representative of the distribution of values in a class or jurisdiction.  Sales non-disclosure laws often hinder the determination of ratio studies which could affect school funding.

  • Challenges of Equalization - Defeating Outliers and Enhancing Representativeness
    Alan Dornfest, AAS, Property Tax Policy Bureau Chief, Idaho State Tax Commission, Boise, ID
    Marty McGee, MS, State Assessor, State of Alaska, Anchorage, AK

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Santoso, GISP

Patrick Santoso, GISP

Principal, Axiomatic
Patrick is a founding shareholder at Axiomatic. He enjoys working with all levels of government and industry to solve complex business process challenges through resource optimization, application development, and GIS integration. Patrick is a recognized leader in land records administration... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alan Dornfest, AAS

Alan Dornfest, AAS

Property Tax Policy Bureau Chief, Idaho State Tax Commission
Alan S. Dornfest, AAS is the Idaho State Tax Commission’s property tax policy bureau chief.  He has been with the Commission for 41 years, supervising property tax policy and the Idaho ratio study and analyzing Idaho property taxes and property tax laws.  Alan currently serves... Read More →
avatar for Marty McGee, MS

Marty McGee, MS

State Assessor, State of Alaska
IAAO BIO Marty McGee is currently serving as the State Assessor for Alaska. Marty has spent 30 years in the real estate industry working from construction labor to the owner of a construction company, a licensed real estate agent, a commercial real estate appraiser and an assessment... Read More →



Wednesday March 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

4:00pm

Technology Showcase Session (EagleView, Apex Software)
4:00 - 4:30 PM - EagleView Presentation
  • The Norm vs. After the Storm: An Appraiser’s Perspective on Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery
    Aransas County, one of the hardest hit counties during Hurricane Harvey, lost approximately 25% of structure value as a result of the storm. The road to recovery is a long one, but with the right technology and team in place, Aransas County Chief Appraiser Mike Soto is on the fast track to assessing damage and picking up the pieces. Hear from Soto and the EagleView team on the role location data and technology played in appraisal before Harvey and in the last six months.
    Mike Soto – Chief Appraiser, Aransas County
    Matt Thomas – Senior District Manager, EagleView

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Apex Software Presentation
  • Hillsborough County’s Multi-Year Sketch Verification and Desktop Review Project
This session will show how Hillsborough County, FL has increased staff efficiency and produced fair and equitable values through use of technology via their partnership with iLookabout and Apex Professional Services.  Come discover how the use of iLookabout’s GeoViewPort and Apex’s Sketch Verification has streamlined desktop review.
Presenter:
Nancy Johnston, PMP

Rod Miller, iLOOKABOUT




Wednesday March 21, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Raintree, 4th Floor

6:00pm

Conference Social Event - Strike or Gutter Ball?
Always a good time! 
We're going to Lucky Strike this year. A very short walk from the Hyatt, we'll enjoy some food, a cash bar and great conversation. Bowl, play pool, throw some darts or just hang out with your fellow conference attendees. 

Be sure to bring your social event ticket in order to gain entry into the party.


Wednesday March 21, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Lucky Strike 1201 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002
 
Thursday, March 22
 

7:30am

Conference Committee Breakfast Meeting
Discuss the high points and any areas of improvement for next year's conference. If you're interested in volunteering for the 2019 conference, attend this meeting for an overview of volunteer responsibilities and planning schedules!

Moderator
avatar for Matt Bryant

Matt Bryant

Chief Technology Officer, DEVNET Inc
Matt Bryant is the Chief Technology Officer at DEVNET Incorporated, where he oversees the company’s technical vision and leads all aspects of the company’s technological development. His work experience as a GIS consultant, developer, and solutions architect has led to the seamless... Read More →


Thursday March 22, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Mesquite, 3rd Floor

8:30am

Esri Hands-On Learning Lab
Explore Esri software offerings and get free training at the Hands-on Learning Lab. The Learning Lab offers self-paced training sessions (approximately 45 minutes each) featuring a recorded presentation and an interactive exercise. Esri instructors are available to answer your questions.

Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Magnolia, 3rd Floor

8:30am

An Award Winning Approach to Web-based GIS Solutions
This session will focus on Racine County WI — Esri Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) and URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award winner. Learn about building a GIS that opens doors for the Enterprise and beyond.

  • Achieving Success with Public-Facing Solutions
    Greg Galarneau,  Business Development Manager, Pro-West & Associates, Walker, MN

  • Racine County: A Unique Approach to Land Records Transformation
    Tyson Fettes, Register of Deeds, Racine County, Racine, WI

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Parrinello, GISP

Rachel Parrinello, GISP

Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist, Boulder County Assessor’s Office
I like making sense of (and mapping) complex assessment/parcel data relationships, mining databases, training and teaching, and hiking. Talk to me about addresses, parcels, assessment data, or anything!

Speakers
avatar for Tyson Fettes

Tyson Fettes

Register of Deeds, Racine County
Tyson Fettes is the Register of Deeds at Racine County, Wis. Tyson has a long standing passion for public service, having held his first elected position at age 21 as a member of Burlington Town Board. Tyson’s role as Register of Deeds is atypical – as well as the Register of... Read More →
avatar for Greg Galarneau

Greg Galarneau

Business Development Manager, Pro-West & Associates
With a background in robotics and industrial automation, Greg brings a unique and valuable perspective to Pro-West’s clients. Working with Pro-West’s GIS land records experts, he uses this background to generate creative solutions to challenges experienced by government organizations... Read More →



Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Dogwood, 3rd Floor

8:30am

Human and Technology Interactions
Human interaction is the basis for determining fair and equitable valuations. Modern technologies can be a cost effective and efficient tools to support your operations and support opinions of value.  Humans leveraging the latest technologies can save resources by using advanced automations and integrated solutions.

  • GIS and Land Records for State Tax Administration - Property Tax & Beyond
    Patrick Santoso, GISP, Axiomatic LLC, Concord, NH 
  • Rise of the Machines: Appraisals vs. AVMs
    James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, 2018 President, Appraisal Institute, Chicago, IL

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Kinsey, AAS

Bryan Kinsey, AAS

Assistant Director, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury
Bryan is the Assistant Director of Assessments in the Tennessee Comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments. Bryan's responsibilities include Tennessee’s statewide Integrated Multi-Processing of Administrative and CAMA Technology (IMPACT) system, leading field appraisal staff... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Santoso, GISP

Patrick Santoso, GISP

Principal, Axiomatic
Patrick is a founding shareholder at Axiomatic. He enjoys working with all levels of government and industry to solve complex business process challenges through resource optimization, application development, and GIS integration. Patrick is a recognized leader in land records administration... Read More →
avatar for James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA

James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA

2018 President, Appraisal Institute
James L. Murrett, MAI, SRA, of Hamburg, New York, is the 2018 president of the Appraisal Institute. He will serve as immediate past president in 2019. He also chairs the organization’s Executive Committee and its policy-setting Board of Directors.  Since 2009, Murrett has been... Read More →



Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Cottonwood, 3rd Floor

8:30am

Defining Depreciation and Equitable Value
Two Houston appraisers present solutions for valuing and reviewing property. They will discuss appraisal equity and development of effective age adjustments. 

Session Moderator: Alex Hepp, Cyclomedia

  • Comparision of Sold and Unsold Commercial Properties Using Mann Whitney Test
    Liz Hernandez, Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX

  • Developing Effective Age Models
    Errol Williams, PhD, Residential Valuation Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX

Moderators
avatar for Alex Hepp

Alex Hepp

Director, Assessment, CycloMedia Technology, Inc.

Speakers
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Liz Hernandez

Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District
I graduated from Economics from National University of Colombia. I graduated from Texas A&M and I have an MBA. I have worked for Residential, Commercial, and Appraisal Operation. I have 10 years of experience in the Appraisal field. I was real estate Agent in Bogota, Colombia. I... Read More →
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Errol Williams, Ph.D.

Residential Valuation Specialist, Harris County Appraisal District
Errol Williams is a Residential Valuation Specialist with the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) in Houston, Texas. HCAD has more than 1.8 million parcels with an estimated market value of $556 billion distributed across approximately 500 taxing units. With more than 18 years... Read More →



Thursday March 22, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Sandalwood, 4th Floor

10:30am

Closing Keynote: The Role of GIS in Natural Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Harvey and the Harris County Appraisal District
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 storm. For the next four days, the storm stalled while dumping more than 40 inches of water on the upper gulf coast. The resulting floods in the Houston metropolitan area inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than one million people and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. The damage was estimated to be between $150-$180 billion.

The Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) reacted with an organized plan of discovery that sought to accurately quantify the value of loss. Learn about the procedures taken to identify properties impacted and the chain of events that occurred from the date of impact to the date of valuation. Learn about the historical role of GIS in previous HCAD disaster management and the critical role it played in the Hurricane Harvey disaster review project.

  • Roland Altinger, CAE, RPA, Chief Appraiser, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX
    Joshua Dye, GISP, GIS Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District, Houston, TX

Moderators
avatar for Matt Bryant

Matt Bryant

Chief Technology Officer, DEVNET Inc
Matt Bryant is the Chief Technology Officer at DEVNET Incorporated, where he oversees the company’s technical vision and leads all aspects of the company’s technological development. His work experience as a GIS consultant, developer, and solutions architect has led to the seamless... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roland Altinger

Roland Altinger

Chief Appraiser, Harris CAD
Roland H. Altinger is the chief appraiser for the Harris County Appraisal District, a position he has held since July 2016. As chief executive officer for one of the largest assessment entities in the United States, he is responsible for over 600 employees and the annual reappraisal... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Dye, GISP

Joshua Dye, GISP

GIS Analyst, Harris County Appraisal District
Joshua Dye is a Senior GIS Analyst with the HCAD and loves Parcel Fabric and Land Records.



Thursday March 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Imperial Ballroom, 3rd Floor