Featured Speakers

Industry leaders will highlight geospatial technology and the influences of integrating GIS with other current technologies in a variety of sectors.

Keynote Presentation

Maryland’s Data Journey

Kick off TUgis 2022 with Patrick McLoughlin, Maryland’s first chief data officer. Learn how the State is defining the rules of the road to ensure the State’s most valuable asset is managed, maintained, secured, and continuously improved upon into the future.

Patrick McLoughlin is chief data officer for the State of Maryland, where he is responsible for setting statewide data management and analytics practices. He has 17 years of experience helping large data programs maximize the value of their data by aligning data management strategies with business strategies. He has experience in both the public and private sectors. Previously, he served as director of data solutions at Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, where he led data strategies, data management, and governance processes; and served as director of business intelligence for the Maryland Department of Information Technology where he led the BI, analytics, and the State’s Open Data Program. Pat has a Bachelor of Science from Salisbury University.

Industry Talks

Drones – 6 Years of Legal Discovery of Commercial Applications

A look at the uses drones have found across the commercial landscape since the release of the Part 107 rules in 2016. Discussion to include where drones have been successful, adoption limitations, and what the future may hold.

Anne Sheehan

John D. Delp has been with AECOM for over 27-years and been flying drones for the company for the last 6 years. He is currently AECOMs North America (NA) Chief Remote Pilot and a Senior Drone Instructor Pilot. Commercially, he has flown and led successful UAS projects for the inspection of critical infrastructure such as wastewater facilities, earthen dams, and bridges; highly accurate photogrammetric land surveys; thermal imaging; and videography.

Anne Sheehan

John Knowlton oversees AECOMs commercial UAS services. He is responsible for all matters related to the development and implementation of UAS policies and procedures, leading capture efforts, mission planning, airframe and sensor selection, and quality control of data products. Mr. Knowlton has over 21 years of experience in the GIS and geospatial industry. He is an ASPRS certified photogrammetrist, GISP, and PMP.

Embracing Accessibility

GIS professionals are increasingly required to comply with accessibility compliance guidelines for the apps and maps created.   Trying to understand accessibility guidelines is a tad bid confusing.  This talk will break down the key terms and areas we can address to provide applications that are inclusive.

Charmel Menzel

Charmel Menzel has professionally identified herself as a GISer for over 25 years.  While at Esri since 2001, she has supported the adoption of ArcGIS within local, state, national, and international organizations.   Working with Esri customers and staff, she is enjoying addressing how to enable accessibility compliance.  Her other passions include natural resource management and field operations, especially community science projects.  Charmel earned a M.S in Geography from the University of South Carolina.

How Remote Sensing and ML/AI Enables Operational Excellence

Attendees can expect to learn about the lens Jason has viewed the industry through over his 18+ years serving the public sector. Remote sensing from the air and ground, imagery, LiDAR, GIS, Machine Learning, and AI will all be touched on. So much has changed in these industries throughout the last two decades, it is important to try and understand the history of these technologies to fully leverage them for your organization in today’s fast-paced business environments.

Jason SealyWith over 18 years of experience serving the public sector, Jason Sealy gains great satisfaction in helping State and Local Government customers address their ever-changing business challenges by leveraging enterprise solutions. He has a diverse history – and maintains a continued fascination – with working in the remote sensing and geospatial technology industries. Throughout his respective tenures with EagleView, Esri, and now with Cyclomedia, Jason has always enjoyed sharing his understanding and experience with clients, colleagues, and business partners alike.

Translating Geospatial Science to Action

FEMA’s Natural Hazards Risk Assessment Program

Anne Sheehan

Anne Sheehan is a Geospatial Risk Analyst for the Natural Hazards Risk Assessment Program (NHRAP) in the Risk Management Directorate at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In her role, Anne supports Hazus and the National Risk Index. The NHRAP provides natural hazard risk assessment data, tools, and analyses to support FEMA strategic goals in the development of risk communication. Anne has worked for FEMA since 2021 and earned a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the George Washington University.

Jesse Rozelle

Jesse Rozelle is the Program Manager for the Natural Hazards Risk Assessment Program (NHRAP) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  FEMA’s NHRAP team serve as subject matter experts in the development of methodological guidance, datasets, and risk assessment tools (including Hazus and the National Risk Index) for supporting emergency management and risk reduction decision making.

Utilizing GIS and Technology to Advance Asset Management Programs

Infrastructure focused organizations across all-sectors are implementing risk-based asset management approaches to improve performance, address critical needs, and enhance their long-term planning processes.  GIS plays a key role in visualizing, analyzing, and modeling data from a variety of perspectives including asset reliability and renewal and replacement planning models.   GIS and related technologies are giving organizations enhanced opportunities to demonstrating long-term needs and impacts of capital and maintenance investments – with a view towards service level improvement and risk reduction, as well as resiliency, sustainability, and equity impacts.  GIS and EAM systems are also integral in supporting baseline condition and risk assessment tools including mobile data collection, drone technology, and LIDAR.  This presentation will review key elements of asset management related technologies and their application to wider programs and will touch on current state of the industry and future trends.  This information will be presented through case studies and lessons learned from several leading organizations from across the US.

David Sklar

David Sklar is a Senior Director with WSP, delivering asset management and business strategy engagement for clients across the US, and serves as the water and aviation sector lead. He is a recognized industry leader with over twenty-five years of diverse experience across aviation, ports, energy, water, transportation, facilities, and public works infrastructure sectors. David’s key areas of expertise include asset management, environmental sustainability, capital planning, process improvement, lifecycle costing, triple bottom line analysis, operations and maintenance strategy, and performance management.

His experience spans the range of asset management program elements including: strategy and visioning, organizational change management, service levels and performance metrics, condition and risk analysis, renewal and replacement modeling, capital planning and project prioritization/optimization, business cases, triple bottom line analysis, financial planning, CMMS/EAM selection and implementation, asset modeling, stakeholder communications and outreach and development of formal asset management plans (AMP).

David has worked with some of the largest infrastructure organizations in the U.S. to develop comprehensive asset management programs and plans that deliver tangible results. His recent clients have included: Maryland DOT, Denver International Airport, King County International Airport, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. David holds a BA in Economics from Boston University and an MBA in Sustainability from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Jeff Tirschman

Jeff Tirschman is a Vice President and Director of Professional Services with WBCM’s Geospatial Innovations. Throughout his 23 years of experience, he has led and managed many projects in the GIS, IT and engineering industry. Jeff has experience delivering large, complex, multi-faceted enterprise projects across organizations in a variety of industry specialty areas, including transportation enterprise solutions, asset management systems, land management solutions, work order management systems, project management systems, and business process improvement initiatives. Jeff is a skilled project manager currently serving as a comprehensive program manager for MDOT SHA’s Asset Management Office and Office of Information Technology.

Jeff is a Certified Project Management Professional (since 2005) and serves as an adjunct professor for Towson University’s Applied Information Technology graduate program where he has taught project management and IT management courses at the graduate level for 45 semesters and counting.