Kansas Association of Mappers

Map Gallery Entries

Online submissions for the 2019 Map Gallery are now closed. You may still enter by bringing your map or URL to the registration desk before it closes at the end of the first full day of the conference.

Printed Masterpieces

Digital Masterpieces

Printed Masterpieces

2019 DAIRIES AND DAIRY PROCESSORS

Linda Sibert, Kansas Department of Agriculture

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Map of Kansas Dairies

One of the many Farm to Table licenses the Kansas Department of Agriculture regulates are Dairy’s and Dairy Processor plants. This map shows all the licensed farm dairies symbolized by the herd size. And the licensed dairy processors symbolized by commercial processors or processors on the farm. This map is utilized by the KDA Marketing team and the Dairy Licensing team.

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3D USGS Topeka Quadrangle

William Trimble, Shawnee County

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.USGS Topeka Quadrangle

1951 USGS Quadrangle of Topeka drapped over a 3D rendering of a modern DEM relief. DEM clipping, resampling, and smoothing done in ArcGIS Pro. 3D modeling done in Blender.

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City of Manhattan Bike Map and Trail Guide

Jared Tremblay, Flint Hills MPO

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Manhattan Bike and Trail Map

The Flint Hills MPO was allowed to alter the existing City of Manhattan bike map in hopes of creating an easier to read map that highlighted the cycling network allowing for users to more easily navigate Manhattan. The map was made entirely using Inkscape. The process began by taking an exported street layer map from ArcMap and importing it into Inkscape. Then the road network was drawn by hand in Inkscape. Additional layers of the map included background (rivers, parks, business districts, etc), bike infrastructure, points of interest, and labels etc. This process allowed for skewing and stylizing to aid in ease of use and aesthetics. In addition, the back of the map features a Trails Guide, which previously was printed separately by Parks and Rec. By combining the Bike Map and Trail Guide, money was saved, as well as consolidation of overlapping assets/interests.

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Coyote Hunt Map

Tyler Wehr, Leavenworth County

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Coyote Map Hunt Thumbnail

This map is drawn with data gathered from Leavenworth County's Fox Hunt Club. It used Property Owner, Gates, Jumps, and Areas of Interest to populate the Trail Markers and Trails. The County. Members of the Coyote Club use this map for horseback riding during coyote tracking events. Property owners names are listed so riders know the zones where the activities can take place. The font is Viner Hand Itc and makes it look like an adventure map. The Coyote/Fox Club meets with the County GIS on a yearly basis to update trails and markers.

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Data 4 Ways: Green Apple Bikes: GPS Tracking

Jared Tremblay, Flint Hills MPO

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Data 4 Ways map

Manhattan's free bike share program, Green Apple Bikes (GAB), has many positives. However, tracking of the bikes has been impossible due to the lack of technology on the bikes. The FHMPO partners with GAB to purchase GPS devices and a tracking system. Over the course of 30 days GPS was used to track 2 bikes. The maps here represent just one bike's movements. Note that this data is for when the bike was being ridden only; speed data was used to remove locations where the bike was travelling over 15mph. The four maps attached all show the same data in four different formats, ranging from simple plotting of all points, transparency, aggregated total by line segment, and heat map.

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Feral Cat Colony Location Identification in Lawrence, Kansas

Christian Kennedy, City of Leavenworth

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Feral Cat Colony Poster

Feral cat colonies exist in most communities and these colonies can be a burden on the local animal shelters within said communities. Often, the cats in these colonies are picked up and taken to surrounding shelters where they are generally not able to be socialized. This may result in the feline being euthanized. As of spring 2018, locations for potential feral cat colonies were not yet identified in Lawrence, Kansas. Through the efforts of this projects, several potential locations were found using intake data provided by the Lawrence Humane Society. This brings our community one step closer to humanely managing these colonies.

The end goal is to keep this vulnerable population out of shelters. Now that these colonies are identified, the Lawrence Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations will be able to locate, trap, alter and vaccinate, and then return the cats to the field. This way the colonies will not continue to grow, and community members can care for the colonies until they decline.

This project was started in January of 2018 and continued through the spring of that year. The data used was gathered over the course of three years and consisted of thousands of feline intakes. As of the spring of 2019, these findings have helped to change legislation surrounding Trap-Neuter-Return allowing our community to create a successful TNR program!

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Flow Map of the Kansas River in the Kansas Water Basin

William Trimble, Shawnee County

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Flow Map Kansas River

Created in ArcGIS Pro to mimic the look and feel of a map done on a blueprint medium. The 3 charts were created in a workflow out of FME. The purpose of the map is to show the river hierarchy of the Kansas River and it's tributaries across the Kansas Water Basin and the flow rates of water across these bodies between 2016-2018. Time and effort spent was probably around 10-12 hours to collect and process data, download and learn the FME process for the first time, and to create and fine tune the map and labels.

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Kansas Wind Energy Transportation Flow Map

Kyle Gonterwitz, Kansas Department of Transportation

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Wind Energy Map

Traffic flow of trips based on OSOW permitted route assignments for wind energy related loads from the Kansas K-Trips OSOW Permitting system, along with wind turbines from the USGS Turbine layer, combined on the highway basemap.

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Kensington KS, 1900 vs 2019

Steven Rice, Smith County

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Map of Kensington KS

This map was created by Steven (JR) Rice for the City of Kensington to be displayed in the Kensington City office. It is intended to be more of a "historical trivia" map, and is placed next to another map of the city that already shows present day city limit boundaries, parcels and address points. It is meant for a general representation only, with exact locations of features not being precise.

The map shows a present day view of the city , the municipal boundary, and center line. overview. The shaded area is a photograph of the parcel layout from 1900 obtained from the Kensington City office and scanned into digital format, turned into a transparency, overlaid onto the map, and stretched so that the streets match as close as possible.

This gives a representation of what was present in 1900, the general location, and a representation of what is in it's place today.. Just in the creation of this map, many people (including myself) were surprised to find that the city had a horse racing track, among many other things. This map has, in a way, helped preserve some of the history of the town, and has generated many stories from the people who can still remember them! There are even several houses that are still lived in today! The actual amount of time spent to create this map only took perhaps a couple of hours, but the bridge between the time gap of the two images covers more than a century.

Some items to look for are : The horse racing track, 3 livery stables, a creamery, the Rail Road Depot, and a city street that once continued North, but was changed for the creation of waterway drainage.

The longer you study, the more you're sure to discover. We still are!

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Mapping a Murderer

Tyler Fleming, Douglas County

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During a homicide investigation in rural Douglas County, the Sheriff's office obtained a Garmin GPS unit from the main suspect's red Ford Mustang. This GPS unit had an "activity log" that tracked the date, time, and location of the unit on the night of the murder, November 3, 2017. Detective Dean Ohman came into the GIS office with this data, unsure of exactly how it could be displayed for the jurors during the trial. Through our collaboration, we ultimately displayed this information in a map, which was an exhibit for the defense during the trial.

To process the data, I converted the .gpx file taken from the GPS into a feature class using a tool in ArcGIS Pro. Then I reprojected the data from the GPS's WGS84 datum into NAD 1983 State Plane, which gave us a more accurate spatial relationship with the existing GIS data displayed in the map. To make the data points easy for the jurors to understand, I labeled key points with data from a new field that was calculated with the GPS data’s time stamp, converted from UTC to North American Central Time. Finally, I focused on creating appropriate symbology and clear labeling to tell the story of the defendant’s travels from her home to the crime scene and back.

With support from GIS, Detective Ohman presented the jury with a clear representation of the timeline recorded by the defendant’s GPS unit. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, “Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff sentenced Evans, 39, of Lawrence, to life in prison for the crime, noting that under the Kansas “Hard 50” sentence Evans would be almost 90 years old before she could even ask for parole.”

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Re-creating the Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland - Loch Ness

William Trimble, Shawnee County

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Loch Ness Map

Re-creating the Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland - Loch Ness by Murray and Pullar from 1903-1904. The original is viewable at: https://maps.nls.uk/view/74400565 Used ArcGIS Pro and modern data to recreate the look and feel of this old survey map. Used ArcGIS Pro and modern data to re-create the look and feel of this old survey map. Some small custom image assets created in GIMP.

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Walnut Valley Archaeology

David Hughes, Wichita State University

Click the image to open the full-sized version of the map.Walnut Valley Map

Wichita State University is entering a new phase of graduate education in anthropology and we are beginning a 10 year probram of survey, assessment, and evaluation of the archaeology of the Walnut River Valley in the Flint Hills. The Walnut Valley has an abundance of biotic and geologic resources in a relatively small area. The valley has on its surface numerous terrace and alluvial features that reflect different ages. The result of these is that the Walnut Valley has a significant and accessible archeological record covering the past 10,000 years. Our research begins with preliminary assembly of geographic information into an ArcGIS model. The summar of that informaiton is presented here.

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Digital Masterpieces

Before and After: May 28, 2019 Tornado Damage

Amy Roust, Douglas County

Click the image to open the web app.Screen shot of tornado web app

On May 28, 2019, a massive rain-wrapped EF4 tornado cut a large path of damage through Douglas and Leavenworth Counties. The National Weather Service even issued a rare "Tornado Emergency" declaration because of the destructive nature of the storm and its proximity to major population centers. Fortunately, no lives were lost in Douglas County, but property damage was extensive. To aid in the damage assessment process, the State of Kansas worked with Surdex to capture orthoimagery of the damage path. Douglas County GIS used the imagery for quality control by creating a list of visibly damaged parcels and comparing it to locations already identified by Search and Rescue (SAR) and the Kansas Disaster Assessment Team (KDAT) as affected in some way. One of the products coming out of this exercise was this "before and after" slider map. Users can slide a bar back and forth across the map to compare the 2018 orthoimagery to the post-tornado damage path. Parcels known to have damage are marked in purple; visibly damaged parcels identified in the visual inspection are marked in yellow.

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City of Lawrence Levee Maintenance

Cesalea Osborne, City of Lawrence

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This map shows the Lawrence levee headwalls, gatewell structures, and outlet structures, as well as the location of gauge boards and sandbag areas. The City of Lawrence field crews use these data to reference levee structures and landmarks during equipment inspections, flood control operations, and general levee maintenance. The gatewell structures and their associated headwalls and outlet structures are used to drain water from the land side of the levee to the Kansas River (Kaw) during flood events. If river levels rise beyond a particular threshold, the structures drain the river water into the adjacent farmland. Sandbag areas are used during extreme flooding events and are located near the Union Pacific railroad on both the east and west sides of the levee. Gauge boards are used to monitor water levels also during extreme flooding events. The FEMA Flood Hazard Areas layer shows areas in Lawrence that are prone to base-flood inundation and those that are protected by the levee. Acknowledgements: Clint Miller (cartography); Caleb Pettengill (GPS collection); Arlie Watts (gatewell depth data contribution); Cesalea Osborne (GPS collection and cartography) Project time frame (intermittent): 4/12/2019 - 10/14/2019

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Historical Aerials

Sherie Taylor, Riley County

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Aerials from 1995, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 can be compared to 2018 using the swipe tool. Our Planning Dept and Appraiser use this to track historical building permits, zoning violations, property card maintenance.

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Kansas Crash Mapper Application (test)

Kyle Gonterwitz, Kansas Department of Transportation

Click the image to open the web app.Thumbnail of web app

KDOT and DASC have been collaborating on a crash mapping application for public access to the KDOT crash data. After some initial application development, it was determined that the crash data needed to be improved prior to public release of the crash mapping application. KDOT and DASC then shifted project priorities to focus on developing automated geocoding methods using various road centerline datasets and geocoding configurations to work toward goals of mapping a high percentage of crashes (around 90%) with a high degree of geocoding match confidence (90%) in near real time.

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Parcels Historical

Sherie Taylor, Riley County

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Parcels Historical Thumbnail Image

Parcels from 2010 thru 2018 are separate layers, subdivisions 2012 thru 2018 are separate layers, aerials 1995, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 , can all be used to look at how parcels & subdivisions have been split, combined etc over the years. In Riley County, there is a history of subdivisions/lots near Colbert Hills golf course being reconfigued numerous times and without this app, it's hard to determine the progression of those changes.

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ISO Rating

Sherie Taylor, Riley County

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ISO Map Image Thumbnail

The User Guide link at the upper left explains how to use the app. The premise of the app is to cut down on phone time in our Rural Fire Dept, answering calls from insurance companies needing to know the ISO Rating for rural properties. Based on the distance from a rural fire station & the surface type of the roads, the roads in the County are rated as a 5, 5Y, 9 or 10 and are symbolized for ease of use by insurance people. Users can search by address, zoom to the address and make their own determination of how they want to insure a rural property.

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Temporary Traffic Control Plan Builder

Jason Randall and Cesalea Osborne, City of Lawrence

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The City of Lawrence requires right-of-way applicants to submit a temporary traffic control plan with their applications. This web app provides a more streamlined process for the creation of temporary traffic control plans. The features in this web app include MUTCD compliant signs, arrow boards, and barricades, as well as features created in ArcGIS Pro (v. 2.4) such as cones, pavement markings, and a work zone. There are some pitfalls to overcome, as this web app is a work in progress. These include creating speed limit signs and arrow boards that will allow end-users to input custom data, as speed limits and arrow board notifications vary depending on the scope of a project that lies within the right-of-way. Additionally, the cone spacing will eventually comply with MUTCD standards, and the measure to line widget will be used to create a feature from measured distances. The symbol scaling and feature load times are among the issues we’ve encountered while developing this app. This demo shows our progress so far; we are open to suggestions or recommendations as we continue to develop this app towards its full capacity.

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