FME World Tour 2014

Event Proceedings

View presentation slides from FME User Meetings taking place between March 27 - May 23, 2014.

Safe Software Presentations

An overview to FME 2014

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FME User Stories from Around the World

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What is Big Data and it's challenges? Find out in this presentation and how FME can help solve Big Data challenges.

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See how easy it is to use FME's MapnikRasterizer to create mind-blowing mashups in Mapnik using scalable and automated workflows.

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Learn how FME bridges the gap between BIM & GIS

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Learn more about working with Nulls

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Learn more about Automation and FME Server

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Learn more about the challenges of real-time data and how FME Server meets them.

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Learn about Web Services, Augmented Reality and much more!

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Learn more about Web Automation

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Learn about advantages of FME Cloud

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Learn how to use FME to help with your ArcGIS Online workflow

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Learn about using FME to load data into Google Maps Engine

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Learn what FME offers for Data in the Cloud

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Learn about Components for Point Clouds

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Learn how to use the power of FME Workbench to design workflows

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Learn about Writing to Databases, Updating/Deleting

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Learn more about these three transformers for raster lovers

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See why FME is the tool for complex GML

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Learn how data integration and location intelligence can lead to better business decisions.

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Learn how FME is a powerful tool for checking data and providing feedback

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Learn about the four categories of FME best practices for streamlining your workflows.

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Learn how FME 2014 is the most powerful tool for creating, transforming, distributing and using complex XML / GML over OGC services - without coding!

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Partner Presentations

Customer Presentations

Presenter:
Lou Manglass, Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Subject:
Disaster Recovery in GIS: FME Cloud Server Saves the Day
Description:
Come look inside the development of a disaster recovery solution for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department's GIS, leveraging FME Server to build a database in the cloud.

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Presenter:
Renato Salvaleon, Georgia Power Company
Subject:
The Power of a Single Transformer
Description:
A project's critical need for tax parcel data and the translation of the complex data using a single transformer led to a timely completion of the project. The solution was used for a statewide purchase of tax parcel data and a subsequent contract negotiation saving the company a significant amount of money. The acquisition of the statewide parcel data led to more complex uses of FME adding more cost savings and increased productivity.

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Presenter:
Marco Terrazas, Talisman
Subject:
Leveraging FME Workbench and Python Scripts to Create Stylized Oil and Gas KMZ Datasets
Description:
FME Workbench and Python scripts can work together either as part of a batch script or with the use of the PythonCaller transformer. This demonstration will showcase how to convert a set of oil and gas feature classes (pipelines, well pads, land, wellbores, facilities, etc.) from a file Geodatabase into a symbolized/stylized KMZ file that can be used on Google Earth. Python will be used to provide input/output from the user to manipulate the Geodatabase’s feature classes.

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Presenter:
Logan Pugh, City of Austin
Subject:
Implementing a Simple Web Application with FME Server
Description:
Using FME Server workspaces and the FME Server REST API, it is possible to implement simple web applications easily while leveraging existing server infrastructure with little to no server-side programming.
The City of Austin is able to handle a high volume of requests for zoning verification letters using a combination of automated processes driven by FME Server and manual validation.
A number of FME Server workspaces are used to present a front-end web user interface for GIS analysts to determine the zoning information for a parcel, make corrections if necessary, and generate a signed letter in PDF format for delivery to the customer.
The application is designed to be easily configurable by non-programmers and uses no other server infrastructure than FME Server itself.

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Presenter:
Jairo Castillo, City of Calgary
Subject:
Extracting Canopies from LiDAR Data and RGBI

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Presenter:
Nicholas Ranicar, Front Point Consulting
Subject:
Flexible PDF Reporting Using FME
Description:
A flexible PDF reporting component was required as part of a larger cadastral data translation process that Tesera Systems did for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The presentation focuses on the specifics of developing the PDF report and the technical challenges faced.

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Presenter:
Henry Sun, City of Calgary
Subject:
Mapping ParkPlus Zones with FME
Description:
The ParkPlus system was introduced to Calgary in 2007, after the City’s geodatabase for managing traffic signs was designed and implemented. As a result, the ParkPlus zone numbers and sign blade descriptions had to be stored in a free-text field, input by various users with no standardization, which now makes it almost impossible to search and display ParkPlus zones on a map. With the help of FME, every single ParkPlus zone number was successfully isolated and extracted from the free-text field in the geodatabase and mapped accurately as a standalone GIS layer. By plugging in a spreadsheet created by the Calgary Parking Authority designating the zone number range for each block, errors such as typos and zone misplacement in the geodatabase were easily identified and corrected efficiently. Better yet, because FME is able to connect directly to the ArcSDE server to read data, the FME workspace can be run on a regular basis to keep the ParkPlus zone layer up to date.

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Presenter:
Tim Downing, geoLOGIC
Subject:
Roads? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
Description:
In 2013 the geoLOGIC team used FME to remove road allowances from the Western Canadian Dominion Land Survey System (DLS). This enabled their users to complete additional geostatistical analysis, especially in the area of production allocation for horizontal wells. This presentation shows the FME workspace that was used to close the gap between almost 10,000,000 polygons spanning over 1,500,000 km2. Through extensive testing they also designed a section of the workspace to automatically correct for polygons that didn't conform to the standard DLS sizes. Using FME to test the final road-free DLS grid ensured all gaps were correctly closed and no slivers existed.

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Presenter:
Fred Judson, Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex
Subject:
FME for UAS Operations Planning and Data Management

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Presenter:
Matthew Baker, Denver Public Schools
Subject:
Building the Spatial Enterprise of Denver Public Schools
Description:
This presentation covers the way FME has bridged the gap between the GIS department and the Enterprise of Denver Public Schools, thus enabling everyone from analysts to business intelligence reporting to utilize spatial data.

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Presenter:
Berk Bayer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Subject:
The Application of Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) to Maintain Quality Control (QC) over Standardized Spatial Data
Description:
The Bureau of Land Management National Operations Center (NOC) harvests and maintains a plethora of spatial data from twelve administrative state offices that holds central importance to implementing strategic national initiatives. Standardization is a fundamental process that serves to resolve data anomalies and data conflicts. Exercising quality control over standardized data helps to improve data integrity and builds confidence when making critical business decisions. The ability to adopt and apply FME QC tools has vastly improved customer experience in working with standardized data and has contributed to promoting better data management practices at the state level. The NOC utilizes the FME Tester transformer to help assess the accuracy of the data in each of the attribute fields and delivers QC reports directly to the state offices that include comments describing the nature of the errors. The states join their data to the QC report via the standardized primary key (GlobalID), and perform the necessary adjustments to their data. The adjusted dataset is replicated and reconciled with the NOC’s version of that particular state’s data. These efforts expedite QC workflow at the NOC as well as the states and continue to help staff deliver quality assured spatial data to both internal and external customers.

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Presenter:
Tor Nielsen, IHS
Subject:
FME 2013 Based Spatial Export As A Service
Description:
IHS has developed a Generalized Spatial Export Service that allows end users to export spatial content directly from an Esri ArcSDE 10.0 database conceptually as if the Esri's ArcGIS 10 Map Server was the data source. This presentation discussws the design and implementation of this solution.

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Presenter:
Scott DiGiacinto, Korem
Subject:
Large Scale Deployment of FME in a Telecommunications Company

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Presenter:
Brandt Denham, City of Edmonton - Office of Traffic Safety
Subject:
Road Safety Data Integration using FME
Description:
The City of Edmonton Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has a vast amount of transportation and traffic safety related data at its disposal; however the ability to extract relevant, meaningful, and accurate information in a timely manner has been a challenge. Utilizing FME, the OTS is able to create an integrated traffic data system by linking datasets together based on their geometry, such as vehicle collision, traffic volume and speed, traffic enforcement, crime, roadway network, signalized intersections, license premises and land use data. A repeatable workflow can be created that cleans and processes different data sets before transforming them into a standard format and integrating them into a single source database. This integrated data system helps provide timely, consistent, complete, accurate, and accessible information that meets strategic, tactical and operational needs of all stakeholders.

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Presenter:
Amanda Nunns, City of Edmonton
Subject:
Using FME to Transfer Park Asset Data From an Oracle Database to Trimble GPS Units and Back
Description:
The presentation will describe a series of workbenches that translate Park data for the City of Edmonton:
The first workbench takes from an Oracle spatial database and creates Trimble SSF files by city neighbourhood so they can be loaded on the GPS units and taken into the field to be updated.
The next workbench takes the Trimble SSF files and creates Access warehouses so the data can be cleaned.
The third workbench simply combines multiple Access files together so the supervisor can do quality control over a complete neighbourhood.
The fourth and fifth workbenches put the Access files back into the original Oracle database. The fourth one updates the pre-existing features and the fifth inserts any new features and asset condition information.

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Presenter:
Tammy Kobliuk, City of St. Albert
Subject:
Using FME to Automate the Creation of 9-1-1 Compliant Data
Description:
What do you do when you find out you have to support a new 9-1-1 dispatch system? Yes, it has different data requirements from the previous system. Oh, and ambulances now do regional support so can we also provide regional information? Um, and we don't have a master address database for the City (yeah, don't go there). And there are no regional data standards. FME to the rescue: a hacker's adventure in data manipulation automation!

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Presenter:
Raymond Kinser & Amanda Graf, California CAD Solutions
Subject:
Mapping for ADA Compliancy
Description:
The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) had far reaching effects for municipalities throughout the country. The ADA applies to many aspects of how cities, counties, as well as commercial companies interact with those with disabilities. Sidewalks are a common area needing significant work to bring them up to ADA standards. Cities are tasked with surveying sidewalks to find defects and other locations needing alterations. The data is often collected with no thought of how it can be mapped. Learn how one city was able to map tabular data from an Excel file to enable online viewing, reporting, and editing from within their GIS application.

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Presenter:
Chinmaya Lewis, City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department
Subject:
Coupling Data Processing and Map Production
Description:
Using FME for data processing and Python scripting to access ArcGIS data driven pages to generate quality maps.

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Presenter:
Krischelle Love, San Jose Water Company
Subject:
Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners
Description:
The GIS department at San Jose Water Company is responsible for all the GIS needs of the company, as well as their partner company in Texas. Unequal staffing and funding at Canyon Lake Water Service Company didn't change the fact that they have very similar needs, so crossing the two time zones with their technology using fewer resources was a seemingly impossible task. With FME Desktop and FME Server to bring open source software and disparate data sources within their grasp, they have been able to adapt their whole suite of California technology to their needs--and all with a nice, Texas price tag.

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Presenter:
Drew Burgasser, CAD Masters
Subject:
Synchronizing AutoCAD Map 3D Enterprise and ESRI ArcSDE
Description:
Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) chose AutoCAD Map 3D Enterprise as their solution for creating and editing their sewer assets. However, their Enterprise GIS is ESRI ArcSDE. Accordingly, they needed a solution for keeping these two disparate systems synchronized. In this presentation, you will learn how FME was used as the synchronization solution.

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Presenter:
Bruce Harold, Esri
Subject:
No pressure, but the Workspace needs fixing so the coworker can go have her baby...
Description:
"Stories of how FME is used at Esri.
The baby story is true!"

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Presenter:
Vinoth Mohan, Alstom Grid
Subject:
FME and IDMS
Description:
Usage of FME as the ETL layer between any GIS and Alstom's IDMS for various utilities.

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Presenter:
Lauren Voelker, St. Louis County GIS Service Center
Subject:
A Newbie's Perspective: Geodatabase Model Translation
Description:
A look at the transition process from the GIS Service Center's database model to ESRI's Local Government Information Model to furthering 911 and public safety support by becoming NG911 compliant.

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Presenter:
Brett Lord-Castillo, St. Louis County Police
Subject:
How Can You Use FME To Power Your Open Data Initiative?
Description:
Want to get your data into a Socrata Portal? Would you like to publish your geospatial layers as geojson on GitHub? FME can get you there and make the process very easy and repeatable. See how this was done for St. Louis County, OpenDataSTL, and the National Day of Civic Hacking.

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Presenter:
Tyson Moulder, Access Midstream
Subject:
Building a New Company with FME (Directions for Making Hot Chocolate)
Description:
Learn how Access Midstream used FME Desktop and FME Server to separate itself from their previous company (Chesapeake Energy/Midstream). During this transition, they redesigned their geodatabase and implemented some intriguing new functionality using FME. Processes were streamlined to allow them to run more efficiently, and to have more timely information in their GIS system.

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Presenter:
Martin de Zuviria & Amanda Chiprout, National Defence, Government of Canada
Subject:
MGCP4LCSS Workflow

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Presenter:
David van Riel, City of Kitchener
Subject:
Improving Data Compliancy Using FME

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Presenter:
Steve Grise, Vertex3 Inc.
Subject:
Enabling a Campus-wide, Seamless Geodatabase from CAD Drawings
Subject:
Many Facility Managers want to use the latest and greatest GIS applications, but their floorplan drawings and other spatial datasets are managed in CAD - often scattered in thousands of drawings and loosely tied to dozens of systems and databases. Vertex3 has been developing solutions in this area for several University Campuses, and this presentation will provide an overview of a relatively simple and innovative solution to a complex data challenge. The approach includes a set of FME workbenches and related scripts to simplify the configuration and automation of data synchronization from CAD to GIS.

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Presenter:
Fiona Hatfield, Pelmorex
Subject:
Real-time Lightning Alerts
Subject:
The real time lightning alert project from The Weather Network (TWN), provides location specific alerts and details for the safety and well-being of the Canadian public. This presentation aims to review the key technology and infrastructure that enables real time public lightning alerts from TWN. How the lightning data is collected via TWN’s Lightning Detection Network sensors. How real time spatial data is processed via FME Server, what transformers were used, what were tried etc... How the lightning alerts are disseminated across a variety of platforms via Apache ActiveMQ. And finally, how this data is presented to the Canadian public via a variety of web, mobile and TV products.

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Presenter:
Tim Albert, Focus
Subject:
Problem Solving and Product Delivery with FME in a Survey / Engineering Company
Description:
The presentation explores some of the diverse ways Focus Corporation (Survey / Engineering Company) uses FME to solve their problems, including:
  • Conceptual 3D Site Plans
  • Automated GIS to CAD / WebGIS Conversion
  • LiDAR data manipulation from UTM to Project coordinates
  • Project Tracking using Excel and KML
  • Large Pipeline Survey Project - Tracking and Visualization in Google Earth (Mashes up Trimble Job Book data, Georeferenced Photos, Garmin GPX data)
  • Internal FME Server Applications - Base Data Clipping, Automated creation of KML files from a directory of photos, Data Conversion

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Presenter:
Randy Murphy, Grafton
Subject:
New Era of Aviation + FME Cloud = Safer Skies

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Presenter:
John Yokley, PTFS
Subject:
ArchivalWare GS with FME
Description:

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Presenter:
Bob Bruce & Tony Viveiros, GeoManitoba
Subject:
The Loading and Maintenance of Cadastral Data in the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)

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