Anacostia Rail Holdings and Global Information Systems Cohost

Short Line Railroads - GIS Opportunities Workshop
January 30-31, 2019
National Academy of Railroad Sciences

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, Kansas


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There are many lodging options in Overland Park. We recommend you select
one of the hotels or inns in the I-435/Route 169 junction area
in the blue inset shown on this lodging map.

Wednesday Jan. 30 Topic Presenter
8:00-8:10 Safety Briefing NARS
8:10-9:15 Welcome & Expectations Tom Leopold (Anacostia)
Summary of Agenda Dan Collins - Moderator (Global Information Systems)
Roll Call
Development and Use of GIS to Support Pipeline Enterprise Functions Fred Spickler (Global Information Systems)
9:15-10:00 Class I GIS Overview
Panel Discussion Moderator: Alan McDonald (Railinc)
John Thomack (CSX)
Tristan Worley (Kansas City Southern)
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-10:45 GIS Educational Resources
NARS Terry Harrison (NARS)
GIS User Group Developments Tim Harrington (OmniTrax)
Crystal Gitchell (ASLRRA)
10:45-12:00 Interactive Session to Define GIS Layers
All Attendees Facilitators: Global Information Systems and Collaborative Solutions
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
Continuing Education for Railroaders Cheryl Coon and Lauren Baron, Continuing Education, Johnson County Community College
1:00-2:30 Infrastructure Resilience and Enterprise GIS
Conrail & ArcGIS Online Jake Fenno (Conrail)
OPEN for business - Using GIS to Grow and Manage Holding Companies DOWNLOAD Tim Harrington (OmniTrax)
Kelle Williams (OmniTRAX)
Karen Tinkum (OmniTRAX)
Leah Twombly (Bartlett & West)
A Use Case for Storm Water Drainage and Analysis DOWNLOAD Amanda Edmondson (Bartlett & West)
2:30-2:45 BREAK
2:45-4:30 Enterprise GIS
Improving Engineering with GIS
  • How to Integrate Asset Management and GIS: A Smart Maintenance Use Case
Charlotte Muller (Strukton)
Using GIS for Short Line Regulatory Compliance DOWNLOAD Steve Sullivan (R. L. Banks)
OPENing the Railroad With Web GIS DOWNLOAD John Farrell (OmniTRAX)
Fred Spataro (GCS)
6:00 DINNER at The 180 Room sponsored by Bartlett & West and GCS
Thursday Jan. 31 Topic Presenter
8:00-9:30 Enterprise GIS
Managing Utility Crossings and Agreements DOWNLOAD Leah Twombly (Bartlett & West)
Building Upon Electronic Track Charts Fan Chao Chen (NYSW RR)
Recalculating Mileposts with GIS DOWNLOAD Michael White (Global Information Systems)
9:30-10:00 GIS Database Standards
Standards for Short Line Railroads Tim Court (PS Technologies)
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-12:00 GIS for Emergency Response
Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response with GIS DOWNLOAD
  • Emergency Response App
  • Access Points
  • ER Facilities
Jeremy Kramer (Louisville & Indiana RR)
Dan Collins (Global Information Systems)
Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response with GIS DOWNLOAD
  • Structure Data—who's around you?
Michael White (Global Information Systems)
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
1:00-2:00 Risk and GIS
Enterprise Risk: Types of Risk Railroads Face DOWNLOAD John Betak (Collaborative Solutions)
Assessing Spatial Risk Using GIS and H-TRAM DOWNLOAD Michael White (Global Information Systems)
Using Text and Data Analytics to Study Railroad Operations and Predict Service Failures DOWNLOAD Trefor Williams (Rutgers)
John Betak (Collaborative Solutions)
2:00-3:00 Emerging Technologies to Support GIS
Implementing Drone and LiDAR technologies to Support PTC and Other Railroad Efforts Tony Foisy, GISP (CSX)
Integrated ROW Data Collection Brendan English (Rail-Pod)
Locomotive Monitoring Integration with GIS Duane D. Hong (Wi-Tronix)
3:00-3:15 Closing Remarks Tom Leopold (Anacostia) Fred Spickler (Global Information Systems)