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)
Fred Spickler (Global Information Systems)
Summary of Agenda Dan Collins - Moderator (Global Information Systems)
Roll Call
Guest Speaker: GIS in Non-Railroad Transportation TBD
9:15-10:00 Federal-Private GIS Collaboration
Panel Discussion Moderator: O'Connor, Stephen (FRA) (invited)
Raquel Wright (FRA) (confirmed)
Judah Lynam (FRA) (confirmed)
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-10:45 GIS Educational Resources
NARS Terry Harrison (NARS) (confirmed)
GIS User Group Developments Tim Harrington (OmniTrax) (confirmed)
Crystal Gitchell (ASLRRA) (confirmed)
10:45-12:00 Class I GIS Overview
Panel Discussion Moderator: Alan McDonald (Railinc) (confirmed)
John Thomack (CSX) (confirmed)
Tristan Worley (Kansas City Southern) (confirmed)
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
Shortline Railroads and Big Data Jake Fenno (Conrail)
John Betak (Collaborative Solutions)
Using GIS to Grow and Manage Holding Companies Tim Harrington (OmniTrax) (confirmed)
A Use Case for Storm Water Drainage and Analysis Railroad TBD
Leah Twombly (Bartlett & West) (confirmed)
2:30-2:45 BREAK
2:45-4:30 Enterprise GIS
Improving Engineering with GIS
  • Managing Physical Assets
Managing Railroad Corridors with GIS and Other Tools Steve Sullivan (R. L. Banks) (confirmed)
Building Upon Electronic Track Charts Tabetha Rathbone (NYSW RR) (confirmed)
6:00 DINNER sponsored by Bartlett & West
Thursday Jan. 31 Topic Presenter
8:00-8:30 Enterprise GIS
Managing Utility Crossings and Agreements Railroad TBD
Leah Twombly (Bartlett & West) (confirmed)
8:30-10:00 GIS Database Standards
NARN Standards Raquel Wright (FRA) (confirmed)
Standards for Short Line Railroads Tim Court (PS Technologies) (confirmed)
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-12:00 GIS for Emergency Response
Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response with GIS
  • Emergency Response App
  • Access Points
  • ER Facilities
Jeremy Kramer (Louisville & Indiana RR) (confirmed)
Dan Collins (Global Information Systems)
Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response with GIS
  • Structure Data—who's around you?
Brad Gordon (Patriot Rail) (invited)
Michael White (Global Information Systems)
Improving Emergency Preparedness and Response with GIS
  • Environmental
Carl Belke (WNYP RR) (invited)
12:00-1:00 LUNCH
1:00-2:00 Risk and GIS
Enterprise Risk: A look at all different forms of risk a company faces John Betak (Collaborative Solutions)
Assessing Spatial Risk Using GIS and H-TRAM Michael White (Global Information Systems)
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) (confirmed)
Integrated ROW Data Collection Brendan English (RailPod) (confirmed)
Locomotive Monitoring Integration with GIS Duane D. Hong (WiTronix) (invited)
3:00-3:15 Closing Remarks Tom Leopold (Anacostia) Fred Spickler (Global Information Systems)