These educational webinars are intended to help localities face upcoming challenges and opportunities. Please see the schedule below for a listing of upcoming webinars.
Upcoming 2021 Webinars
Topic: Virginia Next Generation 9-1-1 Dashboard and Resources Update
Virginia recently updated the NG9-1-1 Dashboard with some new tabs and information sources and continues to develop new resources to assist the GIS data work. This webinar provides an overview of changes, a demonstration of new functionality, and a guide to finding and using new resources that will benefit Virginia public safety and GIS personnel with roles in their NG9-1-1 projects.
Topic : 9-1-1 and Geospatial Services (NGS) Bureau – Calendar Year 2021 Webinar Series
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s NGS Bureau will be hosting six webinars throughout the calendar year 2021. The purpose of these webinars is to update Virginia’s 9-1-1 and GIS communities on the Bureau’s programmatic initiatives, activities of the 9-1-1 Services and Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Advisory Boards, and new community/industry developments. The following is the 2021 schedule:
- August 25th
- October 27th
- Replay of the June 23rd Meeting | Presentation
- Replay of the January 6th Meeting | Presentation
- Replay of the March 3rd Meeting | Presentation
- Replay of the May 5th Meeting | Presentation | Marcus Alert Presentation
All webinars begin at 2pm and are scheduled for 90 minutes. Agendas will be available a week before each webinar.
Archives & Replays
During this webinar, we will highlight topics related to the GIS Strategic Plan and the startup of the Locality and State agency advisory group.
Topic : VBMP Orthoimagery – Flight year 2021 and Beyond
This informational webinar will outline the next iteration of the Virginia Base Mapping Program’s orthoimagery acquisition, introduce our selected vendor Surdex, outline base and buy-up products available to localities, and walk-through the process for ordering buy-ups.
Topic : GIS Current Trends and Topics
During this webinar we will provide an update on the National Spatial Reference System, the VBMP program, timeline for the VA GIS Clearinghouse and other topics.
Topic : NGS Programmatic Initiatives
One of the Bureau’s primary strengths is the close relationship we have with our stakeholders. Throughout the team’s transition from VITA to VDEM, we remained committed to assisting our extended 9-1-1 and GIS communities in their efforts to provide services to the citizens of Virginia. Now that we are part of VDEM we have a tremendous opportunity to bring the 9-1-1, GIS, and Emergency Management communities closer together and use our combined resources in order to achieve synergistic goals.
The webinar, as outlined below, will focus on these topics:
- Bureau organizational chart
- FY 22 PSAP Grant Program
- Statewide NG9-1-1 deployment projects
- Virginia Base Mapping Program (VBMP) orthoimagery program
- NG9-1-1 GIS data efforts
- NG9-1-1 Sustainable Funding Committee
- Regional Advisory Council (RAC)
- Upcoming 9-1-1 Services and VGIN Advisory Board Meetings
Description: Law, Fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Emergency Service Boundary (ESB) polygons are required elements of the NENA NG9-1-1 GIS data model stack that indicate which agency is responsible for primary response. While this requirement must be met in your Virginia NG9-1-1 deployment with AT&T and Intrado, there are quite a few ways you could choose to implement these polygons. PSAPs and their GIS support must work together to understand how this information will come into a NG9-1-1 i3 PSAP and how it will replace traditional ESN information in order to make good choices while implementing these layers. This webinar discusses:
* the function of ESNs in your legacy 9-1-1 environment
* the role of ESBs in NG9-1-1
* how ESB information appears in your NG9-1-1 PSAP
Topic: Getting Your GIS Data from Here to There: Processes and Best Practices for Extract, Transform and Load (ETL)
Description: During the fall of 2019, VITA-ISP staff delivered workshops on “Tools and Techniques for Managing the Growing Role of GIS in Enterprise Software.” This session presents information from the workshops related to the process of extracting, transforming, and loading data (ETL), best practices for ETL, and methods for data schema comparison and field mapping as a webinar. These techniques and skills assist GIS staff with their growing role in Next Generation 9-1-1 but also apply to many other projects involving the integration and maintenance of GIS data.
Topic: “The GIS Folks Handle That”: What PSAP Professionals Need to Know about the GIS Project Phase of Next Generation 9-1-1 Deployment
Description: Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) brings together the worlds of emergency communication and spatial data and mapping. While it may be tempting for PSAPs to outsource cares and concerns about road centerlines and GIS data provisioning to ‘the GIS folks’, GIS staff are crucial to the future of emergency call routing and location validation. Data required by NG9-1-1 usually builds on data that GIS staff already know and use for other purposes, so the transition requires them to learn more about PSAP operations and uses of core data. The goal of this webinar is to help the PSAP and GIS worlds come together by explaining the role of the GIS Project in the Virginia NG9-1-1 Deployment Steps, exploring how GIS professionals view NG9-1-1 deployment as a project, and fostering a mutual understanding of how GIS will drive NG9-1-1.
Topic: 9-1-1 Comprehensive Plan and GIS Strategic Plan Webinars
First – Comprehensive Plan & GIS Strategic Plan
Second – GIS Strategic Plan (State Agencies)
Third – GIS Strategic Plan (Academia)
Description: With the current editions of the 9-1-1 Comprehensive Plan and GIS Strategic Plan closing out at the end of 2019, ISP staff has been working on creating the programmatic plans for the 2020 – 2022 time frame. Throughout 2019, ISP staff has held regional town hall meetings and other briefings to gather input and ideas from the various stakeholder communities. PSC Coordinator Dorothy Spears-Dean and VGIN Coordinator Joe Sewash used this feedback to identify the statewide requirements and strategic initiatives that are included in the first draft of the new plans. The VGIN Advisory Board was briefed on the draft GIS Strategic Plan at their Nov. 13 meeting. The 9-1-1 Services Board was briefed on the draft 9-1-1 Comprehensive Plan at their Nov. 14 meeting. Both boards support the direction ISP staff has undertaken with these plans. We are now ready to share these draft documents with our stakeholders. To provide the 9-1-1 and GIS local government communities with joint opportunities to review the draft plans and provide feedback between now and January.