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North Dakota's flood work highlighted at international GIS conference

Posted on 7/27/2011

Screen capture of the opening plenary session with the North Dakota Flood Graphic on the lower left.
For Immediate Release: July 27, 2011
Contact: Cecily Fong, 701-328-8100

North Dakota's flood work highlighted at international GIS conference

Bismarck, ND - Flood maps and web applications used during North Dakota's spring floods of 2011 flooding were highlighted at the 2011 Esri International GIS User Conference held in San Diego, California. The Esri conference is focused on geographic information systems technology and how it is applied to different industries.

"Over the past few years, we have gotten good at fighting floods. That includes applying some of the latest mapping and engineering technology to help us identify and protect areas at risk, said Jon Tonneson, GIS Division Chief for North Dakota's Department of Emergency Services.

Tonneson has worked at the ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) since November 2009. He is the first Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professional to work at NDDES. Prior to working at NDDES, Jon spent 12 years in North Dakota working for consulting engineering firms.

"It is quite an honor to have your work on display. It gives me some affirmation that we are doing things right."

During 2011 flooding, Tonneson worked to create detailed maps and information products for every community at risk. This was the first time that NDDES created and provided these types of tools to the public.

For more information on Esri: www.esri.com/

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