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CDI Monthly Meeting - 20170712

The Community for Data Integration (CDI) meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

WebEx: -
Under the Meeting Center tabs, search for meeting name: "Community for Data Integration."

USGS/DOI Dial In Number: (703) 648-4848 (for USGS and DOI offices)
Toll Free Dial In Number: (855) 547-8255 (for other offices and telecommute locations)
Conference Code: 47919# (same for both numbers)

Webex Recording

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Agenda (in Eastern time)

11:00a Scientist's Challenge: Data-driven web design with A/B testing and experimentation, Jordan Read and Lindsay Carr, USGS

11:10a Welcome - Kevin Gallagher - Associate Director for Core Science Systems and Tim Quinn - Office of Enterprise Information Chief 

Contribute comments on the Bureau Priorities and an Integrated Predictive Science Capacity (CDI Forum)

11:15a Working Group Announcements [PDF]

11:25a  Augmented reality: A brief overview of Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center's AR-related activities and processes -  Peter Cinotto, USGS,


NOTE: If people want to "play along" with the AR discussion, they'll need to load the "Layar" app on their smart devices. iOS devices work best, but it also works on Android devices (however, some functionality is lost).

The Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center (IN-KY WSC) has been developing augmented-reality (AR) tools and processes in order to better communicate our science and capabilities and also to add value to current USGS data and products. By definition (according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary), AR is "an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (such as a smartphone camera)". The IN-KY WSC has developed both vision (augmented image) and geo (augmented location) layers compatible with mobile devices as well as augmented physical models (such as the "AR sandbox"). These applications have cross-cutting applicability for science, as well as improved outreach and education, as the technology is embraced and further developed by USGS.

Pete Cinotto is a Deputy Director for the USGS Indiana-Kentucky Water Science Center (INKY WSC); he has over 20 years of experience and received a Superior Service Award from USGS in 2013. Pete oversees all operations conducted by the three Kentucky offices of the INKY WSC and has several ancillary duties that include serving on various scientific committees and serving as a project chief for local- and National-scale projects. Pete has a diverse background in earth sciences and, prior to relocating to Kentucky in 2007, he worked in the private sector, USGS National Water Quality Laboratory, USGS Georgia WSC, and USGS Pennsylvania WSC. 

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11:45a  Drone Based Terrain Capture and Virtual Reality -  Ryan Spicer ( and David Krum (, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies


The Terrain 2025 project uses custom software and Commercial/Off-The-Shelf (COTS) small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to quickly and inexpensively create high-detail digital models of terrain. This project was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT). The USC ICT team has developed a flight planning software solution that enables semi-autonomous capture of regions ~4 square km in less than a day using a DJI Phantom 4 UAS. High-resolution photographs and industry-standard photogrammetry software is used to reconstruct point clouds and 3D models in a few hours. The current application area is in defense, and the project has produced 3D reconstructions of more than twenty training areas with a resolution down to about 3 to 10 cm. The USC ICT team is developing visualization techniques for both desktop and virtual reality (VR) displays, focused primarily on terrain analysis for military planning. We believe these capabilities for data capture, visualization, and interaction may be beneficial to user communities, and we are interested in discussing potential collaborations with other communities, such as geoscientists, to explore additional uses of our technologies.

Ryan P. Spicer is a software developer in the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technology. He serves as technical lead on several projects, including Terrain 2025. He is an FAA Part 107 certified Remote Pilot (sUAS).

Dr. David Krum is Associate Director of the ICT Mixed Reality Lab, which develops new techniques and technologies for presenting immersive experiences. In 2012, the lab developed the FOV2GO, a low-cost smartphone-based virtual reality display that influenced the development of Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and the Oculus Rift. The lab’s work has paved the way for the current wave of interest in virtual reality. Dr. Krum's research interests include human-computer interaction, virtual reality, 3D interaction, and wearable computing. 

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12:30p  Adjourn

Presentation Q/A

(via slido) Did you consider using a Raspberry Pi as platform for AR and the sandbox application?

Answer: I've heard of Raspberry Pi, but never really considered it. There are a ton of options out there for AR/ VR/ MR - I did look at "Augment" and others, but with the merging of Layar with Blippar (who made their mark running AR ad campaigns for major corporations), Layar just made sense - this also opened up the pricing structure to allow me (as a federal agency) to pay them. Many other companies charge by the hit (every time someone looks at your content) - which makes billing an unknown - whereas Layar (post Blippar merger) now has a flat rate. As a registered Layar developer, most of my work is free as well - I only pay for the one vision layer and, if I rewrite that code onto the USGS server where my geo layers reside, that will also be free.  So, short answer is, I considered it, but opted for other platforms. 

Other comments from slido:

  • A comment: AR applied to our landscape change photography--e.g., retreating glaciers, coastal storm response--seems a powerful tool for 'splainin' our science.
  • The augmented reality/drone talks make-up for not being able to attend ESRI this week - thanks CDI! Kevin, I vote for supporting Peter Cinotto's work next year.
  • Great stuff today. Thanks all!
  • BTW - FUN! FUN! FUN!


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