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News Release

Larimer County's GIS Staff Wins National Award for Exceptional Achievement

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jul 20, 2011

Contact Information:

CONTACT: Jeff Rulli, Larimer County GIS and Mapping Manager,, (970) 498-5025
FROM: Deni La Rue, Community Information Manager, (970) 498-7150

Left to Right: Louise Keough- GIS Specialist;
Arthur Schumaker - GIS Specialist;
Jeff Rulli - GIS and Mapping Manager;
Christine Day - Application Programmer Analyst;
Royce Simpson - Application Programmer Analyst
Larimer County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping Group has received a Special Achievement Award for Exceptional Application of Geospatial Technology. The ‘ Special Achievement in GIS’ (SAG) award was presented last week at the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc (Esri) International User Conference in San Diego, California. The award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology. Larimer County’s Team consists of: Christine Day, Application Programmer Analyst; Louise Keough, GIS Specialist, Jeff Rulli, GIS and Mapping Manager; Arthur Schumaker; GIS Specialist and Royce Simpson; Application Programmer Analyst.
“The team was able to make this application relevant in providing support of mitigating complex emergency incidents such as wildland fire and flooding by researching the response to these events from a front-line, first responder’s perspective,” says GIS Manager Jeff Rulli.   “From this vantage point, the team developed the appropriate datasets, cartographic displays, and software code to create a web-based application that affectively aids Emergency Managers in making appropriate long and short-term response strategy decisions.” The application was recently used to support management activities in response to the Crystal Fire that blazed in Larimer County this past spring.
Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri users conference span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.   The Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award winners are selected from over 300,000 Esri client sites worldwide, and are awarded to less than 1/10th of 1% of this user community!
The Larimer County GIS web-based application that was honored is titled ‘Larimer Interactive Geographic Emergency Responder’ (LIGER), and was developed to support Emergency Management incidents at a regional level. This application enables incident management staff to display resource requests such as; Barricades, first-aid areas, heavy-equipment, personnel, etc., directly on the web-based map for resource-providers to see. The resource providers can view the requests and the exact geographic location where they are needed, and then communicate back through the ‘web-map’ those resources they can provide and when. Enabling numerous support agencies to view the response strategies, needs, and deployments improves the decision-makers understanding of the ‘common operational picture’ of the incident.  
This application was demonstrated to Homeland Security staff at a February 2011 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -sponsored table-top incident scenario at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland.
"The SAG Awards highlight extraordinary achievements and efforts to improve our world," says Esri president Jack Dangermond. "Each year I look forward to being part of this ceremony. It is a tradition that means a great deal to Esri and to GIS professionals." For more information about the 2011 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit
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