Events & Conferences

Upcoming and Recent Events & Conferences

When: 5-7 November 2013
Where: Redlands, California
RPS ASA is a sponsor for the ESRI OCEAN GIS Forum, November 5-7. Technical staff, Stephen Sontag and Kelly Knee will be presenting recent Ocean-GIS work. Stop by the RPS ASA table to find out more.
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When: 12-14 November 2013
Where: Tampa, Florida
Over 2,600 emergency responders are set to converge from November 12-14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida, for the CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition. Key professionals and decision makers from throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond will come together to discuss the latest trends and best practices in response operations.

Visit RPS ASA at Booth 100. If you would like to schedule a meeting with one of our technical staff contact:
When: 14-15 November 2013
Where: London, England
RPS ASA will be attending ESRI’s 2013 European PUG November 14th-15 in London. At this event, RPS ASA will be showcasing OILMAP’s integration with ESRI’s ArcGIS Online platform.
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When: 6-9 May 2013
Where: Houston, Texas
RPS will be at the Reliant Park in Houston for the annual Offshore Technology Conference, May 6-9. RPS staff memebers, Jeff Cox, Eoin Howlett and John MacLeod will be in attendance. The Offshore Technology Conference is the world's foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. Each year, OTC attracts more than 80,000 attendees from 110+ countries and 2,500 exhibiting companies.
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When: 13-15 March 2012
Where: London, England
Eoin Howlett, Eric Comerma, Deb French McCay and Eduardo Yassuda attended InterSpill and Oceanology International. Both events took place in London on 13-15 March. Dr. French McCay was an invited panelist for the CEDRE Science Workshop "Understanding Chemicals" that was held on Tuesday 13 from 14:15 to 15:00. The focus of the workshop was on behavior and fate of chemical releases into aquatic environments.
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Redlands GIS Week 2010

When: 22-23 February 2010
Where: Redlands, California

Eoin Howlett participated in the Space-Time Modeling and Analysis Workshop at Redlands GIS Week 2010, 22-23 February in Redlands, California. Eoin co-authored a presentation Tools to integrate time-varying data in ArcGIS with Roy Mendelssohn and Cara Wilson from NOAA, and Robert Netsch from the United States Coast Guard.


When: 12-16 April 2010
Where: Melbourne, Australia

SPILLCON 2010, hosted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian Institute of Petroleum, was held in Melbourne, Australia from 12-16 April. Asia-Pacific ASA (APASA) staff was at the conference and Dr. Brian King presented the paper Trajectory Modelling which featured the recent modeling undertaken for the Montara Well Head Blowout in the Timor Sea.

ESRI Federal Users Conference 2010

When: 17-19 February 2010
Where: Washington D.C.

Eoin Howlett, Matt Ward, and Kelly Knee attended the ESRI Federal User Conference held at the Walter E. Washington Conference Center in Washington D.C. The FedUC is the largest geospatial conference for federal agencies. ASA had an exhibition booth for demonstrations on environmental data connection tools, marine spatial planning methodologies, and marine response and crisis management applications.

ECM11: Eleventh International Conference of Estuarine and Coastal Modeling

When: 4-6 November 2009
Where: Seattle, Washington
ECM11 2009

Deborah French-McCay chaired the session on "Modeling of Lagrangian Transport", and presented a paper "Modeling Analysis of Physical Transport and Swimming Behaviors Determining Plankton Distributions" and CJ Beegle-Krause chaired the session on "Model Visualization, Web Services and Decision Support", and presented a paper "Pelagic Habitat Visualization: The Need for a Third (and Fourth) Dimension." The focus of the conference was on the application of models to solve engineering and environmental assessment problems. For more info:

When: 17-19 November 2009
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

Clean Gulf 2009

ASA will be hosting and Dr. CJ Beegle-Krause, Dr. Deborah French McCay, and Chris Galagan will be instructing a free pre-conference workshop on "Environmental Information and Trajectory Prediction in Oil Spill Response" to be held at Clean Gulf Conference 2009.

Dr. CJ Beegle-Krause, Dr. Deborah French McCay, and Chris Galagan will instruct a pre-conference workshop that will provide an overview of a variety of spill case histories with discussion of the science that governs how spills behave. Observations discussed include overflight maps, beach surveys and simple oceanographic sampling. Different types of trajectory modeling will be demonstrated, including working with multiple (stochastic) trajectory simulations. Students will learn the basics of how to put together a spill timeline from the past to the present and into the future using field information and predictions, and how to integrate results with GIS applications such as ArcView® and Google Earth. For more info or to register:

When: 19-23 November 2009
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

SETAC 2009

Dr. Deborah French McCay, will be presenting two posters "Trophic Transfer-Based Compensatory Restoration Model" and "Evaluating Chemical Spill Risks to Aquatic Biota Using Modeling" at SETAC North America 30th Annual Meeting.

Deb French McCay will be at the conference themed, "Human-Environment Interactions: Understanding Change in Dynamic Systems." For more info or to attend:

When: 14-16 September 2009
Where: Portland, Oregon

Clean Pacific 2009

Dr. CJ Beegle-Krause and Mark West instructed a pre-conference workshop that provided an overview of a variety of spill case histories with discussion of the science that governs how spills behave to a group of over 60 attendees. Observations discussed included overflight maps, beach surveys and simple oceanographic sampling. Different types of trajectory modeling was be demonstrated, including working with multiple (stochastic) trajectory simulations. Attendees learned the basics of how to put together a spill timeline from the past to the present and into the future using field information and predictions, and how to integrate results with GIS applications such as ArcView® and Google Earth.

When: 12-14 May 2009
Where: Marseille, France

Interspill 2009

Eric Comerma, Rich Sweetman, and Deborah French McCay attended Interspill 2009 held at PARC Chanot, Marseille, France on 12-14 May.

EMSA was demoing ASA's new dispersant guidance model tool (similar to SIMAP with updated oil database and guidance on dispersant use). Deborah French McCay and Rich Sweetman were in the EMSA booth demonstrating the new tool.

When: 17-21 November 2008
Where: New Orleans, Lousiana

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Jennifer Cragan and Matt Ward attended the Chemical and Biological Defense Physical Science and Technology Conference (CBD-PST) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jennifer presented a poster on SHARC (System for Hazard Assessment of Released Chemicals) for bulk shipped chemicals. Matt presented a paper on the chemistry of SHARC.

Deb French McCay attended the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 16-20 November, in Tampa, Florida. She presented the paper “Use of Population Modeling for Quantifying Injuries and Compensatory Restoration for Fish Kills – Example Application for Freshwater Species Present in Missouri”. The paper describes a model, developed by ASA and Industrial Economics for the Missouri Department of Conservation, which estimates injuries and damages associated with small-scale fish kill events.

When: 27-31 October 2008
Where: Dubrovnik, Croatia

MWWD 2008

Craig Swanson participated in the International Conference on Marine Waste Water Discharge (MWWD 2008) held near Dubrovnik, Croatia, on the Adriatic Sea from 27-31 October. His paper entitled “Use of a Lagrangian Particle Model to Simulate the Far Field Transport and Fate of Effluent Discharge from the Proposed LACSD Outfall”, was presented as part of a series of papers at a special session of the conference focused on a large new outfall proposed for Los Angeles, California.

When: 28-30 October 2008
Where: San Antonio, Texas

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Deb French McCay gave two talks based on part of a CCRC workshop on dispersant use in oil spills. Also attending the conference from ASA was Eric Commerma, CJ Beegle-Krause, and Eoin Howlett.

ASA had a booth at the exhibition, providing demonstrations of the latest ASA software enhancements.

When: 16-18 October 2008
Where:Block Island, Rhode Island


Kelly Knee attended the New England Estuarine Society’s (NEERS) fall meeting held on Block Island, Rhode Island, focusing on global climate change in estuaries and coasts. She presented the paper “Visualizing Sea Level Rise along Estuarine Shorelines”.

When: 16-18 September 2008
Where: Dalian, China

5th China International Rescue and Slavage Conference

Xiongping Zhang attended the 5th China International Rescue and Salvage Conference in Dalian, China, from 16-18 September. He presented a paper entitled “A New Search and Rescue Supporting System (EDS) for U.S. Coast Guard's Operational Search and Rescue”. Dr. Zhang’s presentation received an outstanding paper award by the conference committee.

When: 4 to 8 August 2008
Where: San Diego, California
ASA and NOAA presented a paper at the conference titled: “THREDDS/OPeNDAP Tools for ArcGIS 9.2”, and was part of the "Climate and Weather Internet Applications" conference session.

ESRI User Conference 2008
When: 22-24 July 2008
Where: Arlington, Virginia
CJ Beegle-Krause and Eoin Howlett attended the IOOS Modeling & Analysis Workshop. As its first priority, the MAST convened a community modeling workshop to assemble a broad spectrum of 50-60 experts who use model-based products or who engage in modeling oceanic and coastal systems for both research and operational applications.

The workshop goal was to "Foster broad-based, partnership-community input to the planning of the Modeling and Analysis Subsystem for IOOS." The workshop featured representatives from the IOOS Regional Associations, academia, industry. The meeting involved working groups on Atlantic and Pacific issues, as well as specific workgroup in inundation issues. Additionally, MAST provides the U.S. contribution to the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and to the oceans-and-coasts component of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). CJ Beegle-Krause is Vice-Chair of the NOAA's Modeling and Analysis Steering Team (MAST).

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When: 10-11 July 2008
Where: Newport, Rhode Island

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Chris Galagan represented ASA as a panel discussion member as well as presented ASA's inundation modeling approach at an an invitation-only event to gather academics, scientists and public/private sector representatives to focus on the impact of severe storms and the potential advantages of hurricane risk mitigation efforts.
Chris Galagan presented seal-level rise and inundation modeling tools to an audience of federal, state, and local agencies and private interests are that responding in a proactive way by investing in the development of mitigation and adaptation measures aimed at sea level rise, floods and storms, effects on drinking water supplies, and the increasing temperatures and acidification of the oceans. This Enviromnetal Business Council of New England hosted program provided a New England view of the implications of some of these activities.
When: 3 to 5 June 2008
Where: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Deborah French-McCay presented two papers at the conference: "Transport and Impacts of Oil Spills in San Francisco Bay - Implications for Response" and "Evaluating Chemical Spill Risks to Aquatic Biota Using Modeling".
4 to 8 May 2008
Where: Savannah, Georgia
ASA staff attended the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, GA on 4-8 May.
Deborah French-McCay presented two papers at the conference:  “Dispersed Oil Transport Modeling Calibrated by Field-Collected Data Measuring Fluorescein Dye Dispersion”, and “Modeling as a Scientific Tool in NRDA for Oil and Chemical Spills”.  Dr. Deborah French McCay Bio and Selected Publications
When: 24 to 28 February 2008
Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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ASA and strategic partner HydroQual Inc. were co-exhibitors at the 7th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 24-28 February.
Paul Anid was at the HydroqualASA booth at the Waterfront 2008 conference. He also presened a paper on oil spill modeling on February 28 at the conference.
When: 5 to 7 November 2007
Where: Newport, RI

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ASA was strongly represented at the 10th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling held in Newport, RI from 5-7 November. Eight papers were presented by ASA staff from the U.S., Brazil, and Australia offices. ASA also sponsored a reception on 6 November to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the conference with special recognition to Malcolm Spaulding who has been the driving force in making it a success over the years.
ASA at MTEC 2007. The Conference brought together researchers and practitioners from the maritime-port industry, research and academic institutes and authorities to share new developments, concepts and practices and exchange views and experiences. Prominent keynote speakers were invited for each of the topics to offer their views and share their experiences on the latest development, technologies, practices and trends.
When: 21 to 24 September 2007
Where: Beijing, China
Xiongping Zhang, joined by Benjamin Wu from HydroQual Inc., attended the China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference (CIEPEC) and Eco Expo held in Beijing, China to introduce ASA and HydroQual's Joint Venture services to this emerging market. Also, during the exhibition, Xiongping and Benjamin met with existing clients in China.

When: 22-26 April 2007
Where: Houston, TX

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Nicole Whittier presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Spring National Meeting in Houston, TX from 22-26 April. The paper, coauthored by Malcolm Spaulding, Craig Swanson and Kathy Jayko, is entitled “Fully Integrated GIS Based LNG Consequence Model for Spills on Water”. The paper describes ASA's adaptation of its spill modeling technology to LNG accidental or intentional spills with a new model called LNGMAP.
When: 1-2 February 2007
Where: The Oyster Point Hotel | Red Bank, NJ 07701

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Dr. Deborah French McCay presented and co-presented two papers at the Dispersed Oil Research Forum. The papers are “Predicting PAH Toxicity Under Varying Dispersant Scenarios” by Deborah French McCay, Jill Rowe, Walter Nordhausen, and James Payne; and“Field Verification of Dispersed Oil Fate and Transport Modeling and Linking CODAR Observation System Data with Model Predictions” by James Payne, Deborah French McCay, Eric Terrill, and Walter Nordhausen.
The Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and the Dispersants Working Group (DWG) hosted a Dispersed Oil Research Forum on February 1 and 2, 2007 in Red Bank, NJ. The Forum consisted of half hour presentations on dispersants research that has been conducted since the May 2005 release of the NRC's Report entitled, Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects.
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When: 5-6 February 2007
Where: West Greenwich, RI
Jill Rowe, Deborah French McCay and Melanie Schroeder attended a course on Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) hosted by the North Atlantic Chapter of SETAC (Society for Environmental Toxicology and Analytical Chemistry).

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