Innovate Presents at the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GIS Virtual Workshop

Innovate team members were among the select contractors to present at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GIS Virtual Workshop.  Attended by over 100 EPA staff, Innovate IT/GIS Director Frank Roberts and GIS Analyst/Developers Jenny Herring and Rob Homsher delivered the following presentations to the group: 

Title: “Be the Hub You Want to Be”  Rob Homsher 

Summary: How and when to use ArcGIS Hub to pull together content for projects or initiatives, and easily share data with targeted audiences.

Title: “99 Problems, GeoPlatform Accounts Ain’t One” Jenny Herring 

Summary: Learn about how to use and how to get access to the GeoPlatform Account Request tool to rapidly set up accounts and group access for emergency responses and large projects.

Title: “Sample Today, Map Tomorrow” Jenny Herring 

Summary: Explore the Region 9 Scribe Data Explorer, a browser-based web application to search for and interact with projects from EPA ERT’s analytical and sampling Scribe Database system.

 Title: “Where the Sun Don’t Shine: How to See Your Sub-Surface Wells”  Frank Roberts 

Summary: Visualizing Underground Wells, Aquifers and Sampling Results through 3-D visualization in ArcGIS Pro

Esri Honors Innovate with the “Collaboration Partner” Federal Small Business Specialty Award

Washington D.C. — Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, honored Innovate for our extraordinary application of GIS software during the annual Esri Federal GIS Conference with the “Collaboration Partner” Federal Small Business Specialty Award. This award acknowledges companies that use Esri technology to help the U.S. government run more efficiently and transparently through innovation. Innovate was recognized for our consistent engagement with the Esri service teams, leveraging Esri technology to support customers, and participating in Esri events.

One such project example is the Department of Interior’s (DOI) Integrated Reporting of Wildland Fire Information (IRWIN) application where Innovate is the prime contractor working in partnership with Esri. The fire community depends on the IRWIN application to maintain data exchange operations year-round, 24x7x365. Innovate is providing operations and maintenance (O&M) services and supporting IRWIN’s further development, modernization, and enhancement leveraging Esri technology. Esri provides slices of technical expertise to optimize this critical, interagency application.

Innovate is a woman-and-minority owned small business providing expertise in Geospatial, Information Technology, Cloud Advisory, and Business Management Consulting services. We provide services to a range of partners including Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients and private industry. Innovate is a Silver Partner company in the global Esri Partner Network that has demonstrated innovative and creative ways to solve our client’s greatest challenges, using geospatial analytics tools.

Innovate’s Frank Roberts and Michael Blair Present at the Esri Federal GIS Conference 2020

Mr. Michael Blair Presents at the 2020 Esri Federal GIS Conference

More than 5,000 attendees from across the geospatial industry including government thought leaders and GIS practitioners to commercial GIS innovators attended the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is dedicated to tackling GIS issues facing the federal government, showcasing advances in GIS technology, highlighting the latest tools, leveraging ArcGIS apps, and presenting ground- breaking projects.

Innovate’s Frank Roberts (Senior Geospatial/IT Project Manager) and Michael Blair (Geospatial/IT Project Manager) were selected to present alongside Esri staff at several professional development workshops. Our teammates were selected based on their subject matter expertise in the geospatial industry, bringing over 20 years of relevant experience. For each presentation, Innovate offered one of our federal government projects as an example of Esri technology in action. Frank and Michael presented across the following topics:

  • Sharing 3D Content and Apps: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing 3D data within ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA – 3D California Central Basin Aquifer Visualization
  • Geocoding and Geoenrichment: the use of geocoding and geoenrichment to identify vulnerable locations to school-age populations via analysis of broadband availability
    Innovate Project: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) – GIS Professional Services
  • Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems: provides a use case of and lessons learned on sharing data across multiple organizations with ArcGIS Online
    Innovate Project: EPA and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) – Shared Space
  • Exploring Your Data with Smart Mapping: how to extend web mapping through the use of web application builder to develop a customized user focused web mapping application
    Innovate Project: Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) – GIS Support

Mr. Frank Roberts provides expertise during the Q&A portion of the, “Distributed Collaboration: Sharing Data Across Systems,” professional development workshop

Innovate! Inc. Achieves CMMI Level 2 Certification

Innovate!, a premier Cloud and GIS Platform Integration Services Company, is proud to announce that it had been appraised at Level 2 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal team, led by Multi-Dimensional Maturity (MDM), performed a CMMI Institute Standard CMMI Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI) for the Innovate! Business Enterprise Service Team. Based on the results of the SCAMPI, Innovate was determined to be operating at CMMI-SVC Maturity Level 2, the Managed Level.

An appraisal at maturity level 2 indicates Innovate! is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.

Innovate! Management’s demonstrated commitment to business and technical excellence and CMMI Maturity Level 2 helped to ensure this success. Auditor Dr. Richard Waina commented, “All levels of the organization are involved in and focused on continuous improvement. Every individual’s commitment to process discipline and improvement was quite evident.”

“Obtaining CMMI Level 2 certification demonstrates the investment that Innovate makes in our processes and people to ensure on-time client delivery with the highest level of quality. CMMI Level 2 adds to Innovate’s already rich culture of process and quality improvement,” noted Tom Perkowitz, Innovate’s Quality Manager.

About Innovate! Inc: More Than a Consulting Company
Innovate! provides expertise in Geospatial, Information Technology, Cloud Advisory, Management and Business Consulting services. The talent pool at Innovate, led by renowned industry leaders, consists of a multi-disciplinary team of analysts; information management and technology specialists (IM/IT); geospatial professionals; technical experts; regulatory specialists; road and transportation safety experts; and project and program management consultants. Innovate, established in 2002, is a woman and minority owned “green” small business providing results-driven solutions to solve mission-critical problems. Innovate! has an award-winning history of delivering state-of-the-art services and solutions to Federal, State, Tribal and local government clients and private industry.

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Stacy Roux Business Development Manager, 703.922.9090 x749

About CMMI:
CMMI Institute is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people process, and technology. CMMI Institute promises to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create a sustainable competitive advantage.

Innovate! Awarded US Army IGI&S Contract

Innovate! was awarded the Installation Geospatial Information and Services (IGI&S) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide Installations, Energy and Environment (IE&E) geospatial capability and support to the Army and Department of Defense (DoD) entities. The Army’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) established the IGI&S Program for the Army’s IE&E domain of the Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE).

The IGI&S Program helps make geospatial information of installation features readily available in standardized formats and consolidated in an authoritative data source. This enables utilization by echelons up to Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) offices to support installation management business processes, inform force protection, respond to encroachment issues, meet regulatory requirements, enable optimum use of facilities, and enhance installation, energy, and environmental management in order to support mission needs.

Our geospatial-based solutions offer new approaches to today’s more complex geospatial challenges expanding infrastructure. The Innovate! team looks forward to this opportunity to partner with the US Army and further develop the IGI&S program!

Innovate’s Annual Green Halloween Party

An important component of Innovate! is valuing our environment and leading by example of what it means to operate a “green” and environmentally conscious organization. The “Green Halloween” is an annual event that has grown in popularity each year bringing together partners, clients, and friends to network while enjoying each other’s company. Voluntary donations were collected to support the Global Cooling Network, an Innovate! sponsored 501 C3 non-profit.  The mission of the Global Cooling Network is to preserve forested lands in their natural, undeveloped state.

At this year’s event we shared food, sampled hand-picked tequilas, and enjoyed conversations with all who attended! Thanks for coming out and we hope to see you next year! Happy (Green) Halloween!

Michael Blair, Innovate! Senior GIS Manager, Presented “How Unique Is Your Search? Dynamically Expand Your Query,” at the North Carolina ArcGIS Users Group September 19th

Mr. Blair delivered his presentation on the Query widget, which is great for predefined searches, but has certain limitations.  There is the question about what do you do when you want to find data across multiple attributes and many unique values per attribute? Innovate! solved that problem by developing a custom tool to make use of a unique value data query to serve the values dynamically through a web service. The tool then consumes the response and builds a multi-selection search interface for the user to be able to select individual field values across multiple fields. To expand the tool’s reach and use, Innovate! added a geographic filtering function that allows the user to define an area to search against, in addition to the field values.

Innovate! Awarded Salesforce Silver Partnership Level

Innovate! is proud to announce our achievement of the Salesforce Silver Consulting Partnership level.  Since 2008, Innovate! has been developing and implementing Salesforce solutions for federal and private customers. Innovate! performs consultation services and supports Salesforce license implementation, governance, integration, training, and application development using the platform in both Classic and Lightening instances.

Salesforce evaluates companies based on factors that include the specialization of resources, Salesforce certifications, customer feedback on implementations performed, and much more. The Silver designation reflects the strength of the Innovate! and Salesforce partnership. It acknowledges Innovate!’s consistent track record of excellent delivery and customer service. “This designation gives our customers a high degree of confidence that they have a team of experts building their systems. We have an objective measure that shows we are an elite Salesforce implementation partner,” notes Innovate! COO Phill Thomas.

As a Silver Consulting Partner, Innovate! has demonstrated expertise and commitment to providing exceptional Salesforce services for its clients. The Innovate! Salesforce practice has grown to a team of over 12 Salesforce certified experts and has helped organizations achieve success on the Salesforce platform. “We are truly grateful for our team’s hard work in obtaining this achievement and are investing heavily in this partnership,” Innovate! Phill Thomas concluded.

Innovate! is the premier Salesforce implementation partner and #1 by sales volume for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Innovate! has played key roles in the success of many critical and high-profile Salesforce initiatives such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Safer Choice Program and Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR). During implementations, Innovate! wrote the Salesforce FedRAMP security plan that led to an EPA Authority to Operate (ATO) within the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). This ATO was extended via Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to other EPA offices.

To learn more about Innovate!’s Salesforce services, please visit the Cloud Advisory Services Page

Innovate! USGS EROS contractor Cole Krehbiel authors “ECOSTRESSED: Measuring Temperatures of Cities During Extreme Heatwaves”

August 21, 2019

For the second time in as many months, Europe was gripped by an extreme heat wave, breaking temperature records in 12 countries. Record high temperatures were set on Thursday, July 25, in the Netherlands at 40.4 °C (104.7 °F), and Belgium at 41.8 °C (107.2 °F). Germany reached 42.6 °C (108.7 °F), as did Paris, France, which broke a record that had stood for over 70 years by more than 2 degrees Celsius. For Europeans, this may sound like a “broken record” as the continent suffered a separate extreme heat wave just a month prior in late June, when eight countries experienced record-breaking heat… continue reading


Recognition for Innovate Client: EPA Region 9 Common Operating Picture/California Wildfires Team

Innovate is proud to announce that our clients within EPA Region 9 are recipients of this year’s Federal Employee of the Year Awards, which were recently presented to outstanding Bay Area public servants by the Federal Executive Board. We have supported EPA Region 9 for over eight years across a range of initiatives including geospatial and IT support services.

EPA Region 9 played a critical role in responding to the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California.  Innovate supported a multidisciplinary team in the development of an innovative, web-based tool to support emergency planning, preparedness and response activities.  The Common Operating Picture data platform enhanced situational awareness, increased access to data and simplified rapid decision-making.  The team’s efforts significantly improved the efficiency and effectiveness of EPA’s response to the Northern California wildfires.

We appreciate our partnership with our federal clients. EPA Region 9’s tireless and groundbreaking efforts exemplify the spirit that Region 9 staff and managers bring to their work every day.

Innovate is proud to support this team!

R9 Common Operating Picture Fire Application