The 2nd quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2016 was held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016.
New GIS Solutions Group Page– a web page dedicated to the activities of the GIS Solutions Group.
New Lidar 2016-2017 Project Page – a web page created for project visibility and to attract additional partners for new Lidar in central Texas.
Google Pilot – renewed for 18 additional months to continue analysis and build out processes for receiving new imagery and balancing shared costs for continuation after 9/1/2017.
Infogroup Enterprise License – continues to be a point of discussion. Another agency has come on board with a budget but still not at the price point for the enterprise license. Please contact Felicia if you have funds to contribute.
SCAUG Conference – April 18-22 (next week) TNRIS will be there with a booth and present on Public/Private partnerships highlighting the Google/AppGeo project.
Community Collaboration Page Opinion – TNRIS was approached about having a GIS collaboration site that would serve as a place for GIS professionals to post questions and have peers offer answers, suggestions, and helpful tips. The City of Austin has implemented a collaboration site internally using a platform called Bloomfire. Attendees were asked to sign up if interested in being on a working committee to plan at the state level.
Final data from the 2015 Texas Orthoimagery Project (TOP) captured at 0.5-meter resolution during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 winter seasons is near completion and has been delivered in full to TNRIS. The southernmost tip of Texas is the most recent delivery to TNRIS and will be made available for download from the TNRIS website in about two weeks along with the exisiting data for the rest of the state. The TOP imagery is also being shared with the Esri Community Imagery Program. Imagery is gradually appearing in the Esri imagery basemap available in Arc products starting now. Check the project website for additional updates and data download and WMS connection information. The Buy-Up areas at 6-inch/1-foot resolution are also complete and available and in various stages of download and WMS access. See chart on slide 10 of the QtrlyMtg2_2016.pdf All products from the 2015 TOP project are 4-band and in the public domain.
The National Agriculture Imagery Program will fly Texas during the 2016 growing season (May - October) at 1-meter resolution. The final product will be 4-band and in the public domain. NAIP is managed by the USDA-Aerial Photography Field Office.
Contracts have been signed by a few of the 17 companies currently under negotiation and are ready for use by state agencies and other public entities for GIS products, services, and software. TNRIS is working on a dedicated StratMap Contract web page that will contain information regarding use of the contract, list of contractors, and links to contractor sites. The contracts are held at the Department of Information Resources (DIR).
Still on track to collect lidar in south central Texas this next leaf-off season. Contributing partner list is growing and we expect the USGS will announce the opening for grant proposals sometime this summer. A meeting to discuss the grant proposal will be held soon.
Many representatives of government agencies and city governments from across the state were in attendance and shared updates on key projects and initiatives their organizations are working on. We'd love to see you or your organization at the next meeting.
Working on web apps, mobile apps, offshore structures inventory in state waters, oil spill toolkit (next release scheduled for September), boat ramps. With the recent removal of parcel data from Google Earth, GLO has worked on collecting parcels from county appraisal districts. Close to finalizing agreement with City of Corpus Christi for their parcel data. Parcel data is needed by the beach team for permitting. Need centralized parcel data at least for coastal counties and would like to see a service provided by TNRIS.
GIS programmer analyst position with GLO will be posted soon. GIS team interested in Infogroup data. Kam coming May 3 and will coordinate to have the meeting with TNRIS.
Working on conservation areas indices. Have a little money to refine some of the VegMap areas, working with NPS in the South Padre Island area. Got funding for plant ecologist to focus on prairie/grassland areas – intensively visit areas of the state for grassland monitoring. Maybe use lidar for. Still need additional funding for more Veg mapping refinement and seagrass mapping.
Two GIS positions available at DPS. Currently working on a mobile application for law enforcement, field officers, and troopers working along the Texas-Mexico border.
Getting ready for the upcoming 2020 census and conducting a housing review using new imagery and parcel data by 2018.
Will give presentation on new TxDOT Open Data Portal in a few minutes. TxDOT is prioritizing road projects by scoring and ranking them in order of importance. Working on road centerlines but currently there is a 6-8 month freeze on updates. Data updates are requested as needed.
Free GeoDev Meetup at NXNW coming up Tuesday, May 24.
Sunsetting DARS and dividing between TWC and HHSC which means splitting up mapping efforts too. Complete overhaul of their districts and areas.