The 1st quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2017 was held on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017.
Texas has received grant funding from the USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to fund 2017 Lidar projects in Texas.
The Texas Imagery Service recieved an upgrade and is currently serving over 150 public agenies. A revised contract with Google will guarantee imagery updates in alignment with the public facing Google Maps application.
A statewide parcel study is currently in production to understand the availability of digital parcel data at the county appraisal district level and to collect at the state-agency level. The study is expected to be complete by the end of May 2017.
The Geographic Information Officer report was delivered to the governor, leiutenant governor, and Speaker of the House on December 1, 2016. Please use it as a discussion document with leadership and share your comments and suggestons with us.
We are watching for bills filed during this session to see how they might apply to the community. Currently there is a bill regarding UAV regulation (H.B638/S.B. 395) and a few bills that will directly affect the needs study for parcel data (S.B. 2, S.B. 200, H.B. 997, SJR 31, etc.).
If you hear of any bills filled during the session we should track, please let us know.
Imagery products from the 2016 NAIP acquisition are expected to be available in Spring 2017.
2017 Brazos County Flyover
StratMap Contracts at DIR
The statewide parcel study has completed a survey of all 253 appraisal districts. Of the 253 districts, 152 (83.3%) reported having a digital parcel dataset for their district. The study itself will contain the following:
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.
GLO - Internal stuff. Updating servers, migrating data, etc. Process documentation for efficiency. New release of oil spill tool kit online – major update this time. Offshore structures inventory project. – derelict structures to remove. Mine sites project through DIR Contracts, elevation and orthoimagery.
Geologic Atlas of Texas, storefront for hard copy maps. BEG owns their own lidar sensor used for detailed elevation mapping. Want to get their hard copy maps digitized and shared.
Mostly internal work. Doing work on Zika due to Brownsville detection. More ArcGIS Online presence for making data accessible to the public.
Open data site. Now is just a few divisions from TxDOT, not all. Txdot.gov/opendata Statewide planning map is simple interface and can interact with their published data. TxDOT Project Tracker – can look up all planned construction projects mapped.
TNRIS – Application development. Interactive Data Catalog. Lidar data available online in the next month. Water Plan interactive application work. Working to improve interactive flood application.
Maintaining GIS enterprise. Biowatch viewer of airborne pollutants that could be released per an emergency response. Login only for people that need it. Moving older legacy viewers into the cloud – ArcGIS Online because they are faster, more efficient for updates.
Groundwater planning assessment. Have data to share with the public. Want to become more interactive with public for groundwater data.
Surface Water Rights. Tracks ownership of water rights. Big supporter of parcel data. Personal endeavor: Working on organizing GIS Workgroup for Nonprofits.
UAS GIS applications. Goal to integrate into schools for dual credit – 12 ISDs so far. Developed UAS Program through NSF grant. Trying to get word out on GIS. Dean is part of South Texas COG and promoter of GIS.