Notes: Texas GIS Community Meeting 3rd Quarter 2016

The 3rd quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2016 was held on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016.

Project Updates

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Since we last met

Richard Wade, State Geographic Information Officer

  • Attended the ESRI UC in San Diego and learned about the new Insights for ARCGIS with drag and drop functionality.

  • TNRIS intern/ACC student Lauren Kirk won 2nd place in the Student Map - Post Secondary category at the ESRI UC.

  • Austin Community College recieved Special Achievement in GIS award at the ESRI UC.

  • GeoRodeo 2016 occurred May 20, 2016. Highlights from the event can be viewed here.

  • New AOI for Lidar 2016-2017 project. Check out the latest on the project page.

Imagery for Texas

Gayla Mullins

Imagery products from the 2015 TOP project are now available for download from

  • Compressed JPEG200
    • individual tiles
    • county compressed mosaic
  • 0.5 meter
  • 4-band
  • public domain (source citation: Texas Orthoimagery Program 2015)

Uncompressed GeoTIFF tiles can be ordered by visiting the TNRIS DataHub.

The 2015 TOP imagery can also be accessed via the Esri Basemap Imagery Service.

Agency Roll Call

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.

Ed Kelly, DIR

Half-day conference finished up and successful. 125 attendees from federal, state, local government and private industry. Working together with TNRIS to highlight data initiatives on respective reports. Sharing initiatives are very important to highlight. Executive survey conducted with 63 respondents for the report to create statute updates on reducing barriers to data sharing. Highlight all levels of government that need to share data: counties, etc. No fiscal note in this report.

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Scot Friedman

GLO - Annual release of oil spill toolkit. Improving atlas maps. Converting old viewers to mobile ready JavaScript. One is – won third place at Esri.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Kim Ludeke

Just got 3 years of federal funding for field work to map grasslands to revise vegmap. Attended StateMap meeting chaired by Robert Mace TWDB to leverage $300,000 federal funds through BEG for surface geology mapping along the coast. Showed some of the new hard copy geology maps.

Stephanie Long

Looking for lessons learned on data federation.

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Jeff Jordan

Merged Office of the State Demographer agency with state data center -

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Chris Bardash

Soft launch of open data portal. mostly containing vector files. Update of base maps. Jack D at UC announced most Esri online training open for free now.

Travis Scruggs

working on another site called Project Tracker to look up all TxDOT projects in the planning pipeline on a state owned road. Application called Data Update and Sharing App. for data asset collection and local governments can upload data to TxDOT or redline data for updated information. Putting together flight safety document for flying drones. First draft out by end of the year.

Jolana Erichsen

Submitted federally mandated road centerlines to the Federal Highway Administration on June 15.

Greg Goldman

Using AGO more for MPOs for improving local traffic counts.

William Kohlrenken, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Developing and consolidating new web map sites.

Jack Hill, Sam Houston State University

Started a GIS Center this year. Health science apps in GIS is booming. Lots of new infrastructure coming. Mapped first generation students to show reach and impact from the university. Got a big comptroller’s project for monarch butterflies parasite study. Started a drone committee to understand risk management in accordance with the FAA rules. A faculty member wrote a book on the TX/LA border along Sabine River. Got first grant to establish historic boundary perhaps using lidar.

Raj Nadkarni, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Talking with Attorney General's office for reality of using drones for air quality monitoring. Land owner allowed to shoot drone down. Ok on public lands. Speculates the legislature will strike down any clearances proposed for drones. TCEQ would use fixed wing 30-40 minute flight to collect air data. Contour the location of all of their monitors. Taking them from 2D platform to 3D.

John Refolo, San Antonio River Authority

Working with TNRIS/DIR for new lidar data. Working flood assessments using Lidar for flood risk mapping.

Claire DeVaughan, United States Geological Survey

National 3DEP webinars on August 11, 2pm Central and August 15, noon Central. No formal state or regional meetings. May do something informal with TNRIS in next couple months. Webinars will be posted to the National Map 3DEP site.


Update - Texas GIO Report 2016

Rob Aanstoos - TWDB/TNRIS

  • The GIO report continues with draft version 2.0, now out for peer and executive administration review. Draft version 3.0 is slated for release at the end of August.

Delivering a Better Texas Through StratMap and Geospatial Solutions

Zsolt Nagy, John Knowlton, and Kristi Teykl - AECOM

  • AECOM is proud to serve as a pre-qualified vendor under the StratMap contract. AECOM will provide an introduction to the AECOM Texas team and the geospatial data products and service offerings under the StratMap contract.

Interactive Energy Map of Texas

Scot Friedman, Alex Sanders - General Land Office

The General Land Office developed and released an interactive version of Commissioner Bush’s Energy Map of Texas using Esri’s Story Map web application. Printed copies of the map can also be ordered from the Archive Map Store.

Next Meeting

The 2016 Texas GIS Forum, October 24-27, 2016, serves as the 4th quarter GIO Community meeting.

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