Notes: Texas GIS Community Meeting 3rd Quarter 2017

The 3rd quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2017 was held on Tuesday, July 18th, 2017.

Project Updates

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Since we last met...

Richard Wade, State Geographic Information Officer

  • The Statewide Parcel Study, a study conducted to understand the availabilty of digital parcel data at the county appraisal district level, was received May 21, 2017.

  • The 2017 GeoRodeo, an annual gathering of geospatial developers, was a great success this year with 200+ attendees. Presentation slides from guest speakers can be found on the 2017 GeoRodeo page.

  • The Texas Imagery Service pilot will end on August 31, 2017. A subscription to the service can be purchased through the Department of Information Resources.

  • Registration for the 30th annual Texas GIS Forum is now open. The agenda is taking shape with a new special format to commemorate 30 years of geospatial education, GIS professional networking, and real-world GIS application sharing. The 2017 GIS Forum will take place October 23-27, 2017.

  • The Texas Water Development Board has released a second version of the Texas Flood Warning application.

  • Lidar data is now available for download through the TNRIS Data Catalog.

  • To facilitate the development of a statewide address database, the Texas Water Development Board is looking for partners to help fund a full-time statewide address coordinator position. Look for posting sometime after Sept 1.

Lidar for Texas

Joey Thomas

Ongoing Planning for the 2017-2018 Winter acquisitions. TWDB funding currently planned for a winter coastal acquisition to replace portions of 2006 FEMA data. Partnerships are needed!

Imagery for Texas

Gayla Mullins

The Texas Imagery Service will move to a subscription-based service beginning September 1, 2017. The service is available to any state, local, or regional government entity within the state of Texas. Annual subscription costs will vary based on level of government and usage: Local - $6,000 - $24,000 Regional - $10,000 - $30,000 State - $15,625 - $125,000

Upcoming orthoimagery projects

  • GLO Coastal Beaches - to be acquired Summer 2017
  • Capital Area - to be acquired Winter 2017/18
  • Smith/Gregg Counties - to be acquired Winter 2017/18

Texas Statewide Parcel Study Report

Felicia Retiz

The Texas Statewide Parcel Study report was delivered on May 21, 2017. The study will serve as a discussion document to attract stakeholders to this important state initiative.

A pilot project has begun with the General Land Office to collect parcel data for 18 coastal counties into a single database. The results of the project will be published in a short report expected for release on September 1, 2017.

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.

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Jeff Jordan

Pilot project called Dashboard. Dashboard is designed to have the most requested census analytics at your fingertips. Working on a couple of projects with Texas Department of Transportation and Department of Health and Human Services. Going to be releasing demographic data soon, populations estimates will come after that.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Raj Nakdarni

Starting on cloud computing. Getting off of own servers. Testing all software. Moving to Windows 10.

Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG)

Craig Eissler

Building a lot more web map apps. Working on new open data site. Working on field apps for sharing data back and forth for WebEOC.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Stephanie Long

Started meeting on authoritative datasets. Hired someone to map boundaries and add to enterprise. Adding spatial layer of roads in parks –using lidar for this. Migrating to new servers, 10.5. Mobile applications development. Volunteers in service to America participation. GAP analysis on children in nature efforts.

Texas Public Utilities Commission

Gary Horton

Building and maintaining a geodatabase of boundaries for sewer and water customers. Worked on web map application viewer for public consumption. Can put in contact with TWDB doing a public water utility data study too.

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

Roger Young

Just finished using Esri’s Survey 1,2,3 for fireworks inspection. Pretty good tool, running into some issues but could be due to using old iPads.

Texas Historical Commission

Michelle Valek

Continued work on Texas Atlas. Working on their own servers. Working with TxDOT on archaeological sites that have disappeared.

Office of the Governor

Debra Gomez

Working with vendor for an online map to promote economic development. Lots of wage information and other statistics. Adding demographic statistics to the tools.

Texas Department of Public Safety

Linda Prosperie

TxMap web map application – built and maintained for internal use only. Keeping the data fresh. Ran into security issues with 10.5 so still on 10.4.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

John Arkinson

Preparing for the three new permits recently required for issuance by the state legislature.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs

Name not recorded

Working on affordable housing analysis. Would be interested in a statewide parcel layer.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

William Kohlrenken

Updating economic development maps.

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Scot Friedman

Parcels project and coastal imagery with TNRIS. Finally updating mapping viewers – first one is land and lease viewer – most popular. Support for coastal program, nonpoint study. Have to show each state is meeting NOAA requirements. Supporting energy program for Permanent School Fund. Contracted with BEG for lidar of mine sites – just flown. Support for oil spill tool kit – updating species data. Training response officers on collector app.

City of Georgetown

Ilyanna Kadich

Implementing new GIS centric billing system internally.

Texas Department of Agriculture

Cindy Massey

Starting to visualize and streamline analyses for locating nutrition assistance programs.

United States Geological Survey

Claire DeVaughan

3DEP Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), will be delayed due to change in administration. NHD+ high res activity kicking off. Anyone interested in QC of the data, looking for volunteers. Joey says just have to take a training webinar. Claire – just have to work through an 8-digit HUC. Update - 3DEP BAA is now open for award requests.


2020 Census Geography Programs Overview and 2020 Census Update

Meredith L. Gillum – Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau

Texas Flood Viewer: Backstage Pass

Adam Breznicky – Texas Natural Resources Information System

Company Spotlight – CylcoMedia Technology, Inc.

Paul Madrid – Sales Executive

Communities are using positionally‐accurate, high‐resolution, street‐level imagery to speed workflows and reduce costs by minimizing the need for field visits and providing valuable information for Asset location within a city or county infrastructure, Address verification and Situational Awareness. Public works departments, Utility organizations. Transportation and Emergency Management departments complete asset data collection projects more quickly and without leaving the office. The ability to integrate with exiting systems such as Geographic Information Systems and Work Order Management Systems, makes access simple.

The 2017 Texas GIS Forum will substitute for the 4th quarter Texas GIS Community meeting.

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