Notes: Texas GIS Community Meeting 1st Quarter 2018

The 1st quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2018 was held on Tuesday, February 06, 2018.

Project Updates

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Since we last met...

Felicia D. Retiz, Deputy Geographic Information Officer

  • The 30th Annual Texas GIS Forum was a well received according to the survey results. Save the date for 2018 - October 22-26, 2018

  • The 2018 GeoRodeo is scheduled for May 4, 2018 and will once again be held at the J.J. Pickle Research Center. Call for presentations is open until March 30, 2018.

  • The 2018 GIS Education and Training schedule is available on the website.

  • The initiatives for a statewide database of address points and land parcels are awaiting the hire of a GIS data coordinator. The goal is to have the position filled by the end of the month. The job posting is still available on the Texas Water Development Board Jobs page.

  • A committee to help identify geospatial data produced at each state agency is forming. The Authoritative Source Committee is co-chaired by Travis Scruggs of TxDOT and Felicia Retiz of TNRIS. The committee is looking for 2-3 volunteer committee members to assist with carrying out the goal of identifying authoritative sources for geospatial data. Once identified and vetted, the committee will work on a plan to catalog the data. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact Travis or Felicia.

Lidar for Texas

Gayla Mullins

Close to $600k in grant funds from the USGS 3-D Elevation Program (3DEP) were awarded to two projects in Texas. Acquisition was completed late January and the data are now in the production phase.

Also made possible by 3DEP, Lidar collection is underway along the northern portion of the Texas coast. Coverage will include the following counties:

  • Harris

  • Austin

  • Waller

  • Brazoria

  • Galveston portions of:

  • Grimes

  • Walker

  • Montgomery

  • Liberty

  • Chambers

  • Orange

  • Matagorda

    The Lidar availability map is available at the TNRIS Lidar page.

Imagery for Texas

Gayla Mullins

Imagery for Smith county is 90% acquired. 2018 marks the 5th time Smith county has partnered with StratMap to obtain 6-inch resolution imagery. The final deliverables are expected Fall 2018.

The Capital Area Council of Government and McLennan County have teamed up with StratMap for the first time to capture imagery over an 11 county region in central Texas. The deliverables will be a mix of 6-inch and 1-foot resolution, 4-band imagery with an expected delivery date of Fall 2018.

The National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) has announced it will not collect imagery over Texas in 2018. Budget cuts have hindered the bi-annual imagery collection program and 2019 is still in question. Alternatives for statewide imagery are a Texas Imagery Service subscription or a 2019 Texas Orthoimagery Program (TOP) statewide acquistion project based on interest.

The Texas Imagery Service is available to Texas public agencies and their contractors through a subscription. Qualifying entities can gain access to the service at any time during the year at a prorated cost for the current period. A subscription follows the state fiscal calendar (September 1 - August 31) and can be canceled at the end of each fiscal year. TNRIS and the Department of Information Resources will host webinars beginning in March to explain the DIR purchase process, the structured cost tiers, and funding options.

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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Lila Valencia

Prep work for Census 2020 is underway. Participating local and regional agencies will begin review of Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA). Regional agencies will also have the opportunity to review and update Census Tracts, Block Groups, and Census Designated Places through the Participant Statistical Areas Program. Registration is open for the 2018 Texas Demographic Conference. The conference is designed to inform attendees of the wealth of resources available to anyone with a need to perform a demographic analysis for planning, policy, research, or projects.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Paul Buschow

TCEQ has moved to ArcGIS Server 10.5. Uploading data to ArcGIS Online.

Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG)

Craig Eissler

CAPCOG is ready to begin discussions on the 2019 orthoimagery project with StratMap. Lidar derivatives are very close to being delivered. Derivatives are data produced from the 2017 Lidar collection and include 1-foot contours and digital elevation models used to display slope aspect. CAPCOG hosts GIS Planning Council quarterly meetings. Currently CAPCOG is assisting local emergency coordinators seeking additional data layers for a robust emergency common operating picture. CAPCOG will work with local counties and municipalities to compile a list of available data.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Jeremy Nobles

Jeremy recently promoted to GIS lead at TPWD.

Texas Historical Commission

Michelle Valek

Dan Julien retiring at the end of this month (February 2018). Working internally to create a single sign-on for all THC applications for staff. Constantly maintaining and updating ATLAS.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

William Kohlrenken

Working on a wind farm web viewer to see the impact of school district tax incentives given to energy companies as well as the proximity of wind farms to military installations in Texas (SB277). The Endangered Species Division is using a custom application to locate and monitor the Dune Sagebrush Lizard (DSL). The West Texas reptile Is in danger of losing its habitat due to sand mining for oil and gas fracturing and is on the brink of being listed on the federal endangered species list.

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Greg Smithhart

Created a custom application meant to serve as a common operational picture (COP) for Hurricane Harvey recovery. MOVES contains a number of imagery missions captured before and after the Harvey event such as imagery captured by foreign companies (via the International Charter) as well as the Texas Civil Air Patrol. The application contains a new feature for note-taking. Working with GLO Disaster Recovery division to include a dashboard showing number of homes destroyed. Teresa Howard is retiring soon.

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Scot Friedman

Working with TNRIS on parcel data initiative. A statewide parcel dataset would assist with several programs within the GLO (Energy, Community Development & Revitalization, etc.). Refreshing the species data for the Oil Spill Toolkit. Working on a mobile app for state veteran cemeteries. Will connect with THC and TxDOT to learn more about their work with cemeteries across the state. Recruiting for internships. See flyer for additional information.

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Travis Scruggs

Ongoing maintenance of three important applications used by TxDOT and the public: Statewide Planning Map – The TxDOT planning map contains a number of layers to assist with project planning within the agency. The layers displayed in the planning map can be downloaded from TxDOT’s GIS Open Data Portal. GIS Open Data Portal – The open data portal is made available to the public through ArcGIS Online. Project Tracker – a TxDOT project reporting system for transportation projects planned and in-progress across the state.

Texas Water Development Board

Taylor Christian

The Water Use, Projections, and Planning division is working on a web-based application that will feature public water service boundaries and the ability to make changes to the boundaries as they occur. The application is expected to be ready for release along with the 2019 Water Use Survey. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey.

United States Geological Survey

Claire DeVaughan

Coming soon: 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study, a follow-up to the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment (NEEA) in 2012. NEEA was the basis on which the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) program was formed. Texas has received funds via several cooperative agreements from 3DEP. USGS and other Federal partners are now in the fourth year of 3DEP providing funds cooperatively for high-resolution elevation data across the nation. The new study will be kicked off in April, in order to better understand user requirements. Last time focused on topographic needs. This time, going to have a bigger focus on bathymetric needs and requirements for inland, offshore and near shore areas, in addition to topographic requirements. The study will be sensor-agnostic (ifsar, single photon, Geiger-mode, etc – doesn’t matter). Richard Wade will be the State Champion with assistance from Joey Thomas of TNRIS. Online questionnaire and maybe interview follow-ups will occur through this summer. Groups to target will be TxDOT, BEG, State EOCs, TCEQ, GLO, TPWD, TDA, Natl. Guard, + regional and local agencies, etc.


Data Coordination Updates

Ed Kelly – Statewide Data Coordinator, DIR

The 2nd Quarter GIS Community meeting will be held Tuesday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m.

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