Notes: Texas GIS Community Meeting 2nd Quarter 2018

The 2nd quarter Texas GIS Community meeting of 2018 was held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

Project Updates

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Since we last met...

Gayla Mullins, StratMap Manager

  • TNRIS has kicked off planning for the 2018 Texas GIS Forum to occur October 22-26, 2018. Please submit your keynote ideas to us.

Jason Kleinert, Geo Developer

  • The 2018 GeoRodeo is fast approaching and will occur on May 4, 2018 at the J.J. Pickle Research Center. All interested should attend this FREE event.

Lidar for Texas

Gayla Mullins

Both the Central Texas and Jefferson/Liberty Texas lidar projects acquired in 2017 are now publicly available at

The federal projects in Texas from 2017 are still pending release from FEMA.

The TNRIS Lidar Status Map has been redesigned with layers to turn on and off to more effectively portray coverage areas of newer lidar over previously acquired lidar.

By 2019 77% of Texas will be covered in publicly available USGS Quality Level 2 or better lidar data.

Just over >$700,000 in grant funds from the 3DEP program were awarded to a coastal lidar acquisition completed this winter 2018 in the Houston/Galveston area. Final data are scheduled to be available to the public winter 2018/2019. Large federal projects covering much of the rest of the coast as well as the Texas panhandle were also completed for acquisition this winter 2018. These data are scheduled to be available spring 2019.

Imagery for Texas

Gayla Mullins

Imagery for Smith county is 100% 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. Acquisition is 100% complete. The deliverables will be a mix of 6-inch and 1-foot resolution 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. 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.

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.

New Geographic Data Coordinator

Ilyanna Kadich

Ilyanna Kadich, who recently joined TNRIS, was introduced as the new Geographic Data Coordinator for the state. She presented a background on the needs, benefits and challenges of developing statewide address points and land parcel information, referencing the Inaugural GIO Report and Parcel Study Report. She outlined a plan for the first year of coordinated efforts to establish these first-of-a-kind layers through the TNRIS Strategic Mapping (StratMap) Program. These year 1 goals include developing sub-committees, re-collecting coastal county parcels, strategizing a marketing and communication plan, and conducting stakeholder meetings across the state. Updates will soon be available on the StratMap site.

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 and Solani Rajput

Working on project with TxDOT. Getting ready to release population estimates and working on projections. The TX Demographic Conference is May 23-24. Flyers were left for anyone to take.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Paul Buschow, Raj Nadkarni, Tom Nuerenberger and Julie Ruecheim

Plans to move to AGO. Map viewers migration to AGO. Portal for ArcGIS Server. Want single sign-in and improve ability to share data internal and external. Goal is to deliver data services. Working on a 2-year charter and awaiting approval on it from upper management. Project in Austin now for air quality sampling from Google StreetView cars. Mostly in N. Austin.

Appreciate all the new lidar.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

Marion O'Brien

Using Texas Imagery Service and loving it. Their 3-person IT GIS department set up a basic esri Survey 123 app for personnel in the field to snap photos and add descriptors. Location information is collected automatically from the photo GPS point locations. Conducting general upgrades.

Texas Historical Commission

Michelle Valek

going to a portal website. Went to meeting in Santa Fe, NM for data sharing of trails. Have a new IT Director came over from DIR.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

William Kohlrenken

Continuing endangered species work. Habitat identification.

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Greg Smithhart

Getting systems ready for hurricane season. Upgrading servers. Recreating image services from Hurricane Harvey. MOVES site still open. Hiring soon for three positions: 1 Sys Admin, 1 DBA, 1 Remote Sensing Specialist.

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Scot Friedman

Gearing up for hurricane season. Developing StormViewer. Oil Spill Toolkit, ESI. Monitoring nine mine sites with imagery + lidar flown last year with UT-BEG. Reflying three of the same sites this year to compare changes. Met with new Geographic Data Coordinator I. Kadich on refresh of 18-county coastal parcels.

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Chris Bardash

Working on GIS governance. Working on 2017 Roadways Data. New Project Tracker update released recently at

Texas Deparment of Motor Vehicles

John Arkinson

Creating Portable Roadbed Network with a vendor to develop this layer. C. Bardash from TxDOT said they may already have this and will share info with John.

Texas Deparment of State Health Services

Aja Davidson

Considering moving toward ELA for Esri products. Would like advice on this from others that have done it. The group gave her input on experiences with varying numbers of users. Group recommended she meet with Traci Tracey from Esri.

The University of Texas at Austin

Snehi Jhul and Ben Chamblee

Two UT Students from M. Pavon's class sharing internship opportunities and contact info.


Digital Map Products

Big Data, Doesn’t Have to Be a Big Problem

Tracie Wilson, National Director, Government Solutions

DMP presented their government solutions for keeping data current when dealing with hundreds of different databases from counties, cities and other sources. DMP products and services make it easy to combine data for powerful visualization through application integration. DMP platforms and streaming solutions can easily integrate multiple data sources into your customized, spatial environment. DMP can maximize your efficiency since we are already collecting, matching and normalizing data and updating the data regularly. DMP's platforms provide an easy-to use interface to push the right data, to the right people, at the right time. Powerful cloud-based, GIS solutions for non-technical users, with an economical price tag. DMP looks forward to collaborating with the State of Texas to learn more about your state’s unique challenges and how we might address them.

The 3RD Quarter GIS Community meeting will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 2-4 p.m. Location TBD.

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