The 1st quarter GIS Community meeting took place on January 14, 2020 at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters in
Austin, TX. Roughly 40+ attendees were present, and the guest speaker was Dan Rodriguez from RazorTek. Mr. Rodriguez presented on imagery products available from Planet.
View the presentation slides and roll call notes below.
Project Update Highlights
- State Plane Coordinate System 2022 – TNRIS is working with TxDOT and other agencies to determine how to
divide up the state into Low Distortion Projection(LDP) zones and how to structure the LDP naming convention. So far, the
state zones have been paired down to 40-45 zones. The current count of 5 zones will remain for the new SPCS 2022. The
working group will submit a proposal to the National Geodetic Survey by March, 31, 2020.
- Census 2020 – TNRIS is one of several agencies tasked to assist with getting the word out about the
importance of the upcoming decennial census survey. We encourage the community to spread the word.
- 2019 Geospatial Maturity Assessment – the National States Geographic Information Council conducted an
assessment of state-level geographic information data and programs. While Texas received an overall grade of B, the lack of
statewide governmental unit boundaries received a grade of D. We will continue to improve in all areas mentioned in the
survey. Learn more about the assessment here: https://www.nsgic.org/geospatial-maturity-assessment
- Historical Imagery Archive – Indexes for all available historical imagery are no available from the TNRIS
DataHub. Customers can order by frame # located on each photo index. Dallas 1920 is the oldest complete collection in the
archives. Map services will be created in the future for ease of use.
- Strategic Mapping (StratMap) Funding Plan – Gayla Mullins presented on the current plans to spend the new
StratMap budget of $3.5 million and asked the group if there are priority needs we don’t know about. The General Land Office
(GLO) asked about the possibility of working on the Permanent School Fund layer, a subset of the Original Texas Land Survey
(OTLS) boundaries. The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) maintains a version of the OTLS layer, however, updates are
limited by available resources. Additional layers mentioned:
- Networked Roadway – TxDOT is currently working on a network roadway for the state.
- 9 mile Coastal Imagery Capture – Several state agencies such as General Land Office, Commission on State Emergency
Communications, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are interested in collecting imagery 9 miles from the
coastline to capture oil rigs. We are seeking additional funding partners in order to move forward.
- Special Purpose Districts/Governmental Boundaries – Several in the state have requested a GIS layer composed of
taxing jurisdictions, special purpose districts, and other related governmental boundaries across the state.
- Rebid of the StratMap GIS Contracts – The current pool of 15 contractors is set to expire this year. The
request for offers period is now open through February 3rd, 2020 by 2:00 p.m. See RFO posting: http://www.txsmartbuy.com/sp/DIR-CPO-TMP-444
- Texas Imagery Service – Texas is seeking a new statewide imagery service provider. The request for offers
is currently under review and expected to be released in the next 30 days. Specifications include 6-inch resolution, a 3
year refresh or better, and no disruption to the current subscribed service links.
- NAIP 2018 – Imagery is now available via map service accessible from the DataHub. CCM’s were not delivered
and will likely not be processed due to lack of interest from customers. No news on a 2020 NAIP capture. We are waiting to
hear back from the Aerial Photography Field Office.
- 2020 Capital Area/McLennan Co. Project – Data acquisition is underway for this regional orthoimagery
- Statewide Lidar Coverage Update – Joey Thomas discussed current Winter projects. The focus is on recapture
of aging and rapidly changing areas around the state. For additional information, visit https://tnris.org/stratmap/elevation-lidar/
- Classification of Federal Lidar Points clouds - TNRIS is pursing efforts to classify USGS lidar point
clouds to match StratMap classification schemes. New classifications for federal point clouds will be low/med/high
vegetations, buildings, and culverts.
- High Quality Bathymetry for Rivers and Basins & Ele-Hydro Pilot projects - TNRIS/TWDB is interested in
pursuing a pilot project to obtain high quality bathymetry data in efforts to create a seamless inland elevation model. An
Ele-hydro pilot project is also anticipated to create a highly accurate surface water dataset from high quality lidar data
surface models. For more information or if interested in participating please contact Joey Thomas at Joey.Thomas@twdb.texas.gov
- Address Points and Land Parcels – Ilyanna Kadich gave a high-level update on the state’s progress. See the
program websites for updates https://tnris.org/stratmap/land-parcels/
Roll Call notes
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Megan Brown
Working on keeping the TCEQ Water
Rights Tracker application current and improving functionality. TCEQ is excited to add parcel data for ownership
information. A web viewer is now available thanks to the work done by a 3rd contractor. The viewer continues to evolve.
Texas A&M University Natural Resources Institute, Matt Crawford
Just released new report on Texas land trends, use over time, market value, fragmentation and loss of farm size. Learn more at:
Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Jeremy Rogers
Working with IT department to get an instance of Server and Portal. The plan is to move all ArcGIS Online apps to Portal.
Workflows and customer friendly apps are also moving to ArcGIS Pro. Challenges are Python conversions to C#. We had to teach
ourselves how to program in C# and thus have documentation on the process for sharing. Basic code and tools available on TxDOT GitHub.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Jeremy Nobles
Reassessing ArcGIS Online platform similar to TxDOT. My Texas
Hunt Harvest application is new mobile app created for logging hunt harvest and for private landowners reporting. Ran a
quick report on the number of Texas Public Hunt apps that have been downloaded and right now we are at 8,500 downloads since
hunting season opened.
Water Development Board, Taylor Christian
Working with TNRIS on new flood program. Also working on a water data hub for Texas. If anyone has public water data, Taylor
would like to discuss the possibility of hosting in the new hub.
City of Austin, Marna McClain
Migrating to ArcGIS Pro with the assistance of Esri. Creating a change management plan for the migration. The city has about
1,500 desktop installs and 2,500 ArcGIS Online users. 87 servers are used to support the GIS users and infrastructure. Once the
lesson learned and processes are documented, we can share with anyone embarking on a similar migration. Also, if there are any
pointers from the crowd, we would appreciate hearing your story.
Texas Division of Emergency Management, Mike Ouimet
In the process of rebuilding our technology staff. For the time being, we continue to be supported by the Texas Department of
Public Safety until end of the year and are currently in the process of hiring additional support staff. Also moving from a
“response” section to a true technology services section. In about 5 years, we expect to have a new state operations center near
San Antonio River Authority, Phillip Brown
We are on our second year of Portal with ½ of our users on ArcGIS Pro. Now rebuilding our data infrastructure and working to
support users with data hub for Pro users. Also standing up enterprise geodatabase with 18 TB of data. Also working with Gayla
and Joey on the data infrastructure through StratMap.
TX General Land Office, Zack Stern
Several things going with the Harvey grant money. Building a statewide disaster data center. Also working on a project for public
and elected officials to view where funds are being allocated. Worked with UT-Center for Space Research to develop a composite
disaster index for the purposes of ranking severity of affected areas.
Flood Information System/Water Dashboard – Richard Wade,
Flood planning initiative was bestowed on the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Adding all flood-related data to an
information system that will serve citizens. Will eventually turn into an All-Hazards system for emergency management,
responders, and the general public. Several state and federal agencies (GLO, TWDB, USGS, FEMA, TDEM, USACE, Harris County Flood
District, North Central Texas Council of Government…) recently participated in a meeting with Iowa Flood Information System
stakeholders and made the Iowa
Planet – Daniel Rodriguez, RazorTek
RazorTek is a veteran StratMap contractor and a reseller for Planet imagery products. Planet’s goal is to “make earth searchable
the same way Google makes the internet searchable.” Planet’s bread-box sized satellite sensors capture 1.3 million images
covering 250 million km2 every day. See slides for additional information.
Next Meeting: April 30, 2020
The 2nd quarter GIS community meeting will be held in conjunction with the 2020 TxDOT Survey and GIS Conference
at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark.