The Rock Springs Field Office of the BLM is in the middle of Oil and Gas mining and regularly governs the impacts to the local environment. IGIST will be forming GIS models to prepare for future planned pipeline locations that minimize impact to flora and fauna. These planned maps will be available for public review and comment.
The Lewistown Field Office is currently supporting an RMP for its local Monument area. IGIST will be reorganizing the central GIS so that it will be able to better support the maps and analysis needed for this RMP reporting as well as for other projects. This involves establishing naming conventions, file structures, metadata, and data flow diagrams.
IGIST is working for the Environmental Security department to convert paper maps for the last 12 years that record chemical treatments of invasive species. Once the data has been digitized, it will be analyzed to determine spatial occurrence of the invasives. IGIST will be creating a spatial model under the review of Base ecologists to predict locations of weeds and guide future treatments.
The San Diego Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) maintains the county district maps on various layers. IGIST is located onsite to perform regular cartographic, analysis, and IT support. Maps are presented at Council meetings for approval of land redistricting and then distributed to the County Assessor to be filed on record.
The CARAT extension is a software tool that produces environmental maps and reports. It is connected to ArcGIS and is designed to help automate the review of applications for development required by NEPA regulations. As a result, thousands of dollars will be saved by many BLM land leessees that apply for mining and forestry landuse.
Sequoia National Park has historically kept track of their treasured trees in paper map drawings. The park is anxiously moving forward to transfer their tree inventory to a digital format and take advantage of the new Geodatabase format. IGIST will be digitizing tree locations within 34 different Sequoia groves. The data will reside in a geodatabase format that has dynamic connections to attribute data sitting in MS Access.
The BIA owns dozens of land allotments throughout Alaska. The BIA is trying to map out the landcover for purposes of future development potential as well as fire risk. IGIST is using IKONOS imagery to map landcover in 40 remote areas using a resolution merged product having 1 meter resolution.
The BLM is in starting the process of developing an implementation plan to move to the Geodatabase. In order to capture the thoughts and experience of a broad range of users at different stages of the migration, IGIST has designed and administered a web based survey. The results of this survey will be summarized and reported to national and state program leaders to form an approach for Bureau-wide migration.
IGIST custom designed a course to used BLM datasets to illustrate the issues related to geodatabase migration. This includes tools, behaviors, modeling, versioning, editing, and SDE. The BLM has been sending its primary GIS Specialists from within Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to attend these training sessions.
The BLM has benefitted from IGIST custom classes for the last 6 years and now has broadened the amount of support needed. The scope of services now includes curriculum development, GIS analysis, software programming, database administration, GPS data collection, image processing, and web application design. IGIST's contracted services are now available to all offices of the BLM and are managed out of BLM's National Training Center and National Science and Technology Center.
Firewise communities is a national program with the mission of organizing and educating communities about wildfire preparedness. Their latest of their national offerings occurred in San Diego and attracted 80 participants in the wake of the 2003 wildfire season. IGIST participated with some GIS operational support with the interest in compiling additional local research to support its emergency web application ideas.