Dec/2007 IGIST has been tasked by San Diego State University, in conjunction with the US Border Patrol, to develop web-based training materials addressing various prototype GIS/RS processes that are currently being used to study U.S. / Mexico border security issues.
A self-paced eLearning curriculum is being developed to address a process involving Trail Delineation and Change Detection. Content will include information on image processing techniques, software demos, exercise data availability for downloads, and delivery of the content to SDSU for deployment on its own servers. Content for a web cast is being developed to explain the use of a Pedestrian Trafficability Logic Model (PTLM). This web cast will be delivered by IGIST through invitations to a Citrix shared desktop environment. Content will include slides depicting the appropriate spatial modeling techniques, and consolidation of data and data processing into a simple version of PTLM; both data and training documents will be delivered to SDSU.
Originally awarded in August of 2007, this project is ongoing through September of 2008, and is designed to assist both the Missoula Field Office and the BLM MT State Office in Billings to move towards a more unified, enterprise-focused approach to GIS. Specific tasks include needs assessment, database design, data migration, database support, and curriculum development.
NIRIS (Naval Installation Restoration Information Solution) is an environmental data management solution that includes a database, data checking and loading tools, a web portal, and a GIS. Originally deployed in 2005, it is used to centralize the environmental data that is collected by a variety of Navy contractors at NAVFAC SW. In order to ensure that this application is used accurately and appropriately, NAVFAC SW is developing training curriculum for this application. The curriculum includes eLearning content as well as a series of webinars, and will work within the existing Navy LMS. This is a year long effort, and is being carried out by a team consisting of RBA, CH2M HILL, and IGIS Technologies.
Throughout 2007, IGIST has taught multiple courses at the USFS GSTC in Salt Lake City, the USFS Eastern/Southern Regional University in Columbus, OH, the Geospatial í07 conference in Portland, and multiple sites in USFS R2, R3, and R6. Additionally, courses have been taught onsite to the BLM, the US Army Yuma Proving Grounds, the US Air Force, and to a California state agency. In addition to the standard instructor-led training format, IGIST has started teaching 1 day courses in a webcast eLearning format. In this format the instructorís desktop in San Diego is shared out to remote trainees throughout the United States using GoToMeeting and a phone conferencing system.
The FWS has identified a need to integrate data from three separate databases using customized ArcGIS Desktop software. The data originates from surveys that have been undertaken by FWS for marshbirds, landbirds, and RMADs. IGIST has been tasked to develop this custom solution for the FWS. Additionally IGIST will be performing a needs assessment to identify a solution to integrate mobile data collection technology with the centralized marshbird database.
Throughout the next year, IGIST will provide both on-site and off-site services for the Missoula Field Office, including needs assessment, database generation, training, and programming. The focus of the work will be to shift the existing GIS out of its current single user, project-based orientation, and assist in its migration to a more systematic and comprehensive approach, taking advantage of the geodatabase format.
In preparation for the upcoming Gila District Resource Management Plan, the BLM is continuing to rely on IGIST to prepare and organize geospatial data that will be needed for the RMP. A variety of work will be performed both on-site and off-site, and will include needs assessment, data conversion, training, and general GIS support. The additional funding is going to be used to improve the range allotment data layer.
IGIST continues to provide onsite GIS expertise to LAFCO. LAFCO relies on IGIST to handle various day-to-day map requests, GIS analysis for special projects, parcel inquiries, and website support. IGIST has an employee that works onsite at LAFCO for approximately 1,200 hours per year.
IGIST originally developed a 4 day ILT (instructor-led training) course for the GSTC, entitled Applied Cartographic Concepts. That course was very popular, and it was recently upgraded to ArcGIS 9.2. In an effort to broaden the audience for the course, the GSTC has awarded a contract to IGIST to convert the course in its entirety into a web-based training course. Once developed, this course will be accessible to any USFS employee.
The emerging USFS Enterprise GIS strategy is to serve geospatial data out of 3-4 data centers throughout the United States. ArcSDE 9.2 will be used to provide access to the data at these data centers, which will be running Oracle 10g. IGIST has been tasked with developing a three day, ILT (instructor-led training) course to teach GIS users how to interact with these centralized datasets using ArcCatalog and ArcMap. The course will focus on the capabilities that ArcSDE 9.2 brings to GIS users and on the nine standard GIS workflows the USFS has defined in its Enterprise GIS strategy.
Over the last several months the USFS has migrated over to ArcGIS 9.2, and it is necessary to update all training materials to this version of ArcGIS. One especially important addition to this class is a significant treatment of the new 9.2 functionality called Cartographic Representation.
A contract has been put in place for IGIST to deliver a wide range of GIS services to the San Diego County Water Authority for the remainder of 2007. Services include developing desktop, web-based, and mobile GIS applications, database design and development, GIS project coordination, image processing, and geospatial training. An initial task order has commenced, involving a GIS-enabled application used to track events associated with Right of Way to the Water Authorityís infrastructure throughout San Diego county.
This winter IGIST has regularly performed on-site training for several agencies and organizations, including the BLM, the US Forest Service, and the private sector. Most courses taught are custom courses previously developed by IGIST for specific government agencies. Courses have been taught in Alaska, Arizona, Texas, California, New Mexico, and Virginia.