Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
Pond Builder:
An Advanced Conservation
     Planning Tools

        Tom Buman
        Agren, Inc.




                  Co...
Nine Step Planning Process
    Step #5: Formulate Alternatives
•   Landowners need timely/accurate options
•   Conservatio...
Nine Step Planning Process
Step #4: Analyze Resource Data
•   Soil Maps
•   Aerial Photography
•   Elevation & Contour Map...
LiDAR




        Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
The Beginning
• Funding
  • NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006
     • IDNR providing required match
  • Applicatio...
Project Overview
• Deliverables: 3 Tools
   • Ponds
   • Water & Sediment Control Basin
   • Runoff Curve Number
• Three y...
Stakeholder Meeting
                            October 2006

•       16 Iowa participants (all potential end users)
    •...
End User Evaluation
• Accuracy of cost estimate
  • Within 15% of the final design cost estimate
• Accuracy of plan/layout...
First page after opening the website.




                                        Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
Use legal description or zoom in tool to pick area of interest.




                                                      ...
User zoomed into T-74-N, R-9-W, and section 23.
The contour, terrain, and ortho layers only display on area this size or s...
Contour and Terrain layer turned on.




                                       Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
Zoomed in view shows hill shade and 2 foot contours.
Light colored areas ridges and dark colored areas gullies.




      ...
Draw Dam
Draw dam line longer than you think you need.




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Draw Watershed
If the watershed is incorrect then click on clear watershed button and redraw watershed.




              ...
Draw Flow Line:
This line should represent the longest path from the edge of the watershed to the dam.
The clear flowline ...
Cut Watershed:
This tool is used to cut the watershed into land cover types which will be used to determine the runoff
cur...
Cut Watershed:




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Assign Land Cover Description:
The land cover description will be used for calculating the runoff curve number.




      ...
User can change default values as long as they meet minimum pond requirements.
The default erosion rate is 5 tons/acre/yea...
User changed Erosion rate.




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Table of Results
This table contains over 300 possible ponds.




                                               Copyright...
Table of Results
The cost values circled in red can be changed by the user, otherwise county values are used.




        ...
Table of Results
The pond size column heading was clicked on and sorted from least to greatest.




                      ...
Table of Results
The pond size column heading was clicked on and re-sorted from greatest to least.




                   ...
Only Least-Expensive Ponds
By clicking on this the least expensive pond for each 0.5 ft increment is selected. (<45 choice...
Sort by Pond Area
This sorted out all ponds that had a surface area between 4 and 7 acres. (< 90 choices)




            ...
Only Least-Expensive Ponds
Clicking on least expensive pond box, the least expensive ponds between 4-7 surface acres are l...
View Pond
The permanent pool is shaded blue and the temporary pool is shaded red.




                                    ...
View Pond
The permanent pool is shaded blue and the temporary pool is shaded red.




                                    ...
Report
The map will show up on the report as it looks in your browser right now.




                                     ...
Report
Fill in the information and select the reports that will be included in the final report.




                     ...
Save Report
This report will be saved in a single PDF file to a local hard drive.




                                    ...
Print Report
The printed copy will contain a Landowner report and Planner report.




                                    ...
GIS Data Function
This function saves a ArcGIS layer and a personal geodatabase which can be downloaded into
ArcGIS and fr...
Save Session
This process saves the dam, watershed, flowline, and runoff curve information.




                          ...
Save Session
The program is saved to a local hard drive.




                                              Copyright Agren...
Load Session
Load a previously saved session from local hard drive.




                                                  ...
Load Session
Load a previously saved session from local hard drive.




                                                  ...
Load Session
After file is loaded the user will have to click on the create pond button.




                             ...
Benefits
• Accuracy
  • Program is about 85 to 90% accurate as
    compared to final designs
     • Cost, yardage, acre fe...
Benefits
• Usability
  • Choice from different pond sizes and costs
  • Reports can be saved electronically
  • Pond plan ...
Testimonial
•   State Technician/Mt. Ayr F.O.
•   “Slick, fast, and simple”
•   Since January 29th done 25 estimates
•   T...
Where To From Here?
• Practices & programs under development
   • Water & Sediment Control Basins
   • Runoff Curve Number...
For more information, contact:

Tom Buman, President
     tom@agreninc.com
        712.792.6248© 2008
             Copyrig...
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  1. 1. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  2. 2. Pond Builder: An Advanced Conservation Planning Tools Tom Buman Agren, Inc. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  3. 3. Nine Step Planning Process Step #5: Formulate Alternatives • Landowners need timely/accurate options • Conservationists need automated tools that provide fast accurate alternatives. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  4. 4. Nine Step Planning Process Step #4: Analyze Resource Data • Soil Maps • Aerial Photography • Elevation & Contour Maps LiDAR Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  5. 5. LiDAR Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  6. 6. The Beginning • Funding • NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant in 2006 • IDNR providing required match • Application jointly submitted by Agren & Iowa DNR • Iowa DNR provide match funding Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  7. 7. Project Overview • Deliverables: 3 Tools • Ponds • Water & Sediment Control Basin • Runoff Curve Number • Three year timeline • Yr 1 – determine priority practices, define user requirements, and develop flow sheets. • Yr 2 – program development and testing • Yr 3 – pilot & evaluate decision tools • Program Availability • Free to all conservationists working in Iowa Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  8. 8. Stakeholder Meeting October 2006 • 16 Iowa participants (all potential end users) • NRCS, SWCD, DSC, IDNR, NSTL • Conservation planners • Watershed specialists • Soil conservation technicians • GIS specialists • Determine priority practices, develop user requirements & set end user evaluation criteria Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  9. 9. End User Evaluation • Accuracy of cost estimate • Within 15% of the final design cost estimate • Accuracy of plan/layout • Never violate major design rules • Time savings • ≤ amount of time currently required • Training requirements • 1 to 2 hour training session/minimal • Acceptance & use of tool • High degree of use • Overall customer satisfaction • 95% of user find “increased value” in planning Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  10. 10. First page after opening the website. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  11. 11. Use legal description or zoom in tool to pick area of interest. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  12. 12. User zoomed into T-74-N, R-9-W, and section 23. The contour, terrain, and ortho layers only display on area this size or smaller. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  13. 13. Contour and Terrain layer turned on. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  14. 14. Zoomed in view shows hill shade and 2 foot contours. Light colored areas ridges and dark colored areas gullies. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  15. 15. Draw Dam Draw dam line longer than you think you need. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  16. 16. Draw Watershed If the watershed is incorrect then click on clear watershed button and redraw watershed. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  17. 17. Draw Flow Line: This line should represent the longest path from the edge of the watershed to the dam. The clear flowline button will clear all flowlines. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  18. 18. Cut Watershed: This tool is used to cut the watershed into land cover types which will be used to determine the runoff curve number. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  19. 19. Cut Watershed: Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  20. 20. Assign Land Cover Description: The land cover description will be used for calculating the runoff curve number. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  21. 21. User can change default values as long as they meet minimum pond requirements. The default erosion rate is 5 tons/acre/year. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  22. 22. User changed Erosion rate. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  23. 23. Table of Results This table contains over 300 possible ponds. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  24. 24. Table of Results The cost values circled in red can be changed by the user, otherwise county values are used. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  25. 25. Table of Results The pond size column heading was clicked on and sorted from least to greatest. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  26. 26. Table of Results The pond size column heading was clicked on and re-sorted from greatest to least. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  27. 27. Only Least-Expensive Ponds By clicking on this the least expensive pond for each 0.5 ft increment is selected. (<45 choices) Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  28. 28. Sort by Pond Area This sorted out all ponds that had a surface area between 4 and 7 acres. (< 90 choices) Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  29. 29. Only Least-Expensive Ponds Clicking on least expensive pond box, the least expensive ponds between 4-7 surface acres are listed. (10 choices) Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  30. 30. View Pond The permanent pool is shaded blue and the temporary pool is shaded red. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  31. 31. View Pond The permanent pool is shaded blue and the temporary pool is shaded red. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  32. 32. Report The map will show up on the report as it looks in your browser right now. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  33. 33. Report Fill in the information and select the reports that will be included in the final report. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  34. 34. Save Report This report will be saved in a single PDF file to a local hard drive. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  35. 35. Print Report The printed copy will contain a Landowner report and Planner report. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  36. 36. GIS Data Function This function saves a ArcGIS layer and a personal geodatabase which can be downloaded into ArcGIS and from there to AutoCAD. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  37. 37. Save Session This process saves the dam, watershed, flowline, and runoff curve information. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  38. 38. Save Session The program is saved to a local hard drive. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  39. 39. Load Session Load a previously saved session from local hard drive. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  40. 40. Load Session Load a previously saved session from local hard drive. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  41. 41. Load Session After file is loaded the user will have to click on the create pond button. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  42. 42. Benefits • Accuracy • Program is about 85 to 90% accurate as compared to final designs • Cost, yardage, acre feet, etc. • Time savings • Cost estimate in 10 to 15 minutes • Results can be saved and changed later Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  43. 43. Benefits • Usability • Choice from different pond sizes and costs • Reports can be saved electronically • Pond plan exported to AutoCAD program • GIS data can be exported into a GPS unit for staking planned centerline and water level. Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  44. 44. Testimonial • State Technician/Mt. Ayr F.O. • “Slick, fast, and simple” • Since January 29th done 25 estimates • Takes 5 to 6 minutes/pond • Checked against Hydro-Yardage design • Within 4 % on yardage • Makes C/S estimates • Admits staying away from computers Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  45. 45. Where To From Here? • Practices & programs under development • Water & Sediment Control Basins • Runoff Curve Number • Automated RUSLE2 program • Future plans include: • Wetlands • Waterways • Terraces • Contour strip cropping/Contour buffer strips • Contouring • Buffer strips Copyright Agren, Inc. © 2008
  46. 46. For more information, contact: Tom Buman, President tom@agreninc.com 712.792.6248© 2008 Copyright Agren, Inc.

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