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Massachgusetts, USGS, and Fugro/Earthdata


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Public-Private Partnerships: The Key to a Successful Statewide Mapping Program in Massachusetts

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Massachgusetts, USGS, and Fugro/Earthdata

  1. 1. Public-Private Partnerships: The Key to a Successful Statewide Mapping Program in Massachusetts Lynn Bjorklund, USGS Brian Wegner, Fugro EarthData CLC Session II - October 7, 2009 2009 Annual Conference, Cleveland OH
  2. 2. Topics History Current cooperative projects Ortho applications Take-home messages: Very successful public-private partnership: MassGIS - USGS - Dewberry - Fugro EarthData Derivative products are huge Applications should drive specs
  3. 3. MA Orthophoto Program <ul><li>pre-1994: mechanical orthos! </li></ul><ul><li>4 sets of statewide imagery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1994 - 1999: Black & white film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2001: Color film </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2005: Digital camera 4 bands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: Digital 3 bands with IR retrofit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: Digital 4 bands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>related products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DTM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>image classification (LULC, impervious) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 50 cm imagery - 2005
  5. 5. 30 cm imagery - 2008
  6. 6. 15 cm imagery - 2008
  7. 7. Zoomed in – 15 cm
  8. 8. Orthoimagery Projects with USGS 2008/9 Worcester/Springfield Urban Areas Spring 2009 5700 square miles Total project cost $940,000 Spring 2008 Boston Urban Area Total cost $583,000
  9. 9. 2008 – Painful lessons learned <ul><li>30 Joint funding agreements </li></ul><ul><li>chasing contributors </li></ul><ul><li>fiscal year constraints </li></ul><ul><li>timing payments to match deliverables </li></ul><ul><li>specs were not what we wanted </li></ul><ul><li>projection </li></ul><ul><li>distribution </li></ul><ul><li>sensitive areas </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2008 – Some bright spots <ul><li>imagery was superb </li></ul><ul><li>customers were happy </li></ul><ul><li>state contributed survey control for 50 pts </li></ul><ul><li>saved municipalities on buy-ups </li></ul><ul><li>state got a great product for nothing! </li></ul><ul><li>estimates were right on </li></ul><ul><li>USGS staff were incredibly flexible, helpful and patient </li></ul>
  11. 11. 2009 – Much less painful ! <ul><li>set up trust account for payments </li></ul><ul><li>anticipated timing issues and matched payments to deliverables </li></ul><ul><li>got commitments in writing early </li></ul><ul><li>vendor did projection </li></ul><ul><li>sensitive areas </li></ul><ul><li>got IR plus retro-fitted for 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>USGS role saved our agency 30% charge from State Comptroller </li></ul><ul><li>estimates were right on </li></ul>
  12. 12. Funding Breakdown <ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 municipalities $208,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USGS/NGA $375,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state (sanity) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>13 municipalities $132,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Westover Air Reserve Base $ 8,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 state agencies $630,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USGS/NGA $170,000 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Savings 2008 <ul><li>All municipalities except Boston: </li></ul><ul><li>Buy-up Area 351 sq. miles </li></ul><ul><li>Est. on-their-own cost per sq mi (based on survey) $1,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Cost per sq mi through USGS w/out Boston $ 483 </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated on-their-own costs $526,500 </li></ul><ul><li>Cost via USGS project $169,533 </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Partner Savings $356,967 </li></ul><ul><li>Boston “True Ortho” Area: </li></ul><ul><li>Cost (44 sq. miles, some at 80% lap) $39,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Savings based on bid for “True Ortho” $100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Total estimated savings $456,967 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Overall Lessons learned <ul><li>Perseverance furthers! …communication is good </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate! </li></ul><ul><li>Trust, respect and leverage each partner’s roles & expertise </li></ul><ul><li>At many points the deal could have fallen through </li></ul>
  15. 15. [ a few other nit-picky kinds of ] Lessons Learned <ul><li>Interested municipal partners need cost estimates up front </li></ul><ul><li>Keep unit costs and area units straight, translatable & adjustible: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MassGIS built handy spreadsheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate costs in terms each player understands or needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair share estimates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>municipal area and tile areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Let the vendor do the burdensome stuff, like re-projection and distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Allow lead time for paperwork such as trust account or other mechanisms requiring multi-agency approvals. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Why the Governor needs orthos <ul><li>Current applications that are high priorities for Patrick administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wind turbine siting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>compiling cable maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adjusting population numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>one-stop/on-line permitting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>environmental regulation enforcement </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Wind energy site screening
  18. 18. Image-derived impervious areas provide input for…
  19. 19. Buffer residential structures Impervious surface, with roads erased, overlaid with parcels, provides a quick and effective residential setback for site screening
  20. 20. Broadband availability - building points Broadband initiative aims to analyze service levels down to the individual household. Impervious surface “blobs” shrunk to points provide quick point feature class
  21. 21. Land use change – population update 10 years is a long time – ortho supports updates of land use as basis for revised population estimates – important for formula-based funding
  22. 22. Wetlands regulation enforcement April 2001 Automated change detection identified dozens of violations and led to enforcement actions totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars Earlier photo- interpretation of wetland boundary simplifies change detection
  23. 23. Ortho – ePermitting DEP Site Locator Self-reporting of regulated object locations supports better resource management, such as water budgets, discharge monitoring, evaluation of hazardous material releases etc..
  24. 24. <ul><li>Very successful public n -private partnership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration trusting each partner’s roles & expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Derivative products are huge </li></ul><ul><li>Applications should drive specs & deliverables </li></ul>Conclusion
  25. 25. Questions?