EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool for Drinking Water Sources

Sensors & Systems Feb. 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA, Feb. 22, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released an online mapping tool that provides users with information about their watershed and water supplier, as well as information about any possible sources of pollution that could affect their communities’ water supply.

The Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters – DWMAPS – also provides users with ways they can get involved in protecting drinking water sources in their community.

“A key part of having safe drinking water is protecting the sources – the streams, rivers, and lakes where utilities withdraw water,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a written statement. “DWMAPS is the latest example of how EPA is using technology and digital tools to better protect public health and the environment.

According to a press release from the EPA, utilities and state drinking water program managers can also use DWMAPS with their own state and local data. It allows them to identify potential sources of contamination in their locations, find data to support source water assessments and plans to manage potential sources of contamination, and evaluate accidental spills and releases. DWMAPS also integrates drinking water protection activities with other environmental programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Continue reading EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool for Drinking Water Sources

Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

Feb 15th, 2016 Sensors & Systems

There has been considerable coming together between GIS and the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) design tools of CAD and BIM over the past few years. Not only has it become much easier to share data and models between these tools, there’s also a blurring of some functions. More GIS practitioners are executing drafting functions and more CAD practitioners are conducting geospatial analysis.

This development is a great thing for enhanced understanding of urban environments. The AEC community gains from the insight that geospatial tools provide, particularly around population demographics and quantifying change. The geospatial community gains much more realistic models, the ability to quantify takeoffs to improve project cost projections and the ability to tell compelling stories regarding the built environment.

The coming together also means fewer barriers of communication between disciplines. The idea to break down silos of modeling and visualization across disciplines is an old one. Today’s tools with their much easier modeling may provide the impetus for meaningful advancements in sharing, interactions and communication. Continue reading Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

New Book: The History of NPIC

From Trajectory Magazine Feb. 17, 2016 BY Lindsay Tilton Mitchell

Before the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), a small organization by the name of the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) started it all. President Eisenhower created NPIC in 1961 under CIA leadership. The office focused on solving national intelligence problems via photo interpretation and imagery analysis and was a key player in making decisions during the Cuban Missile Crisis and other Cold War events. NPIC became NIMA in 1996.

Little is known about NPIC, which is why author and former NGA Chief Learning Officer Jack O’Connor wrote a book about the organization. Released in September, “NPIC: Seeing the Secrets and Growing the Leaders” explores the center’s history, culture, leadership, and success.


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