Harouff 2014 - West Virginia GIS Technical Center

West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF)
Logging Operation Notification, Inspection
and Enforcement System (LONIE)
Steve Harouff
GIS Specialist
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• The 1992 Logging Sediment Control Act (LSCA) requires all
logging operations give notice to WVDOF
• WVDOF must inspect operations for compliance with Best
Management Practices (BMPs) and other regulations
• Operations not in compliance can be issued
• Compliance orders
• Suspension orders
• Citations
• Process is very data and paperwork intensive
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Paper forms and maps
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Old Process
• Approximately 3,000 notifications annually
• About 220,000 acres
• Duplicate data entry with lots of opportunity
for typing errors
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Old Process Issues
• Had to maintain multiple databases that didn’t
necessarily “talk” to each other
• Certified Loggers
• Timber License Holders
• Notifications
• Spatial information was limited
• Point data only
• Acre values on units often very roughly estimated
• Reporting process cumbersome/impossible
• Difficult to understand “what’s going on right now”
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LONIE Project
• Initial Funding from a WV DEP’s Nonpoint Source (NPS)
§319 grant program – WVDOF and WVU AHC
• Modernize notifications, inspections, and enforcement
process with an online system
• Minimize data repetition
• Use web mapping technologies and data collection
• Automate notification & inspection routing
• Personalize queues for inspections & enforcements
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Programming and Technical details
• Programming by Tim Bleech Interactive
• Developed in PHP w/ SQL database, hosted on IIS server
• OpenLayers Javascript API
• Open Source - http://openlayers.org
• Not limited to map provider
• Vector layer & drawing support
• Developed with guidance and feedback from WVDOF
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Mapping Technical Details
• Map Layer Sources
• ArcGIS Rest Services (Geographic Base Map)
• http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/ma
• WV DEP (Topo, Hydrology, Imagery)
• National Map (Topo) – http://nationalmap.gov
• Geospatial data export as KML
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Mapping Technical Details
• Projections
• SphericalMercator
• KML EPSG:4326
• Display
• KML feature data parsed and displayed as Mercator
• ESRI GeometryService - Converts Landing coordinates from
Latitude/Longitude to UTM for Forester
• Printing maps as PDF
• Because browsers don’t all print vector layers
• Feature colors and line widths for display on b/w printers
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New Web Based System
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User Interface
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Digital Maps and Forms
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Paper forms and maps
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New Notification
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Mapping Interface
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KML Export
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LONIE – Version 2.0
• Funding provided by WV Geological and Economic Survey
• West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband Grant
• Over 40 new features and work flow improvements
Migration to new server at WVNET
Advanced reporting
Advanced search and filters on data grids
On the fly acres calculation while drawing
Map defaults/zooms to county of new notification
PDF forms and documents
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• LONIE has been in place since Jan. 1st, 2013
• Existing active jobs prior to Jan 1st were entered into system
• October 31st, 2013 google analytics installed
• 4,912 sessions with 79,279 page views = 16 pages /session
• 334 users
• 22 minutes for average session (mapping takes the longest)
• 4,041 notifications in the system currently
• Includes entered, completed, deleted jobs since Jan 1st, 2013
• 10,953 inspections
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• 1,409 Timber License Holders
• 70 DOF personnel
• LSCA Foresters, Supervisors, Specialists and Administrators
• Each user level has customized views that display only
pertinent information to that user
• 1,615 Certified loggers in the system
• 30 Agency Partner Users with access
• State Tax
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Data Usage
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Data Usage
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Resource Estimates
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Impressions and advantages
Easy to use
Quick to enter most information
Much less repetitive workflows
Flexible as it can be accessed from anywhere with an
internet connection
Real time picture of current situation
Managers have quick access to reports
More accurate mapping in digital format
Easily integrate geospatial data into DOF GIS
Much more efficient system saving time and money
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WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center
Ben Spong
Forest Operations Extension Specialist
[email protected]
Jeremy McGill
Steve Harouff
Assistant State Forester –LSCA GIS Specialist
[email protected]
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Programming by:
Tim Bleech Interactive
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