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Workshop

On May 16-19, 2010, the AASG and the USGS will conduct the invitation-only “Workshop on Digital Mapping Techniques.”

Hosted by the California Geological Survey and the National Geologic Map Database Project, this important workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of information, expertise, and experience.  The workshop will be most successful if attended by state survey and USGS employees who are responsible for digital mapping.  If you are interested in attending but are not a member of a state geological survey or the USGS, please contact Dave Soller, drsoller@usgs.gov.

The meeting will be similar in format to our highly successful workshops from 1997-2009.  This workshop will provide geologists, GIS specialists, digital cartographers, and managers with the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge.  Overviews of project, agency, and international map/database activities, and the full cycle of geologic map production work flow in agencies, are featured.  Topics of presentations and discussions focus on the core issues addressed at previous DMT meetings, including but not limited to:

  • Cartographic techniques for creating paper and PDF-format geologic maps from field notes, manuscript maps, and map databases
  • Information management and delivery (e.g. web-accessible databases, web feature services, …)
  • Design and implementation of individual and corporate geologic map databases
  • Migration of map data to new formats (for example, from Arc coverages to Arc 9.3 Geodatabase)
  • Preservation of unpublished scientific information
  • The use of LIDAR for field work and map/database preparation
  • 3-D databases and/or visualization techniques.

Vendors will be invited to participate.  The workshop goal is to help move the state surveys and the USGS toward development of more cost-effective, flexible, and useful systems for digital mapping and GIS analysis.

General questions about the meeting should be directed to:

Dave Soller
U.S. Geological Survey
Phone: (703) 648-6907
Fax: (703) 648-6977
Email: drsoller@usgs.gov

If you have any questions about the conference site or facilities, please contact:

George Saucedo
California Geological Survey
Phone: (650) 688-6368
Fax: (650) 688-6329
Email: gsaucedo@conservation.ca.gov