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

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  • 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. Topics History Current cooperative projects Ortho applicationsTake-home messages: Very successful public-private partnership: MassGIS - USGS - Dewberry - Fugro EarthData Derivative products are hugeApplications should drive specs 3. MA Orthophoto Program

  • pre-1994: mechanical orthos!
  • 4 sets of statewide imagery
    • 1994 - 1999: Black & white film
    • 2001: Color film
    • 2005: Digital camera 4 bands
    • 2008: Digital 3 bands with IR retrofit
    • 2009: Digital 4 bands
  • related products
    • DTM
    • image classification (LULC, impervious)

4. 50 cm imagery - 2005 5. 30 cm imagery - 2008 6. 15 cm imagery - 2008 7. Zoomed in 15 cm 8. Orthoimagery Projects with USGS 2008/9Worcester/Springfield Urban Areas Spring 2009 5700 square milesTotal project cost $940,000 Spring 2008Boston Urban AreaTotal cost $583,000 9. 2008 Painful lessons learned

  • 30 Joint funding agreements
  • chasing contributors
  • fiscal year constraints
  • timing payments to match deliverables
  • specs were not what we wanted
  • projection
  • distribution
  • sensitive areas

10. 2008 Some bright spots

  • imagery was superb
  • customers were happy
  • state contributed survey control for 50 pts
  • saved municipalities on buy-ups
  • state got a great product for nothing!
  • estimates were right on
  • USGS staff were incredibly flexible, helpful and patient

11. 2009 Much less painful !

  • set up trust account for payments
  • anticipated timing issues and matched payments to deliverables
  • got commitments in writing early
  • vendor did projection
  • sensitive areas
  • got IR plus retro-fitted for 2008
  • USGS role saved our agency 30% charge from State Comptroller
  • estimates were right on

12. Funding Breakdown

  • 2008
    • 30 municipalities$208,000
    • USGS/NGA $375,000
    • state (sanity)
  • 2009
    • 13 municipalities $132,000
    • Westover Air Reserve Base $8,000
    • 4 state agencies $630,000
    • USGS/NGA $170,000

13. Savings 2008

  • All municipalities except Boston:
  • Buy-up Area351 sq. miles
  • Est. on-their-own cost per sq mi(based on survey) $1,500
  • Cost per sq mi through USGS w/out Boston$ 483
  • Estimated on-their-own costs $526,500
  • Cost via USGS project$169,533
  • Municipal Partner Savings$356,967
  • Boston True Ortho Area:
  • Cost (44 sq. miles, some at 80% lap)$39,000
  • Savings based on bid for True Ortho$100,000
  • Total estimated savings$456,967

14. Overall Lessons learned

  • Perseverance furthers!communication is good
  • Collaborate!
  • Trust, respect and leverage each partners roles & expertise
  • At many points the deal could have fallen through

15. [ a few other nit-picky kinds of ] Lessons Learned

  • Interested municipal partners need cost estimates up front
  • Keep unit costs and area units straight, translatable & adjustible:
    • MassGIS built handy spreadsheet
    • Communicate costs in terms each player understands or needs
    • Fair share estimates
    • municipal area and tile areas
  • Let the vendor do the burdensome stuff, like re-projection and distribution
  • Allow lead time for paperwork such as trust account or other mechanisms requiring multi-agency approvals.

16. Why the Governor needs orthos

  • Current applications that are high priorities for Patrick administration
    • wind turbine siting
    • compiling cable maps
    • adjusting population numbers
    • one-stop/on-line permitting
    • environmental regulation enforcement

17. Wind energy site screening 18. Image-derived impervious areas provide input for 19. Buffer residential structures Impervious surface, with roads erased, overlaid with parcels, provides a quick and effectiveresidential setback for site screening 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. 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. Wetlands regulation enforcement April 2001 Automated change detection identified dozens of violations and led to enforcement actions totaling hundreds of thousands of dollarsEarlier photo- interpretation of wetland boundary simplifies change detection 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.

  • Very successful public n -private partnership
    • Collaboration trusting each partners roles & expertise
  • Derivative products are huge
  • Applications should drive specs & deliverables

Conclusion 25. Questions?

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