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6202.1 - A Boundary Delineation System for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Thursday, July 6
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
Location: Delaware B

Federal government mapping of the offshore areas of the United States in support of the development of oil and gas resources began in 1954. The first mapping system utilized a network of rectangular blocks defined by State Plane coordinates which was later revised to utilize the Universal Transverse Mercator grid. Creation of offshore boundaries directed by the Submerged Lands Act and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act were mathematically determined using early computer programs that performed the required computations, but required many steps. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has revised these antiquated methods using GIS technology which provide the required accuracy and produce the mapping products needed for leasing of energy resources, including renewable energy projects, on the outer continental shelf. (Note: this is an updated version of a paper of the same title written and published in 2015).

Douglas L. Vandegraft

Chief, Mapping and Boundary Branch
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Douglas Vandegraft is the Chief of the Mapping and Boundary Branch for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM ). Doug began his career as a Cartographer for the Federal Government in Alaska. In 2000 he became the Chief Cartographer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Under his leadership, the FWS constructed a cadastral geodatabase containing all boundaries and parcels within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Doug transferred to BOEM in 2010 with the specific goal of modernizing the mapping program. In 2006 he served as President of CaGIS, and is currently on the ICA U.S. National Committee.


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Amanda J. Lowe

U.S. Geological Survey

Amanda Lowe is a Geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Geospatial Program. She is the workflow coordinator for operational systems responsible for performing quality control, product generation and distribution of elevation data for the 3D Elevation Program. She holds a MS in Geographic Information Science from Northwest Missouri State University and a MS in Applied and Environmental Biology from Missouri University of Science and Technology.


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