Map Production and Geoinformation Management

Improving Production

6102.2 - Geospatial Image Asset Handling for the National Security Community of Practice

Thursday, July 6
8:50 AM - 9:10 AM
Location: Delaware B

This paper characterizes image asset handling for compression; management; distribution; integration; and deployment of geospatial raster and point cloud data sets for the ever-expanding National Security community of practice. The term ‘National Defense’ conjures up notions of an army, navy and air force ready to protect the homeland from organized military or loosely affiliated rebel aggressors. In today’s complex world, however, this term has widely been replaced with the blanket title of ‘National Security’ due to the many activities that national governments now undertake to protect their homeland, citizens and critical infrastructure, not to mention their water resources such as river basins and flood prone areas, agriculture, energy, and national economic and industrial bases. Collaboration among public, private and non-governmental organizations is a must and not an option across the national security spectrum including collaborative international humanitarian responses. National Security certainly still involves defending a country from military assaults, but with so many threats in the world such a global climate change, countries are increasingly looking to bolster security in their urban and rural settings. The threats to national sovereignty and citizens aren’t limited to armed combatants. Disease surveillance, isolation, mitigation, quarantine and hopefully eventual persistent containment, reduction or elimination and related natural disasters require quick coordinated action, and it is often the responsibility of the Defense agency or Ministry of Defense, to provide a national level of deployment and emergency response in coordination with local public health, infrastructure and relief organizations. Cultural and natural resource critical habitats need to be protected too. We take food security for granted in many resource abundant nations, but elsewhere in the world insect infestations and droughts can wipe out vital crops in large regions leading to starvation and social unrest. These critical national security activities all have one thing in common – their success depends on access to accurate and timely geospatial information for detecting change usually in the form of comparative aerial or satellite imagery and authoritative, accurate and current map sources. For the government agencies typically tasked with keeping their nations secure and sustained, these raster data sets, along with LiDAR point clouds, create immense challenges due to the vast size of their files and diversity of end users who need them. There is a growing dependency in our image compression software among ministries of defense and similarly named agencies around the world. When any natural or man-made threat appears, there is often only one governmental department with access to the imagery that must be put into the hands of first-responders on the ground. These may be warfighters going into an armed conflict or National Guard units saving flood victims and protecting private and public property. Regardless of who is responsible for responding in the event of a short-term national emergency and more long-term national security recovery concerns, ready access to image asset handling tools is a must for compression, management, distribution, integration, and deployment of geospatial raster and point clouds image data. Compression of the image assets increases rapid portability in ingestible formats for immediate exploitation to measure change and perform mitigating actions.

Jeffrey M. Young

Global Business Development
Celartem d.b.a. LizardTech

Mr. Young has over 35 years of sales, program and project experience, including more than 23 years in senior management of geospatial corporations. Mr. Young’s educational background is as follows: Master of Arts, Geography—specializing in Land Use Analysis and Environmental Hazards, 1978 (National Science Foundation supported); Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Geography, 1976, cum laude; Lock Haven State College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Young is an ASPRS-RMR National Director and he is a member of the ICC 2017 Local Organizing Committee.

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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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