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DMT'14 Workshop Program


DMT 2014 Workshop Agenda

Sunday, June 1

3:30 – 6:00 pm Registration and Poster set-up (Clayton Hall)

Monday, June 2

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration, coffee and pastries, and poster setup (Clayton Hall)

8:30 – 8:40 am Welcoming remarks – David Wunsch (Delaware State Geologist), Sandy Schenck and Lillian Wang (Delaware Geological Survey), and Dave Soller (U.S. Geological Survey)

8:40 – 10:00 am Discussion Session – “Charting a path forward for geologic mapping”
Society and science will greatly benefit from acceleration of geologic mapping, and its increasing extension to both seamless, queryable compilations of our mapping as well as development of a three-dimensional map of the Nation's geology. That framework should extend from onshore to offshore, and include multiple levels of resolution (local, statewide, and continental). Together, we now have the rationale and capabilities to launch this next phase of geologic mapping. Collaboration will be essential, and there are precedents for the collaborative process that can inform our plans and progress. In this Session, we therefore propose to outline the process by which fulfillment of these needs can be addressed, and to solicit guidance on how to proceed with what we need to do.
Facilitators of the discussion will be Dave Soller on status of geologic mapping as a whole, Harvey Thorleifson on status of 3D, Dave Soller on how we organize ourselves to fulfill objectives, and Harvey Thorleifson on outlining our goals. We will look forward to your contribution to the discussion.

10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee break. From 10:00 – 10:05 am, all oral and poster presenters will meet with Dave Soller.

10:30 – 10:50 am Making Your Maps Mobile
By Tristan Lyttle (Avenza Systems Inc.)

10:50 – 11:10 am US Topo 2014: Program Updates and Research
By Kristen A. Fishburn (U.S. Geological Survey)

11:10 – 11:20 am Extracting GIS data from US Topo PDFs using Adobe Illustrator with Avenza MAPublisher
By John Dunham (Kansas Geological Survey)

11:20 – 11:40 am Managing a digital geologic map compilation
By Ralph Haugerud, Karen Wheeler, and many geologists (U.S. Geological Survey)

11:40 – 12:00 pm Implementation of the NCGMP09 data model for geologic map compilation along the lower Colorado River
By Tracey J. Felger, L. Sue Beard, and Kyle House (U.S. Geological Survey)

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm Discussion Session – “Progress on implementing the NCGMP09 database design”
Progress on implementing the NCGMP09 database design:
This Session will focus on the ongoing efforts in states, USGS, and other agencies to evaluate, implement, and recommend improvements to this database design. The format will be:
• Historical introduction of NCGMP09 and predecessors
• Details of the recently developed Steering Committee plan for support of, and revisions to, NCGMP09. This plan includes forming a Technical Working Group, composed of volunteers willing to assist with the compilation and evaluation of suggested modifications
• Building a NCGMP09-compliant dataset (30-40 min. demo by Ralph Haugerud, USGS)
• Brief, informal progress reports and comments by attendees from the various agencies represented.

Shortly after the meeting, a progress report on NCGMP09 implementation will be prepared (similar in nature to last year's report, at This Discussion Session will be a principal input for the report.
Moderated by Dave Soller (U.S. Geological Survey)

3:00 – 5:00 pm Poster Session and Map Blast
During this time slot, the formally presented posters will be supplemented by a “Map Blast”. Everyone is encouraged to bring maps (finished or in preparation), and to display them. Additional poster boards and tables will be available for this purpose. Explore what others are working on, ask questions, and share your expertise!

Tuesday, June 3

7:30 – 8:30 am Coffee and pastries

8:30 – 8:50 am Map Services, Metadata, and More: Delaware Geological Survey Participation in the United States Geoscience Information Network (USGIN)
By John Callahan (Delaware Geological Survey)

8:50 – 9:10 am Geologic data processing and delivery at the Alaska geological survey
By Jennifer E. Athey and DGGS staff (Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys)

9:10 – 9:30 am Change is good: Designing a map revision policy for the digital age
By Jennifer Carrell (Illinois State Geological Survey)

9:30 – 9:50 am Geologic Map Collections: A New Librarian's Perspective
By Susan Powell (Univ. of California - Berkeley Library)

9:50 – 10:10 am [Title pending; subject is report on effort to migrate maps to NCGMP09 design.]
By Meredith Payne (Washington … )

10:10 – 10:40 am Coffee break

10:40 – 11:10 am Discussion Session – “Issues with digital-only publication, focusing on the PDF format”
What are the ramifications when the decision is made to not publish maps and reports as paper products? Is PDF the best format for maps and/or scientific reports delivered to the general public? In what other formats do you commonly publish? Should these PDF files be capable of reproducing a professional quality paper print if desired? These and other questions will be addressed in this session.
Moderated by Sandy Schenck (Delaware Geological Survey)

11:10 – 11:30 am ArcGIS: A Platform for Point Cloud Processing
By Larry Batten (ESRI)

11:30 – 12:00 pm Building the "National Archive" of geologic maps -- a progress report on the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB)
By National Geologic Map Database project (Dave Soller, presenter, U.S. Geological Survey)

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 – 1:50 pm Compiling/Digitizing Techniques and Data Migration of USGS Shallow Coal Exploration Drill-Hole Data: Alabama
By Jose Vigil (U.S. Geological Survey)

1:50 – 2:10 pm [Title pending; subject is report on effort to migrate maps to NCGMP09 design.]
By Janel Day (Kodiak Borough, Alaska; formerly Arizona Geological Survey)

2:10 – 2:30 pm Perception vs reality; using a simple 3D model to demystify a 2-D perception -- a Marcellus well case study
By Thomas G. Whitfield (Pennsylvania Geological Survey)

2:30 – 2:50 pm Using LiDAR to Locate and Map Sinkholes near Bellevue, Ohio
By Douglas Aden (Ohio Geological Survey)

2:50 – 3:00 pm Wrap-up discussion

3:00 – 3:30 pm Coffee break

3:30 – 5:00 pm Discussion Session – “So much paper and so many digits -- deciding how to manage both, in the midst of the Digital Revolution”
This Session will remind us of some of the unsettling issues that we face, but it's intended to put them in perspective and give us the opportunity to think strategically. For example, do we comprehend information more effectively when it's presented in paper, or in digital format? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of managing, accessing, and using paper and digital information? In a typical agency, information management decisions must be based on triage -- that is, what kinds of information are most vulnerable to loss? Given our limited resources, what can we do to protect the paper and digital information assets upon which we all rely?
Moderated by Dave Soller (U.S. Geological Survey)

Wednesday, June 4

8:00 – 8:30 am Coffee and pastries

8:30 – 11:30 am Informal discussion period, for issues raised during the meeting, or to continue any of the formal Discussion Sessions, or to discuss a new topic. Short, informal presentations are welcome, especially if they serve to spur discussion. The Wednesday morning wind-down session has been a useful time for reaching consensus on technical issues, examining difficult issues facing us all, or just venting.

10:00 – 10:30 am Coffee break.

11:30 – 12:00 pm Miscellaneous issues and concerns, plans for future DMT meetings, etc., and adjourn meeting.


Bedrock Geologic Map of New Jersey, 2014
By Richard F. Dalton, Donald H. Monteverde, Peter J. Sugarman, Richard A. Volkert (New Jersey Geological and Water Survey)

Stardate: NCGMP09 -- To boldly go where no standard has gone before
By Patricia E. Gallagher (Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys)

By Ling Ma (Oregon ...

Impacts of sea‐level rise on groundwater resources in the Delaware coastal plain: a numerical model perspective
By Thomas E. McKenna, Changming He, and Lillian T. Wang (Delaware Geological Survey)

An Introduction to PaGEODE (Pennsylvania Geologic Data Exploration), Pennsylvania Geological Survey's New Web-Mapping Application
By Caron E. O'Neil and Thomas G. Whitfield (Pennsylvania Geological Survey)

Traverses for Geologic Mapping
By Ryan R. Reeves (University of Southern California), P. Kyle House (U.S. Geological Survey), Jordan T. Hastings (University of Southern California)

Stratigraphic, Hydrologic, and Climatic Influences on the Formation and Spatial Distribution of Carolina Bays in Central Delaware
By J. L Tomlinson and K. W. Ramsey (Delaware Geological Survey)

Compiling/Digitizing Techniques and Data Migration of USGS Shallow Coal Exploration Drill-Hole Data: Alabama
By Jose Vigil and Brett J. Valentine (U.S. Geological Survey)

Showcasing Geologic Resources Inventory Digital Map Products: Grand Canyon National Park
By Derek R. Witt, James R. Chappell, Stephanie A. O'Meara, and Ronald D. Karpilo (Colorado State University/Cooperator to the National Park Service)

topoView -- A window into the USGS’s Historical Topographic Map Collection
By Chris Garrity, Dave Soller, ... (U.S. Geological Survey)

Building the "National Archive" of geologic maps -- a progress report on the National Geologic Map Database
By National Geologic Map Database project

Tools and Techniques Used to Process Geologic Map Imagery for the National Geologic Map Database
By Rob Wardwell and David R. Soller (U.S. Geological Survey)

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