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Emergency Services Datasets (Base Map Project)


The State of North Dakota, local and tribal government, and the private sector need seamless, statewide road centerline and address point datasets that are spatially accurate and containing the necessary attributes to be used by multiple applications and users. In particular, such datasets are needed for emergency services and daily state agency activities.


September 19, 2006
The North Dakota GIS Technical Committee (GISTC) identified the need to conduct a study to determine the most feasible and cost-effective approach and an estimate of cost to meet the goal of developing and maintaining a statewide road centerline dataset using the best available data.

The GISTC developed a scope of work and submitted a work order to the Business Analyst category of the GIS Professional Services Contract Pool. The estimated completion date of the study is late February 2007.
November 9, 2006
The notice of the Work Order Award was made to GeoComm of Saint Cloud, Minnesota.
November 21, 2006
Signed the Work Order with GeoComm.
December 19-20, 2006
Held kick-off meetings with GeoComm, GISTC, Department of Emergency Services, ND Association of Counties.
January 8, 2007
Distribute survey to key county, city, and tribal contacts.
January 29, 2007
Survey is closed.
February 12, 2007
First documents submitted for review.
March 21, 2007
Presentation of Findings (946kb pdf) by GeoComm.
April 24, 2007
The final report documents have been released: The Final Report (3Mb pdf) and the recommended North Dakota Road Centerline Data Standards.
January 29, 2008
ND 9-1-1 Association GIS Committee met to re-cap past goals, review next steps, and begin development of a proposal describing their vision for creating a statewide, seamless road dataset.
March 13, 2008
ND 9-1-1 Association GIS Committee met to review the draft proposal and to recommend validation of the April 2007 estimate by verifying reported attributes, spatial accuracy, and reported miles.
May 5, 2008
A Work Order was sent to GeoComm of Saint Cloud, Minnesota to conduct the validation study, with completion scheduled for June 15, 2008.
May 15, 2008
Draft proposal (98kb pdf) from the ND 9-1-1 Association GIS Committee published for review and comment.
June 16, 2008
GeoComm released the draft validation report. (2.6Mb pdf)
June 20, 2008
GeoComm provided a web-based presentation (325kb pdf) of the validation study findings to members of the GISTC and the 9-1-1 Association GIS Committee.
June 25, 2008
Summary presentation (302kb pdf) of the validation study made at the 9-1-1 Association's Quarterly Meeting
July 9, 2008
At the regular meeting, the GISTC discussed the pros and cons of GPS-derived versus imagery-derived methods of developing and maintaining road centerlines and address points. The recommendation is to go with imagery-derived data.
August 6, 2008
The 9-1-1 Association GIS Committee and representatives of the GISTC met to hear from the Department of Emergency Services regarding their plans to include in their 2009-2011 budget request funding to develop imagery and to develop road centerlines and address points from that imagery. Existing data will be utilized as much as possible and maintenance will be done by local and state government. The statewide, seamless centerline and address point data will be used by State Radio and other PSAPs within the state. The data will be publicly available from the GIS Hub.
August 13, 2008
At the regular meeting, the GISTC approved a resolution (56kb pdf) in support of the Department of Emergency Services' plan to acquire emergency services datasets consisting of imagery, centerlines, and address points.
August 26, 2008
The emergency services datasets emerged as the number one priority on the SITAC (State Information Technology Advisory Committee) ranking (17kb pdf) of large projects. More information is available in the SITAC minutes.
December 3, 2008
The emergency services dataset has been included in the Department of Emergency Services budget within the executive budget recommendation.
May 19, 2009
The emergency services dataset has been funded by the 2009 Legislature. Please see House Measure No. 1016 for more information.
September 21, 2009
Statewide seamless base map project initiation meeting was held to discuss the Department of Emergency Services vision for this project. Next steps will include the development of the business case and the project charter.
October 12, 2009
The steering committee composed of state, county, and city government has been meeting on a weekly basis. The business case (378kb pdf) has been developed and now the project charter is being developed. The plan continues to call for the NDDOT to collect high-resolution aerial photography and from that, road centerlines and address points will be developed. On-going discussions include who will do the imagery processing (in-house or outsource) and what the imagery requirements will be in order to meet the Department of Emergency Services vision of obtaining road centerlines at sub-meter horizontal accuracy.
November 30, 2009
The Department of Transportation collected aerial imagery for McHenry County as a pilot project for the Department of Emergency Services. The flights occurred in late November and the pixel resolution of the imagery is .9-feet.
April 27, 2010
A memorandum of understanding between the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Emergency Services has been signed. In a statewide program, the DOT will collect and process .9-foot pixel resolution imagery and digitize centerlines of maintained roads but will not add attribute information.
February 3, 2011
Image capture ended for the season in November 2010 but image processing continues. Project completion is estimated to be the latter part of 2012. A request for information (RFI) is planned for release in February for the purpose of soliciting information regarding the work required by third parties to create address points and attribution of centerlines.
September 1, 2011
Image capture & processing continues as does the development of the road centerline geometry. An RFP to create address points and attribute the centerlines was released June 13. A contract is expected to be in place sometime in September.
December 8, 2011
Image capture, image processing, and centerline geometry development continues. GeoComm is the winning bidder of the RFP; contract negotiations are beginning.
April 3, 2012
The contract has been signed with GeoComm who will be attributing the centerlines and adding address points. The DOT continues the image capture & processing and the development of the road centerline geometry. The project schedule will be updated in the near future but at this time the project completion is targeted for the 13-15 Biennium. 22 counties are planned for completion during this biennium. It is planned that all of the centerline geometry and the imagery will be done by this biennium. During the 13-15 Biennium, the remaining centerline attributes and address points will be completed.
August 21, 2012
The NDDOT continues to process the imagery that they have acquired and to build the centerline geometry from the imagery. GeoComm is currently attributing the road centerlines and developing the address point data. The project schedule has recently been updated. Imagery completion for all counties is now planned for the latter part of 2014 and the entire project is slated for completion by mid-2015.
March 31, 2014
The NDDOT flights were completed in November 2013. The NDDOT continues to process the imagery and continues to develop the centerline geometry. GeoComm continues to attribute the centerlines and develop the address point data. The project is slated for completion in late 2015. It is important to note that this data will not be publicly available though currently the base map" imagery is available for viewing. During the 2013 Legislative Session, Chapter 37-17.3 of the North Dakota Century Code was updated with a new section titled, 37-17.3-11. Statewide seamless base map fees-Continuing appropriation." which specifies that the Dept. of Emergency Services "base map" project data be available only through subscription fees: "The data collected by the director which produces the statewide seamless base map is exempt from section 44-04-18 and may be accessed solely through a subscription service established by the director." The details of these fees and the service type have not yet been worked out.
January 26, 2015
The NDDOT has completed the processing of the imagery and the development of the centerline geometry. The imagery is available from the GIS Hub as both a cached service and as a dynamic service. GeoComm continues to work on adding addresses to the centerlines and developing the address points. Data maintenance processes continue to be developed.
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