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Northwest Indiana GIS Forum
Meeting Notes
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Meeting Location: Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission

Members in Attendance: Iftekhar Ali, INDOT; Jackie Anders, NIRPC; Mitchell Bishop, LaPorte County; Kevin Breitzke, Porter County Surveyor; Ken Dallmeyer, NIRPC; Cornelius Davis; Penny DuBernat, CATS; Jackie Green, Porter County; Robert Gyurko, Gary/Chicago Airport; Rick Hammond, Woolpert; Layton Hobbs, Woolpert; Kim Holmquist, School City of Hammond; Fang Hsu Lin, City of South Bend; Todd Kesselring, Elkhart County; Steve Manich, City of Whiting; Becky McKinley, Hammond Sanitary District; Mark McLaughlin, NWI Forum; Melissa Mischke, LaPorte County GIS; Kim Molchan, Town of Merrillville; Cele Morris, IU Northwest/NWI Center for Data and Analysis; Mark O'Dell, Chesterton; Lauren Rhein, NIRPC; Will Rose, City of Valparaiso; Tim Sanders, Senator Lugar's Office; David Schelling, Porter County; Tim Sutherland, IU Northwest/NWI Center for Data and Analysis; John Tolekis, City of Whiting; Joyce West, Sidwell Co.; Dwayne Williams, Chesterton; Rudy Wunder, City of Whiting; Paul Young, LaPorte County EMA.

Truncated Business Meeting due to today's presentation on the basics of orthophotography by Rick Hammond and Layton Hobbs of Woolpert.

Funding Committee
Two grant proposals were submitted to the Federal Geographic Data Committee before the deadline of June 4, 2004. The proposals were submitted to the FGDC for Category 2 (Metadata Trainer and Outreach Assistance) and a Category 3 (Institution Building and Coordination). Additional funding possibilities are being researched for future proposals. Thanks go out to our members for their letters of support that were included with the proposals.

An online metadata tool is being created with the assistance of the Indiana Geological Survey using funds from the NWI GIS Forum's EPA Grant. We expect beta testing of the tool this Fall. There is good statewide support for the tool through INGISI.

SEMA (State Emergency Management Agency) is offering free HAZUS-MH software training August 5-6, 2004, at Purdue University Calumet. This software runs on top of ArcGIS to perform risk and hazard assessment planning. This training will help to complete a plan that must be submitted by November 1, 2004, in order to be eligible to receive pre-disaster mitigation grant money.

The POLIS Center is planning to offer a day of free GIS seminars at a yet to be determined November date. There will probably be four sessions zoffered on a variety of GIS related topics.

Statewide - homeland security - orthophotography project
Information about the 2005 statewide orthophotography project to be funded with homeland security grant money can be found on the INGISI web site:

The thirty most populated counties in Indiana are eligible for 1 foot resolution photography. Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart Counties are included in that category and will receive funding for one-foot resolution photography based on their populations. The remainder of the state will be photographed at 1 meter resolution. All counties will have the opportunity to "buy up" to higher resolution (up to 6 inch resolution) photography. The information listed on the fact sheet for "buy up" to higher resolution photography is incorrect. Contact Becky McKinley (219-853-6413 x 516, McKinleyB@hmdin.com) for the correct the amount of money necessary for "buy up".

The state orthophotography group is currently writing specifications for the contract with possible vendors for the project. Two contracts are being prepared, one for project management, the other for QA/QC. Vendor selection is expected this summer with a contract signed by the first of November. Each county has been assigned a coordinator. The INGISI website will include project updates on its website as they become available.

In the near future, County Emergency Management Directors will contacted by SEMA requesting a letter of their intention to "buy up" to higher resolution photography.

The color aerial photography will be flown in the Spring of 2005 with delivery of the product by July, 2006. The public domain data is expected to be offered in TIFF and Mr. SID formats with FGDC metadata available.

Other Business
Next Meeting - Thursday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Indiana University Northwest - 2nd Floor across from GIS lab.
Presentation - Basics of Orthophotography - Woolpert.