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ICT Tool Design. Evan Fedorko et al, WVGISTC. Outline. What is it? Why is it needed? How does it work? Summary and Conclusions. What is it?. I nteragency C oordination T ool Agencies in question: WVDNR, FWS (WV) and NRCS (WV)

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Ict tool design

ICT Tool Design

Evan Fedorko et al, WVGISTC


  • What is it?

  • Why is it needed?

  • How does it work?

  • Summary and Conclusions

What is it
What is it?

  • Interagency Coordination Tool

  • Agencies in question: WVDNR, FWS (WV) and NRCS (WV)

  • Coordination in question: Potential impacts on populations or habitat of endangered species due to NRCS funded on-the-ground projects

Why is it needed
Why is it needed?

  • NRCS funds farmers (and others) to implement new projects on their properties

  • ESA compliance is required

  • Currently a bottleneck


  • ES data must remain confidential

  • Secure website

  • Must be intuitive and easy to repeat

  • Must provide a format that meets specific specs

  • High uptime for multiple users

  • Users need to review previously generated content

  • Admin/user differentiation

Enter the ict tool
Enter the ICT Tool!

  • Capabilities:

    • User management system

    • Spatial analysis engine that answers complex, dependent inquiries via geoprocessing

    • ES report generation system

    • Document tracking and review

    • Metadata tracking*

How to ict
How to ICT

  • Log In

  • Launch the ICT

How does it work
How Does It Work?

  • Web front end, user management and report management system (.NET); Arc Server mapping application built in Flex; Python scripting for geoprocessing

  • Geoprocessing explained:

How continued
How… continued

  • Several types of endangered species data. This is NEVER VISIBLE in the tool.

  • Two types of vector data, point and polygon; each is checked independently.

  • Raster habitat suitability data; checked via buffer and spatial statistics.

Quick and dirty
Quick and Dirty

Running BuffaloClover

Bald Eagle nest

Bald Eagle nest


Mussel bed


Mussel bed

Indiana Bat

Indiana Bat

Bald Eagle nest

1. Large buffer to note all species in the area

Bald Eagle nest


Mussel bed

3. Sheepnose mussel + Fence (382) = 400 meters

Indiana Bat

2. For each practice and each species, run a buffer.


Bald Eagle nest

4. Bald Eagle + Fence = 200 meters

Bald Eagle nest

Indiana Bat


Bald Eagle nest

Bald Eagle nest

Indiana Bat

Indiana Bat + Fence (382) = 1 meter

Report query
Report Query

  • So for Fence (382) we have only the Bald Eagle; query tables and get:

  • B11 = This practice may have a beneficial effect if implemented near bald or golden eagle nesting sites or eagle habitat and where appropriate buffers are maintained, enhanced or constructed.

Full analysis


Full Analysis



User input

Execute prac/spec buffers against polygons


Find all local species

Execute prac/spec buffers against points

Execute buffer check against

each habitat model

Check if certain practices are

> 17 acres (Indiana bats)

Determine report type – species/interactions,

Species/no interactions, no species

Query codes for

report content

Compile codes

Generate Report

Organize content into XML for report generation

Notable features
Notable features

  • Suite of web map features; address locator, nav tools, lots of bg data, etc.

  • User management and authentication system

  • Each user has access to a report management system

  • Dynamic – easy to implement new species, new recommendations, new spatial data, etc.

  • Fire and forget

  • Fast performance (avg time is ~8 minutes)


  • Geoprocessing can greatly streamline permitting (and similar processes).

  • Complexity of analysis isn’t necessarily a limiting factor…

  • …so long as the client has a strong grasp on that complexity!

  • Confidentiality of data can be maintained.