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Open-File Report 2010–1335

Digital Mapping Techniques '09—Workshop Proceedings

Edited by David R. Soller


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The Digital Mapping Techniques '09 (DMT'09) workshop was attended by 90 technical experts from 42 agencies, universities, and private companies, including representatives from 24 State geological surveys. This workshop, the thirteenth in the annual series, was hosted by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, May 10–13, 2009, on the West Virginia University campus in Morgantown, West Virginia. Each DMT workshop has been coordinated by the National Geologic Map Database project and the Association of American State Geologists (AASG).

As in the previous years' meetings, the objective was to foster informal discussion and exchange of technical information, principally in order to develop more efficient methods for digital mapping, cartography, GIS analysis, and information management. At this meeting, oral and poster presentations and special discussion sessions emphasized (1) methods for creating and publishing map products (here, "publishing" includes Web-based release); (2) field data capture software and techniques, including the use of LiDAR; (3) digital cartographic techniques; (4) migration of digital maps into ArcGIS Geodatabase format; (5) analytical GIS techniques; and (6) continued development of the National Geologic Map Database.

First posted July 22, 2011

For additional information contact:
Dave Soller
USGS / AASG National Geologic Map Database Project
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 20192

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Introduction [PDF]
By David R. Soller (U.S. Geological Survey)

Oral Presentations

Building an Enterprise Geotechnical Database to Support Geologic Mapping Activities [PDF]
By Gerald A. Weisenfluh (Kentucky Geological Survey) and Bill Broyles (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)

A Practitioner's Guide to Managing Geoscience Information [PDF]
By Jeremy Giles (British Geological Survey)

Improving ArcGIS Workflow: Automation Using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) [PDF]
By Andrew L. Wunderlich (University of Tennessee)

A Desktop Screen Analysis for Wind Farm Siting [PDF]
By Mark Zellman, Chris Hitchcock, Ranon Dulberg, and David Slayter (Fugro-William Lettis & Associates, Inc.)

Semiautomated Mapping of Surficial Geologic Deposits from Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Hydrologic Network Data [PDF]
By Pete Chirico (U.S. Geological Survey)

Mapping and Geographic Information System Exercises for Freshman and Sophomore College Students [PDF]
By Adam M. Davis, Steven R. Bryant, Clayton A. Peach, Katherine Burkhart, Jonathon P. Wirthwein, Judith K. Brown, Matthew R. Fleck, and James M. Steel (Department of Earth Science and Agriculture, Vincennes University)

BGS SIGMAmobile; the BGS Digital Field Mapping System in Action [PDF]
By Colm J. Jordan (British Geological Survey)

A New Delaware DataMIL [PDF]
By William S. Schenck and John A. Callahan (Delaware Geological Survey)

Credit Where Credit's Due: Developing Authorship Strategies at the Journal of Maps [PDF]
By Mike J. Smith (Kingston University, U.K.), and Colm J. Jordan and Jenny C. Walsby (British Geological Survey)

USGS Topographic Maps from The National Map [PDF]
By Stafford Binder, Michael Cooley, and Greg Allord (U.S. Geological Survey)

Why Doesn't Your Model Pass Information to Mine? [PDF]
By Jeremy Giles and Holger Kessler (British Geological Survey)

The ESRI Geologic Mapping Template [PDF]
By Charlie Frye and Janel Day (ESRI, Inc.)

NCGMP09—Draft Standard Format for Digital Publication of Geologic Maps, Version 1.1 [PDF]
By the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (U.S. Geological Survey)

The National Geologic Map Database Project—2009 Report of Progress [PDF]
By David R. Soller and Nancy R. Stamm (U.S. Geological Survey)

Poster Presentations

Geologic Mapping at the Missouri Division of Geology and Land Survey [PDF]
By Edith Starbuck (Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Land Survey)

Database Design for Map of Surficial Materials in the Conterminous United States [PDF]
By David R. Soller and Christopher P. Garrity (U.S. Geological Survey)

The Cookie Cutter: A Method for Obtaining a Quantitative 3D Description of Glacial Bedforms [PDF]
By Mike J. Smith (Kingston University, U.K.), James Rose (Royal Holloway University of London, U.K.), and Michael B. Gousie (Wheaton College, USA)

Feature Extraction from High-Resolution Lidar: The Next Generation of Base Maps [PDF]
By Jed T. Roberts (Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries)

NGMDB-Lite—Database Design for the National Geologic Map Database's Data Portal [PDF]
By Stephen M. Richard (Arizona Geological Survey / U.S. Geological Survey), David R. Soller (U.S. Geological Survey), and David C. Percy (Portland State University / U.S. Geological Survey)

Development of an ArcGIS Map Template to Support Standard Geologic Map Production in Kentucky [PDF]
By Mike Murphy (Kentucky Geological Survey)

New GIS Tools for Mapping Ohio's Lake Erie Coastal Erosion Areas [PDF]
By James McDonald and Paul Harbulak (Ohio Division of Geological Survey), and Scudder D. Mackey (Habitat Solutions NA)

Minnesota Geological Survey Information Systems [PDF]
By Richard Lively, Tim Wahl, and Harvey Thorleifson (Minnesota Geological Survey)

Geologic Resources Inventory of Our National Parks: A Case Study of the Timpanogos Cave National Monument [PDF]
By Ronald D. Karpilo, Jr., Stephanie A. O'Meara, Trista L. Thornberry-Ehrlich, Heather I. Stanton, and James R. Chappell (Colorado State University)

Overcoming Cartographic and Technical Challenges in Developing an Interactive Mapping System for the Appalachian Basin Tight Gas Reservoirs Project [PDF]
By Sarah Gooding, Susan Pool, and John Bocan (West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey)

BeeGIS: A New Open-Source and Multiplatform Mobile GIS [PDF]
By Mauro De Donatis (University of Urbino), Andrea Antonello (University of Urbino and Hydrologis), Luca Lanteri (ARPA Piemonte), Sara Susini (University of Urbino), and Marco Foi (University of Urbino)

Converting Geologic Maps from Paper to Vector Format [PDF]
By Richard B. Davis, Mark G. Steltenpohl, and Luke J. Marzen (Auburn University)

Creation of Digital Geologic Data for Pecos National Historical Park [PDF]
By Andrea Croskrey and Georgia Hybels (National Park Service, Geologic Resources Division)

Shepherding Geologic Data from the Outcrop to Publication (and Beyond?) [PDF]
By Jennifer E. Athey and DGGS Staff (Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys)

Suggested citation:

Soller, D.R., ed., 2011, Digital Mapping Techniques '09—Workshop Proceedings, Morgantown, West Virginia, May 10–13, 2009: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1335, 260 p. (Also available online at

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