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Open-File Report 2012–1171

Digital Mapping Techniques '10—Workshop Proceedings

Edited by David R. Soller


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The Digital Mapping Techniques '10 (DMT'10) workshop was attended by 110 technical experts from 40 agencies, universities, and private companies, including representatives from 19 State geological surveys (see Appendix A). This workshop, hosted by the California Geological Survey, May 16–19, 2010, in Sacramento, California, was similar in nature to the previous 13 meetings (see Appendix B). The meeting was coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Geologic Map Database project. As in the previous meetings, the objective was to foster informal discussion and exchange of technical information. It is with great pleasure that I note that the objective was again successfully met, as attendees continued to share and exchange knowledge and information, and renew friendships and collegial work begun at past DMT workshops.

At this meeting, oral and poster presentations and special discussion sessions emphasized (1) methods for creating and publishing map products ("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 November 1, 2012

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)

Derivative maps from geologic maps: Hazard mitigation and resource planning [PDF]
By Chris J. Wills (California Geological Survey)

Utility of combined aerial photography and digital imagery for fault trace mapping in diverse terrain and vegetation regimes [PDF]
By Jerome A. Treiman, Florante G. Perez, and William A. Bryant (California Geological Survey)

California Geological Survey Zones of Required Investigation for earthquake-induced landslides—Livermore Valley, California [PDF]
By Florante G. Perez, Wayne D. Haydon, and Mark O. Wiegers (California Geological Survey)

California Geological Survey Zones of Required Investigation for Liquefaction—Livermore Valley, California [PDF]
By Anne M. Rosinski (California Geological Survey)

Using digital geologic maps to assess alluvial-fan flood hazards [PDF]
By Jeremy T. Lancaster, Thomas E. Spittler, and William R. Short (California Geological Survey)

Digital mapping of potential mineral and geochemical hazards in California: Examples for naturally occurring asbestos, radon, and highway corridor mapping projects [PDF]
By John P. Clinkenbeard, Ronald K. Churchill, and Chris T. Higgins (California Geological Survey)

Assessing erosion potential and Coccidioides immitis probability using existing geologic and soils data [PDF]
By Will J. Harris and Peter D. Roffers (California Geological Survey)

Automation in ArcGIS 10: Understanding changes in methods of customization and options for migration of legacy code [PDF]
By Andrew L. Wunderlich (University of Tennessee - Knoxville)

Integrating style files and carto representation into the geological map flow process (The GSC's implementation of the FGDC geologic symbology) [PDF]
By Dave Everett and Vic Dohar (Natural Resources Canada)

Creating shaded relief for geologic mapping using multiple light sources [PDF]
By Collette Gantenbein (Idaho Geological Survey)

A window to the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB) Map Catalog via ArcGIS Image Server—Wyoming pilot project [PDF]
By Chrisopher P. Garrity, David R. Soller, and Mark E. Reidy (U.S. Geological Survey)

The geological map flow process—How the Geological Survey of Canada is streamlining map compilation and delivery [PDF]
By Andrew Moore (Geological Survey of Canada)

What's coming in ESRI ArcGIS 10 Desktop for better, faster, more efficient geologic maps, map production, and map serving [PDF]
By Willy Lynch (Esri, Inc.)

Coal Basin, Pitkin County, Colorado—An example of NGMDB data capture, conversion, and 3D editing in ArcGIS 10 [PDF]
By Willy Lynch (Esri, Inc.)

Evaluating mine subsidence using a GIS software application [PDF]
By James McDonald (Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey)

Assessing early stages of a landslide inventory [PDF]
By Matthew M. Crawford and William M. Andrews Jr. (Kentucky Geological Survey)

A plan and plea for increasing communication about digital geologic field mapping [PDF]
By Jennifer E. Athey (Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys)

National Park Service Geologic Resources Inventory: Data model concepts and implementation, and a programmatic approach to digital map production [PDF]
By Stephanie O'Meara and Jim Chappell (Colorado State University)

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources geologic data model, a comparison with other existing models [PDF]
By Adam S. Read, Geoff Rawling, Daniel J. Koning, Sean D. Connell, J. Michael Timmons, David McCraw, Glen Jones, and Shannon Williams (New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources)

The National Geologic Map Database project—2010 Report of Progress [PDF]
By David R. Soller and Nancy R. Stamm (U.S. Geological Survey)

Recommended citations for unpublished GIS files—Summary of a discussion session [PDF]
By David R. Soller (U.S. Geological Survey)

Suggested citation:

Soller, D.R., ed., 2012, Digital Mapping Techniques '10—Workshop Proceedings, Sacramento, California, May 16–19, 2010: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012–1171, 170 p., available only online at

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