Geographic Information System
There is a new online course available from the ESRI virtual campus. The class is titled “Creating and Integrating Data for Natural Resource Applications”. As mentioned in earlier editions of Resource Ramblings, these computer based courses are available at no cost to Park Service employees. If interested see Bill Koncerak for additional information.
One of our current projects involves cave management, interpretation and GIS input. The goal is to supply Harper's Ferry with products suitable for graphic artists to create a 3D interpretive panel to help visitors understand where the cave passages are in relation to the land surface. Rod Horrocks and Marc Ohms have provided data of Wind Cave that can be manipulated in GIS as 3-dimensional space. This data was incorporated with new and existing GIS data to build a 'cut-away' oblique view of the tour route. Tom Farrell and Becky Morford have taken GPS locations and digital photographs which will help the artists produce the final display. The new interpretive panels are expected to be on display around the Visitor Center in the spring 2007.
– Bill Koncerak