President’s Message

The summer is winding down and it is hard for me to believe I’ve already reached the halfway point of my term as WLIA president. It was a busy few months. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few of the many things happening in our community.

NATRF2022 – I have the privilege of representing WLIA on the North American Terrestrial Reference Frame of 2022 (NATRF2022) discovery team. The new reference system is intended to replace NAD83 and its rollout will have significant effects on surveying, mapping and GIS across the state. The Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors (WSLS) Board voted to create a Task Force to explore these issues. The Task Force will be made up of a cross-section of the Wisconsin geospatial community and help prepare for the new reference system and its effects. The discovery team on which I serve is charged with identifying the main impacts of the new reference system and the stakeholder groups most affected. The discovery team will then be dissolved, clearing the way for the Task Force. The WLIA Education Committee recruited speakers that will cover the NATRF2022 and goals of the Task Force. Look for those speakers at the Regional Meeting in Sturgeon Bay on October 11 and 12. WLIA will continue to advocate for the needs of its members and provide educational opportunities related to NATRF2022. I’m confident that, together, we will work through whatever issues surface and come out better on the other side.

Foundational Layer Scorecard – Over the years I’ve been involved in several efforts to prioritize the foundational layers. Importance is subjective and dependent on individual needs. Consensus was difficult to find. This month the Technical Committee proposed, and the Board adopted, a different approach. Instead of pitting one foundational layer against another when allocating limited resources, the Technical Committee developed a scorecard that will be used to grade the overall completeness and accessibility of each foundational layer. Priority considerations are documented, but not used to develop the layer’s grade. The scorecard will be a complement to the more detailed “Status of Selected Wisconsin Foundational Layers” document. Watch for details to be released later this year.

NG911 and Address/Road Centerline Data Standard – The Technical Committee is working toward the development of address point and road centerline data standards. There is no intent to mandate the format in which data custodians are to maintain their data. Instead, the goal is to create a common data exchange format that can feed into many applications that require address data. NG911 is expected to be one of the applications that will be supported. Soon you will be asked to provide input on the draft standards. I encourage you to participate and make your opinions known. On the topic of NG911, the Regional Meeting in Sturgeon Bay will include speakers to help prepare members for the changes NG911 will require.

Outreach Conference Schedule – WLlA has a full conference schedule this fall. If you see us at a conference, be sure to stop by the booth and say hello.

Thank you for placing your trust in me to lead our organization this year. WLIA played a significant role in my career advancement and I appreciate this opportunity to give back. Serving on the board continues to be an incredibility rewarding experience and something I do not take for granted. Our organization is largely run by volunteers and we are always looking for people who want to get involved and give back. Our committees function best when there is a mix of board and non-board members. Contact me or any board member if you are interested in joining a committee. If you are interested in serving on the board, consider throwing your hat in the ring.

See you October 11 and 12 in Sturgeon Bay for the Fall Regional Meeting!

Eric Damkot
WLIA President

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