How the National Geodetic Survey’s Plans for 2022 Affect You!

The Wisconsin Spatial Reference System 2022 Task Force (WSRS2022) will be holding a special discussion session during the WLIA Annual Conference in Appleton, WI.  In 2022 the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) plans to replace the horizontal reference system, North American Datum 1983 (NAD83), and vertical reference system, North American Vertical Datum 1988 (NAVD88), with new ones. The task force has been created to prepare the geospatial community in Wisconsin for a transition to new geometric reference systems.  The stated mission of WSRS2022 is to help ensure successful implementation of the new reference systems across the state.

WSRS2022 will meet on Thursday, February 21st, from 7:00 AM – 8:15 AM in the McIntosh Room during the WLIA Annual Conference in Appleton, WI.  The session will be moderated by Howard Veregin and Dick Kleinmann, co-shairs of WSRS2022. This special discussion session is an opportunity to learn more about how the Wisconsin geospatial community is responding to the National Geodetic Survey’s plans. In addition to a brief update on WSRS2022 activities, we expect to have focus group representatives present to discuss the status and goals of each group. This is an opportunity to learn more about this important topic, get answers to your questions, and get involved.

The WSRS2022 Task Force will be co-chaired by Howard Veregin, the Wisconsin State Cartographer, and Richard Kleinmann, Senior Project Professional with Ayres Associates.  The WSRS2022 Task Force will feature five focus groups, Technical, Legislative, Education and Outreach, Software/Hardware, and Implementation and Adoption. The coordination leads for each focus group are noted below:

Focus Group Coordination Leads
Education and Outreach Brenda Hemstead (SCO), Corey Hughes (WCSA), Jerry Mahun (UW-P)
Implementation and Adoption John Laedlien (DNR), Jeremiah Erickson (LION)
Legislative Emily Pierce (WSLS, NSPS), Eric Damkot (WLIA)
Software/Hardware Dick Kleinmann (Ayres Associates), Howard Veregin (SCO)
Technical Glen Schaefer (DOT-ret.) and Al Vonderohe (UW-Madison emeritus)

Focus group coordination leads have been forming teams of individuals to handle topics that fall within their goals and missions and will meet at a frequency of their discretion in order to perform related tasks within their scope and report back on progress at quarterly meetings.  Subsequent face to face meetings in 2019 will likely occur at Eau Claire on May 30th or 31st during the WLIA Spring Meeting and Bayfield on October 24th or 25th during the WLIA Fall Meeting with supplemental teleconferences. If you crave more information involving WSRS2022 or want to stay abreast of developments there is a task force landing page set up on the State Cartographers Website or simply search WSRS2022 on your favorite web browser.

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