GIS For Ports: Geospatial Security Mapping System at the Port of Oakland

AECOM developed and implemented the Geospatial Security Mapping System (GSMS) for the Port of Oakland (Port) - this session will explore that process and implementation. The ongoing objective of the project is to produce an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) comprised of data, hardware, software, process documentation, training, and support that will be used by the Port to improve daily operations, to prepare for and manage crisis events, and to advise recovery efforts. The GSMS provides increased situational awareness of the physical condition of the Port’s emergency response infrastructure system and disseminates information that may affect the daily operation plan, security, business continuity, and incident response in a user-friendly spatial interface.

AECOM conducted a needs assessment and IT systems analysis in order to determine the requirements for GSMS functionality, data, and system architecture. The system is based on ArcGIS for Server and SQL Server technology, and AECOM converted, migrated, and collected geospatial data from many sources, often using Safe Software FME Desktop, to populate the enterprise geodatabases. New aerial imagery for the entire Port at a three-inch resolution was also being acquired. The primary tool that AECOM is creating for GSMS users at the Port is a web-browser-based map viewer application called PortView, built using Latitude Geographics Geocortex Essentials and Microsoft Silverlight. Primary system integration of the GSMS includes the Port’s intrusion detection system, live security camera feeds, Automatic Identification System (AIS) for vessels, ground-level spherical imagery, and local weather and traffic.

In order to raise awareness and educate users of the GSMS at the Port, AECOM implemented an outreach strategy and conducting formal training sessions for GSMS users. After Phase I of the GSMS implementation was completed in June 2012, AECOM began providing two years of on- and off-site user support and system monitoring and maintenance along with selected enhancements and upgrades.

Phase II of this project involved a comprehensive review of the Port’s engineering database and an indexing of all Port related utility projects. The purpose of the index is for use as a quick reference guide for Port staff to efficiently identify specific as-built utility sheets for a given project. After the projects were indexed, a comprehensive GIS dataset was created to show the location of all utilities positioned throughout the Port maritime areas. The data is being stored in an ESRI geodatabase that follows the Local Government Information Model (LGIM) data schema and structure. AECOM has customized this data model to better fit the needs of the Port. AECOM is mapping the complete utility system for electrical, communications, sewer, water, gas, and storm drain at the Port of Oakland.

The primary source for the utility mapping is the Port’s as-built drawings. This data is a mix between digital CAD data and scanned as-built sheets. Older projects - some that date back to the 1930's through 1960's - that do not have digital CAD data are being scanned, georeferenced, and digitized to capture the utility information. All of this data is going through a detailed QC check by GIS staff and AECOM engineers to make sure the utility systems are complete and that nothing was missed. Some areas of the Port utility systems have required field checks to verify data from the as-builts and to connect gaps where as-built data was not available. AECOM staff are using sub-foot GPS equipment in the field to record new utility features so they can be added to the data model. The final deliverable for this mapping effort will be a LGIM geodatabase containing all utility features, CAD files representing all utility features, and detailed map books created for each utility system. The utility data will also be loaded to the Port’s enterprise GIS system AECOM has developed so Port engineering staff can view and obtain information about the utility data through a web viewer.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:15 to 14:50

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