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1 Dawes Arboretum Internship Luanne Hendricks Columbus State Community College GIS 290 Spring, 2004

2 Presentation Outline Arboretum Background/Overview GIS Overview/Requirements My Internship Observations/Learning

3 Arboretum Background Non Profit Foundation established 1929 by Dawes Family Mission –promote study and appreciation of trees & shrubs –foster scientific education in horticulture, natural history and Arboretum history Free and open to the public Beman and Bertie Dawes ->

4 Arboretum Overview Plant collections cover acres near Newark, Ohio Hiking Trails, Nature Center, Historic Structures, Bird Boxes Additional surrounding property owned 16,000+ labeled plants on grounds about 1,000 new plants added to collection each year about 500 plants removed from collection each year

5 Map of Arboretum Collection areas North & South End

6 Arboretum GIS Overview Background/Requirements Applications Data Processes People Involved Software/Hardware

7 Arboretum GIS History Before GIS: –computerized non-spatial plant records in existence prior to GIS –grid system maps documented on paper in binders for plant location 1997: –GIS needs assessment done by an OSU class under Duane Marble –1 full-time GIS coordinator hired 1998: data collection begun

8 Arboretum GIS Requirements Goal - use GIS as planning tool Goal - address spatial needs of all departments – horticulture, history, nature, administration, business, maintenance features - plant collections, utility systems, bird boxes, trails, and historic structures plant collections need sub-meter location accuracy measurement attribute data + location data needed

9 Arboretum GIS Current Status Original Data Collection being fine-tuned Data Collection maintenance Application Development and Analysis to come

10 Applications Future Ability of staff & visitors to generate their own maps –Plant collections, trails, etc. –Utilities Analysis –detect patterns in poor plant growth and analyze reasons And more…

11 Data OrthoPhotos GPS data files –differentially corrected location data Some location data obtained using surveyed control points Features –Plant Attributes: Measurements, label-type, Accession Number, GridLocation –Other Features - trails, trail markers, birdboxes, grid corner pins

12 Data - GPS Limitations Canopied Environment Need line of sight to at least 4 satellites Multipath - signal will bounce off nearby objects (trees) Need differential correction for sub-meter accuracy Reference stations - Fish Hatchery, Miami U. Used post-processing

13 Processes GPS Data Collection Fine Tuning –Field Map Generation in ArcView –Field Checking - ensure data agrees with reality –Re-GPS work –Correcting/updating location & attribute data Ongoing Plant Addition & Removal Processes

14 People Involved GIS Coordinator GIS interns Plant Records Specialist Labeling Specialist Horticulture & Maintenance Staff Other departments - Nature, History Director & Board of Trustees

15 Software GIS Software –Current - ArcView 3.2 / ArcGIS Desktop 8.3 –Planned - ArcGIS Desktop ArcReader & ArcPublisher Non-spatial Plant database - In House application built on FoxPro –ArborbaseConnect - available to all staff via network GPS data processing software - Pathfinder 2.10

16 Hardware PCs (2) - Windows XP Plotter GPS Equipment –Trimble ProXR –Laser Rangefinder, Range Pole, Shoulder Strap Configurations LAN

17 My Internship

18 Internship - Data Collection Learning the Grounds GPS –Setup/takedown, care of equipment –Positioning equipment in the field; awareness of PDOP –Rangepole - small plants, no canopy interference –Rangefinder - tall plants, near canopy –Shoulder Strap - polyline features - beds Plant Measurement –Height, Width, Canopy, Caliper, Dbh

19 Internship - Software Use Using ArcView 3.2 –making field maps –viewing Orthophoto for plant location Pathfinder 2.10 –uploading GPS files from GPS data logger –editing files –generating an Almanac - SVs & PDOP –differential correction

20 Internship - Quality Control Field Checking - maps vs. plants on grounds –existence or non-existence of plants –existence/correctness of labels –positional accuracy Researching unknown plants –ArborbaseConnect, Binders, Planting Sheets, Removal Sheets

21 Internship - Quality Control (2) Documenting file corrections –Verifying needed changes in non-spatial and spatial records –Make records on paper documents of each GPS file for each change –update the GPS file - change attributes or delete feature

22 Internship - Miscellaneous Attended staff meeting Tour of surrounding Arboretum property Application development for Field Map Application

23 Observations/Learning Quality Data is a huge investment –Cost and limitations of technology –Training –Ongoing data maintenance Importance of appropriate accuracy requirements –Understanding tradeoffs - accuracy vs. cost –For example - a display garden such as Inniswood, with annual beds instead of individual specimens, might not need this level of accuracy for mapping plant collections.


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