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20 WAYS TO USE WROC-GENERATED DATA While the geospatial data collected during the Wisconsin Regional Orthophotography Consortium project is extremely technical in nature, its end use is quite practical. Dan Kerntop, GIS analyst for the City of Wausau, said the City uses its data often to facilitate development projects. “We’re constantly sending data, whether it’s developers or contractors, to help provide better data and better decision-making and designing for projects,” Kerntop said. See below for a partial list of other ways in which our WROC clients use their data. 1 Preliminary planning 11 Parcel mapping 2 Forest fire planning 12 Hydro modeling 3 Site analysis 13 Floodplain mapping 4 Development project monitoring 14 Building permit tracking 5 Code enforcement 15 Address inventory 6 Engineering applications 16 Structure inventory 7 Urban planning 17 Hydro resources 8 Comparing change over time 18 Governmental decision-making 9 Property evaluation 19 Land use policy review 10 Zoning enforcement 20 Environmental purposes – Jennifer Schmidt 14│ TRENDS Participation wide and varied The 2015 program resulted in high-resolution orthoimagery for 43 counties and high-accuracy LiDAR for topographic mapping in 17 counties. Many municipalities have also joined the effort to acquire products for municipal planning and engineering applications. Also participating in the large-scale mapping project are electric cooperatives, tribal agencies, and state and federal agencies. The Forest County Potawatomi Community has been involved with WROC since 2010, and its land information director, Casey Swanson, was instrumental in getting the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allocate money to Wisconsin tribes – $100,000 total and $32,000 for the Forest County Potawatomi Community specifically – for the 2015 WROC initiative. He advocated for funding in Forest County particularly because, as its name implies, it’s located in a heavily forested area with a low tax base. He knew any additional BIA funding would go far – farther than it would in more developed counties already possessing high-resolution orthoimagery. “The Forest County Potawatomi Community thought it would be beneficial to work with Forest County in order to obtain the necessary funding to participate in the 2015 WROC program,” Swanson said. “By collaborating with outside sources the County was able to participate in the program. Without participating in the 2015 WROC program the County wouldn’t have been able to update their imagery, which was last updated in 2010. We knew that (with the funding) we would have an updated, higher-quality product that would be beneficial to the tribes, governments, and County taxpayers.” What makes the innovative, one-of- a-kind program work? Kirk Contrucci, vice president of geospatial services at Ayres Associates, believes it comes down to value.