FALL 2006

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium
2006 Conference
From the Chair
Lifetime Award
Polaris Awards
Scholarship Winners
Scholarship Competition
Scholarship Fundraising
North Workshop
South Workshop

Air Photo, Elevation Inventory
LIDAR Update
50 States Grant
NorthStar Mapper
HydroClim Minnesota

Governor's Council
Annual Report
FY07 Appointments
Governor's Commendations
Grand Rapids Presentations

Forum Results

Olmsted Uses Air Photos
FGDC Funds Web Mapping

Pine County LIDAR, Soils
Soil Data Viewer Update
2007 CAP Grants
USGS Reorganization

Higher Education
Evacuation Management Tool
Land Change Research
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
GEOFEST, Training

Mapping Child Care

Other Places
Dynamic Earth Map



New Evacuation Management Tool


University of Minnesota Computer Science professor Shashi Shekhar continues to develop new breakthrough research in the application of GIS to emergency management. An earlier story in this newsletter (Spring 2004, p. 42) described his plans for evacuating the area around the Monticello nuclear plant in the event of an accident.


Shekar has recently developed a web-based tool to help emergency managers develop evacuation plans for any disaster at any location in the Twin Cities. This work was sponsored by Mn/DOT and developed in consultation with state, federal, and local government law enforcement and emergency management officials. This project recently received the 2006 Research Partnership Award from the Center for Transportation Studies. See


Shekhar presented his work at the April MetroGIS Policy Board meeting. The PowerPoint slides used in that presentation and other material are available at


This portion of a graphic from the MetroGIS meeting illustrates that the tool’s algorithms scale to a large scenario of 1.3 million evacuees.



One of the surprising findings is that walking is sometimes the fastest way to evacuate a specific location, such as the Mall of America. The Pioneer Press had a story this past March about Shekhar and this finding.