Winter 2007-8

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

Conference Review
From the Chair
Competition Results
Budget News

GLO Notes Online
Ag/DNR Collaboration Water/Utilities/Telecom Info
NSGIC highlights

Governor's Council
Open for Requests

MetroGIS Business Plan

Goodhue Wetland Model

Pipeline Viewer
Stream Class Problems
Computer Energy Standards

Higher Education
UofM GIS Portfolio
Certificate at Mankato
St. Mary's Update

K-12 Education
MIIM Internet Mapper

GITA Conference

Craig Wins Award
Zenk NGS Advisor

Other Places
GIS Jobs in Demand
Landsat Island


Zenk New NGS Advisor in Minnesota
by Dave Zenk PE, LS

I accepted the position of National Geodetic Survey Advisor in Minnesota in January 2007. Interacting with spatial organizations, such as the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, is a fundamental part of the Advisor's role.

The NGS State Geodetic Advisor instructs local surveyors, state and municipal agencies, and private entities on how to use and preserve the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS). The program provides for cooperation between the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) and the host state, with a jointly funded NGS employee residing in the state, to guide and assist the state’s geodetic, charting, surveying, remote sensing, and land information systems programs. The State Advisor program is designed to meet the need for accurate local surveys and help states meet federal surveying standards and specifications.

The Advisor:

  • Educates and trains state personnel
  • Assists in planning and coordinating field surveys
  • Provides quality assurance
  • Assists state personnel in preparing data for inclusion into NSRS
  • Serves as the primary contact for relating user needs to NGS and transferring new technical developments to local users

The National Geodetic Survey defines and manages the National Spatial Reference System, which determines position, height, distance, gravity, and shoreline throughout the United States.

NGS provides its expertise and a wealth of free information, including direct access to its data base on the World Wide Web at:

My personal goal is to support the fundamental relationship between the geodesy layer and other spatial layers, so that fundamental polygons that should match up, do match up.

I look forward to working with you.

Dave Zenk, PE, LS
Office of Land Management, Geodetic Unit
Transportation Bldg. MS 641
395 John Ireland Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Telephone: (651) 366-3523
Fax: (651) 366-3444