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Dr. Robin (Buz) Kloot

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  • Natural Resources Conservation Decision Support System
    Start Date: 1/1/1999

    End Date: 9/30/2005

    Executive Summary

    The program of work between USC’s Earth Sciences and Resources Institute (ESRI-SC) and the NRCS of South Carolina began in 1998. The intention was that ESRI-USC would assist the NRCS in the development and implementation of a GIS-based Decision Support System (DSS) to promote the sound planning of conservation systems, especially those concerning the utilization of animal manure. The use of spatial analysis components within the GIS model would be to develop a map showing the suitability of lands for the siting of buildings, lagoons and land application of manure. The data to be used in the spatial analysis component would include underlying environmental data (including surface water quality, leachability and soil erosion indices), regulatory requirements and economic constraints associated with hauling costs of the manure.
     

     

    • Implementations of Nonpoint Source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
      Start Date: 7/1/2000
      End Date: 6/30/2003  

    Executive Summary

    The major emphasis of the Nonpoint Source Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program is to help local government officials better understand the complex relationship between land use, urban growth and water quality. It is the goal of this assistance is to inform municipal officials so they will make better-educated and informed decisions that help improve water quality and control nonpoint source pollution (NPS). To guide local decision makers, NEMO outlines a three-tiered strategy of natural resource-based planning, site design, and the use of best management practices to address their land use and to deal with NPS pollution. The role of ESRI-SC in this program is to furnish localized analysis of each presentation area, illustrating the present day effects of NPS and projecting how future growth may affect NPS pollution within the area.
     

    • Design and Implementation of a GIS Geologic Data Base for Environmental Planning at the Savannah River Site (SRS)
      Start Date: 9/1/1994
      End Date: 9/30/1998  

    Executive Summary

    Geographic Information System (GIS) methodology has been developed to evaluate and map the "contamination potential" or aquifer sensitivity of the upper groundwater flow system at DOE’s Savannah River Site in southwestern South Carolina. The integration of diverse subsurface and soils information is possible using a stack-unit mapping approach. This is the first time that a stack-unit mapping approach, developed in the Midwest for mapping glacial sediments, has been used to delineate geologic materials in a coastal plain environment
     

    • Development of a Contamination Potential Map for a Portion of the General Separations Area, Savannah River Site, SC
      Start Date: 9/1/1994
      End Date: 9/30/1998  

    Executive Summary

    Geographic Information System (GIS) methodology has been developed to evaluate and map the "contamination potential" or aquifer sensitivity of the upper groundwater flow system at DOE’s Savannah River Site in southwestern South Carolina. The integration of diverse subsurface and soils information is possible using a stack-unit mapping approach. This is the first time that a stack-unit mapping approach, developed in the Midwest for mapping glacial sediments, has been used to delineate geologic materials in a coastal plain environment. Surface elevation contour maps were constructed for the tops of six Tertiary units based on over 200 boring logs.
     

    • GIS Hydrogeologic Database Demo
      Start Date: 9/1/1994
      End Date: 9/30/1998  

    Executive Summary

    The purpose of this project was to develop and implement a multi-purpose geographic information system (GIS) for the storage, retrieval, and analysis of geologic data at the Savannah River Site (SRS). At the completion of this project, personnel at SRS now possess a single system capable of furnishing a variety of data sets available for specific areas, sites, wells, and locations within SRS. This GIS data base should decrease time expenditures by site and contractor personnel for researching existing site-specific data. In addition, the GIS data base can reduce redundancy of data collection by separate researchers by making data readily accessible between departments and contractors. Data within the GIS data base include not only new information obtained from projects occuring coincidently with the duration of the GIS/Database Entry project (1994 to 1997) but also a significant portion of the enormous volume of data already generated and stored in separate facilities and departments at SRS.
     

    • Assess Known Archaeological Sites and Develop a Predictive Model for Willamette Industries, Inc. Landholdings in South Carolina
      Start Date: 6/1/2000
      End Date: 5/31/2001  

    Executive Summary

    The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) and the Earth Sciences and Resources Institute of the University of South Carolina (ESRI-USC) collaborated to develop a predictive model for likely archaeological sites using available data sources. The study area covered 111 7.5' Digital Orthophotographic Quadrangles or roughly one-third of the area of the State of South Carolina. The model made extensive use of floodplain, hypsographic, and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data.
     

    • Magnetic Contouring of Pee Dee River for Location of Potential Underwater Archaeological Sites
      Start Date: 7/1/1999
      End Date: 8/31/1999  

    Executive Summary

    The Underwater Archaeology Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) gathered side-scan magnetic data long the Pee Dee River. ESRI-USC geo-referenced these data and created contours of the magnetic filed values in order to assess anomalies indicating likely aquatic archaeological sites.
     

    • Kennecott Ridgeway Monitoring Well Compliance Points Assessment
      Start Date: 5/1/2000
      End Date: 5/31/2000  

    Executive Summary

    The Kennecott Ridgeway Mining Company (KRMC) is required to develop a set of action criteria to ensure proper action related to post closure monitoring well data. The Earth Sciences and Resources Institute at the University of South Carolina (ESRI-SC) developed a set of compliance action points based on current MCLs, historical data, and in some cases, in sensitivity to proposed fresh water aquatic life standards. Detailed analyses and trends for 20 analytes where conducted in this study
     

    • Installation and Training of ArcView 3.2 GIS Software to the City of Boulder, CO
      Start Date: 6/15/2001
      End Date: 6/30/2001  

    Executive Summary

    ESRI-USC assisted the City of Boulder drinking water treatment plant in GIS software (ArcView 3.2) installation, training and data management.
     

    • Aquifer Vulnerability and Contamination Potential Assessment at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, SC
      Start Date: 3/21/2001
      End Date: 9/21/2003  

    Executive Summary

    This study is executing a comprehensive aquifer vulnerability and contamination potential assessment (VCPA) at the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort (MCAS) with the results of the assessment integrated into the installation’s Geographic Information System (GIS). The objective of the integration, which merges environmental and infrastructure GIS, is to facilitate the development of risk management plans, fulfill regulatory reporting requirements, and aid in answering public enquiries concerning environmental issues within and surrounding the MCAS. This project correlates pertinent environmental data already held by the MCAS and new information collected by this study to create a comprehensive, site-wide model of the groundwater, surface water and hydrogeology of the air base.
     

    • Secure Access Control in a Multi-user Geodatabase
      Start Date: 10/1/2001
      End Date: 8/15/2002  

    Executive Summary

    As GIS software is becoming widely used in a variety of applications, the need to provide confidentiality of data used by GIS arises. The faculty of the Earth Sciences and Resources Institute and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina collaborated to study information confidentiality issues in GIS context and to define an access control model for a multi-user geodatabase within an enterprise-level GIS environment. This project discusses our findings and difficulties during the implementation of the model to enforce access control in spatial databases created with ArcGIS 8.1, ArcSDE 8.1 and MS SQL Server 2000.
     

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