From: Nicholas, Romel (Hatch) <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:23 PM
To: Nicholas, Romel (Hatch) <[log in to unmask]>
Cc: Lewis, Zach (Warner) <[log in to unmask]>; Hoefler, Annie (Energy) <[log in to unmask]>; Costello, Chance (Commerce) <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: SAVE THE DATE: November 27 -- 3DEP Roundtable

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Dear Senate GIS Working Group, Friends, & GIS Enthusiasts:

Happy early Thanksgiving!

Next week, Senator Hatch’s office, in partnership with the Senate GIS Working Group, will be hosting a 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) Roundtable in the U.S. Capitol Building. The roundtable is scheduled for: Tuesday, November 27 at 2PM EST in the President Pro Tempore Ceremonial Office, located in S-125, The Capitol. Leading the discussion will be Mr. Kevin T. Gallagher of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The purpose of this event is to discuss the 3DEP program and to highlight some of its achievements—as well as to have a discussion about what the road ahead looks for elevation mapping in the United States. Many of your bosses may be interested to learn about the important program, specifically about the uniquely collaborative way it engages the private sector. Of note, we will discuss how the 3DEP program have helped/continue to help your individual state(s).


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The primary goal of 3DEP is to systematically collect 3D elevation data in the form of light detection and ranging (lidar) data over the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and the U.S. territories, with data acquired over an 8-year period.

  *   3DEP is managed by the USGS National Geospatial Program to respond to growing needs for high-quality topographic data and for a wide range of other three-dimensional (3D) representations of the Nation's natural and constructed features.

  *   The 3DEP initiative is based on the results of the National Enhanced Elevation Assessment<> that documented more than 600 business uses across 34 Federal agencies, all 50 States, selected local government and Tribal offices, and private and nonprofit organizations. A fully funded and implemented 3DEP could provide more than $690 million annually in new benefits to government entities, the private sector, and citizens.

  *   3DEP is a “Call for Action” because no one entity can accomplish it independently. 3DEP presents a unique opportunity for collaboration between all levels of government, to leverage the services and expertise of private sector mapping firms that acquire the data, and to create jobs now and in the future.

Biography, Kevin T. Gallagher:

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Mr. Gallagher oversees the USGS Geologic and Topographic Mapping, Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation, Biological Information, and Science Informatics Programs, as well as the world's largest Earth Science Library.

Career History and Highlights

  *   From 2002-2010, Mr. Gallagher served as the USGS Chief Information officer and Chief Technology Officer where he oversaw the operation of information technology systems and networks supporting bureau-wide computing and telecommunications.

  *   Before joining the USGS, Mr. Gallagher held a number of information technology and management positions at various Federal agencies, including Chief of the Operations Division of the U.S. Coast Guard Operations Systems Center, and Software Developer with the Department of the Navy and Naval Research Laboratory.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Thank you,

Romel Nicholas
Chair, Senate GIS Working Group
(202) 224-3316 - Direct