Modernizing the Pennsylvania State Plane Coordinate System: Consensus Building
Presenter(s): Brian Nabarenzy, more TBA
Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 8:30 a.m. - noon
Location: Room 218
Hopefully the word is out that the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will be updating the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) in 2022. This workshop will provide a brief overview of why the updates are needed and how they are being developed. Anticipated changes to the NSRS and how you can start preparing for them will be discussed.
The workshop will focus on one of the most notable changes, the need for revision to the State Plane Coordinate System (SPCS). NGS policies and procedures for updating the SPCS will be discussed in detail. A timeline and proposed process for Pennsylvania stakeholders to inform NGS of their desired changes to the SPCS will be presented along with several options for Pennsylvania SPCS zones. Based on feedback from users, the most popular options for Pennsylvania include updating the current two-zone system, converting to a single statewide zone, or adopting a layered approach consisting of a single statewide zone and multiple lower distortion zones. The advantage and disadvantages of these options will be discussed, and audience participation is strongly encouraged. The Pennsylvania Coordinate System Law will also be reviewed with discussions on needed changes and possible improvements.
This workshop will culminate in the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Stakeholders. The first goal for the meeting will be to discuss preliminary thoughts on options for PA SPCS zone and determine if any consensus exists. The second goal is to solidify a path and timeline for the stakeholders to move forward with procedures outlined by the NGS and necessary legislative changes.
Registration is limited to 32 participants and this number is firm. If the workshop sells out at 32 participants, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a waitlist.