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EVS Assists DOE in Developing Collaborative GIS Tools Supporting NEPA-Related Activities

April 4, 2014

DOE’s Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance has tapped into EVS’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and open-source software development expertise to help develop and launch an innovative pilot Web site, NEPAnode. The new site is designed to assist DOE with environmental reviews and permitting related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The NEPAnode site allows users to upload, style, and edit geographic data and use the data in collaboration with other agencies, stakeholders, and members of the public. Project-specific data (site maps, surveys, studies, engineering designs, etc.) and reference data can be uploaded through an “Explore Layers” function and combined for analysis in “Explore Maps.” Maps can be created and maintained on the site and posted on any other Web site. NEPAnode also allows users to download data directly or link to it as a data and metadata service or feed, through open-standard interfaces and formats.

NEPAnode is based completely on open-source software standards and is hosted on the Amazon cloud. The site leverages EVS’s extensive NEPA and GIS experience and its growing portfolio of open-source-based Web portals that provide users with access to rich, complex spatial data sets and models via intuitive, customized user interfaces.

DOE’s Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance ensures that the Department’s proposed actions comply with NEPA requirements and related environmental review requirements. GIS tools like NEPAnode are critical to this work. NEPAnode is available to federal staff and contractors implementing DOE’s NEPA-related activities.

NEPAnode — a life cycle geospatial information analysis capability using open-source software to support DOE’s NEPA compliance activities.
NEPAnode — a life cycle geospatial information analysis capability using open-source software to support DOE’s NEPA compliance activities. [Source: U.S. Department of Energy]
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