Military hydrology : Report 4, Evaluation of an automated water data base for support to the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF)
Calkins, Hugh W.; Johnson, Timothy R.
Abstract: An automated water resources data base and associated geographic information system is needed for support of Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (RDJTF) Engineer missions and responsibilities. A study was conducted to arrive at recommendations concerning existing, commercially available geographic information systems suitable for installation and operation at the U. S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories (ETL), Ft. Belvoir, Va. Data base specifications and RDJTF requirements were reviewed to establish geographic information system selection criteria. Criteria established pertained to four factors: (a) system technical capabilities, (b) developing organization experience and capabilities, (c) client comments, and (d) costs. Based on these criteria, seven systems were selected, evaluated, and ranked in terms of their overall suitability. Final recommendations are in two parts: (a) for a geographic information system which could be used in conjunction with hardware presently available at ETL, and (b) for a combined hardware/software system that could be acquired by ETL. Descriptions of the individual systems are included in Appendix A.
Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)U.S. Army Engineer Topographic Laboratories.
Automatic data collection systems; Hydrology; Military geography; Water resources development
Miscellaneous Paper;EL-79-6 Report 4