Washington: The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management (LM) is going to replace its web-based Geospatial Environmental Mapping System (GEMS) with a new platform that offers better map functionality, expanded layers, support, upgrades, speed, ease of use and expandability.
The department has been using GEMS for the last 12 years. It has 16 different applications that support the databases containing environmental and geospatial information, spanning nearly 40 years. The first version of NextGen GIS will be rolled out in January 2014. It will be web-based for both internal and external users. The system will integrate land use (parcel ownership, mineral rights, covenants, etc.), institutional controls (land restrictions, access agreements, etc.), and real and personal property with the environmental data. It will enable department’s regulators to verify that LM sites are properly maintained (e.g., disposal cell integrity) and are in compliance with groundwater strategies. It will also engage the general public by sharing complex environmental data information in a visual and timely manner. The GIS service will support cross-cutting disciplines in the organisation such as real property, institutional controls, and land reuse opportunities. Other government organisations will also be able to use the system as a common platform for sharing their own maps and drawing upon maps developed by LM. This will assist in effective collaboration of long-term surveillance and monitoring information.