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Maps and GIS


SANDAG employs sophisticated geographic information systems, a marriage of maps and computers, to help planners and decision-makers visualize real-world phenomena.

Four Decades of GIS in the San Diego Region


2006 SANDAG wins the CGIA Exemplary Systems Award for outstanding GIS implementation of a Land Information System. ARJIS launches its Web-based regional Crime Mapping Application for Public Safety (MAPS).

2005 The SanGIS Board votes to discontinue licensing data and places the data into public domain. SANDAG's Land Information System migrates to ArcGIS and SQL Server.

2004 SANDAG, in partnership with UCSD Regional Workbench Consortium and SDSU develops Growth Visualization application that uses satellite imagery to visually portray 20 years of growth in the San Diego region.

2003 The San Diego GIS Coordinators Group was restructured and formalized into the San Diego Regional GIS Council. MTDB, NCTD and ARJIS consolidate with SANDAG.

2002 eStops, the San Diego region’s online, GIS-based transit stop inventory management system, wins CGIA Exemplary systems Award.

2001 Caltrans District 11 launches real-time Freeway traffic speed map. SDSU, SANDAG, IMPlan, and the City of San Diego win CGIA Data Sharing Award for the Border Atlas.

2000 SANDAG receives CGIA Awards for Outstanding Internet Web site, and for Exemplary Systems for HabiTrak. Bob Parrott, SANDAG’s Deputy Director received the Chairman’s award. The Regional Economic Development Information System (REDI) web site is released. SANDAG leads multi-agency partnership to acquire region-wide 2-foot resolution false color infrared imagery.

1999 SANDAG leads development of HabiTrak, a desktop GIS-based application to track and report on habitats lost and conserved over time. ESRI releases desktop ArcGIS products.

1998 CGIA presents SANDAG their 1998 Advancement of Data Sharing Award. SANDAG leads partnership to reformat USGS DOQQs for use by local GIS users.

1997 SANDAG web site provides online interactive mapping capabilities. ESRI’s 17th Annual International User Conference is held in San Diego for the first time.

1996 Transboundary Resource Inventory Program (TRIP) facilitates US/Mexico Border Aerial Photography (Color IR flights flown for San Diego). First transborder (US/Mexico) land use map published by SANDAG. Regional Auto Theft Task (RATT) Force becomes ESRI user with Crime Analysis Mapping System ArcView 3.x application.

1995 First Local Agency GIS Coordinators meeting. Region’s transit operators (MTDB, NCTD, CTS, SCTC, SDTI and CVT) become ESRI users with View2Transit ArcView 2.0 Application developed by SANDAG. Local partnership for regional coverage of Digital Ortho-photography formed with USGS. SANDAG web site offers free downloading of GIS databases.

1994 SANDAG awarded ESRI President’s Award. California Geographic Information Association formed, with a SANDAG staff person on its Board of Directors representing regional agencies.

1993 First San Diego Geography Showcase held at SDSU. Local section of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) formed for the San Diego region. GIS plays a major role in the development of the Multiple Habitat Conservation Plan (MHCP).

1992 San Diego ARC/INFO Users Group formed. GIS plays a major role in the development of the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). ESRI releases desktop ArcVIew GIS product.

1991 SANDAG uses multi-date digital satellite imagery change detection and ERDAS and ARC/INFO LiveLink for updating regional land use vector layers (SDSU, SANDAG, ESRI, ERDAS cooperative research effort).

1990 Crime Reporting and Incident Mapping Environment (CRIME) ARC/INFO application developed for the City of San Diego Police and County Sheriff's Departments.

1986 SANDAG links ARC/INFO and UAG's/TRANPLAN transportation modeling software.

1985 San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) becomes 54th ESRI client.

1980 CPO changes name to SANDAG to better reflect its regional planning role.

1978 CPO’s first Average Daily Traffic (ADT) Flow map published using GIS.

1977 CPO develops TRANES (Transit Network Evaluation System), a census data retrieval system using the DIME file.

1976 CPO uses an urban services grid cell based modeling system to evaluate the need for and location of public facilities.

1975 CPO implements POLYSHADE AND GRIDSHADE computer plotting routines.

1972 CPO publishes first Land Use Map of the San Diego region using GIS.

1971 CPO implements SYMAP and GRID for demographic analysis, land use planning, and regional planning.

1970 ESRI develops Polygon Information Overlay System (PIOS) for the San Diego County Comprehensive Planning Organization (CPO).