Geospatial Committee

updated 11 Feb 2018

Committee Charges

  • Develop a “History of the State Parcel Mapping/Act 20”
  • Continue to monitor the WLIP, WDOA, and WSCO for updates and status of the Act 20 initiative.
  • Identify the like-minded Geospatial organizations.Explore possibilities for increased awareness of professional surveyors providing geospatial services.
    • Develop a method of reach out to these organizations.
    • Monitor these organizations functions and initiatives.
    • Identify if the affect their initiatives have on WSLS.
  • Explore possibilities for increased awareness of professional surveyors providing geospatial services.
  • Advertise possible "geospatial activities" that may have an effect on the members of WSLS such as the follwing:
    • 3DEP
    • Flair Act
    • Utility Mapping
  • Read the COGO Report Card and try to think about implementing the cadastre
  • Use NSPS, determine if they have a Geospatial Committee and work with them


Richard Kleinmann
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Diane Arendt, Jesrin Gaier, Ed Harvey, Ben Larson, Emily Pierce, Glen Schaefer, Liz Schleif, Frank Thousand


Fate of the U.S. Survey Foot after 2022: A Conversation with NGS

Dr. Michael Dennis, National Geodetic Survey

Two feet is great for people, but not so good for standards. Since 1959, two definitions of the foot have been used in the U.S. One is the “international foot”, adopted nationwide at that time. The other is the “U.S. survey foot”, a renamed perpetuation of the 1893 definition intended as temporary. Although the U.S. survey foot is longer by only 2 ppm (0.01 foot per mile), having both in use at the same time creates real problems with real costs. The result is decades of confusion and chaos in fields where large distances and coordinates are used, such as surveying and mapping. NGS missed an opportunity to fix this problem in 1986, with the change from the NAD 27 to NAD 83 datums. Another opportunity is in 2022 with the modernization of the National Spatial Reference System. This webinar reviews the history of the foot, discusses the vital importance of standards, and gives examples of problems created by having two feet. It shows how NGS can help move the U.S. toward a single, uniform definition of the foot to restore order from chaos.

Here is a link to a webinar by Dr. Michael Dennis regarding the fate of our feet after 2022.  The Fate of the US Survey Foot after 2022

Draft WLIP 2016-2020 Program Plan

WLIP has release its draft 2016-2020 Program Plan for review and comment. Nathan Vaughn is the WSLS representative on the WLIC and requests your comments on the Plan. Please review the Plan and and contribute to the Comments page located under Resources | Discussions here. It is in the best interests of the profession and the public that surveyors be activley involved.


DOA Announces the appointed members of the first Wisconsin Land Information Council

It is with great excitement that I share the news that the members of the Wisconsin Land Information Council (WLIC) have been appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Administration (DOA).

The Council will advise DOA on the Parcel Initiative and other matters relating to the WLIP. The first WLIC meeting will take place at the WLIA Fall Regional Meeting in Oshkosh on October 30th. Geographic Information Officer Jim Giglierano will serve as the non-voting secretary to the council made up of twelve appointees, who were all endorsed by their respective organizations:

Real property lister Al Brokmeier Wisconsin Real Property Listers Association
Geospatial professional Adam Derringer Wisconsin Land Information Association
Land information officer Don Dittmar Land Information Officers Network
County surveyor Daniel Frick Wisconsin County Surveyors Association
Public safety or emergency communications representative Maria Holl Wisconsin Emergency Management Association
Representative of realtor industry Cori Lamont Wisconsin Realtors Association
Representative of state or federal government Mark Paulat Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Land title or financial lending industry representative Kristeen Pelot Wisconsin Land Title Association
Utility industry representative Tim Statz Wisconsin Utility Association
Licensed professional land surveyor Nathan Vaughn Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors
State Cartographer Howard Veregin State Cartographer’s Office
Register of deeds Cynthia Wisinski Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association

You can follow WLIC developments on the WLIP webpage at


Statewide Parcel Database in Wisconsin is Now Online

As posted on Wiscsonsin State Cartographer's Office

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) and State Cartographer’s Office (SCO) are pleased to announce the release of the Version 1 (V1) Statewide Parcel Map Database and Web Application, the state’s first publically available statewide digital parcel map.

As announced this morning by Mike Friis, Program Manager of the Wisconsin Land Information Program at the DOA, this release provides the community with a web-based mapping interface for browsing the statewide parcel layer. The application, built using ArcGIS Online, enables users to pan and zoom, search by parcel attribute information, and query parcels on screen.

The statewide parcel layer is available for download as an Esri file geodatabase.

Database Characteristics

The V1 Project is part of a larger Statewide Digital Parcel Map Initiative, a multi-year, DOA initiative that resulted from Act 20, the state's 2013-15 biennial budget. The V1 schema documentation includes detailed information about available attribute information. Attributes contained in the Version 1 database include: 

  • Assessed value of land
  • Assessed value of improvements
  • Total assessed value
  • Class of property, as specified in s. 70.32 (2)(a)
  • Estimated fair market value
  • Total property tax
  • Property address information maintained by the county
  • Acreage information maintained by the county
  • Parcel ID
  • School district

For more information see the V1 Project Interim Report and Digital Appendices.

Room to Grow!

As this is the first iteration of a statewide parcel layer, there is much room for improvement. To suggest improvements or provide feedback on the ways that you plan to make use of this parcel data, users are encouraged to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wisconsin Land Information Council

The State Department of Administration is in the process of proposing the creation of a state-level Wisconsin Land Information Council.  This council, among other things, will advise the department on the administration of the Wisconsin Land Information Program.  Here is the proposed council creation, membership, and duties.  This is just a draft and it is dated 5/26/2015.