Press Release- DDS Awarded Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation

Press Release- DDS Awarded Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation


For Immediate Release

Digital Data Services, Inc. Awarded Contract with the Bureau of Reclamation

September 25th, 2014

Lakewood, CO-  Digital Data Services, Inc. (DDS) announced that it has been awarded a contract with the Bureau of Reclamation’s Ephrata Washington for data conversion and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data delivery. Under the agreement, DDS will scan, georeference, digitize, and attribute 200 hard-copy maps showing land classification, right-of-ways, and farm units.

The Bureau of Reclamation performed studies in the 1960’s and 1970’s which evaluated soils, slope, and other factors to determine the suitability of land for irrigation.  These studies produced a series of linen and mylar land classification maps that are generally done for each Public Land Survey (PLS) section. As a result of the Odessa Subarea Special Study EIS findings, Reclamation, the State of Washington, and the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District are preparing to replace approximately 70,000 acres of groundwater- based irrigation with Columbia Basin Project surface water. 

DDS will convert the original mylar and linen maps into a fully attributed GIS format to assist in the analysis of irrigated lands.  The converted land classification data will be used to determine eligibility for direct replacement or for an “infill” option that allows irrigators to move their operations closer to water conveyance facilities.  

“DDS is pleased to consult with Federal agencies in the conversion of spatial-related information into more viable GIS formats to assist in their analysis.” - said Scott C. Carter President of DDS, Inc. 

For additional information regarding Digital Data Services, Inc., please visit

About Digital Data Services, Inc.

DDS is an information technology firm that specializes in the creation, conversion, management, integration, and presentation of geospatial information. Our expertise focuses on providing simple solutions to complex business challenges and allowing our clients to leverage and explore their data in new and unique ways. As experts in research, data processing, data storage/management, data analysis, and presentation, we serve our clients by making complex analytical decisions available to everyone. Our vision is that access to geospatial information should not be a barrier to making business decisions.

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DDS News- Larimer County, Colorado County Map from 1930's Time Capsule

DDS News- Larimer County, Colorado County Map from 1930's Time Capsule

The map was found in November of 2000 when Larimer County officials opened time capsules from the Larimer County Courthouse in Fort Collins. These time capsules were concealed behind the cornerstone wall located near the Oak Street entrance of the south wing of the building.

This map was produced by E&L Horn for the City of Fort Collins' Public Library Project Benefit Fund. Our research puts the map at about 1937 - 1938.

  • In 1937 a library expansion project was approved by the City of Fort Collins. The public library did put funds into projects that would help raise funds to build the expansion. We believe this map may have been used to generate funds for this project. The project was completed in 1939.
  • A Fort Collins Public Library research we conducted turned up a Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce brochure produced in 1935 that contained a very similar map, author unknown.
  • The front page of the Fort Collins Leader, dated 1936 (vacation edition), is made up of a very similar map.
  • Colorado Legislation passed in 1937 allowed the Northern Colorado Conservancy District to be created that same year. The Big Thompson Project began in 1938. This map lists the Big Thompson Project but the "Proposed Continental Divide Tunnel". This tunnel, the Alva B. Adams Tunnel, carried water from the western slope to the eastern slope and was completed in 1947.
  • Horsetooth Reservoir was labeled "Proposed Reservoir (Big Thompson Project)" on this map. Construction of Horsetooth Reservoir took place from 1946-1949 with the first water storage in 1951.
  • The map shows three Civilian Conservation Corp, 'CCC', camps. The CCC program was established in 1933 and disbanded in 1942. The Buckeye CCC Camp (shown on map northwest of Wellington) was in existence from 1935-1939. Also shown on the map are camps near Redfeather Lakes and near the Big Thompson River.
  • At least two books about local life are listed on the map. Next to Buckeye the "Back to Buckeye" book is listed and that book was published in 1934. Southeast of Wellington the "Second Hoeing" book is listed and that book was published in 1935.
  • The clothes, cars, Airstream Trailer, and other depictions on the map look the era.

The population of Larimer County in 1940 was 35,539. The 2002 population estimate for Larimer County is just over 260,000 people.

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From Larimer County, Colorado website.

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DDS News- USGS Releases Updated Seismic Hazard Maps

DDS News- USGS Releases Updated Seismic Hazard Maps

The 2014 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Seismic Hazard Maps display earthquake ground motions for various probability levels across the United States and are applied in seismic provisions of building codes, insurance rate structures, risk assessments, and other public policy. The updated maps represent an assessment of the best available science in earthquake hazards and incorporate new findings on earthquake ground shaking, faults, seismicity, and geodesy. 

The National Seismic Hazard Maps are derived from seismic hazard curves calculated on a grid of sites across the United States that describe the annual frequency of exceeding a set of ground motions. Data and maps from the 2014 U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project are available for download below. 



Seismic Hazard Maps and Data

National Seismic Hazard Maps

 Lower 48

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Seismic Hazard Maps display earthquake ground motions for various probability levels across the United States and are applied in seismic provisions of building codes, insurance rate structures, risk assessments, and other public policy.
Versions available: 2014, 2008, 2002, and 1996.


Versions available: 2007 and 1999




Versions available: 1998




 Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands

Versions available: 2003


 Guam & Marianas

USGS Open-File Report 2012-1015: Seismic Hazard Assessment for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands

 Samoa & Pacific Islands

USGS Open-File Report 2012-1087: Seismic Hazard of American Samoa and Neighboring South Pacific Islands—Data, Methods, Parameters, and Results

Scenarios & Time-Dependent Earthquake Probability Maps


Expected ground motions and effects of specific hypothetical large earthquakes

 Time-Dependent Earthquake Probability Maps



Foreign Hazard Maps



 Southeast Asia


 State of Gujarat, India


 Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program (GSHAP)


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DDS News- How Far Does $100 Go in Your State? New Map Has the Answer

DDS News- How Far Does $100 Go in Your State? New Map Has the Answer

Aug. 18, 2014 7:33pm

Oliver Darcy

A non-profit organization published a map Monday revealing the “real value” of $100 in each state.

The Tax Foundation said they used data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to create the graphic which aims to “reflect how prices are different in each state.”

“Because average prices for similar goods are much higher in California or New York than in Mississippi or South Dakota, the same amount of dollars will buy you comparatively less in the high-price states, or comparatively more in low-price states,” the group said in an online statement.

Full story at the Blaze

Image courtesy of the Tax Foundation

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DDS News- Wyoming State Geological Survey Releases Geologic Map of the State

DDS News- Wyoming State Geological Survey Releases Geologic Map of the State

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – The Wyoming State Geological Survey has created an improved version of the Geologic Map of Wyoming, an important visual tool displaying a variety of geologic features, from different ages of rocks and faults to the state’s river basins and mountain ranges.

The 1:500,000-scale wall map includes a separate legend sheet and references. TheGeologic Map of Wyoming is available to purchase for $25 via the WSGS Online Store or as a free pdf download.

“The geologic map of the state is intended to better understand and evaluate our geologic features and history. It can also be used to evaluate groundwater, energy, infrastructure development, hazards, and environmental protection,” said Tom Drean, director of the WSGS. “The map is a good reference tool or to display on an office wall; the colors and features are outstanding,” he said.

This map represents a major project by the agency’s GIS staff, cartographers, and geologists. The goal was to develop a new and improved presentation of the original geology, which was hand-scribed and created in 1985 by authors David Love and Ann Christiansen of the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1994, cartographers digitized the geology.

Creating this new version involved superimposing various layers of data on the map, a standard practice for creating geologic maps. Esri’s ArcMap GIS (geographic information systems) mapping software was used to combine the various layers of data. Color patterns and letter symbols were used to represent the various geologic rock units. The base map layers depict background reference information such as landforms, roads, and boundaries. The background is a detailed and accurate graphic representation of natural features on the ground, specifically a representation of relief in the terrain.

“One of the challenges we had with updating the map was symbolizing the faults, which were numerous,” said Suzanne Luhr, GIS map editor of the WSGS. “We had to evaluate each one for proper placement and direction.”

WSGS cartographer Phyllis Ranz was responsible for overlaying and modifying the patterns from the original map. They cover more than 200 rock units, known as geologic strata. These designs are intended to help differentiate between the places or contacts where different rock units meet, such as where igneous rocks have intruded through sedimentary rocks, or where metamorphic rocks occur.

“One striking attribute in the new version of the map is the shaded relief background generated from a digital elevation model,” Ranz said. A relatively new technique (with Global Mapper software) was used to blend the digital geologic data with a shaded relief base to enhance both Wyoming’s geology and its varied topography. Prior to the use of sophisticated computer software, contour lines were used to show elevation on a topographic map and were scribed by hand. While the tools to create the maps have changed, the creative design work conducted by the agency’s cartographers continues. “This geologic map represents how we can combine science and art,” Ranz said.

Understanding and visually displaying where different rock types are located provides important clues about where groundwater, energy, and mineral resources exist, a major role of the WSGS, Drean said. “This map provides a template for future studies in a variety of disciplines, from geologic and tectonic research to hydrologic and environmental studies. –Provided by WSGS

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DDS News- Map of the Happiest Places in America

DDS News- Map of the Happiest Places in America

Does where you live have an effect on the amount of happiness you will achieve? Here is an nteresting article from Vox.

If New York is so unhappy, why do so many people keep living there? That's one of the many questions at stake in a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia used people's self-reported life satisfaction data from the CDC to try to determine a geography of American happiness. What they found is that among the biggest metropolitan areas, the Big Apple is the unhappiest. Scranton, Pennsylvania, takes the honor of the least happy metro area of any size. Meanwhile, Richmond is the happiest large metro area, and Charlottesville, Virginia, is the happiest of any size.

Here's a look at what that geography of happiness looks like, after researchers controlled for demographic characteristics like sex, race, and age. Blue represents the highest happiness measure, and red is the lowest.


But wait — what if money buys happiness? Wouldn't richer areas naturally have higher happiness readings? To try to account for that, the researchers controlled for income. Doing that shows Montana and the South to be happier, income aside, and it alleviates some of the unhappiness in the Rust Belt.


However, this map should be taken with a grain of salt, the authors caution: because income depends in part upon where a person chooses to live, and maybe even a person's happiness level, trying to subtract income from the equation can make for murkier results.

For example, the authors write, unhappiness is more concentrated in this map on Rust Belt cities. That doesn't mean those places are less happy; rather, it means that's their unhappiness that's unrelated to their income levels. Read More

From VOX

Updated by Danielle Kurtzleben on July 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. ET

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Industry News: Mansion Map: a guide to rich people's houses

Industry News: Mansion Map: a guide to rich people's houses

Mansion Map, a new website built for those who want to know where the other half lives and how they got there. Connecticut-based entrepreneur Greg Berry has devised an interactive map that means you can virtually cruise through a neighborhood finding out who lives where, how much their house is worth, what they do for a living, and how much they're worth.

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Industry News: Map: Watch the US go through 5 recessions in 45 seconds

Industry News: Map: Watch the US go through 5 recessions in 45 seconds

The latest unemployment report showed that the jobless rate ticked down to 6.1 percent. But not everyone in the US is feeling that much relief. The jobless rates in some states are far higher — Nevada is currently at 7.9 percent, and Rhode Island is at 8.2.

The national jobless rate is one big indicator that represents what's going on in all of the smaller state economies in the US, both bad and good. Real estate brokerage site Movoto has compiled more than three decades of this data into one map, tracking the unemployment rate by state from the Carter Administration to today. During that period, the nation went through five recessions, as counted by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The map picks up on many sorts of things that can send a state's jobless rate spiking — watch for Louisiana flickering darker in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina or for the beating Michigan's auto industry took in the early-1980s recession — and drives home the point that even when the economy looks pretty good, it can still be pretty bad in some places. The reverse is true, too — look at how oil-rich North Dakota stays pale throughout the Great Recession.

Movoto says it made the map as part of a project to "analyze the impact of presidencies" on the unemployment rate — hence the presidents at the bottom of the map. And while presidents pursue particular economic agendas, many experts agree that presidents aren't all that responsible for the unemployment rate at any given time. (read more)

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Press Release: DDS Presents Maperture® - Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry at the AAPG Annual Meeting

Press Release: DDS Presents Maperture® - Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry at the AAPG Annual Meeting


For Immediate Release:


Denver, CO, July 14, 2014 - Digital Data Services  (DDS) Presents Maperture®- Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry at the AAPG Annual Meeting.

Digital Data Services, a leader in customer-focused geographic business solutions, will be exhibiting at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Meeting on July 21 and 22, 2014 at the Colorado Convention Center, Booth No. 36.

DDS will be presenting Maperture®, a powerful web based map solution used to manage and view mapping data. Powered by Geocortex Essentials and Esri ArcGIS Server technologies, Maperture® allows users to query public domain or subscription-based oil and gas data, analyze the information, generate reports, print maps, and access the information from any location via a desktop browser or mobile device. This exciting technology presents valuable information in a custom-built interface specialized to a customer’s needs. 

Maperture® minimizes the need for desktop GIS and puts the power of mapping into the hands of executive level decision makers through its easy to use “wizard” interface. “We incorporate web based GIS technologies developed by Latitude Geographics and Esri, and expand on those technologies through custom development.  This includes creating workflows that incorporate datasets that the customer may have internally, or datasets that are offered in the public domain.  Our intention is to create a central repository for spatial and non-spatial information that a company may need access to, and create the tools to organize, analyze, and present the information in a way that “non-technical” users can easily interact with.” – says DDS's President and co-founder Scott Carter.

More information regarding this service, including a demonstration of the application, can be found at:


About Digital Data Services, Inc.

Digital Data Services, Inc. (DDS) is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting firm that provides advanced, Esri powered, custom desktop, mobile, and web mapping solutions. DDS assists companies seeking to improve their efficiencies through the use of spatial information.

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E-Newsletter: DDS Oil & Gas News

E-Newsletter: DDS Oil & Gas News


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Oil & Gas Mapping Just Got a Lot Easier!


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We are exhibiting at the AAPG, July 21-22, booth 36

Mapping Just Got a Lot Easier

Stop by Digital Data Service’s booth at the AAPG for a peek at Maperture®, a powerful way to manage and view mapping data.   


Maperture® allows you to:


  • query oil and gas data
  • generate reports
  • print maps
  • from desktop browser or mobile device



Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO- Booth #36



2014 Rocky Mountain Section

AAPG Annual Meeting

Colorado Convention Center



July 21-22

Maperture AAPG July 2014- Web Mapping Applications

Not going to the show? No problem!  

Maperture Demo


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Geocortex Meetup Group

Colorado Geocortex MeetUp Group- Thursday, June 26th, 6:00 PM

Galvanize: 1062 Delaware Street, Denver, CO

Digital Data Services hosted the inaugural Colorado Geocortex User Group Meeting on June 26th.

The meeting began with Scott Carter introducing himself and the history of his company, Digital Data Services.  He then explained why Digital Data Services chose Geocortex technologies for the implementation of their web-based mapping solutions.

Following Scott's introduction, the attendees, or "Geocortex Enthusiasts" introduced themselves and gave a brief description on how they were implementing Geocortex Essentials within their organization.

The first presentation of the night was given by Scott Stafford-Veale of Latitude Geographics. Scott went over the key points covered in the Geocortex User Conference, which was a two day webinar event for Geocortex Users.  He then followed that by giving the "Enthusiasts" a sample of the technologies that the Latitude Geographics development team was working on for future releases.  

Tom Neer from Digital Data Services gave a presentation on how to install Geocortex on a secured site.  Mr. Neer also mentioned that he was posting a 15 video series to be shown on Digital Data Service's YouTube channel that covered the secured site installation.  The videos are scheduled to be released in July.

The meeting was adjourned and a good portion of the Enthusiasts went to Domos a Japanese restaurant, in downtown Denver.



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