New Mexico Lidar Data Status Map

New Mexico Lidar Status (Interactive Map) Increasingly, New Mexico’s key geospatial data needs must be met with high-quality, high-resolution, and current elevation data. Enhanced elevation data are essential to a broad and cross-cutting range of applications, analyses and evaluations, and established programs such as emergency preparedness, resource management, natural hazard… Continue reading

DEM Analysis – The many uses and derivatives of a Digital Elevation Model

DEM Analysis

Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) are raster files with elevation data for each raster cell. DEMs are popular for calculations, manipulations and further analysis of an area, and more specifically analysis based on the elevation. ArcGIS has several built-in functions that are very easy to use and will turn the DEM… Continue reading

Using Leaflet JS to map mines in and around New Mexico

Mines in and around New Mexico (Interactive Map) The recent mine spill on the Animas River has resulted in an increased interest in the locations of current and past mines. We set out to create an interactive Webmap of the mines in the USGS Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS) to… Continue reading

Implementing Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS at the City of Rio Rancho

corr dev webappbuilder

In the summer of 2014 the City of Rio Rancho’s GIS section began beta testing the ArcGIS Web Application builder. The builder creates a simple foundation for the deployment of HTML/JavaScript applications that can be hosted either by ESRI (via ArcGIS Online) or on your local webserver. The City had… Continue reading

Updating Archeological Site Field Data Collection Methods to Twenty First Century

In March of 2015, the Office of Contract Archeology (OCA) at the University of New Mexico began field testing various digital approaches to recording archeological site information. One critical piece of information for any archaeologist working in New Mexico is the Laboratory of Anthropology Site Record, simply called the LA… Continue reading

Up in Flames: Creating Defensible Spaces to Reduce Wildfire Damage


Urban development continues pushing farther out of cities and into wilderness areas for both primary and secondary residences. As a result, the amount of homes damaged due to accidental and natural forest fires continues to increase drastically. Along with this, there have been recent measurable changes in New Mexico’s climate.… Continue reading

New Mexico Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Finder

Township with Section Numbers

Have you had problems locating a particular section or quarter section? Do you want to know the Township, Range and Section number for your house? If so, the New Mexico PLSS finder application will help you. It lets you enter the Township and Section number and then identifies your area… Continue reading