Building Clusters (County Cadastral data)

 Last updated on 7/28/2023 1:58:43 PM.

Overview

NOTE: The Building Cluster layer is no longer being maintained and updated. Be cautious of this data as it represents a snap shot in time pre-2022. The layer remains in WFDSS as a reference layer. A new layer, MS Buildings Centroids, will be added in the fall of 2022 and populated using the centroids of the Microsoft Building Footprint data as the source.

The Building Clusters layer acts as pre-2022 county-level data. County structures data were derived from cadastral data provided by counties throughout the United States. These efforts were coordinated through the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Cadastral Subcommittee and the Wildland Fire Management RD&A.

Data Input

Building cluster points represent the center of parcels where county assessor records indicate taxable improvements are present. One or more structures and other improvements may exist near these point locations. Alternatively, counties may provide structure points that indicate that taxable improvements are present.

Parcel centroids or structure points were created, based on improvement value and/or other field attributes indicating taxable improvements. The resulting layer was then reprojected to GCS, NAD 83.

Disclaimer

These data are intended for strategic use only and should not be assumed accurate for use beyond this purpose. Limited data processing of the available datasets was completed to prepare data for use and analysis in WFDSS.

Many data were obtained through sharing agreements, with the understanding the data would be used solely used within the WFDSS system.

These data should not be shared with any outside parties.

Data Limitations

Building cluster points approximate the location of one or more structures. Most building cluster points represent the center of parcels where county assessor records indicate taxable improvements are present, but may also represent structure point locations identified by county officials. Locational accuracy of cluster points decreases with large parcel areas.

Caution: Building Clusters points are intended for STRATEGIC USE ONLY. Always verify specific structure location with local knowledge.

 

Data Information

Source:

US Counties and FGDC Subcommittee for Cadastral data

Extent:

See Status Map

Projection/Datum:

GCS, NAD 83

 

Building Cluster Definition: Building Cluster Points represent assumed and approximate locations of one or more structures. Most building cluster points represent the center of parcels where county assessor records indicate taxable improvements are present, but may also represent structure point locations identified by county officials. Building Cluster points are intended for STRATEGIC USE ONLY. (Source: NFDSC Economics Group)

Building Clusters GIS Team Contacts

The WFDSS application is "data rich". It requires data which is spatially oriented and graphically displays information to support wildland fire and other natural resource decisions. Due to the type and number of interagency spatial data sets required in April 2009 an interagency GIS Team was formed to provide data support for WFDSS. This Team is responsible for acquiring, consolidating, and validating their agency spatial and tabular data. In addition this team developed and maintained communications among local, regional, and national agency personnel to improve the collection process and provide explicit guidance on data needs. The members of the WFDSS GIS Team are:

Table 1: WFDSS GIS Team Contacts

 

WFMRD&A

Amanda Rumsey
Data Scientist
208.830.0160
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WFMRD&A

Jonah Vaughan
GIS Specialist
406.531.4702
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WFMRD&A

Susan McClendon
GIS Specialist
208.258.4244
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BLM - AFS

Jennifer L. Jenkins
GIS Specialist
907.356.5587
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BLM - NIFC

Julie Osterkamp
Natural Resource Specialist
801.520.8702
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BIA - NIFC

Joseph Kafka
Fire Management Specialist
208.387.5572
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NPS - NIFC

Skip Edel
Fire - GIS Program Lead
303.969.2947
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USFS - NIFC

Cole Belongie
Data Coordinator
208.488.5246
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USFWS - NIFC

Andrew Bailey
National Fire Planner
208-387-5345
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