Surface Disturbance Analysis and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT)

SDARTT is to be the national repository for and analysis tool of disturbance data pertaining to public land operations for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Public land users will upload disturbance and reclamation data to SDARTT and BLM users will utilize SDARTT to map and analyze the data and generate reports. Spatial data will no longer be stored in the various current (or future) Data Management Systems (DMS). Instead the various DMS applications will have the ability to direct their users to SDARTT for data uploads, and the DMS applications will have access to the ever growing national pool of data.

SDARTT is an interactive map tool used to document and track disturbance and reclamation efforts associated with surface activity requiring a BLM permit. This data is critical to the BLM’s public land use permitting process due to the number of BLM offices reporting on the 19 disturbance threats SDARTT is tracking. This data can be cross-referenced with various background layers to assist in land use and natural resource management decisions. SDARTT can be used as a general, public, read-only application or, for approved users, can provide a variety of data uploading and editing capabilities as well. The three primary objectives of SDARTT are: 1) develop a dynamic surface disturbance inventory (as-built and legacy disturbance and reclamation data), 2) use the dynamic surface disturbance inventory to aid in approving or denying new proposed disturbances near PHMAs or within specified analysis areas, and 3) allow proponents to view, download, and analyze data as needed for reporting purposes.

Where do I find the SDARTT User Manual?

To find the SDARTT User Manual click on the Resources tab and then click on the “New SDARTT User Manual click here to download” link.

How do I register to use SDARTT?

SDARTT is a secured application. Information can only been seen by users who have been given certain levels of access to the application depending upon the role they have assigned. To register click on the Register Button or go to: https://blm.sciencebase.gov/sdartt/authorizedUser/register

How do I choose which role to register as?

To determine whether to register as an Approver, Verifier, Editor, or Reader see the associated descriptions in the To Register section of the SDARTT User Manual. The download link for the SDARTT User Manual is located under the Resources tab.

How do I log into/launch SDARTT?

To log into/launch SDARTT click on the Launch Tool button above and login using the username and password you registered for SDARTT. You can also copy the login URL into a web browser: https://blm.sciencebase.gov/sdartt to access the SDARTT login page.

Fish and Wildlife Service / Photo by Dave Menke

SDARTT: Short Tutorials

Quickly familiarize yourself with SDARTT’s interface and basic functionality. Login to SDARTT in a new window and then use the tutorials below to walk through some of SDARTT’s basic functions. This information can also be found in the SDARTT User Manual.

Once you have signed into SDARTT click on the Upload tab, click the drop down arrow and choose Disturbances and Reclamations. When the upload window opens, click on choose file, navigate to the file you wish to upload and either double click it or highlight it and click on the “open” button.

Next you are going to select the category type that matches the shapefile you are uploading. If you are uploading a combined file you will leave the select category at the default which is All (combined). Otherwise, you will need to click on the drop down arrow and choose the category type that matches the shapefile you are uploading. For example, if Energy (coal mine) is the shapefile being uploaded, select Energy (coal mine) from the drop down list.

At this point you have the option of associating your shapefile(s) with a pre-existing project. Once you have completed your selections, click on “Submit”. SDARTT will go ahead and analyze your data, checking for any errors or missing data, and returning any error and warning messages when it populates the spatial records and the associated map to the Disturbance and Reclamation Upload window.

In SDARTT you have the option of saving any record that does not have an actual error, so make sure to review warning messages prior to deciding to upload, as SDARTT changes warning record fields to correct the errors found. Hover over the word “warning” to open the warning message box. For errors, hover over the word “error” to review which fields have errors and what those errors are. Error records will need to be corrected and re-submitted. Once you have reviewed all this information and you want to upload the records that do not have errors you will go ahead and click on “Save Records That Have No Errors”.

When SDARTT finishes uploading the records the record status changes to “Uploaded” for any records that were uploaded, and “rejected” for any record that had a status of “error”. As well the message “One or more records were rejected (move your mouse over the “Rejected” text for details)” will appear below the map.

At this point you can review the error messages again, noting which fields need to be corrected in the records before you can upload them.

When you are ready, click the “continue” button. This will take you to a zoomed in view of the SDARTT map showing all of the polygons that were uploaded. And you are done.

Once you have signed into SDARTT go to the Tools tab, click on the drop down arrow and choose Project Tracking.

Once the Project Tracking Tool window opens select the project you wish to track and click the submit button. Only those projects that are in the SDARTT inventory will be listed in the drop down list.

The tool opens a new window that loads the shapefile and also loads data pertaining to the project. If you have any data in the Existing/Approved Disturbance Acres or the Projected Disturbance Acres these are clickable fields that link you to those places.

You can download this information to a pdf or csv file by clicking on the appropriate format. You can also, if you would like, enter your disturbance cap percentage to help you with your analysis.

Once you are done with the particular project you have chosen you have the option to go back to the Projects Window and choose another project by clicking the Projects button in the lower left side of the window. Otherwise, if you are done, just click the Cancel button and you will exit out of the Project Tracking Tool and go back to the main SDARTT map. And you’re done.

A.   Using DRAW
Use Draw to draw a polygon around a disturbance and/or reclamation area to view an analysis of the area.

Once you have signed into SDARTT go ahead and click on the Draw tab, then move the cursor down onto the map close to the location where you want to draw your polygon. Hold down your left mouse button, draw your polygon and before you end up getting back to where you started go ahead and let go. SDARTT will go ahead and pull up any data for that shapefile or the shapefiles in the area that you drew.

You have the option of exporting the data to a pdf file or a csv file by clicking on the desired format. You also have the option to enter your Disturbance Cap Percentage, if you would like, to help you with your analysis.

To draw another polygon, close the Analysis of Disturbance and Reclamation window then click on the Draw tab again and go through the same process.

To zoom in to get a closer look at the features you want to draw the polygon around use the plus (+) button in the upper left corner of the screen. To move the map around click and hold the left mouse button so the cursor changes to cross arrows and then drag the map. Releasing the left mouse button releases the map. You can also use the scroll wheel on the mouse to zoom the map in and out.

Again, once you are located where you want to be click on the “Draw” feature, left click to hold down the mouse button, draw your feature and then let go of the left mouse button and SDARTT will load the data. And there you have using the “Draw” function in SDARTT to return analysis data.


B.   Importing Shapefiles
Used to temporarily import shapefile data to the SDARTT map for analysis.

Once you have signed into SDARTT you may find it helpful to go ahead and zoom in closer on the map before you upload your file. You can do that by clicking the plus (+) zoom button or using the scroll wheel on your mouse as you can see you can scroll in or scroll out. To move the map around click and hold the left mouse button so the cursor changes to cross arrows and then drag the map. Releasing the left mouse button releases the map.

To start importing, click on the Import Shapefile tab, click on the Choose File button, navigate to where you have the folder that you are going to be uploading, select the file and then SDARTT will go ahead and load that data. Depending on the size of the file you are uploading this could take several seconds.

SDARTT will return for you various information about the shapefile that you uploaded. You can export the data to either a pdf or csv document. You are also able to go ahead and enter a disturbance cap percentage, if you would like, to help you in your analysis.

And so there you have temporarily uploading a shapefile to the SDARTT map for analysis.


C.   Using Query
Use Query to generate a report based on multiple criteria (an Ad-Hoc query).

Once you have signed into SDARTT click on the Query tab. The Ad Hoc Query window will open. There are several different field filter choices you can make to narrow down your query search or you can leave it a very broad search.

There are two basic kinds of fields; drop down menus and fields that you can type the actual data into. Notice that with the date fields you are able to put the date in one of three optional formats; month day year, month year and just year. Once you have completed making your filter choices click Submit.

The Results of Query table will open over the SDARTT map. Each project name is a clickable link that will take you to the specific project location on the SDARTT map and opens an additional window, the Identify Results window. When the Identify Results window first opens up it defaults to the All Features tab. You will want to click on the Report Features tab to locate the specific data for the project name you clicked on.

When you click on another project name the SDARTT map will zoom to that location and the data in the Identify window will change to match that location. You are also able to grab the map to move it by holding down the left mouse button, or zoom in or out using your mouse wheel or the “plus” and “minus” buttons in the upper left corner of the screen.

Another feature of the Query task is the ability to export the Query data. You can export to a pdf or csv document by clicking on the desired format or create a shapefile by clicking on “Create Shapefile”.

Once you are done you click on the “x” in the upper right hand corner of the screen to close the query table. You can run another query or go up to the Map Extent, click the drop down arrow and choose Full Extent and then clear the map by clicking the Clear button. To bring back the default features for the map go to the Legends tab, deselect Report Features and click All Features. The will populate the map with the data from the SDARTT inventory. And there you have running a SDARTT query.

Disturbance and Reclamation Acreage

This chart displays the current and historical disturbance and reclamation acreage for energy-related disturbances, roads, and pipelines tracked by SDARTT. A nationwide effort is in place to continue to upload existing and new surface disturbances into the SDARTT portal. This chart updates in real-time as new features are added to the tool.