U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND
MANAGEMENT

SDARTT: USER HELP MANUALS


INTRODUCTION

What is SDARTT?

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have partnered to create the 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 BLM. Users will upload disturbance and reclamation data to SDARTT to map, analyze, and generate data 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. The three primary objectives of SDARTT are:

1) Develop a dynamic surface disturbance inventory: as-built and legacy disturbances, and four categories of reclamation data
2) Use the dynamic surface disturbance inventory to aid in siting and approving new proposed disturbances in support of numerous development and land use plans (i.e. site scale disturbance caps in sage-grouse ARMPAs, DRECP, etc.)
3) Allow users to view, download, and analyze data as needed for reporting purposes

Habitat Management Areas (HMA)

The BLM manages much of the best remaining sagebrush habitat for the Greater Sage-Grouse. As part of an unprecedented effort by dozens of partners across 11 western states, it has developed land use plans to conserve this habitat. These plans benefit not only the Greater Sage-grouse, but some other 350 other species of wildlife that rely on the sagebrush sea, and the many, many people who depend on it for their livelihoods and a source of recreation. For more information about the conservation of the Sage-Grouse:

https://www.blm.gov/programs/fish-and-wildlife/sage-grouse
REGISTRATION

Registration Website:
https://blm.sciencebase.gov/sdartt/authorizedUser/register


BETA Registration Website:
(To be used as practice)
https://beta-blm.sciencebase.gov/sdartt/authorizedUser/register


SDARTT Contact Information:
sdartt@usgs.gov

• Department of the Interior (DOI) employees should use DOI email address for sign up
• Non-DOI employees can use any email account




Roles

1. Reader
a. View ‘Verified’ and ‘Approved’ data
i. This is for the privacy and protection of land users
b. Can NOT:
i. Upload
ii. Edit
iii. Verify
iv. Approve
c. All public accounts will use this role
d. A BETA registration account will automatically sign user up for this role on the production site
2. Editor
a. View all data
b. Data for specific offices, districts, or states, which is based on ‘Type’ choice, can be:
i. Uploaded
ii. Edited
3. Verifier
a. View all data
b. Data for specific offices, districts, or states, which is based on ‘Type’ choice, can be:
i. Uploaded
ii. Edited
iii. Verified
4. Approver
a. View all data
b. Data for specific offices, districts, or states, which is based on ‘Type’ choice, can be:
i. Uploaded
ii. Edited
iii. Verified
c. Approve requests for all ‘Roles’ and ‘Types’
i. Based on location area defined in ‘Type’
Types

1. National
2. State Office
3. District Office
4. Field Office
5. Reader

1. Location(s) need to be chosen for all Types (except National and Reader)
a. Click in the Selection text box to pull up the list of locations or begin typing the name of the office in the text box to narrow your search
b. Multiple locations:
i. Open the office list and click on your first selection
ii. Click in the ‘Selection’ text box again to reopen the office list or start typing in the name of the next location you need
iii. Click on your next selection
iv. Continue this process until all needed locations have been selected
v. To remove a selected location, click on the ‘X’ at the right of the location name
vi. Click on the verify the ‘I’m not a robot’ spam checker by clicking the check box
vii. Once the green check mark appears in the “I’m not a robot” box click the ‘Submit’ button
viii. If your registration is successful the ‘Registration Successful’ window will appear




2. Click on ‘Submit Another Registration’ if another registration is needed or close the Registration window
3. Check registration email from myusgs@usgs.gov once request has been approved
a. The email will have the subject SDARTT User Registration Request Approved, and will also contain:
i. Your username
ii. Who approved your request
iii. What locations were approved
b. A public email address will receive an additional email from myusgs@usgs.gov containing:
i. Subject ‘New myUSGS Account’
ii. Username and temporary password for first time logging into SDARTT
HOME SCREEN


SDARTT webpage:
https://blm.sciencebase.gov/sdartt/

SDARTT Beta webpage:
https://beta-blm.sciencebase.gov/





Account Information

1. User email
2. Current ‘Role’
3. Current BLM offices
4. To request additional BLM offices:
a. Click on ‘Request Additional Offices’
b. A drop down will appear
c. Click on all needed offices
d. Click ‘Submit’
5. To request a different ‘Role’ or ‘Type’
a. Click on ‘Request Different Role or Type’
b. 2 drop down menus will appear
c. Click on applicable roles and/or types
d. Click ‘Submit’
e. A notification will be sent to the appropriate ‘Approver’
f. An email will be sent once request has been approved or rejected


Identify Results Window



1. Left click anywhere on the map with populated features
2. All associated data will load in ‘Identify Results’ window
3. To activate other tabs in the window, matching layers must be turned on
a. See ‘Legend’ section for more information






Map Extent

1. Full Extent
a. Shows the map to include all active uploaded data, this is the initial view seen when first logging in
2. Previous Extent
a. Similar to ‘back’ button on a web browser. This will show the prior extent view
3. Next Extent
a. Similar to the ‘forward’ button on a web browser. This will show the next extent, if available
Measure

The measure tool will open in the bottom, right corner of the map area and look like this:

Area

Units of Area choices:
1. Acres
2. Square miles
3. Square kilometers
Hectares
5. Square yards
6. Square Feet
7. Square Miles



Using the Area tool:
1. Click the Area icon
2. Pick your measurement type (default: square kilometers)
3. Single click the points on the map to enclose the area you are measuring
4. Double click the last point to complete the measurement
5. Clicking a new point once you have terminated a measurement will start the process over


Distance

Units of Distance choices:
1. Miles
2. Kilometers
3. Feet
4. Meters
5. Yards
6. Nautical Miles



Using the Distance tool:
1. Click the Distance icon
2. Pick your measurement type (default: kilometers)
3. Single click the starting point for the measurement
a. A green marker flag will appear on the map
4. Move the cursor to the next point and single click
5. Continue until all needed points are flagged
6. Double click the final point to terminate the measurement
7. Clicking a new point once you have terminated a measurement will start the process over.


Location

Units of Location choices:
1. Degrees
2. Degrees minutes seconds (DMS)



Using the Location tool:
1. Click on the Location icon
2. Choose Degrees or DMS
3. Navigate to the needed location on the map and single click the location
a. A green flag will appear to mark the point
4. Clicking a new location will move the flag


Legend

The legend allows the user to add different background layers to the map. Multiple layers can be selected (default: Non-Provisional Features). The legend will appear in the middle of the screen:



Map with the addition of the Public Lands layer:



Draw

The draw tool enables the user to select an area by drawing a polygon around a disturbance and/or reclamation area to view an analysis of the area. The Disturbance Cap, Density Cap, Decadal Calculation, and Verification Status tables are returned.

1. Navigate to chosen area
2. Click Draw
3. Move the mouse cursor to the map
a. A prompt box will appear with instructions for drawing the polygon
4. Press and hold the left mouse button to start drawing
5. Trace around the area to enclose it in the polygon
6. Release the left mouse button to finish the polygon
a. Make sure not to end at the exact location you started, as this will cause the polygon to error
7. SDARTT will process the polygon and return both a Disturbance and a Density analysis of the area, as well as a Decadal Calculation for the area
a. This may take a few minutes
8. A Disturbance Cap or Density Cap percentage can be inputted in the appropriate table and view the Decadal Calculation and Verification Status tables
a. Scroll to the bottom of the section for input box
b. See the Cap and Decadal Calculation Reports section for more information on these tables

Note: If you receive an error that reads, "Error: Invalid input polygon. Please make sure there are no self-intersections and polygon otherwise looks valid." - try redrawing your polygon.



Generated reports:

1. Disturbance Cap Area Table
a. Two tables
i) Disturbance Cap (Standard Categories)
(1) Includes all 19 SDARTT disturbances
(2) First report to open
(ii) Disturbance Cap (All Categories)
(1) Includes all 19 SDARTT disturbances
(2) Also includes fire and agriculture
b. An optional disturbance cap percentage can be added to ‘Disturbance Cap Input’ field at bottom of table
i) Disturbance cap is the maximum amount of disturbed acres allowed
c. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
2. Density Cap Area Table
a. An optional density cap percentage can be added to ‘Density Cap Input’ field at bottom of table
b. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
3. Decadal Calculation
a. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
4. Verification Status Tables
a. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button


Import Shapefile

Shapefiles needs to be based off of provided templates (see Templates section for more information) and in a .zip file containing:


1. A valid shapefile (.shp)
2. All associated supporting files (.prj, .shx, .dbf, etc.)




Uploading Steps:

1. Click ‘Choose File’ (highlighted in red in photo above)
2. Navigate to your file > Open
3. If the file is accepted the screen will look like the following:




4. Click on the ‘Clear’ button to erase the shapefile


Generated reports:

1. Disturbance Cap Area Table
a. Two tables
i. Disturbance Cap (Standard Categories)
1. Includes all 19 SDARTT disturbances
2. First report to open
ii. Disturbance Cap (All Categories)
1. Includes all 19 SDARTT disturbances
2. Also includes fire and agriculture
b. An optional disturbance cap percentage can be added to ‘Disturbance Cap Input’ field at bottom of table
i. Disturbance cap is the maximum amount of disturbed acres allowed
c. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
2. Density Cap Area Table
a. An optional density cap percentage can be added to ‘Density Cap Input’ field at bottom of table
b. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
3. Decadal Calculation
a. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
4. Verification Status Tables
a. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button


Clear

This will clear any selections or temporary data from the tools (draw, measure, query, etc.).


Analysis

This button will recall the last data submitted using Draw.


Query

The Query tool will generate a report of all disturbance/reclamation data based on the user-defined criteria. The query will display as:




Query criteria (can use multiple):

1. BLM Field Office
2. Location Name
3. Public Land User
4. Category
5. Subcategory
6. Reclamation
7. Project
8. Status
9. Verified
10. Provisional
11. LR2000 Case Type
12. LR2000 Case Number
13. Collection Date
14. Construction Date


Using the Query tool:


1. Select/fill in as many criteria as needed
2. Click the ‘Submit’ button
3. SDARTT will list all data that falls within the selected criteria AND zoom to the location on the map


The Query returns the following standard data for each location in the results:


1. Name
a. Location name
b. This is a clickable link that will zoom to that location and open the ‘Identify Results’ window
2. Field Office
3. Category
a. Feature category (i.e. Energy)
4. Subcategory
a. Type of feature (i.e. Well Pad)
5. Last Spatial Report Date
6. Disturbance Status
a. As-built
b. Proposed
7. Reclamation Status
a. Interim reclamation
b. Interim reclamation approved
c. Final reclamation
d. Final reclamation approved
8. Project Analysis Area
9. Verified
10. Construction Date
11. LR2000 Case number
12. LR2000 Case number Type
a. Lease
b. Unitization
c. ROW
d. Permit
e. Other
13. Public Land User


Example using Grand Junction Field Office:

1. Fill in Grand Junction Field Office as the criteria at top of Query screen



2. Click ‘Submit’




Reports

Eight reports can be accessed to all ‘Roles’:

1. Disturbance by Field Office
a. Bar chart shows all BLM offices with features in SDARTT
b. Amount of disturbances acres associated with BLM field office
2. Disturbance and Reclamation by Field Office
a. Bubble chart shows amount of disturbances and reclamation acres per BLM field office
3. Approved Projects Over 3% Cap
a. Lists all projects that have been approved over a 3% disturbance cap
4. Constructed per Year
a. Lists all disturbance features that had a status change from ‘projected’ to ‘as-built’
5. Denied Projects Analysis Areas
a. Lists all project analysis areas that have a ‘denied’ status
6. Projects Approved per Year
a. Lists all projects that had a status change from ‘proposed’ to approved in the past year
7. State Office Counts
a. Shows the amount per state office for the following:
i. Number of projects
ii. Number of project analysis areas
iii. Number of project locations
8. Two-Year Old Projections
a. Lists all spatial data that has had a ‘projected’ status for over two years




Two other reports can be viewed by ‘Verifiers’ and edited by upper accounts:

1. Authorized Users
a. Lists all SDARTT accounts
b. Approver level can deactivate accounts
2. Users Pending Approval
a. Lists all requests waiting for approval or rejection
b. Requests become inactive after 4 weeks and dropped from the list




Project Tracking Tool

The Project Tracking tool can do the following:

1. View boundaries
2. View project edit history
3. Edit project data
4. Run analyses
5. Reports
a. Select which boundary to view
b. Multiple boundaries
i. Click on magnifying glass icon
6. History
a. Click ‘Show History’ icon
b. Only captured for ‘verified’ status projects
7. Edit Project Analysis Area
a. Click the pencil icon to edit the following of any verified project analysis area
i. Project Status
ii. Approval Date
iii. Revision Name
iv. Creation Date
v. Verified
vi. Comments



Note: The project must already be uploaded into the tool with the associated as-built and projected disturbances to successfully perform an analysis of the project.

Using the Project Tracking Tool:

1. Click on the Tools drop down arrow
2. Click on Project Tracking
a. The tool window will open over the SDARTT map
3. Click the ‘Select Project’ drop down arrow then click on the project you want to analyze
4. Click the ‘Submit’ button
5. SDARTT will open a new map showing the boundaries of the specific project requested.




6. Click on the ‘Analysis’ button to open the analysis tables (highlighted above in red)




7. Click on the title of each table in this window to see the following generated reports:
8. Disturbance Cap Area Table
a. Two tables
i. Disturbance Cap (Standard Categories)
1. Includes all 19 SDARTT disturbances
2. First report to open
ii. Disturbance Cap (All Categories)
1. Includes all 19 SDARTT disturbances
2. Also includes fire and agriculture
b. An optional disturbance cap percentage can be added to ‘Disturbance Cap Input’ field at bottom of table
i. Disturbance cap is the maximum amount of disturbed acres allowed
c. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
9. Density Cap Area Table
a. An optional density cap percentage can be added to ‘Density Cap Input’ field at bottom of table
b. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
10. Decadal Calculation
a. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button
11. Verification Status Tables
a. Data can be exported by the ‘PDF’ or ‘CSV’ button


Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), a major component of California’s renewable energy planning efforts, will help provide effective protection and conservation of desert ecosystems while allowing for the appropriate development of renewable energy projects.

For more information:
https://www.drecp.org/


The DRECP tool can do the following:

1. View boundaries
2. View project edit history
3. Edit project data
4. Access analysis tables that incorporate:
a. California Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
b. California National Conservation Lands (NCL) data


Using the DRECP tool:

1. Click on the Tools drop down arrow from the home screen toolbar
2. Click on Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
3. The DRECP window will open over the SDARTT map
4. Click the ‘Select Project’ drop down arrow
5. Click on the project to analyze
6. Click the ‘Submit’ button



7. SDARTT will open a new map showing the boundaries of the specific project requested
a. ACEC and NCL boundaries included
8. Click on the ‘Analysis’ button to open the list of ACEC and NCL subunits that fall within the project boundary



9. Click on each sub-unit link to open the related analysis table



10. Each Subunit analysis table contains the following:
a. Name of the subunit
b. An identify icon next to the subunit name
c. Date the table was generated
d. The subunit cap percentage
e. Total subunit acres
f. Data for the 19 SDARTT disturbance categories
11. The category data is divided into the following:
a. Authorized Disturbances
b. Unauthorized Disturbances
c. Projected Disturbances
d. Total Disturbance acres
12. If an area has more than one subunit there will be a next > link at the bottom left side of the table
a. Clicking the link will take you to the next subunit table
13. Disturbance acres do not include any reclamation acreage that has a ‘final’ or ‘final approved’ status
14. Projected disturbances are those disturbances that are proposed to be built if the specific project is approved
15. Data for the entire project can be downloaded a .pdf, .shp, or .csv file by clicking the appropriate button in the upper right corner of the ACEC/NCL subunit list window


Edit Locations
The Edit Locations option changes the field office, category or subcategory, status, and various other features of the location, or to delete a location.


Using Edit Locations:

1. Click on the Tools tab
2. Click on Edit Locations in the drop-down menu



3. Add field office(s) and any other parameters
4. Click ‘Submit’
a. Click ‘Reset’ to clear selected parameters
5. After clicking ‘Submit’ the Edit Table will appear listing all locations matching the selected parameters and locations



1. Anything that can be edited within the table that has an edit box
a. The editing options continue and can be seen using the scroll bar
2. The Edit table will load all fields for all categories (regardless of chosen categories in Search window)
a. Changes to fields that do not match the disturbance category will not be saved
b. Example
i. An addition to a tower number to a pipeline location, the tower number will not be saved
c. Saving
i. To save edits or go to another page after making edits on the current page, click ‘Save Edits on Page’ button, before moving on
d. Reload Page
i. To re-set or start over on a page to not save edits, click on the ‘Reload’ button
e. Parameters
i. To change the search parameters, click on the ‘Change Parameters’ button
1. This will go back to the Search window
3. Spatial Report Editing
a. Click on the date in the ‘Latest Spatial Report Date’ column (the 5th column from the left) to access spatial report editing
b. The following fields from the Edit Spatial Reports page can edited:
i. Collection Date
ii. Disturbance Status
iii. Reclamation Status
iv. Verified *
v. Verification Comments *
vi. Project Analysis Area
vii. Authorized Flag
viii. Can view provisional flag
c. Click ‘Submit’ button to save edits
d. Click ‘Reset’ button to reset all fields and NOT save edits



* NOTE: The Verify Spatial Reports function is designed to quickly verify or un-verify locations. The Verify function is recommended, instead of the Edit function, if verifying or un-verifying is the only needed task to complete, or multiple locations need to be verified.

Verify Spatial Reports
Use the Verify Spatial Reports option to add or remove the verified flag from a record, and to add verification comments.


Using the Verify Spatial Reports:
1. Click on the ‘Tools’ button
2. Click on ‘Verify Spatial Reports’
3. Use the ‘Field Office’ drop-down to choose a Field Office
a. To only view non-verified locations for the field office, change the Verified field to no



4. Adjust any other parameters as needed
5. Click ‘Submit’
6. Click ‘Reset’ to clear selected parameters
7. A window will open with all matching input parameters:



8. To verify a location:
a. Click the blank ‘Verified’ box for the location to add a check mark
9. To un-verify a location
a. Click the check marked ‘Verified’ box for the location to remove the check mark
10. To add a verification comment
a. Click in the ‘Verification Comments’ field and type comment
11. To save edits or go to another page after making edits:
a. Click ‘Save Edits’ on Page button at the top right of the page
b. Do this before moving on
12. To reload or reset page
a. Click on the ‘Reload’ button at the top right of the page
13. To change search parameters
a. Click on the ‘Change Parameters’ link at the top left of the page


Administration
The Administration option can add, edit or deactivate district and field offices.


Using the Administration tool:

1. Click on ‘Tools’ button
2. Click on ‘Administration’
3. District Offices, Field Offices or generate list of all the field offices can be edited



Adding a new District or Field office:

1. Click on District Offices or Field Offices
a. Depends on type of office being added
2. Click on ‘Add Office’



3. Type in the Name of the new office
4. Choose a state the office is in
5. Choose whether the office is active
6. Click ‘Submit’
7. Click ‘Reset’ to clear information
8. Click ‘Cancel’ to cancel the operation



Editing a District or Field Office:

1. From the Administration Tool page, choose to edit a District Office or Field Office
2. From the next screen choose which office to edit and click on the name of the office
3. Office name and inactive/active status can be edited
4. Click ‘Submit’
5. Click ‘Reset’ to clear the information
6. Click ‘Cancel’ to cancel the operation altogether



Generate Field Office File:
1. From the Administration Tool page, click on the ‘Generate Field Office File’



2. Once the download is complete the file can be opened with Adobe or Word


Upload

The upload tab has 2 options:

1. Disturbance and Reclamation
2. Project Analysis Area


Spatial Data Rules

1. No point or linear features are accepted
2. Polygons may overlap with the most current polygon appearing on the top (determined by the collection date in the attribute table)
3. No self-intersecting polygons are allowed
4. Multiple spatial reports for the same location must have unique collection dates.
5. If a spatial report contains both a disturbance and a reclamation feature, the reclamation feature cannot extend outside the boundaries of the disturbance feature.
6. A location must have a disturbance polygon existing in the tool before a reclamation polygon can be uploaded without a corresponding disturbance polygon.
7. A disturbance polygon can be uploaded with or without a corresponding reclamation polygon.
8. It is recommended to use a minimum ratio of 1:4000 when using heads up digitizing.


Disturbance and Reclamation
The Disturbance and Reclamation Upload has two distinct purposes:

1. Allow for a user upload as-built disturbance and reclamation shapefiles to the SDARTT inventory
2. Allow for a user to upload Project/Analysis Boundaries

Using the Disturbance and Reclamation tool:

Note: If uploading shapefiles that need to be associated with a project or analysis boundary (this would include shapefiles with projected status) upload the project/analysis boundaries shapefile(s) first.

1. Click on the Upload tab drop down arrow and select Disturbances and Reclamations. The Upload Disturbances and Reclamations window will open



2. Click ‘Choose File’ to load the .zip file with the shapefiles
a. The following fields MUST be filled in for uploading:
i. Disturbance Type
1. Disturbance
2. Reclamation
ii. Disturbance Name
iii. Spatial Collection Date
iv. Subcategory
v. BLM Field Office
vi. Reclamation Status
vii. Disturbance Status
1. As-Built
a. Does not have to be associated with a project/analysis boundary shapefile
2. Projected
a. Is associated with a project/analysis boundary
b. The boundary needs to be uploaded first
3. Click the drop-down arrow for ‘Select Category’
a. Pick the category that matches the shapefile being uploaded
i. Example: if Energy (Coal Mine) is the shapefile being uploaded, select Energy (Coal Mine) from the drop-down list
b. If your shapefiles include more than one category type use the ‘All (Combined)’
4. Select a Project
a. All disturbance shapefiles with the status of ‘Projected’ need to be associated with an existing project
b. This step is only optional if you are uploading as-built disturbances
5. Click the drop-down arrow for ‘Select Project and Date’ to associate shapefile(s) with a specific project
6. Click ‘Submit’

Note: If you link the upload to a project that has not been approved/expired, only the ‘projected’ locations in the upload file will be linked to the project. ‘As-built’ locations will be uploaded, but not linked to the project. If you link the upload to an approved/expired project, all locations in the upload file (‘as-built’ or ‘projected’) will be linked to the project.

7. The ‘Uploaded Disturbances and Reclamation’ window will open:



8. If a warning or error exists, hover over the word ‘Warning’ or ‘Error’ to see details
a. ‘Warnings’ can still be uploaded
b. ‘Errors’ will NOT be uploaded
9. Click the ‘CSV’ button to download a .csv file that contains the data from the upload table, including the ‘Warning’ or ‘Error’ message



10. Possible ‘Warning’ or ‘Error’ messages
a. Warning
i. Location office "Vernal Field Office" does not match the office ("White River Field Office") for the selected project. "White River Field Office" will be used.
b. Errors
i. Subcategory "Well Pad" is not valid for category "Energy (Wind)"
ii. HubHgt is required for category Energy (Wind)
iii. RotorDia is required for category Energy (Wind)
iv. RotorHgt is required for category Energy (Wind)
11. To save uploaded shapefiles (with no errors) to the SDARTT inventory, click ‘Save Records That Have No Errors’
a. Click ‘Cancel’ to not save data
b. If some records do have errors, this button will still work, but will not upload data with errors


Spatial Data Rules
The Project/Analysis Boundaries Tool was developed to aid land managers with the approval process for proposed projects.

Prior to uploading spatial data:

1. BLM land manager needs to receive the proper documents and proposed project shapefiles from the public land user
2. The land manager must create a buffer around the new disturbances
3. Once the project or analysis area has been created, the proposed disturbances are combined with digitized polygons using NAIP imagery for known disturbances not yet uploaded into SDARTT
a. To see all 19 disturbance threats tracked by SDARTT view the data dictionary
4. After these steps are completed the user should have 2 shapefiles:
a. Shapefile containing the project / analysis boundaries
b. Shapefile containing the as-built and projected disturbances


Upload Project/Analysis boundaries:
1. Click on the ‘Upload’ tab drop down arrow and select Project/Analysis Boundaries



2. Click ‘Choose File’ to load the .zip file with the shapefile(s)
3. Click ‘Submit’
4. If multiple shapefiles are contained in the zip file an interim display will appear so that the correct shapefile can be selected.



5. Choose the appropriate shapefile from the list
6. Click ‘Submit’
7. The Upload Project Boundaries window opens with a map of the Project area and the associated data
8. If no errors are found in the data you can click ‘Save Records That Have No Errors’ to save shapefile(s)
a. ‘Cancel’ will NOT save shapefile(s)
b. Shapefiles with ‘Warnings’ will be uploaded
c. Shapefiles with ‘Errors’ will not
9. If errors were found in the data there will be ‘Warning’ or ‘Error’ text (in red) displayed in the ‘Row Status’ column
10. Hover over the warning or error to see details about the warning or error
11. Click the ‘CSV’ button to download a .csv file that contains the data from the upload table
a. Includes ‘Warning’ or ‘Error’ messages


Templates

Templates can download shapefile and geodatabase templates.




1. There are separate templates for each of the 19 disturbance types including:
a. Agricultural Conversion
b. Fire
c. Project template
d. ‘All Combined’ template that contains all disturbance types
i. A shapefile including several disturbance types can be uploading using this
2. Check for most current version of templates
a. In red, at the bottom of window
3. Geodatabase templates must be exported from the geodatabase layer to a shapefile (.shp) format

Common Attributes
These attributes are found throughout all 19 disturbance types:


COMMON ATTRIBUTES DEFINITION DATA FORMAT DATA OPTIONS REQUIRED (AS-BUILT) REQUIRED (NEW DISTURBANCE)
Distubance Type - Alphanumeric
• Disturbance
• Reclamation
X X
Construction Date Date of physical construction mm/dd/yyyy -
Name (Location) Name of the feature (i.e. roads: FS_Road_112; well pad: PR-123) Alphanumeric - X X
Spatial Collection Date Date of collection of disturbance mm/dd/yyyy - X X
Public Land User The land owner (i.e. BLM, USFS, etc.) Alphanumeric - X X
LR2000 Case Number - Numeric -
Disturbance Status/td> - Alphanumeric
• As-Built
• Projected
X X
BLM Field Office Associated field office with disturbance Alphanumeric Drop-down menu X X
Subcategory - Alphanumeric See next table X
Reclamation Status - Alphanumeric
• Interim Reclamation
• Interim Reclamation Approved
• Final reclamation
• Final Reclamation Approved
X X
Authorized (Non-Provisional Disturbances) - Alphanumeric
• Null
• Negative or Not Present
• Affirmative or Present

Attributes by Disturbance
These attributes are unique to their specific disturbance:


DISTURBANCE SUBCATEGORY REMAINING ATTRIBUTES
Energy (Oil and Gas)
• Ancillary Facility (e.g. fracking pond, coalbed, methane pond)
• Central Battery System
• Collection Facility
• Compressor
• Power Plant
• Storage Yard
• Well Pad
• Well number (Alphanumeric)
Energy (Coal Mine)
• Ancillary Facility (e.g. bulk storage, vehicle maintenance facility, storage, monitoring wells)
• Mines
• Pond
• Power Plant
• Waste Rock
• Capacity (Kilowatt) (Numeric)
Energy (Wind)
• Ancillary Facility (e.g. trench, storage yard)
• Plant/Substation
• Wind Turbine
• Hub Height (Numeric – Feet)
• Rotor Height (Numeric – Feet)
• Rotor Diameter (Numeric – Feet)
Energy (Solar)
• Ancillary Facility
• Field
• Power Plant
• Substation
• Solar Plant Type
o Photovoltaic
o Thermal
o Concentrating
• Power Tower Height (Numeric – Feet)
• Power Tower Number (Numeric)
• Capacity (Kilowatt) (Numeric)
Energy (Geothermal)
• Ancillary Facility
• Gathering Substation
• Power Plant
• Well
• Capacity (Kilowatt) (Numeric)
Energy (Oil Shale In-Situ)
• Ancillary Facility
• Processing Facilities
• Underground Pit
Energy (Oil Shale Ex-Situ)
• Ancillary Facility
• Open Pit
• Processing Facilities
• Underground Pit
Energy (Tar Sands)
• Pit
Energy (Hydroelectric)
• Ancillary Facility
• Power Plant
Energy (Nuclear)
• Ancillary Facility
• Power Plant
• Reactor Type (Alphanumeric)
Mining (Non-Coal)
• Ancillary Facility
• Core Hole
• Evaporation Pond
• Pit
• Shaft
• Tailings Pile
• Tailings Pond
• Underground
• Waste Rock
• Water Well
• Commodity
o Blow Sand
o Borrow
o Building Stone
o Caliche
o Clay
o Copper
o Gold
o Gravel
o Halite
o Other
o Potash
o Rare Earth
o Sand
o Selenite
o Silver
o Sulfur
o Trona
o Tungsten
o Turquoise
o Uranium
Infrastructure (Pipeline)
• Ancillary Facility
• Compressor Station
• Gas Plant Facility
• Pigging Facility/Launcher
• Pipeline
• Pipeline Type
o Above ground
o Below ground
o Elevated
• Pipeline Contents
o Gas
o Oil
o Water
• Right of Way Width (Numeric-Feet)
• On-Lease
o Null
o True
o False
• Off-Lease
o Null
o True
o False
Infrastructure (Road)
• Access Road (e.g. county road, private land road)
• Interstate Highway
• Major Road
• Surface Street
• Right of Way Width (Numeric- Feet)
• Road Width (Numeric - Feet)
• On-Lease
o Null
o True
o False
• Off-Lease
o Null
o True
o False
Infrastructure (Railroad)
• Mainline
• Spur
• Right of Way Width (Numeric- Feet)
Infrastructure (Powerline)
• Above Ground Power Line
• Ancillary Facility
• Buried Power Line
• Substation
• Voltage
o 1-199kV Lines
o 200-399kV Lines
o 700+kV Lines
• Height (Numeric – Feet)
• Right of Way Width (Numeric-Feet)
• Maximum Arm Width (Numeric-Feet)
• Guy Wires Extent (Numeric-Feet)
• Guy Wires Number (Numeric)
• Anti-Perching Device
o Yes
o No
Infrastructure (Recreation)
• Facility
• Motorized/OHV Road
• Motorized/OHV Trail
• Road Width (Numeric – Feet)
Infrastructure (Tower)
• Ancillary Facility
• Communication
• Meteorological
• Other Vertical Structures
• Height (Numeric – Feet)
• Right of Way Dimension (Alphanumeric)
• Guy Wires Extent (Numeric-Feet)
• Guy Wires Number (Numeric)
• Anti-Perching Device
o Yes
o No
Infrastructure (Airport)
• Ancillary Facility
• Taxiway/Driveway
Infrastructure (Military)
• Ancillary Facility
• Base
• Range

Project Attributes
These attributes are found when creating a project analysis area:


FIELD NAME DATA STANDARDS FIELD OPTIONS
Object ID Auto-assigned N/A
Shape Auto-assigned N/A
Project Name Alphanumeric Manually fill-in
BLM Field Office Drop-down list Listing of all available offices
Shape Length Auto-calculated N/A
Shape Area Auto-calculated N/A

EXAMPLE: Attributes for Energy (Oil and Gas)
An example of all possible attributes and thier requirements for the Energy (Oil and Gas) disturbance type:


FIELD NAME DATA STANDARDS FIELD OPTIONS
Object ID Auto-Filled N/A
Shape Auto-Filled N/A
Disturbance Type Drop-Down
• Disturbance
• Reclamation
Construction Date mm/dd/yyyy
• Optional
• Manually fill-in
Disturbance Name Location/Site Name Manually fill-in
Spatial Collection Date mm/dd/yyyy Manually fill-in
Public Land User Alphanumeric Manually fill-in
LR2000 Case Number Numeric
• Optional
• Manually fill-in
Disturbance Status Drop-Down
• As-Built
• Projected
BLM Field Office Drop-Down All BLM offices
LR2000 Case Number Type Drop-Down
Optional
• Lease
• Other
• Permit
• ROW
• Unitization
Well Number Alphanumeric
• Optional
• Manually fill-in
Shape Length Auto-Filled N/A
Shape Area Auto-Filled N/A
Subcategory Drop-Down
Field Dependent
• Ancillary Facility
• Central Battery System
• Collection Facility
• Compressor
• Power Plant
• Storage Yard
• Well Pad
Reclamation Status Drop-Down
• Interim Reclamation
• Interim Reclamation Approved
• Final Reclamation
• Final Reclamation Approved

Glossary


STANDARD TERM EQUATES WITH: DEFINITION
As-Built
• Known
• Existing disturbance
Disturbance that are physically on the ground and are track by the BLM
Inventory • Database Repository of data that has been uploaded to SDARTT
Non-Provisional
• A projected disturbance connected to an approved project
• A disturbance with the status of ‘as-built’
PHMA Priority Habitat Management Area
Projected • Proposed Data that has not yet been approved
Provisional A disturbance that is connected to a project with a status other than ‘approved’
Shapefile
• Feature
• Polygon
Combination of (.shp, .prj, .shx, .dbf, etc.) files that make up the data file to be uploaded or imported
Disturbance Data Digitizing Rules
When digitizing disturbances, use the following rules to help create cohesion within the National Database.

******* PHOTO EXAMPLES COMING SOON! *******

General Rules

1. Compare to most recent year of NAIP imagery
a. Digitization lines should follow visible disturbance as closely as possible
b. Considered accurate if within 10 meters of imagery
2. Digitize data at a visual scale of 1:4000
3. Disturbances seen on aerial imagery that have an unknown category of disturbance can be digitized and attributed using the Data Source column with the “Unknown” field
4. Priority will be given to areas with a lease
5. Required attribute fields for SDARTT upload:
a. Object ID
b. Disturbance Type
c. Disturbance Name
d. Spatial Collection Date
e. BLM Field Office
f. Reclamation Status

Layers

1. Most recent NAIP imagery
a. https://gis.apfo.usda.gov/arcgis/rest/services/NAIP
2. Disturbance layer(s)
a. Layer from the state with their marked disturbances, should be lines, points, and/or polygon shapefiles
3. Priority Habitat Management Areas (PHMA) boundaries
a. Idaho Habitat Management Areas (IHMA) (Idaho only)
b. PHMA/IHMA areas should be digitized first
4. BLM land boundaries
a. All disturbances on public lands will need to be digitized
5. Grid
a. A grid needs to be overlaid on top of the disturbance areas
b. The grid should optimize the 1:4000 visual scale
6. Any supplementary layers needed to aid with digitizing
a. Supplementary layers will be needed to be recorded in metadata

Metadata

1. Metadata needs to be tracked throughout digitizing process
2. Will be published on SDARTT website
a. See 'Metadata' section for examples of current metadata OR download a template here:


Metadata by Disturbance Template:

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Metadata by Field Office Template:

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Metadata by Map Location Template:

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Disturbances: Energy

1. COAL MINE
a. Retention Ponds
i. Footprint boundary will follow the fence-line and include the area within the fence-line surrounding the impoundment
ii. If the pond is not fenced, the impoundment itself is the footprint
iii. Other infrastructure associated with the containment pond (roads, well pads, etc.) will be captured in other disturbance categories
b. Footprint including all visible facilities (fence, road, etc.) and undisturbed areas within facility’s perimeter
c. The particular coal mine lease should be consulted for extent

2. GEOTHERMAL
a. The point data will be buffered to represent a 5-acre direct area of influence, unless actual surface data is visible

3. HYDROELECTRIC
a. Footprint boundary includes visible facilities (fence, road, etc.) and undisturbed areas within the facility’s perimeter

4. MINING NON-COAL

5. NUCLEAR
a. The footprint boundary includes visible facilities (fence, road, etc.) and undisturbed areas within facility’s perimeter

6. OIL SHALE EX-SITU

7. OIL SHALE IN-SITU

8. OIL AND GAS
a. Update dataset according to imagery
i. Remove well pads where no evidence exists on imagery
i. Add new well pads, and edit existing well pads to match what is seen on imagery (+/- 10m)
ii. Collect well pads and associated disturbance

9. SOLAR
a. Point data will be buffered to represent a 3-acre direct area of influence

10. TAR SANDS

11. WIND
a. The point dataset from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Digital Obstacles point file
b. Filter to only include windmills
c. Convert to polygon with a direct area of influence of 3-acres centered on windmill tower

Disturbance: Infrastructure

1. AIRPORTS
a. Footprint will follow the boundary of the airport/heliport and includes
i. Mowed areas
ii. Parking lots
iii. Hangers
iv. Taxiways
v. Driveways
vi. Terminals
vii. Maintenance facilities
viii. Beacons
ix. Any other related features
b. Indicators
i. Distinct land cover changes
ii. Fences
iii. Perimeter roads

2. MILITARY
a. Footprint is the outer edge of the disturbed areas around buildings and includes undisturbed areas within the facility’s perimeter
b. The USA Surface Management Agency Data set layer from ArcGIS online may be added to check for extent of military boundaries if area is unclear

3. PIPELINE

4. POWER LINES
a. Transmission lines might need to be digitized from substation to substation because of low visibility on aerial imagery
i. Drop points at base of towers and buffer to represent these features more accurately
ii. If a kV is listed in the attributes buffer accordingly:
1. 1-199 kV: 100 ft.
2. 200-399 kV: 150 ft.
3. 400-699 kV: 200 ft.
4. 700+ kV: 250 ft.
iii. If no kV is listed, create a buffer the width of the supporting structure
iv. If the width of the supporting structure is indistinguishable, use a buffer width of 100 ft.
b. Can also use EV Energy Map, Platts/Global Energy to help locate features
i. Transmission lines
ii. Substations
iii. Electric power generation plants
iv. Energy distribution control facilities
c. Will not include buried lines
d. Every intersection of powerlines must have a break

5. RAILROAD
a. Use centerlines to map all railroad tracks
i. A buffer will then be added based on GRGS buffer table (below)
b. Can also use the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Rail Lines of the USA dataset to find active rails
i. Only digitize active rails
c. Every intersection of railroads must have a break

6. RECREATION
a. Includes all sites/facilities larger than 0.25 acres in size
b. The footprint boundary will include any undisturbed areas within the site/facility
c. The USA Recreational Areas layer from ArcGIS online may be added to check for extent of recreation boundaries if area is unclear

7. ROADS
a. Should be digitized from out cut ditch to cut ditch
b. Road polygons need to be collected at the full width of the disturbance (including ditches and other associated disturbance - not just the road bed)
c. Every intersection of roads must have a break, except where minor roads intersect with larger roads
i. At road intersections where this occurs, the dominant road should stay intact
d. Unnamed Roads
i. Roads with an unknown name will be ‘Unknown Road #’ where # is a unique, sequential number (attributed post-collection) and include grid number
ii. If spur roads are unnamed, they will be named for the attached well pad and include the grid number
e. Well pad attributes supersede road attributes

8. TOWERS
a. Meteorological towers
i. Long term and temporary towers associated with short term wind testing
ii. The footprint includes direct area of influence of 2.5-acres centered on the structure
b. Communication towers
i. Point dataset from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) communication towers point file
ii. Convert points to polygon with direct area of influence of 2.5-acres centered on the structure
c. Other vertical structures
i. Point dataset from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Digital Obstacle point file
ii. Remove windmills and communication towers
iii. Remaining points will be converted to polygons with direct area of influence of 2.5-acres centered on each vertical structure
d. To get a 2.5-acre polygon, use a radius of 56.75m


To download the entire Digitizing Ruleset as a PDF:

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To download the entire User Manual as a PDF:

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SDARTT User Manual



1. Users cannot upload point or linear data
a. Only polygons will be accepted for user uploads
b. Background layers will be allowed to have point or linear data.
c. If a user has point or linear data, these will need to be buffered
i. The status of buffered will also be chosen as well


1. Added new statuses for disturbance polygons
a. New statuses will be used for polygons since not everyone will have a final polygon at the start of the project
b. Statuses
i. Buffered
ii. Projected
iii. As-Built
c. Utilizing these statuses will also show how effective disturbance planning is


1. Relax data requirements for oil and gas legacy data
a. For legacy data LR2000, Construction, and number of wells will not be required
b. Offices will be given at a minimum 1 year to collect this data
c. For GRDMS, WRDMS, PADMS, and JIDMS, these offices will also be given one year to modify their existing systems to add these fields
d. Field season 2016 would be the first year these fields would be collected and entered into the system
2. Existing DMS systems will be able to use their applications to enter data and SDARTT will ingest this data
a. SDARTT will perform a nightly harvest of GRDMS, WRDMS, PADMS, and JIDMS new data and ingest it into the national system
b. This will allow the existing offices to continue use their applications to input data without requiring the operators to go to a new site
3. Not using the Platts Data
a. We need a license to use this data which we are not sure we have
b. This is proprietary and in order to display the data we need to substantially change it so that it doesn’t look like the original Platts dataset
c. We would just need to buffer the points and this won’t change the data enough from the original Platts dataset


1. Estimation Disturbance Planning Tool increased in priority
a. Tool must be ready by deployment to production in January 2016
b. This tool will initially be used as a stop gap for offices whom have not gone through the SDARTT training
c. Tool will be used to help offices decide whether or not to approve a new project disturbance in a priority habitat management area
d. This is where the disturbance cap is calculated


Eliminate 'buffered' status
a. It has been determined that the “buffered” status doesn’t meet the QA / QC requirements for SDARTT
b. The current list of statuses for the estimation planning tool are:
i. Proposed
ii. Approved
iii. Denied
iv. Deferred
c. Once the project has been approved it will be automatically transferred to the SDARTT disturbance mapper with a status of “Projected”
d. Statuses for the disturbance mapper are:
i. Projected
ii. As-Built


1. Extend deployment date
a. Due to many items needing to be finalized the deployment date has been extended to the week of February 15, 2016
i. Data standards need reviewed
ii. Decisions need to be made regarding the collection of metadata
iii. Mini summit is the week of February 8, 2016 – team members will be unavailable for support
b. The week of February 15 will be a soft release – only selected individuals will know that it has been deployed to the production system
c. These individuals will evaluate the tool and suggest any changes or report any errors
d. After review of the tool in the production environment, a date will be set to announce the tool agency-wide


1. Reader-role
a. The reader role has been changed to only view data that has been set to ‘approved’ AND ‘verified’
b. This was to ensure the privacy of the DMS systems with public, reader role users
2. Internet Explorer
a. To be removed
i. Less than 1% of users are using the IE web browser during 2018
ii. 5 bugs were found in the backlog associated with IE browser specifically.
3. Using ‘Keycloak’ instead of ‘CROWD’ for login
4. Montana DDCT
a. Will be ingested into SDARTT as DMS
b. Similar to Wyoming DDCT
5. IT4RM – New Mexico
a. Data turned out to be out of date and inaccurate
b. Will use data as supplementary base map and will heads-up digitize
6. Digitizing Rules
a. A digitizing ruleset was created and is/will be distributed to field offices and states digitizing disturbances to ensure consistency throughout the nation
7. Interns
a. 3 interns have been hired to work on digitizing the Utah data given to us from BLM Utah, Tyler Nelson
b. CNT started the digitizing then passed it on to the interns
c. The data is mostly complete and the focus is on QA/QC
8. DRECP
a. Shapefile download button is hidden from Reader Role
b. This is for adapting to public users
9. Metadata
a. To be recorded during digitizing
b. Will be available from SDARTT landing page
c. To include:
i. Grid cell number
ii. Digitizer
iii. Supplementary background layer used
iv. Date accessed
v. Digitizing date
10. BLM Tools Plugin
a. Modified to enhance uploading for:
i. JIDMS
ii. PADMS
iii. GRDMS (eventually)
11. Land type digitizing priority
a. PHMA
b. BLM
c. Public land
12. Overlapping disturbances
a. SDARTT counts the most RECENT disturbance
b. If there is an overlap of a new road and an old well, the total disturbance will be counted as the new road
c. This ensures no disturbance is counted twice
d. This allows uploaded shapefiles to overlap with no problems


1. Updated queries
a. Can now query by state
b. Added a drop-down list on public land user
2. DRECP
a. Changed disturbance and project boundary colors
b. Optimized ‘Snapshot’ feature
3. If missing a collection date then the imagery date will be used
a. NAIP 2016: January 2016

1. Added AFMSS attribute (not required)
2. Added opacity slider to background layers


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