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Minnesota Structures Collaborative (MSC)

In partnership with the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC), MnGeo received a grant to improve the availability and quality of geospatial data and maps for four types of structures in Minnesota:

Overview  |  Phase 1 Accomplishments  |  Current Features  |  Phase 2 - Volunteers Needed!  |  Contact Us


Funded by the Federal Geographic Data Committee via a National Spatial Data Infrastructure Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) grant in early 2008, the Minnesota Structures Collaborative (MSC) project sought to develop state and local partnerships and the technical capacity for the statewide collection, publication and long term, sustainable maintenance of this data. Local organizations have the most detailed, current knowledge about their communities and potentially have the greatest capacity to provide the needed data. Local organizations also understand the importance of providing accurate and current data about their communities to state and federal agencies during emergencies to help ensure the responses from those organizations will be beneficial and timely.

Phase 1 Accomplishments

Accomplishments include:

See the final report, submitted to FGDC on February 26, 2010, for more detail.

Current Features

Minnesota Structures Collaborative Online System

Reference Maps

(New to the U.S. National Grid? Click here to find out more.)

WMS and WFS Services

These services provide access to the 4 structure types, with the following GetCapabilities request statements.  Note: if you are using ArcMap version 9.3.1 specify WMS version 1.1.1 when loading the WMS service.

(New to WMS services? Click here to find out more.)

Phase 2 - Volunteers Needed!

Although the grant period is over, MnGeo and EPC members continue to test and develop the MSC Online System, identify data authorities and custodians, build relationships between federal, state and local governments, and promote integration of structures data that will support The National Map and other important emergency services geospatial efforts such as HAZUS-MH, HSIP and Firewise. During this next phase of implementation, additional expertise from the state's GIS and emergency services sector is needed to help steer further development of the prototype online system and its functionality.

Contact Us

Project Contacts

John Hoshal
Supervisor - GIS Services, MnGeo
Steve Swazee
Chair, MnGeo Emergency Preparedness Committee
Direct: 612-239-6981
Main: 651-285-5015
Toll Free: 888-877-7GEO (436)


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