A Boundary Delineation System for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Managemen
Track: Maritime and Ports
Authors: Douglas Vandegraft
Federal government mapping of the offshore areas of the U.S. in support of development of oil and gas resources began in 1954. The first mapping system utilized a network of rectangular blocks. Creation of offshore boundaries were mathematically determined using early computer programs that performed the required computations, but required many steps. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has revised these methods using GIS to provide the required accuracy and produce the mapping products.