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NJ Geospatial Forum

About Task Forces

Task Forces are an important component of the NJGF. As a need arises, the Executive Committee can establish a Task Force to meet a defined set of goals over a specific period of time. Forum members can volunteer to participate on one or more Task Forces. Each Task Force has a liaison on the Executive Committee. It is through this liaison that Task Forces can formally bring issues to the Executive Committee for discussion. If necessary, the issue can be raised at a NJGF meeting, and go as high as the Governor's Office for action. Thus, the members of Task Forces are truly empowered.  

Current Task Forces:


Elevation Task Force


  • Provide an inventory of high-resolution elevation data currently available in New Jersey
  • Identify planned and proposed high-resolution elevation data acquisition projects at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Document the uses and benefits of high-resolution elevation data
  • Prepare cost estimates for completing a seamless statewide high-resolution elevation dataset
  • Identify potential funding sources

Chair: Roger Barlow

Executive Committee Liaison: Trish Long


Trails Task Force

Mission: To develop a methodology for creating and maintaining statewide datasets of trails and trailheads.


  • Identify stakeholder needs & uses of dataset
  • Identify types of trails to be mapped
  • Discuss existing data standards
  • Inventory existing trail datasets in NJ
  • Develop attribute and schema standards
  • Identify a strategy for creating, updating, and hosting data

Chair: Tanya Nolte
Co-Chair: Mackenzie Piggot

Executive Committee Liaison: Tanya Nolte


Geodetic Task Force

Mission: To get a comprehensive understanding of the new datums being put forth by the National Geodetic Survey and potential impacts and plan to implement statewide.


  • Research and provide guidance on Transformation tools between datums, between CAD and GIS, and between State Plane systems, and on software and hardware changes related to the datum changes.
  • Produce Best Practice and Standards documents for data and metadata collection, processing, publication, and documentation, including model RFP language, with respect to the new datums.
  • Produce education materials for GIS users, GIS data producers, surveyors, field data collectors, and decisionmakers. Plan education campaign for professional groups and decision makers.
  • Identify and formulate necessary legislation changes in coordination with the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors (NJSPLS).

Chair: Edith Konopka

Executive Committee Liaison: Gary Veenstra

View meeting documents here.


Utilities/Public Works

Mission: To develop metadata field standards that span across multiple industries to maintain utility assets within the State’s utility sectors by utilizing field standards common to everyday use. The task force will be broken out into four subcommittees: Electric, Gas, Sewer/Storm, and Water.


  • Identify stakeholder needs and use cases for specific industries
  • Develop schema (fields) that are common to a specific industry, and thus can be utilized in GIS
  • Open discussion of data standards, or what we envision the standards will be
  • Inventory existing sewer/stormwater/water, etc. that constitutes these industries and how we can leverage existing standards (National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP), etc.)
  • Develop/standardize attributes/fields using existing schema (we can work on modifying these fields bringing in Esri and NASSCO, as an example)
  • Identify the process of how we can update the fields
  • Host and collaborate with other agencies who would like input in the process
  • Develop watershed-based modeling for both storm and wastewater
  • Integrate stormwater assets into the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)

Chair: Dom Elefante
Co-Chair: Christopher McClain

Executive Committee Liaison: Gary Veenstra


  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Sewer/Storm
  • Water