Fund for Teachers' Grant Recipient and Students share a Commonality with Apache's GIS Team - Mapping Solutions

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2/27/2018

Red Bank High School teacher Leah Keith Houle is a geologist by trade and was the first teacher to be accepted into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Tropical Island Ecology and Geology program. She used a Fund for Teachers grant to join the program and spent the summer of 2017 mapping three Caribbean islands to gather data for hurricane preparedness.

Fund for Teachers, which Apache Corporation is the founding sponsor, was started in 2001 to promote positive change in the classrooms and careers of teachers through self-designed fellowships.

Houle's summer fellowship inspired her in the classroom to teach geology students how to apply research and open data sharing for humanitarian efforts. Her story and many other teachers who are recipients of Fund for Teachers' grants illustrate the global reach of summer fellowships far beyond the classroom.

When Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas in September 2017, Houle's geology students in Chattanooga, Tennessee, worked with an international group to create Humanitarian Outreach Team (HOT) maps of buildings in the areas most prone to flooding.

A total of 101 students worked for five days building maps and updating roads, bridges, housing and crisis center locations by running them through Open Street Mapping (OSM) software to assist first responders and relief organizations in identifying safe routes for rescuing people and delivering supplies. OSM is an open source, freeware mapping program for those who don't have the technology to build real-time, live maps.

Houle's students performed more than 1,000 hours of mapping to complete 8,209 structures in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey as well as the earthquakes in Nepal and the hurricanes in the Caribbean. They also supplied NASA's Planetary Society with mapping of the Archimedes Center. The students' research has enabled them opportunities to present at global conferences and to work with professional cartographers to map escape routes. Their efforts also gained the attention of Tennessee education administrators, who asked Houle to create a geographic information system (GIS) and mapping technology curriculum for statewide adoption. GIS is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present a variety of types of geographical data. The emphasis is on the reference to a location on the surface of the Earth (Wikipedia.org). The application of this technology in the classroom will help students to better understand spatial relationships via GIS software so they can input geographic data they collect and then display and analyze the results.

"My students now 'do' science for a purpose," said Houle in a recent blog. "They realize that mapping an area to know where people live is ethically and morally important. Their work can help save lives in the aftermath of a natural disaster."

GIS mapping technology is an essential tool for many industries. Government agencies use it to keep track of properties, public works, roads and more within their jurisdiction; emergency services use GIS to track crimes and identify the shortest routes to respond to emergencies; and oil and gas companies, including Apache, use GIS to monitor and track assets, calculate efficient drilling configurations, determine optimal routes for building pipelines and more. In fact, Apache has adopted the latest GIS trends with work related to real-time monitoring in the Apache Remote Operations Center, geo-fencing, and field data collection to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs.

At Apache, the GIS team utilizes mapping technology to provide accurate, current and complete geospatial data to enable the organization to make informed and logical decisions.

Apache's GIS team uses web index maps to blend data from a variety of sources to show how assets relate to each other in a geographic context. GIS data from aerial drone imagery, surveyors and Apache systems are also instrumental in oil field planning and optimization to identify better placement of business assets.

"The oil and gas business is geography intensive where activities begin with an area of interest or a location on the ground, and GIS provides maps for presentations to delineate plays, business development, competitor positions and leasing efforts to assist in go or no-go decisions," said Xavier Berni, Apache's manager of Information Technology GIS applications.

Apache's GIS team collaborates with business and data governance groups to organize and make GIS data available to the organization as well as provide support, consultation and expertise to effectively leverage GIS capabilities.

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