Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency empowered by the State of Maryland in 1927 to acquire, develop, maintain and administer a regional system of parks within Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and to provide land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. M-NCPPC administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. It is composed of stream valley parks, large regional parks, neighborhood parks and park-school recreation areas. To do that, M-NCPPC utilizes Geospatial data and technologies to map from building footprints to environmental features to park boundaries – to help staff at the Planning Department and Department of Parks prepare master plans, assess park needs, review development proposals, and analyze county resources.

NLT, in partnership with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), provided database migration services and training to the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). Our work involved migrating M-NCPPC’s disparate GIS data files (including vector, raster, and annotation) from ESRI’s coverage model to a centralized relational database management system based on Oracle and ArcSDE. NLT designed a new enterprise Oracle GIS database, converted and loaded legacy data (using custom data conversion models), and provided data enhancement and quality control. NLT also trained M-NCPPC staff in the use of ESRI’s enterprise GIS tools, including ArcSDE. The migration benefited M-NCPPC by affording:

  • Simplified data management tasks.
  • Expanded GIS data and software capabilities.
  • Improved data security.
  • Improved performance for concurrent GIS applications.
  • Improved and simplified backup and recovery process.