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Software Support Team: GIS


ArcGIS 10.x: If you haven't already done so now is the time to get yourself set up with this newest version of ArcGIS Desktop.

Team Members

The TIPS GIS Workgroup includes members from the States and OSMRE who work together to provide services to TIPS customers. All members are proficient in the GIS software provided by TIPS and continually review changes and enhancements to the software packages.

Benson, Chris OSMRE-WR (303) 293 - 5085
Koplin, Chad WY-DEQ (307) 777 - 6470
Lograsso, Kamiliah OSMRE-AR (412) 937 - 2843
Mastrorocco, Tom OSMRE-AR (412) 937 - 2939


ArcGIS - ArcGIS is a high-end GIS with capabilities for automation, modification, management, analysis and display of geographic information.

Installation Instructions

The TIPS web pages with installation instructions for the latest versions of GIS Software are linked below. To complete a successful installation, you will also need the distribution letter that came with your software as it contains other settings that need to be done for the TIPS GIS installation.

ArcGIS 10.4.1 Installation Instructions for Internal OSMRE Users (pdf)

ArcGIS 10.4.1 Installation Instructions for External State/Tribe Users (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some common questions we get from our GIS users.
Click the arrow to the left of the question to expand the answer.

  • How do I convert coordinates from Degrees, Minutes, Seconds into Decimal Degrees?

    • How to convert from DMS to DD [Example coordinate is 37 degrees, 36 minutes, 30 seconds]

      1. Divide each value by the number of minutes or seconds in a degree
      2. 36 minutes / 60 = 0.60 degrees
      3. 30 seconds / 3600 = 0.00833 degrees
      4. Now add up the degress to get the answer:
        37 degress + 0.60 degrees + 0.00833 degrees = 37.60833 DD
  • What is the difference between the UTM and State Plane grids?

    • The Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinate system is a worldwide system consisting of 60 zones, each 6 degrees wide and measured in meters. The Y-coordinate (also called northing) is the distance in meters from the Equator. The X-coordinate (also called easting) is the distance in meters from the central meridian of a zone. Positive X-values are east of this central meridian, negative X-values are west of it. The projection is Universal Transverse Mercator.
    • The State Plane coordinate system is specific for each individual state and is measured in feet. The projection is either Universal Transverse Mercator (for states that are longer north-south) or Lambert Conformal Conic (for states that are longer ease-west).

GIS Installation/Licenses FAQs

The most common questions asked are regarding proper installation of the software and/or obtaining a license from our TIPS server. Here are some common problems and fixes:

  • Make sure that you have the minimum hardware requirements as outlined in the GIS Installation Instructions.
  • Check that your environmental variables are set as outlined in the distribution letter. If you are unsure how to set/check your environmental variables or if you don't have the proper permissions, see your IT personnel.
  • Set your environment variables for the westls server first, since the majority of our licenses reside on that server.

Additional Resources

GIS Cookbooks

Spatial Analyst (Contour, Slope, Hillshade) (pdf, 1.24 MB)

Additional GIS Tools

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