Timeline and Scope
GSOC and the Minnesota Geospatial Advisory Council’s Emergency Preparedness Committee began collaborating on the Minnesota Utilities Mapping Project in August 2020 and completed a pilot/proof-of-concept in Glencoe, Minn., in September 2022. A number of facility owners and other state damage prevention stakeholders are part of the MUMP, which itself is divided into four working groups:
- The Facility Operator Utility Mapping group focuses on locating, collecting and storing data on underground utility infrastructure.
- The Locate Data Flows and Management group focuses on data maintenance and distribution.
- The Outreach group focuses on developing persuasive messages and liaising with key stakeholders.
- The Regulations/Security group focuses on the availability and use of GIS data and/or any potential data use restrictions.
For the pilot phase of its project, the MUMP secured buy-in and participation from facility owners who serve the city of Glencoe, Minn., to provide access to ticket-level mapping data. As trials move to the production phase, the system expects to provide access to this data to accredited designers, locators, facility owners and excavators. These end users of the ticket-level mapping data agree to terms and conditions that include complying with all state laws to ensure that map visualizations are not used to circumvent any part of the safe excavation process.
As of January 2023, the MUMP’s pilot phase has created a scalable open-source software product that allows end users to access visualizations of underground infrastructure mapping associated with an 811 center request for the life of the ticket within the bounds of Glencoe, Minn. This pilot phase is for proof of concept and is not currently employed on live tickets.