2022 SAG Award Winners

American Samoa Government Resource Management

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Project Goal

Initially we set out to compare historical maps with realtime maps to measure impacts of development in American Samoa. This process included a program to collect data, a program to process data, and a program to plot our data not to mention the mapping tool that used layers to issue reports that would provide best options of development based on historical datasets. We set out to eliminate duplication of effort and to customize the ARC GIS platform to be able to collect each step of processing a permit to the issuance of land use permits. As a result, we are able to process using ARC GIS and shared the value of this tool. Our project has now expanded to include mapping for impacts on natural disasters, contact tracing, population pressures and conserving our legends, special places and history through the story mapping feature.

Business Problem Solved

We were able to eliminate duplication of effort and use real time data for real time decisions.

Technology Implemented

CZM configured the Land Use Permitting Application using ESRI's Survey 123. Information regarding the applicant and project proposal are captured in the initial stage of the survey. The next phase of the application is the site visit, this portion of the survey is prompted when a site visit has been scheduled. Location, photos, and signatures are all captured in Survey123. Using Survey123 on the web is then used to generate pdfs for all Site Visit reports. ArcGIS Dashboard is also used to monitor permits,and provides a comprehensive view of all the data collected. The ArcGIS Field Maps app is used to capture Stop Orders for unpermitted projects and permitted projects that have violated the given conditions. A Web App is used to determine if any of the projects fall within any areas of hazardous or environmental concern. The Story Mapping tool is used to engage our communities and increase buy in and voluntary compliance as well.

Development Team Biography

Sandra Aigalesala Fuimaono Lutu, DOC Deputy Director responsible for oversight, development & execution of plans and projects of the Resources Management Division. She holds a MA in Educational Leadership, SDSU & a BS in Human Resources Development, BYU Hawaii.

Joseph Meredith, GIS Tech Manager. He oversees the administration of GIS operations for DOC. Holds a BS in Geography, UH Manoa.
Georgina Faiga-Naseri, Program Manager responsible for environmental planning & development of grant proposals & reports. She holds a MBA from CU, Portland & her BS in Env Sci., CUH Hawaii.

Grace Felise, GIS Planner Develops plans and performs data management & analysis & enhances existing systems to include data collection, project planning & grant writing. She holds a BS in Mathematics & Computer Information System, Texas A&M Commerce.

Tony Tauai is the GIS Tech. He facilitates vill