Texas Spatial Reference Center (TSRC)

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In 2005, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying and Science were awarded funding from National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA), National Geodetic Survey (NGS) to create the Texas Spatial Reference Center (TSRC) and to implement the National Height Modernization Program in the State of Texas.

The technical mission of TSRC is to conduct basic and applied research contributing to NGS’s national Height Modernization program. TSRC is a repository for information used by researchers to develop improved understanding of elevation, geodetic and vertical datums in the state of Texas. The TSRC goal is to re-establish accurate elevations throughout Texas in cooperation with qualified geospatial scientists, professional engineers, and professional land surveyors.

Height Modernization is a program within NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) that provides accurate height information by integrating Global Positioning System (GPS) technology with existing survey techniques. For years, GPS has been used to determine accurate positions (latitude and longitude), but now, by following Height Modernization standards, specifications and techniques, GPS can efficiently establish accurate elevations for all types of positioning and navigational needs.

MISSION

Sec. 88.503.  SPATIAL REFERENCE CENTER. (a)  The board may create and operate a spatial reference center at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi for the purpose of: (1)  facilitating the federal height modernization project for the state; (2)  conducting basic and applied research regarding elevation and geodetic and vertical datums in the state; (3)  collecting geodetic data for state mapping and control; and (4)  establishing and maintaining an official digital spatial reference system for the state, in coordination with: (A)  the United States National Geodetic Survey; (B)  the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and (C)  the Texas Water Development Board. (b)  The board shall adopt rules relating to the operation of the spatial reference center. (c)  The spatial reference center may solicit and accept gifts, grants, and appropriations for the purposes of this section. SECTION 14.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007, but only if before that date the 80th Legislature

The technical mission of TSRC is to conduct basic and applied research contributing to NGS’s national Height Modernization program. TSRC is a repository for information used by researchers to develop improved understanding of elevation, geodetic and vertical datums in the state of Texas. The TSRC goal is to re-establish accurate elevations throughout Texas in cooperation with qualified geospatial scientists, professional engineers, and professional land surveyors.

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