Master Projects

Incident Action Plan (IAP) Map | Multipage (Tiled) Maps | Briefing Area Map (BAM) | Aviation Maps | Progression Map

Each product produced on an incident will have a Master Project in the \projects folder.

The Master Project is the working version of each product. Daily edits are made to it, with the backup process preserving the changes.

When using ArcGIS Pro, it is easy to group all related products. An APRX file will store all sizes, versions, and areas of a single map, whereas with ArcMap, a separate MXD would be required for each. For example, the Operations Master Project could store the layouts for a landscape-orientation E size, a portrait C size, and all the division detail maps in a single APRX.

This greatly improves efficiency and consistency by allowing a single map update to apply to all layouts. 

All new projects within ArcGIS Pro should be created from the Pro Project Template or an existing project (which was created with the Pro Project Template) to avoid creating extraneous folders, geodatabases, and toolboxes. This also streamlines folder and database connections, as well as linked items such as dynamic text.

When creating a new project, it is often easiest to start with an existing one, if available. Many incident maps contain the same data with a slightly different emphasis for the intended audience.

The Pro Project Template includes preconfigured layouts for the most common page sizes and all the text is tied dynamically to the provided map view and the DynamicTextUpdate table in the _other_incident_data.gdb. Instructions for updating the dynamic text are found in each layout.

  1. In the projects\2020_ProProjectTemplate folder, open the 2020_ProProjectTemplate APRX file.
  2. Use Save As to save the template as a new project in the projects folder, naming it {mapType}_{year}_{incidentName}_{localIncidentID}.aprx.
  3. Open the existing map view {MapType}_2020_{IncidentName} and rename it with the map type and the incident name. Unlike with ArcMap, this project will be used to create all the maps for this type, regardless of the printed size.
  4. Repair the data source for the existing layers (or add a new lyr file and repair) to the Master Incident GDB.
  5. Open or create a Layout in the appropriate size and customize it to the product type.

Some projects require specific steps or information. Workflows and documentation for common projects are found below.

The IAP map is the primary map for the majority of incident personnel. It will be distributed with the rest of the daily IAP.

Key Components

  • Mapped area should cover the incident area and predicted spread.
  • Must be clearly understood in black and white. It will likely be photocopied.
  • Most commonly printed as Letter (8x11) or Tabloid (11x17) size.
  • Generally, 1:24k scale.

Job Aids

IAP Map Intro Part 1

Time:  5:12


IAP Map Intro Part 2

Time: 3:29


IAP Map Intro Part 3

Time: 7:29


Presentation Notes - IAP Map Introduction.

Multipage or tiled IAP maps are a series of tiled, overlapping IAP map sheets that are used when the incident area expands or is projected to expand larger than will fit on a single 1:24,000 map sheet. Each map sheet should contain the required elements of the IAP map and be able to be used individually and with adjoining map sheets.  An index map sheet may be added if a vicinity map is not placed on the individual map sheets and map sheets should be numbered sequentially.  The map sheets should be created for the entire incident area.

Key Components

  • Multiple map sheets called pages, tiles, or grids.
  • One index map sheet if the vicinity map is not used.
  • STANDL SGD elements on each map sheet.
  • Sequential ID on each map sheet.
  • Lat/Long graticule on each map sheet.
  • Complete coverage of an incident area.
  • Fit entire division(s) on map sheet where practical - don't force field users to reference multiple maps.
  • Add more labels when divisions span multiple map sheets - see annotation definition query How To below.
  • Maps will be copied in black and white - don't rely on color.
  • Map sheets must overlap.
  • Index map is for reference only - Keep it simple.

Job Aids

Creating a Multipage Map

Time:  8:01

Presentation Notes - Multipage IAP.

The key to a good briefing map is printing it large enough for the briefing area so everyone attending can see. This often entails "poster printing" and then taping together multiple sheets from the plotter. Some teams use projectors to display the briefing map, this can be an effective option when the situation allows for it as map size can be easily tailored to fit the space.

To aid in clarity at a distance, certain symbols should be enlarged to what may seem like comical proportions.

A "BAM Large Symbols" layer file is provided in the GeoOps Directory Structure and provides a good starting point.

Key Components

  • Printed large enough to be visible and readable for everyone at the briefing.
  • Enlarged symbols for legibility.
  • Reduced clutter to enable clear communication.
  • Often poster printed and assembled with tape.

Job Aids

Briefing Map

Time:  8:57

Presentation Notes - BAM Map Introduction.

There are two standard aviation maps, the Air Ops Map used by Air Operations personnel and the Pilot Map used by the pilots.

Key Components

  • A table that includes the Lat/Long coordinates for point features.
  • Pilot map is typically small for easy lap reading in the aircraft.
  • Minimal clutter but enough detail so that incident features can be located.

Job Aids

Air Operations Map - Part 1

Time:  5:48


Air Operations Map - Part 2

Time: 5:50

Presentation Notes - Air Operations Map.

The Progression Map displays the burn areas of the fire broken out by day (or as frequently as perimeter updates are available).

This is why the most important step to creating a Progression Map comes long before actually opening a project. Exporting an updated perimeter each day to the Progression GDB will save time and effort when it comes time to finally create the product.

Key Components

  • Colors should run cool to warm, with warm being the most recent perimeter.
  • If more than 5 days are shown, predefined color ramps are generally more effective than discreet values.
  • Fire Origin is generally the only ICS feature included.
  • Elevation data such as DEM or Hillshade can be used "beneath" the progression for a nice visual effect.
  • A table of daily and running total acreages can be included.

Job Aids

Progression Map Overview

Time:  6:21


Progression Map - Data Preparation

Time: 7:27


Progression Map - Map Preparation

Time: 5:42


Presentation Notes - Progression Map.



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