Directory Structure and File Naming

GeoOps Incident Directory Structure

At the heart of all Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS) work is the NWCG Standards for Geospatial Operations (GeoOps), PMS 936, Incident Directory Structure.

The Current Incident Directory Structure downloaded zip file contains all the essential folders, templates, and tools. It should be the default starting point for every incident.

The incident folder should be placed at or as close to the drive root as possible. This reduces clicks necessary to access items within, as well as keeps the file path as short as possible.

E.g., C:\2022_Incidents\2022_ExampleFire\

Current Incident Directory Structure (zip file)

Implementing the Incident Directory Structure can be as simple as extracting and saving the YYYY_Template folder to your computer and rename it for the incident. A GISS can extract and begin populating the directory structure even before arriving at the incident.

Configure the ArcGIS Pro Project Template

Preparing the Pro Project Template as the first step in setting up an incident will streamline map creation and provide a solid foundation for its duration.

GISS Workflow-Data Preparation-Set up the ArcGIS Pro Project Template

Time: 3:14

  1. Create Incident File Structure.
    1. Unzip the Current GeoOps Folder Structure as close to the root drive as possible.
    2. Rename the 2022_Template folder to the incident name.
      Note: It is important that the most current Current GeoOps Folder Structure be used when setting up ArcGIS Pro. This will allow the Pro Project Template to establish the correct file pathways. The Pro Project Template should not be added to an older Folder Structure.
  2. Customize the Template to the Incident.
    1. In the \projects folder, open the 2022_ProProjectTemplate APRX file.
    2. In the Project Databases folder under Contents, rename the Default GDB (the other_incident_data GDB), Annotation GDB, and Progression GDB with the incident name and local ID.
      Examples of renamed annotation and progression geodatabases.
      Note: Be sure to rename the Default GDB before opening the provided Map View or database lock will prevent renaming.
    3. Navigate to the Maps folder and open the provided map view {MapType}_2022_{IncidentName}.
      1. Add the Incident Name to the map title, but leave {MapType}.
      2. Repair the path of the DynamicTextUpdate table to the existing table in the Default GDB (the other_incident_data GDB found in the databases folder).‚Äč
    4. Save the Project.

File Naming

The GeoOps file naming and directory structure are designed to serve as metadata. The file and folder names include incident-specific identification information which facilitates archival and use by the hosting agency, Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACCs), etc.

File names must be complete and stand on their own outside of the file structure. File names must be concise, use clear text, and avoid ambiguous terms.

The general format for file naming is: {date and time}_{incident information}_{other information}; however, this will vary depending on the file in question. It is strongly recommended all GISS use the GeoOps File Namer for consistency and accuracy on all file names.

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