Atlas Projects

The Atlas Program has two outputs: content and capability

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Content Projects

Content projects produce geospatial information (e.g. maps) and perform spatial analysis. Their purpose is to enable decisions.

Four Creeks

The Four Creeks Community Service Area has the missions of 1) enhancing opportunities for meaningful participation by residents in decisions that effect the futures of their communities and 2) improving access to services and information provided by public organizations.

Atlas produces a comprehensive set of thematic and community/neighborhood maps with the assumption that enhancing residents' community knowledge will stimulate participation.

In addition, since the map data is predominately provided by public organizations (e.g. King County) Atlas provides value by making that data accessible to residents. more

TDR Analysis

The King County Transfer Development Rights program has been of concern to some residents since its inception. Atlas produced maps to aid in the analysis and recommendations for the program. more

BSA Food Drive

The Boy Scouts of America Chief Seattle Council Alpine District runs an annual food drive (Scouting for Food). This multi-year map effort intends to increase annual tonnage collected by the scouts for local food banks. more

May Valley Trails

The May Valley area has a large equestrian culture and capability. Boarding services can enhance the quality of their services, with a corresponding increase in boarding value, with an intra-valley soft trail system linked to a massive trail system to the north and south. more

WWRC Projects

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC) is the primary non-profit providing management of the predominance of state funds for wildlife and recreation projects. Atlas provided an update to their primary map and web site when the 2010 census modified the WA State Legislative districts. more

Historical Survey

One resident was interested in overlaying current survey data with an original survey of their community done in the 1800's. Atlas geolocated the old survey map against the current survey data. more

Stewardship MOU

A local community group signed a Memo of Understanding with Four Creeks and King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks to steward a tributary, a park and a road. Atlas provided hydrology, recreation, and transportation maps in support of the MOU. more

Water District 90

Water District 90 provides fresh water services in an area east of Renton. They receive primary support from an engineering firm but wanted additional maps. Atlas is providing basic maps and online maps that are hyperlinked to bill of materials and maintenance data. more

ESD 112

There are a number of Educational Service Districts in Washington State that provide services to school districts. ESD 112, Research Center for Leadership and Learning, has interest in improving its effectiveness through GIS. Atlas is providing maps and spatial analysis. more


The Forest project will investigate and create a comprehensive set of forest maps and spatial analysis for a portion of the plateau east of the City of Renton. The project will help educate local community residents, including aid in understanding the type of forestry-related questions and decisions they may be interested in. more

Odor Sourcing

Odors in and around the Cedar Grove subarea have been a nuisance for over a decade. Reducing and eliminating those odors would improve if the capability to source and identify the odors were improved. more

Capability Projects

Capability projects enhance the Atlas System. Their purpose is to improve Atlas capability and efficiency.

System Capability

The Atlas System is comprised of data and processes along with other assets. The System Capability projects focus on efficiency and effectiveness. more

GRCC GIS Student Projects

These are Green River Community College student projects done for The Atlas Program.

J. Ted Couillard

GIS 292, GIS255, Internship
GIS 292 Presentation
GIS 292 Report

Lee Emmett

GIS 292 Presentation
GIS 292 Report

Chuck Neudorf

BSA Boundaries Construction
See: maps>gallery>projects>BSA

See additional examples of GRCC GIS student projects here.