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Introduction & Background

The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCS), G9 (formerly OACSIM) established the Installation Geospatial Information & Services (IGI&S) Program as a liaison for geospatial activities to the Army’s Installation, Energy, and Environment (IE&E) domain. The IGI&S Program is responsible for providing oversight on the creation, maintenance and management of installation geospatial data.


The Army Adaptation is the Army’s HQ level Adaptation. It serves as the basis for subordinate Adaptations and installation profiles and/or extensions. The currently mandated version of the Army Adaptation the SDSFIE-V 4.0.2 Army Adaptation which is a logical data model derived from the SDSFIE-V 4.0 Gold standard. It incorporates Army-wide requirements into the spatial data content standard.

Army Organization Subordinate Adaptations
Any Army Organization can create a subordinate adaptation to the Army Adaptation. Subordinate Adaptations will adhere to all relevant DoD and Army SDSFIE policy and guidance. The Army Adaptation must be used as the basis for an Army Organization subordinate Adaptation. The DCS, G9 IGI&S Program will perform a technical review of subordinate Adaptations; check for compliance with all DoD Adaptation guidance and rules; review the supporting documentation to ensure all profiles and extensions are justified; and resolve any outstanding issues with the submitter prior to approval.

Army Installation Physical Implementations
Installations may add or remove elements of the Army Adaptation as outlined in the Army SDSFIE Implementation Rules. All installation changes must be justified by business requirements and must adhere to all relevant DoD and Army SDSFIE policy and guidance. All changes made by users to the physical implementation of the Army Adaptation to create an Installation physical data model will be documented and will be considered for inclusion in the next version of the Army Adaptation.

Migration to the Army Adaptation
During calendar year 2019, all Army installations will migrate their SDSFIE 3.x Army Adaptation data to the SDSFIE-V 4.0.2 Army Adaptation. This migration will be undertaken by installation staff with the assistance of three detailed migration based documents (Pre-Migration, Migration Workflow, Post Migration), and reachback support to SDSFIE experts at the DCS, G9 IGI&S Support Center. Installation led migration will be completed using a combination of DCS, G9 IGI&S provided pre-migration tools, SDSFIE Online workflow processes, and DCS, G9 IGI&S provided post migration tools.

Each Army installation has been assigned to a migration group, which align to calendar year quarters, by their respective IGI&S Command Leads. Upon conclusion of an installation’s migration group, the migrated data and a memo certifying completion of migration will be provided to DCS, G9 IGI&S. All submitted data will replace outdated SDSFIE 3.1 Army Adaptation data contained within the HQDA geospatial data repository and visualized in the Army Installation Atlas (AIA).

Approach to Other SDSFIE Parts

The DCS, G9 IGI&S Program is addressing implementation of all parts of the SDSFIE Family of Standards as they are mandated. Additional guidance will be available for each as appropriate.


Currently, the DCS, G9 IGI&S Program addresses metadata through use of the Army Metadata Editor Tool (AMET). During FY19 Q4, the AMET was republished to accommodate use with Esri ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1. Guidance regarding compliance with the upcoming SDSFIE-M will be available once the standard is mandated.


Currently, the DCS, G9 IGI&S Program addresses data quality through compliance with the DCS, G0 IGI&S Program’s Quality Assurance General Guidance and 250+ feature level Quality Assurance Plans. Data quality is measured for the CIP through use of the DCS, G9 IGI&S Program’s Data Validation Tools which are run on all installation data following installation quarterly data submissions. Detailed quality reports are provided to the IGI&S Command Leads and installation IGI&S Managers.

For More Information

Please address any questions, comments or concerns to the DCS, G9 IGI&S Program at

Supporting Documentation/Information

Additional information, including fact sheets and specific guidance, is located on the Army Installation Atlas (