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Under the USACE Engineering Regulation 1110-1-8156, Policies, Guidance, and Requirements for Geospatial Data and Systems (1 SEP 12) all non-raster USACE data must comply with SDSFIE standards and are required to have compliant metadata. This applies to all USACE Commands with Civil Works, Military, or Environmental responsibilities, and functional areas including regulatory investigations and studies, planning, real estate, emergency operations, and engineering functions.

The Headquarters, USACE Engineering and Construction, has the lead for developing policy and guidance on the use of geospatial technology in USACE, and appoints the USACE Geospatial Community of Practice (COP) Lead to coordinate and execute geospatial actions across the USACE. The USACE SDSFIE Coordinator resides within the Army Geospatial Center (AGC) and provides technical assistance to the USACE HQ Geospatial CoP Lead with the development and implementation of the SDSFIE across civil works programs.


Project Delivery Teams (PDT’s) are convened within the USACE to address specific management issues that cross administrative and organizational lines (ER 5-1-11, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Business Process, 1 NOV 06). Geospatial PDT’s within USACE business areas are used to develop SDSFIE adaptations and implementation guidance, and coordinate implementation. These PDT’s are chaired by the USACE Geospatial COP Lead, and administered by the SDSFIE Coordinator. Subject area PDT’s were utilized to develop the HQ USACE Vector Adaptation 4.0.1 (approved 22 MAR 18), and a Geospatial Data Standards PDT operates with representation from each of the USACE Divisions to coordinate and oversee implementation. The PDT assisted with developing the USACE SDSFIE Vector Implementation Plan (11 DEC 17). A separate Metadata PDT operates to develop guide development plans and implementation of the SDSFIE Metadata standard.


The HQ USACE SDSFIE Vector Adaptation was approved by the OSD Installation Geographic Information and Services (IGI&S) Governance Group (IGG) on 22 MAR 18, and is available for download (HQ USACE 4.0.1). The AGC with the Geospatial Data Standards PDT is developing a vector data migration plan by September 2018, with an anticipated 24 month period to complete migration of USACE Civil Works data sets to the new version. The initial year will focus on migrating national data sets, and the following year on individual District and program offices. The PDT will oversee this migration, including the review and approval of any subordinate adaptations, and any SDSFIE Gold change requests that result from the migration / sub-adaptation process.

Subsequently, USACE created and submitted an “adaptation upgrade” to incorporate all applicable IGG-approved changes from the time of the Gold 4.0.2 Corrigendum release. This newest adaptation, “USACE HQ 4.0.2” was approved by the IGG Chair on 19 December 2018.

Assistance in Migration

The SDSFIE Geospatial Data Standards PDT will develop a migration timeline and coordinate the schedule for this work. The AGC SDSFIE Coordinator and support contract staff will lead the migration process with managers of national databases and District offices. However, if your office wishes to initiate migration to HQ USACE 4.0.2 before the approved schedule is completed, please contact the AGC SDSFIE Coordinator to review the process.

During FY 19 and 20, there will be a series of migration training and workshops to lead and facilitate migration. There will also be bi-monthly webinars demonstrating specific steps within the migration process. Additionally, individual demonstrations and tutorials will also be available upon request. Watch this space for schedules and agendas relating to migration training and topics.

USACE Vector Implementation Schedule

Implementation Schedule

The HQ USACE SDSFIE-Vector Adaptation development and migration process is scheduled for completion in September of 2020. This allows 3 months buffer from the OSD mandated completion by the end of December, 2020.