Category Archives: Technology

New S.C. Active Mines Viewer App

Did you know that there are 474 active mines in South Carolina? S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has launched a new web-based application to make it easier for the public to find, filter and download mining information across the state.

The S.C. Active Mines Viewer is a GIS map that displays the locations of all actively permitted mines in South Carolina to make it easier for the public to find information that is relevant to their community or business. The mines are categorized into eight mineral groups including clay, gold, granite, limestone, sand, sericite, shale and vermiculite.

The legend allows the user to view a specific mineral group or view all mines.

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The search function allows the user to search by mine name, permit number, or by county.

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The table function allows the user to view a table of additional information about the mines, such as latitude and longitude, mineral group and type, and mine operator.

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The user can download this information and print a copy of the current map view.

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Whether you’re a public contractor looking for a source of construction materials or an interested constituent looking for information on what type of minerals are mined in your community, the S.C. Active Mines Viewer is an easy-to-use resource.

You can check out the app on your computer or mobile device by visiting: https://gis.dhec.sc.gov/activeminesviewer/

About Mining Regulations

Mining in South Carolina is regulated by the S.C. Mining Act, S.C. Code Ann. 48-20-10, et seq. (Rev. 2008). The Act ensures that all land and water associated with mine activity receive a practical degree of protection and restoration. DHEC is authorized to issue permits for mine operations and ensure that mines comply with laws and regulations.

For more information about mining regulation and permitting, visit www.scdhec.gov/Environment/LW/MiningandReclamation/.

 

Helping S.C. Stay EMS “Strong!” Celebrating our First Responders

By Jamie Shuster

Members of our EMS and Trauma team joined officials at the state capitol on May 19, 2015 in recognition of National EMS Week.

Members of our EMS and Trauma team joined officials at the state capitol on May 19, 2015 in recognition of National EMS Week.

May 20, 2015 marks National Emergency Medical Service for Children (EMSC) Day. Celebrated each year in conjunction with National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Week, today is an opportunity to recognize our dedicated EMS practitioners and raise awareness about the importance of specialized care for children in the prehospital and acute care settings.

In South Carolina and across the nation, EMS workers play a critical role in the protection and health of our residents and visitors. Often the first line of defense, EMS workers perform life-saving services each and every day. In support of EMS Week 2015’s theme, EMS Strong, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the things that our team is doing to help South Carolina stay EMS Strong.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Division of EMS and Trauma, South Carolina continues to make great strides in the provision of EMS services to individuals across all ages– from our eldest to our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. As part of these ongoing efforts we are working to:

  • Increase access to cardiac monitors and training for EMS providers throughout the state. Through a $1 Million grant from the Duke Endowment Foundation, we recently provided 20 EMS agencies across the state with 38 twelve lead cardiac monitors.
  • Improve response times in pediatric emergencies. Earlier this year we provided 12 ambulance agencies from across the state with pediatric response bags and training essential to quickly responding to critically injured infants and children — helping eliminate possible dosing errors and ensuring our paramedics our prepared to treat our state’s youngest patients. In addition we trained and certified, free of charge, 25 EMS providers in Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) so that they can provide further education and certification to our state’s first responders.  An additional class is being held, also free of charge, June 8th-9th to train and certify 25 more instructors in PEPP.

A big thanks to our EMS and Trauma team and our EMS practitioners for your continued work and efforts in protecting the health and safety of all South Carolinians.

DHEC Receives Two National GIS Awards

By Betsy Crick

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Pictured from left to right:  Seth Church, Elzbieta Covington, Wes Askew, Jeannie Eidson, Craig Linn, and Phil Weinbach.  (Not pictured – Josh Boulware, who works out of DHEC’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management office) 

DHEC’s Division of Enterprise Applications, led by GIS Section Manager Philip Weinbach, was recently recognized at The Public Technology Institute (PTI) Smart Cities and Counties Summit with a 2015 PTI GIS Vision Award​.  A geographic information system (GIS) helps individuals visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. This prestigious, annual award is presented to outstanding individuals from within local and state government who have demonstrated a leadership role in GIS tools and sharing of GIS data across boundaries.

According to PTI Executive Director Alan Shark, “DHEC, along with the other award recipients, understand how to better serve and protect the public, and to enhance real-time decision-making through the use of GIS tools and data.  Individuals who are recognized as GIS Vision Award recipients have contributed to advancing enterprise-wide GIS, articulated a clear vision and recognized innovation, demonstrated leadership, and served as a champion for the use of GIS across and within the city, county and state.  I congratulate you for your leadership and for your vision!”

DHEC has also been selected to receive a Special Achievement in GIS award at the 2015 Esri User Conference.  Esri inspires and enables people to positively impact the future through a deeper, geographic understanding of the changing world around them.  The Special Achievement in GIS award is given to user sites around the world to recognize outstanding work with GIS technology.  DHEC stood out from more than 100,000 others in receiving this award.  ​

The GIS Section at DHEC has made great strides in developing many publicly available applications using the JavaScript programming language.  These applications are mobile ready and work across platforms, iOS and Android.  The team has worked closely with program areas to add interactive mapping to our website​, which includes topics such as air monitoring, permits and planning, public health, water resources, and much more.

Congratulations to our entire GIS team for these outstanding accomplishments!