BIT and DENR Work Together to Upgrade FoxPro Applications

BIT is working closely with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) staff on a project to rewrite 37 existing FoxPro systems to .net applications with GIS components utilized in all applications. Microsoft is no longer supporting FoxPro which is why BIT is taking the systems off that platform, adding enhanced system functionality, and building desired GIS functionality into each system.  The added GIS functionality is allowing for direct online user access of information being displayed in a user friendly format.  Providing this information online is saving DENR staff time and money of retrieving it manually for taxpayers when requested.

BIT Development, Network, Data Center and DENR staff have worked to be the first state in the nation to flow data through EPA’s Virtual Node. This allows data to be shared from the EPA through a secure channel in order for it to be shared on one of DENR’s websites with the public. The same group has been working to land a 2015 grant from the Western States Water Council.  If awarded this grant, this project will allow data to be exchanged between several states to provide better access to water allocation, supply and demand through a shared site.
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BIT has been fortunate to be able to work closely with knowledgeable DENR staff to upgrade their systems from FoxPro to SQL and .NET. Having the ability to better serve DENR and the public’s needs by making improvements and enhancements is the icing on the cake for BIT.

For more information, the below article was recently released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

PIERRE, S.D. – Today at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference, DENR demonstrated four new interactive database GIS maps to a crowd of more than 100 people.

Located at, searchable maps have been added to DENR’s GIS Interactive Map Dashboard. The maps provide data for more than 13,250 spill sites, about 5,000 closed and active regulated storage tanks, more than 150 locations to take recyclable materials and 97,620 filings for water right dry draw location notices.

These four interactive maps are in addition to the department’s interactive oil and gas map and construction aggregate map that have been available online. The oil and gas map opens 1,900 files for oil and gas holes and geologic logs from 96,595 other holes with a simple mouse click. The construction aggregate map shows the location of 4,651 active and closed construction aggregate mines across the state.

“As part of DENR’s continuing efforts to implement Gov. Daugaard’s priority of making state government more open by expanding e-government, these interactive maps provide information from four more huge databases that can be searched online by the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner.

(State News posting)

BIT Employee Achieves Executive Master Degree

In 2010, Kari Stulken was among fifteen other executive staff selected to participate in the State of South Dakota’s Leadership Development Program Cohort #6.  Throughout each leadership program cohort, participants complete five graduate level courses to earn the South Dakota Government Leadership certificate through the University of South Dakota.  After earning her leadership certificate in 2011, Kari chose to continue on the path for a master’s degree.  This goal required an additional seven graduate level courses, lots of studying in the evenings, and several term papers.  The courses she took on her own were offered online through USD’s graduate school.  Others from BIT that have completed the program in the past include Tony Rae and Deanne Booth.

Kari obtained the Executive Master in Public Administration degree this month during the University of South Dakota’s winter commencement exercises.  Kari greatly appreciates all the support and encouragement her coworkers, family, and friends provided her during her journey to accomplish her goal.

Kari is the manager of the Project Management Office in Pierre. Her main duties include supervising the diverse staff assigned to the PMO team as well as managing select technology projects.

Additional Information:
Capital University Center has recently begun offering hybrid courses in Pierre for both the Executive Master in Public Administration and Master in Science Administrative Studies degrees.  Please contact the CUC at 773-2160 for more information.