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July 2012: Appeal filed for recent BLM-issued Burning Man permit - details here

June 2012: Burning Man 2012 EA finalized by BLM - details here

Spatial-Ed's observations and analysis of impacts for Burning Man 2012 - Burning Thoughts 2012

Home Projects Monitoring at Burning Man
Hardware: Ricoh GPS Camera PDF Print E-mail

This excerpt from the technical note in the Burning Man Monitoring Report demonstrates how over 1,2000 GPS-enabled photos used to monitor and document week-long Burning Man event.  Four Ricoh 500SE cameras were used to photo-documentation everything ‘good, bad or ugly’ at the event.  The Ricoh cameras, combined with Geospatial Experts GPS-Photo Link and ESRI ArcGIS software made it possible to complete the 10 studies detailed in the Stipulation Monitoring Report.
1. Minimal training
Training for use of these cameras took less than 15 minutes.  This was ideal for our team of mostly volunteers.

2. GPS-record the locations photographs were taken
The accuracy of this location is approximately 2-5 m. While this is not as accurate a location as the Trimble GPS units could record, it is sufficient for the Team’s purposes.  The cameras do have the ability to record the location of the object photographed rather than the location of where the photograph was taken, however, the Team did not require this capability.

3. Record information about each photograph
Caplio’s List Editor software (which ships free with the camera) was used to create a data dictionary to ensure all information was collected in a standard way. Outlined below are the possible entries accessed via drop-down menus for each of the 5 data fields.

Field: Representative attribute values
Study: Art Project, Perimeter Fence, Trash transects
Stipulation: 19 – Art Burn, 32 – Perimeter Fence, 79 – Trash
Status: Good/Stip Met, Bad/Concern, Ugly/Violation, Other
First Digit: 1st digit of trash transect number (0-9)
Second Digit: 2nd digit of trash transect number (0-9)

4. Watermark photos with entered information
GPL-Photo Link generates a watermarked version of the photograph, which can be customized to display items such as -
    Location taken
    File name
    Date and time
    Or any of the 5 entered attributes


5. Transfer data to ArcGIS
GPL-Photo Link also generates a shapefile, a common ArcGIS file format.

6. Field-worthy
Despite extreme temperatures and a brutal amount of alkaline playa dust, these cameras have continued to survive multiple Burning Man events, as well a year-round use for other projects including hundreds of miles of route inventories on ATVs and motorcycles.


Poll - Burning Man Earth

What is outlined in red in the 2008 event photo?

Results: Burning Man Reports

Spatial-Ed's Comments to BLM for New Burning Man EA

On-Screen Viewing (Low Resolution, 1.5 MB)

Print Version (High Resolution, 3.5 MB)

Burning Man 2008

Executive Summary (118 KB)

Technical Note (465 KB)

Complete Stipulation Monitoring Report (9.47 MB)

...or Download individual studies from report:

Ch. 1 - Monitoring (1.53 MB)

Ch. 2 - Open Playa (3.08 MB)

Ch. 3 - Airport (851 KB)

Ch. 4 - Signs (648 KB)

Ch. 5 - Hot Springs (223 KB)

Ch. 6 - Perimeter Fence (292 KB)

Ch. 7 - Population (457 KB)

Ch. 8 - Trash Transects (428 KB)

Ch. 9 - PeePeePee (Porta-Potty Placement) (304 KB)

Ch. 10 - Cumulative Effects (1.51 MB)

Monitoring Team (273 KB)

Burning Man 2007

Stipulation Monitoring Report (5.61 MB)

Burning Man 2006

Monitoring the successful clean-up of Uchronia art project

Monitoring Report - Poster, Small (120 KB)

Monitoring Report - Poster, Medium (1.5 MB)

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