Date of Award

Summer 8-2012

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Geography and Geology

Committee Chair

George Raber

Committee Chair Department

Geography and Geology

Committee Member 2

Clifton Dixon

Committee Member 2 Department

Geography and Geology

Committee Member 3

Gregory Carter

Committee Member 3 Department

Geography and Geology

Committee Member 4

Brian Bourgeois


This documentation describes a project to design and develop an alternative implementation of the Digital Bathymetric Database Variable Resolution (DBDB-V) that will allow efficient ingestion into Geospatial Information System (GIS). DBDB-V is a well-known storage facility for wide-reaching bathymetry. It is created, maintained, and extensively used by the U.S. Navy, and it is seen in many applications within the public sector. Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) develops a popular suite of GIS applications called ArcGIS Desktop that is used worldwide and offered to U.S. Navy programs though the Commercial Joint Mapping Toolkit (CJMTK). This thesis will examine the development of an ESRI-compatible spatial geodatabase (GDB) that will hold the DBDB-V data and provide native data ingestion into ESRI products thereby improving the efficiency of how bathymetry is used within the GIS. It will also investigate tools needed to build and update the geodatabase as well as to provide access to the data stored within it. The thesis will also consider test cases to validate the new geodatabase and its tools.