The Feasibility of Using Computer Graphics in Environmental Evaluations: Interim Report: Documenting Historic Site Locations Using Computer Graphics

Report No: 81-R52

Published in 1981

About the report:

This report describes a method for locating historic site information using a computer graphics program. If adopted for use by the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation, this method should significantly reduce the time now required to determine the locations of historically significant sites and their proximity to highway and transportation projects. A data bank containing all properties either listed on or nominated for the National Register of Historic Places, and those listed on the Virginia Register of Historic Places has been developed. These data can be retrieved in standard line-printer output or in a graphic representation using a pen plotter. With this information, the absence of historically significant sires in an area can be quickly established, thereby reducing the time needed to meet federal regulations and obtain approval for a proposed highway project.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Daniel D. McGeehan

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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