Communities That Collaborate Win!Tuesday, December 15, 2015
A disruptive model for collaboration was set into motion in 1998 knitting four communities together to form the GIS Consortium; in this model communities share staffing, software, and infrastructure to enhance communication and sharing of information across departments by delivering a robust geographic information ...
We Will Acccomplish More Together Than We Will On Our Own!Tuesday, December 15, 2015
A forum of managers in local government in northern Illinois, the Leadership Roundtable, came together in early 2015 to generate a list of common problems they could solve together. As the list of project ideas grew one of them quickly floated to the top ...
Water Main Break Impact AnalysisTuesday, August 12, 2014
Part of the responsibility of the GIS Consortium (GISC) is to collaborate between communities and to obtain shared solutions. A recent request to estimate the impact of water main breaks was noted as having great potential to be a standard analysis that could be performed ...
ArcGIS Online Finder ApplicationTuesday, August 12, 2014
ArcGIS Online provides many downloadable applications that can be used on smartphones, tablets, and desktops. This includes web application templates, which are specifically designed to take a web map and then apply graphics, charts, and other related information. The templates are easy to use and ...
GIS Consortium 3D Mapping PotentialTuesday, August 12, 2014
A recent objective of the technical staff in the GIS Consortium (GISC) has been to investigate the potential for 3D mapping and to be sure the GISC's data model continues to advance and support these new technologies easily. 3D mapping in GIS has been possible ...
ArcGIS Online Collector ApplicationTuesday, August 12, 2014
The ArcGIS Online Collector Mobile Application puts mapping in the hands of users out in the field and eliminates the need for paper maps by using Tablets and Smartphones to collect information. The applications allows users to collect and update GIS data and then sync ...
Updated Photogrammetric Mapping History for GIS Consortium MembersThursday, June 26, 2014
A proactive approach is taken every year to update GIS Consortium members on how current their spatial data is. The GIS Consortium photogrammetric vendor is a nationwide engineering, mapping and survey firm that provides high-accuracy geospatial data that the counties cannot. All available orthophoto (aerial ...
Expect the best when planning for the worst: Emergency Management in the GIS ConsortiumTuesday, June 24, 2014
One of the core beliefs at MGP is to actively improve upon the past. But how do we make improvements to a process when its very nature is unpredictable? Such is the challenge with emergency response planning, as no two incidents are the same and ...
La Grange and Schiller Park join the GIS ConsortiumThursday, June 12, 2014
Good things come in pairs! We are very excited to announce that both La Grange and Schiller Park have joined the GIS Consortium. They are the 24th and 25th members respectively. This is the first time in our 15-year history that two communities have joined ...
Water System Operator Magazine Recognizes Quality Leaders in the Village of NorridgeTuesday, February 25, 2014
Water System Operator Magazine recently published an article on the Village of Norridge, showing its success with technology improvements and service. It reviews the work of Doug Strempek, the IT and GIS Coordinator for the Village, in the updating of core technologies and services. Read the ...
Glen Ellyn joins the GIS ConsortiumTuesday, November 19, 2013
We are excited to announce the newest member of the GIS Consortium, the
Village of Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Glen Ellyn becomes the 23rd member of
the GIS Consortium and the fourth member to join this year! The
Consortium and MGP are looking forward to the ...
GIS Supports Recent Flood Emergency Response EffortsTuesday, November 19, 2013
We contributed an article on page six of the Illinois City/County
Managers Association (ILCMA) June 2013 newsletter.The article discusses
the vital role of GIS when it comes to emergency response. It
illustrates that a GIS program is a powerful asset for a community’s
emergency response ...
Northbrook becomes the 22nd member of the Consortium.Monday, November 18, 2013
The Consortium is pleased to announce the membership of the Village of
Northbrook. The Village has a long history when it comes to using GIS.
Two of the reasons cited by the Village for joining was to create a GIS
program that was centralized within ...
Buffalo Grove joins the GIS ConsortiumMonday, November 18, 2013
We are very pleased to announce our newest GIS Consortium member, the
Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Buffalo Grove becomes the 21st
member of the GIS Consortium and the 7th Lake County community. The
program was kicked off last week and we want to welcome ...
Village of Woodridge becomes 20th GIS Consortium memberMonday, November 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce the joining of the Village of Woodridge as
the 20th member of the GIS Consortium. The Village approved membership
at their December 13th Village Board meeting. We are excited about
adding a new member and are looking forward to the ...
Village of Mundelein becomes 19th GIS Consortium memberWednesday, November 13, 2013
We are pleased to announce that the Village of Mundelein has become the
19th member of the GIS Consortium. With their membership the GIS
Consortium has grown to over half a million in population covering over
one-hundred and fifty square miles. As the Consortium continues ...
GIS Innovation in Local GovernmentTuesday, November 12, 2013
We contributed an article on page five of the Illinois City/County
Managers Association (ILCMA) June 2012 newsletter. The article discusses
innovations in GIS systems. It also discusseses how economic challenges
are changing the way GIS is being implmented. While not specifically
about the GIS Consortium ...
New Combination View for MapOfficeTuesday, November 12, 2013
Two new enhancements have been made to MapOffice™ this month. They
include combination view and auto complete for find and go. Combination
view provides the ability to see the standard GISC map side by side with
both Google Street View and Microsoft Bird's Eye View. ...
MapOffice updated search optionsSunday, November 10, 2013
This month’s update includes the debut of some much anticipated
enhancements to MapOffice™. Enhanced search options were added in both
MapOffice™ Advanced and Public. This enhancement offers the ability to
search for an address including its unit (e.g. #, Suite, -, Apt, Unit)
or search ...
MapOffice Web Access rolloutSunday, November 10, 2013
The newest GIS Consortium product MapOffice™ Web Access was rolled out
on Febuary 22nd. This application builds on the advanced version of
MapOffice™ currently being hosted on community member's local network.
By centrally hosting this application on the Internet, the GIS
Consortium can now provide ...
Web Mapping Deployed in Tinley ParkSunday, November 10, 2013
Two months after joining the GIS Consortium (GISC), Tinley Park has
deployed MapOffice™ to its citizens and internal staff. MapOffice™
places important local government information on the internet making it
accessible to the public. It also empowers internal staff by making a
wide variety of ...
Tinley Park joins the GIS ConsortiumSunday, November 10, 2013
We are pleased to announce that the Village of Tinley Park has joined
the GIS Consortium. The Village becomes the 18th member of the
Consortium and our first in the Chicago South Suburbs. We would like to
welcome Tinley Park to the GIS Consortium and ...
GIS response to 2011 storm eventsSunday, November 10, 2013
On June 21st, a powerful storm with wind gusts as high as 81 mph
swept through Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The severe weather
prompted tornado warnings, stopped air and train travel, and caused
extensive tree damage along with widespread power outages. Commonwealth
Edison (ComEd) ...
Increasing use of wireless GIS by GISC Fire DepartmentsSaturday, November 9, 2013
Last year the GIS Consoritum (GISC) conducted a survey of the member
Fire Departments. Among the topics was the use of wireless in the field
along with the type of records management systems used. The goal was to
set the vision for future MapOffice™ Advanced ...
GIS Consortium in GeoSpatial TodaySaturday, November 9, 2013
GIS Specialists Erik Voight, Jason Sphar and Mike Falkofske of MGP
Inc. along with former City of Des Plaines Economic Development
Coordinator Jennifer Ganser recently published an article regarding
local government and information transparency in the February 2011
edition.Erik and Jennifer outlined the benefits of ...
Sewer/sanitary tracing in MapOfficeSaturday, November 9, 2013
In June of this year it was requested by a Public Works Director that
MapOffice™ Advanced provide the functionality to trace up and downstream
flow of sewer and sanitary utility lines. The user identified that they
would like to be able to click on a ...
Business intelligence for MapOfficeSaturday, November 9, 2013
The GIS Consortium (GISC) Information Technology Technical committee met
this week to review and discuss the upcoming business intelligence
functionality for MapOffice™ Advanced. For years the GIS Consortium has
been working to provide authoritative community data on demand in a
spatial context. Until now the ...
Adding historical imagery into MapOfficeSaturday, November 9, 2013
In the latest update to MapOffice™ Advanced the ability for community
staff members to bring up historical imagery was added. With 17
communities in all the Consortium has collected a wide variety of aerial
imagery. The aerial imagery for some communities dates back to 1939. ...
MapOffice tool tutorialsSaturday, November 9, 2013
The GIS Consortium (GISC) over the past several months has been
developing online, on demand tutorial videos for MapOffice™ and
MapOffice™ advanced. These videos are found on the GISC website under
the video gallery page (http://www.gisconsortium.org/gallery/video/) and
available to anyone.The stated purpose of these videos ...
Monitoring flood levels in MapOfficeSaturday, November 9, 2013
Last week the GIS Consortium released the ability to display National
Weather Service Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service data for the
region. With a series of clicks real time flooding information can be
displayed in MapOffice™ Advanced for use by decision makers.Flood Hazard Mapping is an ...
GISC presenting at the ICMA 2010 Annual ConferenceSaturday, November 9, 2013
Bob Irvin, Village Manager of Lincolnshire and I will be presenting
as apart of the educational series at the International City Managers
Association (ICMA) 2010 annual conference on October 17-20th.The intent of the session is to offer an in-depth look at how a small
Separating tasks and tools in MapOfficeSaturday, November 9, 2013
The organization of MapOffice™ you may have noticed has changed
slightly. What was once just tools has been separated into two
categories. Tools and tasks are now available at differing levels of
functionality depending on the version of MapOffice™ you are using.Tool
and tasks have ...
Find the nearest feature toolThursday, October 31, 2013
Finding the nearest feature is something that local government
employees do everyday. It might be finding the nearest hydrant in event
of a fire, nearest water valve for shutoff, or nearest schools and
medical facilities in event of an emergency. With the nearest feature
tool this ...
Planning for the taste of Oak BrookWednesday, October 30, 2013
The Village of Oak Brook hosts the “Taste of Oak Brook” annually
during the fourth of July weekend. The event features fireworks, live
entertainment and food from local vendors. Since the event draws in a
large number of people, the Village wanted to make sure ...
Sprinker system trackingWednesday, October 30, 2013
With the building of a new village hall and an updated police
station, the Village of Wheeling took the opportunity to put in a new
sprinkler system for the outdoor areas of both buildings. The sprinkler
system consists of roughly 600 sprinkler heads varying in ...
Analyzing green space using GISWednesday, October 30, 2013
The Village of Norridge requires that every residential property
within the Village limits to have at least 65% green space on the
property. This means that the homeowner can only have 35% of the
property consist of impervious surface areas such as the building,
Quickly Identifying Vacant LotsWednesday, October 30, 2013
Every year the City of Park Ridge contracts with a photogrammetric
firm in order to collect important planimteric data such as buildings,
driveways, sidewalks, etc. in a computer usable digital format. This
data is fundamentally important as it provides a backbone for a
Geographic Information ...
Using GIS to Aid in Emergency DispatchingWednesday, October 30, 2013
As a new member of the GIS Consortium, the top priority in Lake
Forest has been getting data ready for New World. New World used in some
of the other Consortium communities, is a CAD software that uses GIS to
map out the location of ...
Building a road inventoryWednesday, October 30, 2013
A recent development in the Riverside Geographic Information System
(GIS) has been the creation of a street inventory. Information captured
includes the type of surface material, road base material, cross section
type, curb and gutter information, last improved dates, planned
improvement dates, and other statistics ...
GIS assisting with landscapingWednesday, October 30, 2013
A recent development in the Glenview Geographic Information System
(GIS) has been the creation of the landscape site locations. Information
created includes the site description and which group the site is
associated with. One other statistic that can quickly be calculated
using GIS, is the ...
Ticket recaptureWednesday, October 30, 2013
The Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) recently
assisted an evaluation of outstanding tickets which to date has
recovered tens of thousands of dollars for the village.The address matching or “geocoding” process provided through the GIS
and its address inventory allowed all unpaid tickets ...
Finance and permtting interacting with GISWednesday, October 30, 2013
The Tyler Edens application is an important financial and permit
enterprise system that allows the city easily track finances and permit
status. The application will only function efficiently if it has good
base information such as zoning districts, addresses, and owner
information. This information is ...
The GIS Consortium in Directions MagazineWednesday, October 30, 2013
Directions magazine is an international magazine and leading source
of information, news and commentary in the fields of geospatial and
location-based technologies. Today they published an article related to
the GIS Consortium recieving the 2010 GITA Excellence Award. This award
is not possible without the hard work and collaboration ...
Why GIS and Why Now?Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tom Thomey wrote and Kelsey Rydland contributed to an article on page
six of the Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) April 2010
newsletter. The article addresses the need for GIS in these difficult
economic times. While the article is not specifically about the GIS
Consortium it is ...
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