Using Interactive Mapping to Search Historical Landmark Properties

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 The City of Lake Forest, IL has developed an intuitive application that allows the public to view historical landmark properties and related property information that are located throughout the city. Community Development requested a method for staff and residents to be able to search for ...

Providing Contractors Information using GIS

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 Each spring, The City of Lake Forest, IL Forestry Department places there mowing maintenance responsibilities out for contractual bid. Mowing maintenance include areas that require weekly mowing and that are managed by the city. Since the mowing is not performed internally, landscaping companies place a ...

Using MapOffice to View FEMA Documentation

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
 
The City of Lake Forest, IL Engineering Department needed a method to quickly look up residential properties that have been granted a FEMA Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). When a property owner thinks that their property has been incorrectly mapped in a Special Flood ...

Using Disconnected Devices for Inventory Collection

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The City of Lake Forest, IL Public Works Department will be collecting residential b-box locations throughout the city. B-boxes are used to shut off water to a desired location. This inventory will assist Inspectors and Contractors with quickly locating the water shut off ...

Using GIS for City Tours

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
​This spring, The City of Lake Forest, IL is set to host their first annual Tree Walk. The Tree Walk Event will guide participants throughout the Central Business District highlighting different species of trees. GIS staff is assisting with developing an intuitive application that will ...

Collecting Asset Inventories Using Mobile Applications

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
 The City of Lake Forest, IL Engineering Department collects a sidewalk condition inventory every five years. This inventory is used to spatially plan annual capital improvement projects. Historically, Engineering staff field survey sidewalk conditions with a laptop and desktop Geographic Information System (GIS) software to ...

Using GIS to Display City Parks and Amenities

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest, IL is developing an intuitive application that will allow residents to view city park locations and related information. Currently, residents retrieve parks information from the City’s Parks and Recreation webpage that lists information without a map or photo component. With ...

Using GIS to Maximize Snow Management Efficiency

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest, IL is considering purchasing land that will function as a Municipal Services satellite location. This land will be primarily used as a location to dump excess snow in the winter months. Currently, snow is transported to the current Municipal Services ...

Integrating a tree inventory into GIS to streamline daily workflows

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​In 2013, the Village of Lincolnshire, IL hired The Davey Tree Expert Company to collect an inventory of all Village-owned trees. This inventory included trees not only in public rights-of-way, but also in all nine public parks managed by the Public Works Department. When completed, ...

Using GIS for Community Rating System Accreditation (CRS)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest recently went through an accreditation process for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). CRS is a national program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a guide to assist communities with designing or improving their ...

MapOffice Public to Display Capital Improvement Information

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest was looking for a new method of displaying the City’s Capital Improvement projects to the public. Previously a static PDF map would be displayed on the City’s website highlighting where the construction projects were occurring. GIS personnel worked Engineering staff ...

Creating a Regional Interstate Map for Public Safety

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​Lake Forest Public Safety recently requested that GIS develop a regional map displaying key locations around interstates 94 and 294. The map displays interstate mile markers and crossover locations. Surrounding Hospital and Fire Station locations are also illustrated and labeled on the map. This map ...

Using MapOffice Advanced to Display City Tree Inventory

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Forestry Department keeps an active inventory of trees located within the city using the tree inventory software Davey Tree. Davey Tree allows users to plot tree locations and populate related information for that given tree. This software creates a database of all ...

Using MapOffice Custom Overlays to Display Site Information for Fire First Responders

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Fire Department has recently collaborated with GIS to develop a MapOffice Custom Overlay for first responders. The overlay displays device locations and building information for First Responders to reference in the event of an emergency. Information available in the overlay includes Knox ...

Using MapOffice Custom Overlays to Display Site Information for Fire First Responders

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Fire Department has recently collaborated with GIS to develop a MapOffice Custom Overlay for first responders. The overlay displays device locations and building information for First Responders to reference in the event of an emergency. Information available in the overlay includes Knox ...

Using MapOffice Display City Mowing and Landscape Maintenance

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Parks and Forestry Departments are in negotiations to outsource their cul-de-sac and right-of-way landscaping maintenance. Previously, city staff maintained these areas but a cost-benefit analysis determined that the budget would be more efficiently spent by contracting out the maintenance responsibilities. The city ...

Using MapOffice to Spatially Display Law Enforcement Data Capture

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Lake Forest Police Department has recently collaborated with the GIS department to spatially display the city’s crime and incident data within MapOffice. Previously the GIS department would create maps displaying the most current crime locations as well as trends that may have been occurring ...

Using GIS to Identify Potential Locations for Medical Marijuana Distribution Facilities

Monday, November 18, 2013
​ The City of Lake Forest’s City Manager’s Office recently requested that GIS construct a map identifying potential locations for medical marijuana distribution facilities. There is currently a bill under consideration in the state legislature that would allow medicinal marijuana organizations in the state of Illinois. ...

Managing Hydrant Flushing

Monday, November 18, 2013
​Regular hydrant flushing is essential for maintaining and the water system and ensuring the safety of residents. Hydrant flushing can detect pressure issues in the water system; remove sediment build up, and identifying malfunctioning hydrants. The City of Lake Forest recognizes the important of hydrant ...

Drainage Basin Improvements

Monday, November 18, 2013
​Having the largest business park in the nation provides Elk Grove Village, IL many benefits as a community and initiating improvements to make it even more desirable to current and future business owners is an ongoing objective of Village staff. In 2011 the Village began ...

Using GIS to Identify MABAS and SRT Asset Locations

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest’s Fire Department recently requested that GIS construct a map to display Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) and Special Rescue Team (SRT) assets in Lake and McHenry Counties. The MABAS and SRT assets are spread throughout Lake and McHenry Counties. ...

GIS assists Public Works with Planning Street Snow Removal

Monday, November 18, 2013
The ​ Public Works Department tasks the GIS Office with maintaining several maps related to snow removal. The first set op maps are 8.5” x 11 inch plow zone maps that are kept in the truck as a reference to the assignment area for ...

Using GIS to Manage Rainfall Drainage Structure Maintenance

Friday, November 15, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest recently decided that they wanted to reevaluate and possibly reorganize their storm drainage upkeep procedures. Currently, the City of Lake Forest is divided into 10 rainfall zones. A streets crew is given responsibility to maintain and oversee all storm drainage ...

Using GIS to Manage Recycling Cart Distribution

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​At the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year, the City of Lake Forest had been delivering new recycling carts to all of their households. To accurately determine the number of recycling carts that were needed; a list of all non-commercial addresses in the city was ...

Proposed Five-year pavement resurfacing program

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​Every year the City of Lake Forest requests a map to illustrate roads that are being planned for resurfacing. These maps help manage the spatial distribution of where these resurfacing projects are occurring. Poor road conditions are an issue for all communities and by ensuring ...

City uses GIS to locate new athletic facilities

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest Park Recreation Department is considering installing a new football field and or new soccer fields at Deerpath Park. The flood way and flood plain for the Skokie River run through Deerpath Park. It was important that any new facilities were ...

Using GIS to Address Water Main Replacements

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest recently began a project to help determine the costs and effects of water main construction projects in relation to water main breaks. Water main breaks are an issue for all communities, and ensuring residents that the most needed areas are ...

City Uses GIS to Aid in Going Green

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​During the 2012 fiscal year, the City of Lake Forest has been receiving and delivering new recycling carts to all of its households. To aid in ordering the needed number of bins, a list of all non-commercial addresses in the City was generated. The Sanitation ...

Using GIS to Address Water Main Replacements

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest recently began a project to help determine the costs and effects of water main construction projects in relation to water main breaks. Water main breaks are an issue for all communities, and ensuring residents that the most needed areas are ...

Helping youth organizations with holiday deliveries

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​This fall, the Committee for Representing Our Young Adults, also known as CROYA, has introduced a visual aid to help with their annual poinsettia orders and deliveries. CROYA is a branch of the Rec Center in Lake Forest, and offers programs for young people to ...

Ravine Preservation Aided by GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​In August, Lake Forest College worked with the City to determine the names and addresses of residents that shared property boundaries with the College and were along the Bloodroot and Withchazel Ravines. Lake Forest College is planning on working to preserve the ravines, and contacting ...

GIS supports special event planning

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Many communities often use GIS in one way or another to help plan out events, whether it is as simple as a basic street map or as detailed as a full site plan for a community’s annual taste event. In June, the City of Lake ...

Tracking hydrant repairs in GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Each year, communities flush their fire hydrants and take note of flow rate, time flushed, and condition of hydrants. For 2011, the City of Lake Forest used GIS to aid in visualizing the locations of hydrants that were found to be in need to attention.Notes ...

GIS Aids in Tree Planting and Giving Back to Community

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest is planning on planting around 180 trees this year that were purchased with funding that was donated from city residents. Known for its tree lined streets, these donated trees will help fill in areas of the City from newly renovated ...

Using GIS for Event Planning

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest has been preparing for its upcoming 150th Anniversary event, which is scheduled for the fall of this year. While there are small events going on throughout the year, the big focus is on the festival that will take place on ...

GIS Aids in Analyzing Road Drainage Types

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest has recently been reviewing the types of drainage available on its streets to consider new projects for the upcoming fiscal year. As an old community, many areas of the city do not have curbs or gutters, and solely rely on ...

Capital improvement project planning

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest has begun using GIS to make a map and store data that shows current plans for their 10 year Capital Improvement program. In the past, employees would rely on spreadsheets and individual maps produced for that year to visualize projects ...

GIS assists with sign inventory and MUTCD upgrades

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The City of Lake Forest has begun to take an inventory and place orders for signs throughout the city. GIS was able to provide accurate tables of sign counts for Public Works. Using these counts employees were able to categorize work zones by ward and know how many ...

Mapping density of recreation center users

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The city of Lake Forest updates a list of residents who have signed up for Rec Center services on a yearly basis. To aid in seeing the layout of where these residents are located, the City has used GIS to map out point locations for ...

GIS layers offer staff information at the click of a button

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​This month, Lake Forest staff were presented with a new format for accessing GIS data, as well as PDF maps for printing use. The new setup uses a shared, read-only folder that is hosted on the GIS server, and contains layer files for most of ...

Using GIS to Plan City-wide Fireworks Display

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Lake Forest will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary next year, and with that celebration is a potential record-sized fireworks display that is in the planning. The idea is to have every resident of the city be able to view fireworks from their home. GIS has ...

MapOffice public deployed to Lake Forest employees and residents

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​Lake Forest will have access to the web version of MapOffice™ beginning June 1st. The month of May was spent preparing the base data needed to get MapOffice™ up and running, which involved loading previous GIS data into the GIS Consortium standardized database.MapOffice™ will provide ...

Using GIS to Aid in Emergency Dispatching

Wednesday, 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 ...

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