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 ...

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