Business Intelligence Launches in Northbrook

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
 The Village of Northbrook has recently launched the MapOffice Web Access tool called Business Intelligence.  Business Intelligence is a tool that allows users to filter and display live data from community or custom databases.  Three attributes of Business Intelligence, filtering, visualization, and live data, make ...

Tree Work Order Tracking

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
 Tree work orders were recorded in the past on paper by the Administrative Specialists, but when the Forrester in Elk Grove Village created his own database to track the phone calls and complaints from residents, GIS staff came up with the idea of tracking these ...

Comcast Address Verification

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
In order to be compliant with the 65 ILCS 5/11-42-11.05 (Municipal Franchise Fee Review; Request for Information), Comcast is in the process of verifying that that addresses in their database apply to the correct community. The state law requires that Comcast continues to ...

Fire Incident Live Mapping Using Business Intelligence

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
In the past, the Elk Grove Village Fire Department has only been able to view its Fire Incident data in a map view, using the Firehouse software application. GIS has successfully connected directly to Firehouse data to create a live mapping view of Fire Incidents ...

Calls for Service Using the Business Intelligence by Address Tool

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Elk Grove Village, IL Police Department staff now has the ability to quickly map out live data using a new tool available in the village’s browser-based mapping application, MapOffice™ Advanced, called Business Intelligence by Address. It provides the user the ability to query a ...

Sewer Lining Televised Video Integration

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​Throughout the year, the Village of Elk Grove Public Works Department contracts out areas of the Sanitary Pipe network piping to be televised. This practice is extremely important to identify tree roots clogging up the pipes, as well as other problems and issues that come ...

Construction Improvement Projects Overlay

Monday, November 18, 2013
​It’s that time of year again. Just as the warm temperatures surge northward from the Gulf of Mexico, the start of Road Construction season begins. Many of these improvement projects can create large traffic buildups and frustrate many commuters and residents. Keeping the public notified ...

Normalized water main breaks

Monday, November 18, 2013
​With the winter coming to a close shortly, the excessive season of main breaks is almost over. Water main breaks take away from resources and time that could be put into improvement projects. The easiest way to calculate the number of main breaks on a ...

Map Simulations using GIS

Monday, November 18, 2013
​In an effort to continuously investigate real world representations in map products, the Geographic Information System (GIS) staff in Elk Grove Village, IL has identified a few data processing operations that provide more context than your typical map.When light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data was ...

Contact information lookup in GIS

Friday, November 15, 2013
​As the Elk Grove Village Geographic Information System (GIS) was developing their address data it was necessary to gather information from various resources from inside and outside The Village. Many departments had resources with resident and business contact information which result from various existing billing, ...

Supporting a healthy tree inventory

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

​Removal of Ash trees has begun in Elk Grove Village, IL to combat Emerald Ash Borer infestation.  An inventory of Ash trees in The Village’s Geographic Information System (GIS) has been instrumental in planning removal efforts and is now being used to assist planting of ...

GIS supporting community tree planting

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

​Removal of Ash trees has begun in Elk Grove Village, IL to combat Emerald Ash Borer infestation. An inventory of Ash trees in The Village’s Geographic Information System (GIS) has been instrumental in planning removal efforts and is now being used to assist planting of ...

Tracking road maintenance history in GIS

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

​For years Elk Grove Village has been maintaining a database to track roadway pavement history and ratings. With their Geographic Information System (GIS) they have been able to integrate the database information into a geographic representation on their roadways which allows for maps to be ...

Tracking Community Associations

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

​Like any community, Elk Grove Village, IL has its share of apartment, condominium, townhouse, and assisted living complexes. At times village inspectors may identify property maintenance issues at such locations which need to be addressed. The Village has mapped these association areas and their related ...

On Street Solicitation Enforcement

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

​Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was utilized while reviewing the On Street Solicitation section of The Village Code of the Village of Elk Grove Village to determine which lighted intersections throughout the community permitted on street solicitation. Based on the current specifications of The Code it ...

Sex Offender Residence Evaluation

Sunday, November 10, 2013

​Now that Elk Grove Village, IL has a Geographic Information System (GIS) they can quickly perform a verification of potential sex offender residences. Every so often the Police Department will receive a request for residency by a registered sex offender and the staff is required ...

Using GIS to maintain tax maps

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​It was recently realized by the Elk Grove Village, IL GIS staff that most, if not all, of the land division information related to properties was being provided them by their data sharing agreement with Cook County. The data represents all of the components a ...

Maintaining a Village's crosswalks using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013

​Elk Grove Village Public Works has inventoried their crosswalk locations using their Geographic Information System (GIS) to assist maintenance and tracking of the walks. Knowing all locations has benefited the department because the data provides support information for map products, road reconstruction projects, pedestrian safety ...

Using GIS to Track Variances

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​In 2011 the Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) and Clerk’s Office staff began a project to inventory variances for each property that have been approved throughout the village. A variance is an approved deviation from the municipal land use or building codes.Existing variances ...

Using GIS for Police Patrol Analysis

Sunday, November 10, 2013

​In 2009 Elk Grove Village Police Department began an evaluation of police beats and staffing by mapping and calculating statistics of calls for service using it’s Geographic Information System (GIS). To continue the assessment in 2010 the GIS was used to map all roadways in ...

Wireless network planning using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013

​A growing desire for access to information and computer programs while performing tasks out in the field has Elk Grove Village planning to implement a wireless network. Inspectors, police, and fire staff would immediately benefit from such a resource to access systems that are constantly ...

Supporting a community tree inventory

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Elk Grove Village Public Works recently initiated an inventory project for village owned trees, generally being all trees located within medians and parkways.  Using their GPS equipment and seasonal labor the trees are located and their condition, size, and other useful information related to management ...

Business Intelligence in Elk Grove

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​A recent addition to the Elk Grove Village, IL interactive mapping application, MapOffice™, is the Business Intelligence mapping service. Business Intelligence is a tool that is configured with community databases such as permits, work orders, and police incidents giving the map user the ability to ...

GIS tracking hydrant flushing

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​An annual water system maintenance procedure for Elk Grove Village Public Works staff is to service any fire hydrants that do not self-drain. A fire hydrant that has been used at any time during the year, if working properly, will drain the water automatically as ...

Tracking easements in MapOffice

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​A recent objective in Elk Grove Village has been to map easement information. Easements are a land management resource for many departments as they depict areas where utilities may exist, areas that have been dedicated for future infrastructure and where municipal vehicles have access on ...

GIS aids in the locating of fire hydrants during winter storm

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​With the recent historical snowfall event, 22” over a 16 hour timeframe, it became a safety issue for Elk Grove Village Firefighters to know the location of their fire hydrants and have access to them. Many fire hydrants had been completely covered by snow because ...

GIS used for road improvement projects

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Roadway improvements have been recorded for decades in one of Elk Grove Village’s community databases. It contains much useful information such as the base and surface materials of a roadway, years in which a road was repaved, and years in which a road received some ...

Tracking annexed property

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Land annexed into Elk Grove Village had been on display as a map in the Village Clerk’s Office for some time. This map served as a reference for village staff when receiving inquiries about unincorporated properties. Clerical staff realized the new GIS (Geographic Information System) ...

Tracking foreclosures

Saturday, November 9, 2013
A monthly process for Elk Grove Village is to identify the location and trends of foreclosures within its municipality. A subscription to RealtyTrac provides the desired information which is downloaded over the internet. The foreclosure information is provided to the GIS (Geographic Information System) ...

Village use of one foot countour data

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​A contour line is a representation of equal points of elevation. Contour lines are displayed successively in a contour map to display the change in elevation over an area. The interval between lines defines the resolution of the elevation data.Elk Grove Village recently developed a ...

Elk Grove using GPS and GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Elk Grove Village has recently purchased a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit to support data collection for its GIS (Geographic Information System). GPS data collection utilizes the GPS satellites in orbit around the Earth to calculate the x,y location of the GPS receiver as well ...

LiDAR technology in Elk Grove

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote sensing technique where laser pulses are directed toward the earth and the time it takes for the impulse to return provides elevation information as well as some characteristics of the surface below. The village has just received ...

Tour of Elk Grove

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Tour of Elk Grove is an annual international bike race that takes place the first weekend in August. There are many components to the event including the races, block parties, a kids’ fest and more. Village staff are therefore highly involved in planning, setup, ...

Televised Sewer Integration

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Coordination between the Elk Grove Village Public Works and GIS Departments recently has enabled integration of televised sewer records into the GIS system. The initial objective of this effort was to be able to show where televising has taken place and link, or access, the ...

Police beat evaluation

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​A recent initiative for the Elk Grove Village Geographic Information System (GIS) has been the creation of police beat and sub beat information including coordination with the Northwest Central Dispatch Center who manages the Village’s emergency calls.A desire of the Elk Grove Village Police Department is ...

Ticket recapture

Wednesday, 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 ...

Analyzing building distance requirements

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The recent collection of planimetric data or improved features such as buildings, roadways, parking lots, driveways, etc. in Elk Grove Village has provided for some new analysis possibilities through its GIS (Geographic Information System). One of the evaluations conducted was the distance between primary building ...

Bringing in Public Works documents to GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​At the heart of Geographic Information System (GIS) is the organization and storing of data. Typically the data is a geographic representation of a real world feature as well as a database containing fields of information describing that feature. GIS however does allow for an ...

Tracking road condition

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Roadway improvements have been recorded for decades in one of Elk Grove Village’s community databases. It contains much useful information such as the base and surface materials of a roadway, years in which a road was repaved, and years in which a road received some ...

Vehicle sticker compliance

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Elk Grove Village Finance Department recently took advantage of GIS (Geographic Information System) in an effort to assess were village stickers had not been purchased nor renewed. Village stickers are required for all registered or housed vehicles in the village and a new sticker ...

Updating fire mapbooks

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​eeThe Elk Grove Village Fire Department has had Fire Map Books as a resource for many years to assist with dispatch to emergency response events. These map books display roadways and list the location of each street allowing for quick lookup of the general vicinity ...

Planimetric data in Elk Grove Village

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Planimetric data are geographic features captured during a photogrammetric (airplane fight) mapping process that are flat and without elevation information to depict the terrain. Such features include bridges, roadways, building footprints, bodies of water, and railroad lines. Photogrammetry is the most cost-effective method for producing ...

Incident reporting for police

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​All Elk Grove Village police incidents are reported and captured in a database where they can be managed over time. The introduction of GIS in the village has provided the police department an opportunity to enhance their perception and understanding of the distribution of incidents ...

GIS assists fire department Insurance Services Organization (ISO) inspection

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) is an advisory organization that evaluates risk with the objective to help their customers measure, manage, and reduce risk. In a government setting, ISO will gather information that is often used in insurance underwriting. Therefore they will evaluate how well ...

Using free GIS technology to aide local government staff

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Information captured in a Geographic Information System (GIS) can be distributed in many different ways including, but not limited to, hard copy map prints, electronic image files, Google EarthTM and as an ArcReaderTM (PMF) project. Of these methods of distribution, ArcReaderTM has been found to ...

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