Updating GIS information with Sewer Televising Software

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
​The Village of Mundelein, IL recently updated their sewer televising equipment to software called Granite XP.  This software is designed to integrate with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) so that updates can be transferred from Granite XP to the GIS database and vice versa.  This allows ...

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 ...

Salt Distribution and Conservation Mapping

Monday, March 17, 2014
​This year's extremely cold and snowy winter has left the vast majority of municipalities in the Chicago area with a shortage of salt, including the Village of Oak Brook.  In an effort to preserve salt supplies, Village staff was asked to come up with a ...

Water main Repair Frequency

Monday, March 17, 2014
​Since the late 1970s The Village of Mundelein, IL has aggressively replaced older ductile iron water main with PVC watermain.  This has resulted in a safer water supply and a lower maintenance cost water system.  There are still a few areas of the Village with ...

Accessing Laserfiche through MapOffice(TM)

Friday, February 28, 2014
 Over the years, the Village of Northbrook has scanned paper documents including, engineering drawings and plat maps in the effort of going paperless using software called Laserfiche. Laserfiche provides a framework for storing, organizing, and searching scanned documents. There are many benefits to having paper ...

Mapping and Analysis of Water Main Breaks

Friday, February 28, 2014
 The Village of Tinley Park has detailed records on water main breaks.  To see spatially where these breaks are happening provides an addition tool when examining where breaks are most frequent and can assist in the planning of future budgets on capital improvement projects.  Tinley ...

Water System Operator Magazine Recognizes Quality Leaders in the Village of Norridge

Tuesday, 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 ...

GIS Brings Sewer Televising Videos into MapOffice Advanced™

Friday, January 24, 2014
​The City of Highland Park, IL contracts with a company to take televised videos of sanitary pipes in certain areas of the community. This is essential to making sure these pipes are in good working order and to identify any issues or obstructions. If there ...

Holiday on the Square with GIS

Sunday, December 15, 2013
​Special event mapping occurs throughout the year in Des Plaines. City sponsored events involve a lot of moving parts and many departments working together for a common goal. It can be a struggle to keep everyone on the same page, but almost all event information ...

GIS Supports Community Resource Center

Sunday, December 15, 2013
​The Village of Woodridge provides services to residents in need of education and support through their Community Resource Center. This center, which is supported mainly by the Woodridge Police Department, provides after school and summer programs for students, parenting support, ESL classes, and computer learning ...

Village in the Forest Uses GIS to Conduct a Public Tree Census

Sunday, December 15, 2013
​The Village of Riverside is known as the Village in the Forest and is a National Landmark known for its natural conservation design boasting more parks per capita than any community in America and is nicknamed the Village in the Forest. Tree and tree management ...

Digital Terrain Modeling

Sunday, December 15, 2013
The Village of Northbrook, IL has recently contracted an engineering consultant to perform a hydraulic analysis of the Village’s water system. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was called upon to provide the consultant with all data pertaining to the water system including mains, hydrants, laterals, and ...

GIS Incorporates Recapture Agreements into MapOffice

Sunday, December 15, 2013
​The City of Highland Park previously kept all recapture agreements on file and in EDENS with no real spatial association. This meant that a city employee could look up an agreement through EDENS but to view the paper copy would need to locate it in ...

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 ...

The City of Highland Park Uses GIS to Assist the CIP Budget Meetings

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Highland Park, IL has a five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is updated annually and brought in as part of the budget process. The main goal of a CIP is to replace or rehabilitate existing equipments, infrastructure and facilities. This would include ...

Empowering users to edit utility data in the field

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​Providing users with the ability to edit utility information in the field is a powerful tool for keeping utility information current. The Village of Mundelein, IL is using two options to provide employees with the ability to update utility data.The first approach is using a ...

Sign Inventory Collection

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Village of Wheeling is currently in the process of collecting data for a village wide sign inventory. Village workers are going out in the field and marking the location of each sign and sign post along village owned streets. The signs are then catalogued ...

Tracking Fire Safety Compliance with GIS

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Village of Deerfield, IL Public Works and Engineering Department maintains and/or has access to nineteen buildings in the community and surrounding area, with each building having certain requirements in terms of fire protection devices onsite. These buildings are inspected for these devices yearly by ...

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 ...

GIS Finishes Integrating Lateral Lines in the Water System

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka Water and Electric Department has long been heavily involved with the village’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department and creating new project ideas. One such idea involved integrating the department’s water lateral lines to all buildings so that field crews would be ...

GIS Begins Bringing in Sewer and Storm Televising Videos into MapOffice

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The City of Highland Park has long been tracking the condition of the Sewer and Sanitary pipes through PipeTech and televising videos. These videos help to understand the condition of these pipes and if any repairs or replacements need to be completed. These videos are ...

Tracking Sewer Backups

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​ The Public Work Wastewater division traditionally recorded sewer backups in an Excel worksheet. This was useful quick reference as to how many backup occurred in a year but it was difficult to determine if there were any groupings of sewer backups. One way to reduce ...

Parkway Tree Replacement Management

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​ The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a small, invasive pest whose larvae feast on the trunks of ash trees, causing their eventual decline and death. Like many other communities, this beetle has affected many trees throughout the Village of Deerfield. There are currently over 1,321 ...

Enhancing a street sweeping report

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Director of Public Works tasked the Street Department with developing a presentation of the street sweeping schedules for a presentation to the Village Administration. The Street Department created a good report describing the street sweeping cycles but the Director of Public Works felt that ...

Pavement Management Program

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​The Village of Tinley Park, like most municipalities, has both short and long term pavement management programs. These programs are designed to insure the Village is consistently and strategically making repairs to roads throughout the Village on a yearly basis. Often time these repaving or ...

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