GIS Paves the Way for Resurfacing Projects in Schiller Park

Thursday, March 5, 2015

​Despite bitter cold and abundant snow, the Village of Schiller Park, IL knew warmer weather can reappear virtually overnight in the Midwest. With spring and summer fast approaching, the village wanted to start planning for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), such as road resurfacing or ...

GIS Streamlines Asset Management, in the Field and on the Fly

Thursday, March 5, 2015
​Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is helping mobile workers capture and update information with ease. The public works department in the Village of Glen Ellyn, IL recently purchased Cartegraph OMS, a work order and asset management system. This new web-based system will enhance daily ...

Aggregating Data and Analyzing Localized Flooding

Friday, January 16, 2015

​Locating and addressing storm water and flooding issues are an important responsibility of any community and their Public Works Department.  The Village of Northbrook, IL Public Works Department began to look at localized flooding by aggregating multiple sources of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data ...

Using GIS to Manage Sewer Utility Maintenance

Thursday, January 15, 2015

​The Village of Mundelein, IL Public Works waste water division uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in three ways to track sewer maintenance progress.  The first method involves using a series of map atlases created using the Esri ArcGIS Desktop software. These atlases show sections ...

Using GIS to Find Population Affecting Outfalls

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

​The Village of Morton Grove, IL was required by the EPA to conduct an analysis of the population affecting the sewer outfalls in the village. The EPA needed to know how many people contributed to each outfall through the village sewer system. Using Geographic ...

How MapOffice™ Web Access has Eliminated GIS Software Costs

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The City of Lake Forest, IL has recently eliminated the need and cost of having ArcGIS software on each of their utility locate field laptops. Now using an online application called MapOffice™ Web-Access (MOWA), Public Works staff now has the ability to perform their ...

Flood Location Mapping for a Series of Rain Events

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

​During the summer of 2014 the Village of La Grange, IL experienced multiple high intensity rain events that exceeded the capacity of the village's sewer system, resulting in flooded basements, streets, and rear yards.   On August 22nd, 2014, approximately 4.24 inches of rain fell ...

Field Collection of Lighting Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

​The Village of Glenview, IL streets contain over 1,800 street lights and taking care of them is a daunting task even in the best of circumstances.  By leveraging the village's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department, the Public Works department was able to put in ...

Using Mobile GIS to Track Street Resurfacing Ratings

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

​The City of Park Ridge, IL streets are constantly facing the wear and tear of everything from vehicles to weather, which leads to the roads needing to be resurfaced after a number of years once they've reached a certain level of damage. To better ...

Retention Pond Mapping

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Retention ponds can play a vital role in storm water management and flood control.  The Northbrook Public Works Department worked with GIS in order to help map and track the retention ponds in the Village.  Previously, a spreadsheet with an address was used to track ...

GIS Supports Hydrant Flushing Efforts

Thursday, September 25, 2014
​The Village of Mundelein, IL conducts annual hydrant maintenance in which the Public Works Department's Water Division flushes each hydrant and creates a list of hydrants that need repair.  After the flushing and maintenance is complete, the Water Division submits a report describing which hydrants ...

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 ...

Northbrook Maps Fiber Network US GIS

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
​The Village of Northbrook has many utility systems and features that it maintains and tracks.  One such system is the fiber optic network.  Fiber optic cable has been laid throughout the Northbrook to provide fast and secure internet and communication for both Village and other ...

Mobile GIS Makes its Debut in Riverside

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Village of Riverside, IL has over 1,700 street signs within its 2 square mile municipal boundary, which equates to one street sign every 10 feet.  Combine the number of signs in town with a small, full-time public works staff, and the result ...

GIS Assists with Sidewalk Condition Survey

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Village of Riverside, IL recently conducted a condition survey of all the sidewalks in the village as part of a larger sidewalk management plan, aimed at keeping the village's sidewalks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The survey was conducted by ...

Adopt-A-Roadway Management

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

​The Village of Mundelein is the process of implementing an Adopt-A-Road program.  These programs provide opportunities for groups to adopt a section of roadway and get involved in helping to maintain it by picking up litter and trash.  This program is part of a ...

Tree Asset Management Support

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Village of Morton Grove, IL recently undertook the challenge of creating a database of tree assets in their village, locating them and attributing these locations with size and species. Doing this allows for the village to conduct better asset management, including predicting more ...

GIS Assists with Capital Project Public Outreach

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
​The Village of Deerfield, IL prides itself on operating in an accessible and open manner with full transparency to its residents and those interested in learning more about the village.  In keeping with these values, the village Engineering department approached the Geographic Information ...

Providing Contractors Information using GIS

Tuesday, August 12, 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 ...

Highland Park Launches Community Portal

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
 ​The City of Highland Park made a recent addition to the main page of the website; Property Search, also known as Community Portal. Highland Park has long been directing the public to MapOffice Public for their information needs but now the public has another site ...

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 ...

Street Sign Inventory Field Collection

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
 As part of the MUTCD Sign Retroreflectivity program, communities are required to keep an inventory of their existing street signs which they will then use to create a maintenance program for sign retroflectivity.  The City of Des Plaines has a sign inventory that they have ...

Using GIS to Assist in the Bid Process

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
​The Des Plaines Fire Department is on duty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  Challenges providing emergency services change with the seasons.  One of the largest hindrances to Fire Fighters in the winter is snow.  When Mother Nature pounds the city with ...

Publicly Available Tree Inventory

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
 The emergence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has become one of the most costly events to affect the Village of Buffalo Grove in recent years. The EAB is an exotic beetle, whose larvae feed on the inner bark of Ash Trees, which prevent the ...

Water Main Break Impact Analysis

Tuesday, 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 Application

Tuesday, 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 Potential

Tuesday, 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 Application

Tuesday, 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 ...

Integrating a Custom Document Management System with GIS

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
​The Village of Tinley Park, IL Planning Department was recently searching for a way to access scanned property plan documents using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which entails being able to search for a property using a map interface and viewing any documents associated with that ...

Village in the Forest Leverages the Value of Mobile GIS

Thursday, July 31, 2014
​The Village of Riverside, IL is also known as the "Village in the Forest" because of its over 10,000 mature trees and its designation as Tree City USA by the US Forestry Service.  Tracking the maintenance and replacement of village trees can be a sizable ...

Tree Asset Ownership Analysis

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
​Throughout the course of the year the Village of Oak Brook, IL receives questions from residents concerning private tree ownership, typically to determine responsibility for maintenance.  Often times these questions can be resolved by a trip to the field by village staff, by referencing building ...

Intelligent Utility System Asset Labeling

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In the field, Public Works staff benefit from being able to locate utilities quickly and efficiently. Arbitrary utility asset labels on map, such as sequential east-to-west methods, may work well on paper, but are ineffective when it comes to identifying the actual location of ...

Snow Plow Route Efficiency Analysis

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
​During the record setting winter of 2013-2014, the Village of Glenview, IL snow plows were kept busy with 80 inches of snow falling in the area. Combined with very low temperatures causing icy roads, there were very real concerns about driver fatigue, salt reserves, and ...

Selling Unincorported Utility System Assets

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
​The Village of Glenview, IL has historically provided sewer and water service to the unincorporated North Maine Township, located south of the village limits.  Providing these utility services to the unincorporated area caused a conflict with the village's overall mission to provide the ...

Collecting a Sidewalk Trip Hazard Inventory Using Mobile GIS

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
​Sidewalk replacement and maintenance is a routine aspect of every community's capital improvement plan. Over time, sidewalk squares deteriorate due to a variety of reasons, and communities face the challenge of tracking all locations that may pose a safety hazard to its residents. In the ...

Deerfield Fine Arts Festival

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
​The Village of Deerfield, IL Fine Arts Festival is an annual event that brings many renowned artists from around the Midwest together to celebrate art, present exhibitions, and display their products. This event has been growing in popularity and attendance from year to year, so ...

Visualizing Reported Water Leaks Using GIS

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
​A number of factors can contribute to a water leak occurring in a community's water utility system.  In order to better understand how these factors interact, the Village of Woodridge, IL set out to visualize the locations of reported leaks with the help of the ...

GIS Introduces Collector App for the Light Pole Painting Schedule

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 The Village of Winnetka has maintained data for some time on the condition of light poles within the Village, however, no clear light pole painting schedule was created. Previously, light pole inventory would be mapped out and printed on a large map and marked in ...

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 ...

ComEd Owned Street Light Audit

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 Like a lot of communities around Chicago, The Village of Glencoe has a small collection of street lights that they own and maintain.  The rest of the lights are owned and maintained by ComEd, and The Village is then billed for their usage.  ComEd ...

Streetlight Utility Conversion Progress

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
 In the past, the Village of Buffalo Grove's Public Works department creates and updates the Streetlight Utility Data for completing utility locates using CAD software. Being able to convert this dataset into GIS, allows staff to maintain even more information about each feature. In GIS, ...

Updated Photogrammetric Mapping History for GIS Consortium Members

Thursday, 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 photogra​mmetric 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 Consortium

Tuesday, 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 ...

Street Condition and Repair History Map

Friday, June 6, 2014
​The Village of Mundelein, IL plans annual street improvements as part of the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for the village.   Part of this planning process is identifying what level of work certain streets need, from a full surface grind to reconstruction or upgrading.  In the ...

GIS Assists with Developing a Streetlight Inventory

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
​A common challenge faced by many local governments is keeping an accurate inventory of its physical assets, and the City of Park Ridge, IL is no different.  Over the past several years, the city has been gradually building an inventory of its streetlights to allow ...

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