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 ...

GIS Creates Planting Routes for Seasonal Tree Plantings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
​Each year, hundreds of local community parkway trees need to be removed for various reasons. The City of Park Ridge, IL does its best in keeping up with these removals, as the budget allows, by planting trees to replace the ones that are removed.  Twice ...

Automating Field Atlas Creation

Friday, June 6, 2014
​The Village of Mundelein, IL, like many municipalities, requires a variety of map book products, or atlases, to help keep asset maintenance projects organized.  In the past, the work areas for smaller projects were hand drawn on printed maps or aerial photos.  Larger projects, such ...

GIS Completes an Impervious Surface Analysis for the Stormwater Management Program

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Since 2008, Winnetka has seen more than average flooding in the community that has affected financial losses and destruction. Winnetka has brought it upon itself to alleviate the struggle with flooding by implementing a Stormwater Management Program. This program uses expert advisors to assess the ...

GIS Uses MapOffice Advanced to Display the Impervious Surface Analysis

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
After the previously reported article on the implementation of the Impervious Surface Analysis and how GIS was in the development stages, GIS has taken it one step further and displayed all information for Village staff to view using MapOffice Advanced! It was clear that Village ...

GIS Integrates Sign Inventory into Business Intelligence

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Village of Winnetka Public Works Department has long been heavily involved with the village’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department to create new project ideas. One such idea was to take a newly updated sign inventory and bring it into Business Intelligence for staff viewing. ...

GIS Integrates Hydrant Painting Schedules into MapOffice™

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Village of Winnetka Public Works and Water and Electric Departments has long been heavily involved with the village’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department to create new project ideas. One such idea was to take an existing project for the hydrant painting schedule and incorporate ...

GIS Attributes All Light Poles!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Village of Winnetka Public Works Department is in the process of creating painting schedules for all light poles in the Village. GIS was able to help accomplish this with staff assistance and MapOffice™! Previously, Midwest GIS was contracted out by Winnetka to inventory ...

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 ...

GIS Directly Links the Public to Capital Improvements

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The City of Highland Park has been using GIS for many years but recently more advances have been made, specifically in the way in which the public can view the capital improvements in the City. Previously, when the public would want information on ...

Fire Hydrant Flow Rates

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Every few years, coinciding with Emergency Management's ISO Review, The Village of Glencoe contracts out companies to provide Hydrant Flow Rate Testing out in the field.  This past year, M.E. Simpson Co., Inc. did the testing and upon completion provided the Village with ...

Using GIS to Assist with Fire Hydrant Maintenance

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Des Plaines Public Works & Engineering Department is tasked with maintaining a majority of the fire hydrants found in the city.  It's important that they are well maintained, so in case of an emergency the Fire Department can count on the equipment ...

Utilizing Water Main Break Data

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
​The Village of Northbrook Public Works Department has collected water main break data for decades.  Public Works approached GIS to find a way to better utilize the large amounts of data collected over the years as well as track new water main breaks.   Water main ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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