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 ...

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 ...

GIS Assists First Responders in Mutual Aid Calls for Service

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​During a local emergency response call, for something such as a fire or EMS emergency, a responding local government community may call upon the resources and emergency equipment of its neighboring communities to assist. The most common call for service usually comes in the role ...

Utility Service Address Verification

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​Redevelopment, annexations, new construction, and even remodeling often changes the distribution of services and consequently introduces a record management workflow that needs to be coordinated between utility service providers and municipalities. Periodically villages are contacted to verify service addresses for electric and natural gas utility ...

Water Sample Sites Mapping

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​Communities everywhere are tasked with providing water samples to the EPA to meet public health compliance standards.  There are various elements the water is tested for and some are tested for more frequently than others.  The Riverside, IL Water Department has utilized its Geographic Information ...

Tree trimming planning

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

​Riverside, IL has earned the moniker “Village in the Forest” thanks to its planned design along the Des Plaines River with curvilinear streets, expansive parkways, and forested areas. The beautiful landscape that is Riverside does require maintenance, specifically tree trimming, in order to maintain tree ...

GIS aiding transportation planning

Sunday, November 10, 2013

​Being that Riverside, IL is located in the Chicago Metropolitan area there are many modes of transit available to the general population in addition to the traditional ones such as bike and bus routes. The Geographic Information System (GIS) staff has consolidated transit information to ...

Private flood mitigation

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​To continue efforts to understand and help manage flooding in The Village of Riverside the history of permits for flood mitigation devices for residential properties were extracted from The Village’s permitting system. Using the Geographic Information System (GIS) the locations of the private property mitigation ...

Dam Removal Support

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Riverside has been coordinating with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) since the summer of 2010 to plan removal of the Hofmann and Fairbank Dams along the Des Plaines River in Riverside. The Village has ...

Tracking open burn permits using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Riverside often performs landscape burns along the Des Plaines River which winds along and through its incorporated area. The Village Forester is required by law to obtain an open burn permit to perform such activities and recently took advantage of their Geographic ...

Tracking Hydrant Flows in GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Riverside Fire Department has been working with its Geographic Information System (GIS) staff to produce updated fire hydrant flow maps due considerably to a significant water system improvement project conducted in 2010. The new configuration of infrastructure was updated in the GIS along with ...

GIS and your local Farmer's Market

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Riverside Farmers Market is a weekly service The Village of Riverside, IL organizes for its residents.  Held every Wednesday from 2:30 – 7:00 PM during the summer and fall in 2011, The Market has had many vendors and community groups participate throughout the season.  ...

Managing Tree Plantings with GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​To provide a reference for village staff and contractors alike, the Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) has provided maps of tree planting locations. By mapping this information staff can evaluate the work conducted by the contractor and inspect the condition of the trees going forward. ...

Tracking sex offender locations

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​To promote public safety and awareness in the community the Village of Riverside, IL Police Department is making available a sex offender map on the web. Because it is a densely populated area the information is gathered not only for Riverside, but surrounding communities as ...

Residential Drainage Studies

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Besides the flood issues introduced because of the proximity to the Des Plaines River through and along the Village of Riverside’s Western and Southern boundaries, some reoccurring residential drainage issues have been identified. The Village has contracted to have drainage studies performed in these areas ...

Tracking easment value in GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) develops accounting standards for state and local government agencies. The financial reports that are generated are used by the public, including issuers and auditors to assess the financial status of the reporting agencies. One aspect of the accounting process ...

Volunteer landscape maintenance

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​One of the unique features of Riversidelinois is the design of the community centered around forestry as envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted. Riverside is one of the first planned communities and has been a National Historic Landmark since 1970 due to the historic architecture, winding ...

Supporting commuter rail using GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Riversidelinois has the benefit of being centered on a commuter train stop that serves areas west of the city of Chicago. Accompanied by dense development in the city center, a high demand for parking facilities is present. The village has chosen to utilize it’s Geographic ...

Maintaining sewer inlets using GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Usually unseasonably warm temperatures are welcome during the winter months in the Chicago area. But a forecast including above freezing temperatures was met with some concern due to the historical snowfall event that took place just two weeks prior. Riverside Public Works personnel were aware ...

Snow plow routing using GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
In order to​ determine the effectiveness of their current snow removal strategy Riverside Public Works mapped their snow removal routes. Doing so provided a map of the priority streets, parking lots, and sidewalks as well as lengths of roadway included in each ...

Mapping no planting zones in GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Riverside forestry management includes a tree inventory, tree management, and a tree planting program. The village’s GIS (Geographic Information System) supports all of these efforts as a medium for displaying and analyzing that information. The village forester identified an additional management strategy that is of ...

Teaming up with community groups to track bench condition

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Recently the Riverside Public Works Department was assisted by a Scout project to repair dilapidated benches throughout the village. With the blessing of the Public Works Director resident Ben Cox located and assessed all of the benches within the village. The data collected was provided ...

GIS in support of historical commissions

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Recently the Riverside Historical Commission became aware that the Village’s GIS program could provide them assistance gaining property history information, particularly property images. Part of the Cook County Assessor’s workflow includes capturing an image of the front of every property in its database. Those images ...

Tracking drainage issues using GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Rear yard drainage is a notable topic in Riverside these days as the village is preparing to have some drainage studies performed. The village has been using its GIS (Geographic Information System) program to track drainage complaints over the past two years to realize where, ...

Village collects LiDAR data

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​An annual process for the Riverside GIS (Geographic Information System) program is to obtain parcel data and ownership information from the county as they are the custodians of that data. As a part of the 2010 data exchange the village was provided LiDAR (Light Detection ...

Improving pedestrian safety with GIS

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The village of Riverside GIS (Geographic Information System) program mapped crosswalk locations in an area of town due to an event that occurred near a school. As a result of initiating this data creation, the remaining village crosswalks and some additional roadway striping information were ...

2010 Orthophotography collection

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​As a member of the GIS Consortium the Village of Riverside participates in an annual data collection process which allows them to obtain remotely sensed information, or data collected from a distance. An advantage for the community is that they receive cost savings being a ...

Mapping local special events

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​Although Geographic Information System (GIS) are used to store and retrieve data often times in a highly complex fashion, they also provide a medium for map simple production. A special event map is a regular request of GIS professionals and can be generated in a ...

Building a road inventory

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​A recent development in the Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) has been the creation of a street inventory. Information captured includes the type of surface material, road base material, cross section type, curb and gutter information, last improved dates, planned improvement dates, and other statistics ...

Finding impervious surface

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​In early 2010 a multi-year planimetric data collection project was completed and the data incorporated into the Village of Riverside GIS (Geographic Information System) database. Information collected in this process included features such as roadways, sidewalks, driveways, recreation areas, curbs, retention walls, among many other ...

Utility map books

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The largest objective for initiating Geographic Information System (GIS) services in the Village of Riverside was to create a digital representation of the utility systems. This objective was realized when a Sewer and Water System Map Books were constructed at the turn of the new ...

Using GIS to track vehicle stickers

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Village of Riverside 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 vehicles that are registered to a Riverside address and a new ...

Sign inventory mandates

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​A sign inventory allows for the quick identification of signs for replacement based on criteria such as age and condition or high vandalism areas. It can be used to manage personnel and maximize productivity if combined with work orders and maintenance activities as well as ...

Planimetric data in Riverside

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 ...

Importance of address ranges

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​As was described in the August 2009 article, a Village of Riverside master address database was created in the Geographic Information System (GIS). This database was generated from several sources including water billing, permits, fire inspections, and business licenses. Each address follows the United States ...

Centralizing address updating with GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Addresses play an important role in the daily activities of Village of Riverside staff whether it is for water billing information, permits, or locating a resident in case of an emergency. In addition, a physical address can serve as a link for answering such questions ...

Using GIS to better understand and analyze parking dynamics

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Riverside has a central business district that includes a train station for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. The railway services communities from Aurora to Chicago and is convienent for the residents of Riverside and adjacent cities and villages such as Lyons and ...

Following flooding

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Being situated along a river has many advantages, but can also create many issues that have a direct impact on the residents adjacent to these natural features. Riverside has most of its southern boundary defined by the Des Plaines River and there are significant natural ...

Community zoning and street maps

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​One of the latest Geographic Information System (GIS) developments in Riverside has been the creation of a community Zoning Map and Street Map. It was requested that the existing village Zoning Map be created within the GIS Department as a color map depicting the zoning ...

Tree inventory

Saturday, October 26, 2013
A recent addition to the Village of Riverside has been the Geographic Information System (GIS) services. Although GIS is being used in the village to inventory multiple data items the tree inventory has gained popularity. A few years ago the village used Davey Consultants ...

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