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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Emergency Event Tool is activated in Business Intelligence

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka has been hard at work developing and fine-tuning its Emergency Event Tool for emergencies as flooding, tornadoes, blizzards and more. This tool was brought to the test on April 18th, 2013 after a major flooding event in the Chicagoland area. Winnetka ...

Using GIS to Support Sidewalk Snow Removal

Monday, November 18, 2013
​Winter operations for local government Public Works departments involve many different tasks, from snow and ice removal to decorating for the holiday season. Often times these operations can require a significant amount of resources and man hours from department staff to complete, which can be ...

Insurance Services Office (ISO) Audit Support

Friday, November 15, 2013
​The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is the fire industry standard bearer for developing and implementing risk mitigation standards that local and regional fire departments use for managing their internal assets, requesting capital improvements, and providing training to department personnel in an effort to reduce the ...

Zoning Variance Document Links in MapOffice

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​Leveraging geospatial technology to make a department, or departments, within municipal government more efficient can take on many different forms. For the Village of Winnetka, IL Community Development Department, this involved integrating scanned zoning variance documents with an existing GIS mapping application and using the ...

Using MapOffice™ to Conduct a Sewer Flow Analysis

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

​Technology can be used to assist local government in many different ways. For the Village of Winnetka, IL, their investment in technology includes a Geographic Information System (GIS) program that provides all village departments with maps, analysis results, and data that assists with day to ...

GIS assisting with building permit applications

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​Maintaining a record of building permit applications is important for local governments as both a historical reference for work that was authorized for a given project and as a reference in case the work that was completed is ever disputed. To make access to these ...

Pursuit of Suspect Timeline Map

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Using technology to assist with police department operations is become more and more important in today’s world. From providing new safety devices to help protect officers to supplying comprehensive vehicle registration information during a traffic stop, the use of technology has made departments more prepared ...

Fire Grid Map Product Development

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The primary responsibility of all local government public safety agencies is to understand the location and extent of their designated response coverage areas, especially when it comes to providing mutual aid support across municipal boundaries. In many cases, knowing this information before responding to an ...

Winter Operations Support: Snow Removal

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Seasonal operations planning is a process all municipalities, large and small, must deal with throughout the year. Whether it’s ordering salt for the winter months or flowers for the spring plantings, all municipalities are involved with planning out their process for providing seasonal services. For ...

Water Main Break Analysis

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​For local governments, updating and replacing components of publically funded services, such as utility systems and roads, is critical for maintaining the overall well being of the community and the happiness of its residents. One example of how a community can determine which component of ...

Using GIS for water main break analysis

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​For local governments, updating and replacing components of publically funded services, such as utility systems and roads, is critical for maintaining the overall well being of the community and the happiness of its residents. One example of how a community can determine which component of ...

Conceptual utility planning using GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Any storm event that disrupts day to day operations can often spur local government to investigate solutions to help mitigate future problems. After a major emergency event that occurred on July 23rd 2011 caused significant flood damage to the Village of Winnetka, IL, the village’s ...

Tracking Damage Caused by a July Storm Event

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​On July 23rd, 2011, the Chicago, IL metropolitan area was hit by a storm system that resulted in extensive damage across numerous communities. As a community that received heavy flooding damage and experienced utility management issues due to the intensity of the storm, the Village ...

Basement Electric Meter Monitoring

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​During the cleanup from damage caused by emergency events, such as severe storms or flooding, there are often numerous issues that a local government needs to deal with in order to successfully recover. After a recent storm that occurred on July 23rd, 2011, the Village ...

Emergency incident tracking in GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​While it may not occur as part of the day to day operations, an unfortunate reality for all local governments is the need to coordinate response and cleanup efforts as the result of an emergency event, such a severe storm or other natural disaster. To ...

4th of July Fireworks planning

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka, IL hosts numerous special events throughout the year, including a fireworks display during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. These types of events require the involvement and coordination of several village departments, including Public Works and the Police Department, and, often, ...

GIS providing information to elected officials

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Most local governments have a council of elected community residents that help manage and vote on the policies that govern how the community operates. For the Village of Winnetka, as with any government, there is regular turnover in who is elected to sit on the ...

Creating a safer community - targeting high accident locations in GIS

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Responding to incidents involving motor vehicle accidents is a fundamental duty of all local government law enforcement agencies. Understanding which areas of a community are more likely to experience higher levels of traffic incidents provides a significant advantage to each department for implementing accident prevention ...

Tracking permits in flood prone areas

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Residential and commercial development in flood-prone areas can be a challenge to manage for many local governments. In addition to dealing with residents or businesses for permitting, inspections, etc, the federal government is also involved to ensure all construction and documentation is compliment with regulations ...

Mapping Winnetka's scenic bike tour

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka hosts all sorts of special events throughout the year. These events require the involvement and coordination of numerous village departments, including Public Works, the Police Department, and, often, outside agencies. A common outside agency that works with the village is the Winnetka Park ...

Sidewalk snow removal

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Seasonal operations planning is a process all municipalities, large and small, must start working on as the seasons change. For the Village of Winnetka Public Works department, sidewalk snow removal has always been one of the primary services included in its winter operation plan. In ...

Sanitary sewer backup analysis

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Managing utility assets is a critical function of local government and can often encompass a significant portion of a Public Works department’s yearly operating budget. A specific component of utility management is addressing sanitary sewer backup issues that can cause damage to residential and commercial ...

Community rummage sale

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Every year, the Village of Winnetka Police Department provides additional security and crowd-control support for a local church’s annual rummage sale. The sale is held on the church grounds and affects parking and traffic patterns within in the adjacent area and several surrounding neighborhoods. The ...

Interactive event mapping

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​During an emergency event, knowing how a community is being impacted as a whole can be just as important as responding to an individual emergency call. Having an overall view of the event can provide emergency response personnel with a better idea of how wide-spread ...

Mapping out Winnetka’s parkways

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​For many communities, the fall season is a busy time consisting of construction projects, landscaping contracts, and other operations that relate to the changing season. For the Village of Winnetka, this time of year means performing weekly leaf pickup along all the Village-owned streets as ...

Sprinker system tracking

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​With the building of a new village hall and an updated police station, the Village of Wheeling took the opportunity to put in a new sprinkler system for the outdoor areas of both buildings. The sprinkler system consists of roughly 600 sprinkler heads varying in ...

Memorial day parade

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​The Village of Winnetka hosts numerous special events over the course of a year and, for each event, the Police and Public Works departments are involved in providing operational support. These events range from parades to festivals and require a wide-range of supportive actions. These ...

Maintaining utility systems in GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Keeping a utility system running at high capacity is a major component of local government operations. Coordinating maintenance, capital improvement projects, and every day operations can be a challenging task that requires numerous man-hours to run effectively. Having an accurate spatial inventory of utility system ...

A geographic approach to emergency management

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​During an emergency event, the type of event, the extent of the area affected, and the number of issues occurring as a result of the event are just some of the factors that need to be processed, organized, and reviewed by local government staff to ...

Supporting Village electric pole inspection

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Having an accurate inventory of the components that make up a municipal utility system is very important to the overall success of a city or village maintaining that utility at a high performance level. While this type of inventory has traditionally involved descriptive text information ...

Garabage collection redesign

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Garbage collection is an essential service provided by municipal government that, in many communities, has become ingrained in the weekly routine of community residents. While collecting garbage seems like a straight forward process, often there are weeks or months of planning that are necessary to ...

Supporting holiday lighting

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​During the winter holiday seasons, local municipalities often will setup a series of decorations or lighting displays to celebrate the holidays and provide a fun attraction for the community’s residents. While the amount of decorations on display is mainly regulated by a community’ budget, some ...

Using GIS for electrical system maintenance

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Utility mapping is a critical function of any municipal GIS system to help support the daily workflows of various departments, including Public Works and Engineering. While most communities are only responsible for maintaining water and sewer utility systems, the Village of Winnetka includes an electric ...

Public safety response

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Of all the services provided by local municipalities around the world, public safety is arguably the most recognizable and widely supported. Everyone wants to feel that they are safe and that someone will respond to assist them in the case of an emergency. The Village ...

Using GIS to assist with capital improvements

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Capital improvement projects are essential for a local municipality to maintain a good quality of life for its residents. Resurfacing roads and replacing aging utility mains provide a more reliable infrastructure for the community and ensure that residents do not experience things such as uneven ...

Map products improve department efficiency for fourth of July holiday events

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Special events, such as parades, concerts, and street fairs, require additional civil services from local government to ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. While all government departments are involved in the planning and execution of these events, the police department is responsible for enforcing city/village ...

Targeting utility infrastructure improvements

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​As the country’s utility infrastructure continues to age, many local governments will be faced with the task of updating or replacing deteriorating structures. Since this process can result in high costs for a community, many municipalities prefer to develop an infrastructure improvement plan to make ...

Using GIS to link addresses to PDF documents

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Many local gvernments face the challenge of organizing decades worth of permit, building plan and zoning variance documents in a way that will allow employees to locate them if needed. Most municipalities have these paper documents ...

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