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 ...

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 ...

La Grange and Schiller Park join the GIS Consortium

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Good things come in pairs!  We are very excited to announce that both La Grange and Schiller Park have joined the GIS Consortium.  They are the 24th and 25th members respectively.  This is the first time in our 15-year history that two communities have joined ...

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 ...

Glen Ellyn joins the GIS Consortium

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​We are excited to announce the newest member of the GIS Consortium, the Village of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Glen Ellyn becomes the 23rd member of the GIS Consortium and the fourth member to join this year! The Consortium and MGP are looking forward to the ...

GIS Supports Recent Flood Emergency Response Efforts

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
​We contributed an article on page six of the Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) June 2013 newsletter.The article discusses the vital role of GIS when it comes to emergency response. It illustrates that a GIS program is a powerful asset for a community’s emergency response ...

Northbrook becomes the 22nd member of the Consortium.

Monday, November 18, 2013
​The Consortium is pleased to announce the membership of the Village of Northbrook. The Village has a long history when it comes to using GIS. Two of the reasons cited by the Village for joining was to create a GIS program that was centralized within ...

Buffalo Grove joins the GIS Consortium

Monday, November 18, 2013
​We are very pleased to announce our newest GIS Consortium member, the Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Buffalo Grove becomes the 21st member of the GIS Consortium and the 7th Lake County community. The program was kicked off last week and we want to welcome ...

Village of Woodridge becomes 20th GIS Consortium member

Monday, November 18, 2013
​We are pleased to announce the joining of the Village of Woodridge as the 20th member of the GIS Consortium. The Village approved membership at their December 13th Village Board meeting. We are excited about adding a new member and are looking forward to the ...

Village of Mundelein becomes 19th GIS Consortium member

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
​We are pleased to announce that the Village of Mundelein has become the 19th member of the GIS Consortium. With their membership the GIS Consortium has grown to over half a million in population covering over one-hundred and fifty square miles. As the Consortium continues ...

GIS Innovation in Local Government

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​We contributed an article on page five of the Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) June 2012 newsletter. The article discusses innovations in GIS systems. It also discusseses how economic challenges are changing the way GIS is being implmented. While not specifically about the GIS Consortium ...

New Combination View for MapOffice

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
​Two new enhancements have been made to MapOffice™ this month. They include combination view and auto complete for find and go. Combination view provides the ability to see the standard GISC map side by side with both Google Street View and Microsoft Bird's Eye View. ...

MapOffice updated search options

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​This month’s update includes the debut of some much anticipated enhancements to MapOffice™. Enhanced search options were added in both MapOffice™ Advanced and Public. This enhancement offers the ability to search for an address including its unit (e.g. #, Suite, -, Apt, Unit) or search ...

MapOffice Web Access rollout

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​The newest GIS Consortium product MapOffice™ Web Access was rolled out on Febuary 22nd. This application builds on the advanced version of MapOffice™ currently being hosted on community member's local network. By centrally hosting this application on the Internet, the GIS Consortium can now provide ...

Web Mapping Deployed in Tinley Park

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​Two months after joining the GIS Consortium (GISC), Tinley Park has deployed MapOffice™ to its citizens and internal staff. MapOffice™ places important local government information on the internet making it accessible to the public. It also empowers internal staff by making a wide variety of ...

Tinley Park joins the GIS Consortium

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​We are pleased to announce that the Village of Tinley Park has joined the GIS Consortium. The Village becomes the 18th member of the Consortium and our first in the Chicago South Suburbs. We would like to welcome Tinley Park to the GIS Consortium and ...

GIS response to 2011 storm events

Sunday, November 10, 2013
​On June 21st, a powerful storm with wind gusts as high as 81 mph swept through Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. The severe weather prompted tornado warnings, stopped air and train travel, and caused extensive tree damage along with widespread power outages. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) ...

Increasing use of wireless GIS by GISC Fire Departments

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Last year the GIS Consoritum (GISC) conducted a survey of the member Fire Departments. Among the topics was the use of wireless in the field along with the type of records management systems used. The goal was to set the vision for future MapOffice™ Advanced ...

GIS Consortium in GeoSpatial Today

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​GIS Specialists Erik Voight, Jason Sphar and Mike Falkofske of MGP Inc. along with former City of Des Plaines Economic Development Coordinator Jennifer Ganser recently published an article regarding local government and information transparency in the February 2011 edition.Erik and Jennifer outlined the benefits of ...

Sewer/sanitary tracing in MapOffice

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​In June of this year it was requested by a Public Works Director that MapOffice™ Advanced provide the functionality to trace up and downstream flow of sewer and sanitary utility lines. The user identified that they would like to be able to click on a ...

Business intelligence for MapOffice

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The GIS Consortium (GISC) Information Technology Technical committee met this week to review and discuss the upcoming business intelligence functionality for MapOffice™ Advanced. For years the GIS Consortium has been working to provide authoritative community data on demand in a spatial context. Until now the ...

Adding historical imagery into MapOffice

Saturday, November 9, 2013

​In the latest update to MapOffice™ Advanced the ability for community staff members to bring up historical imagery was added. With 17 communities in all the Consortium has collected a wide variety of aerial imagery. The aerial imagery for some communities dates back to 1939. ...

MapOffice tool tutorials

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The GIS Consortium (GISC) over the past several months has been developing online, on demand tutorial videos for MapOffice™ and MapOffice™ advanced. These videos are found on the GISC website under the video gallery page (http://www.gisconsortium.org/gallery/video/) and available to anyone.The stated purpose of these videos ...

Monitoring flood levels in MapOffice

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Last week the GIS Consortium released the ability to display National Weather Service Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service data for the region. With a series of clicks real time flooding information can be displayed in MapOffice™ Advanced for use by decision makers.Flood Hazard Mapping is an ...

GISC presenting at the ICMA 2010 Annual Conference

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​Bob Irvin, Village Manager of Lincolnshire and I will be presenting as apart of the educational series at the International City Managers Association (ICMA) 2010 annual conference on October 17-20th.The intent of the session is to offer an in-depth look at how a small group ...

Separating tasks and tools in MapOffice

Saturday, November 9, 2013
​The organization of MapOffice™ you may have noticed has changed slightly. What was once just tools has been separated into two categories. Tools and tasks are now available at differing levels of functionality depending on the version of MapOffice™ you are using.Tool and tasks have ...

Find the nearest feature tool

Thursday, October 31, 2013
​Finding the nearest feature is something that local government employees do everyday. It might be finding the nearest hydrant in event of a fire, nearest water valve for shutoff, or nearest schools and medical facilities in event of an emergency. With the nearest feature tool this ...

Planning for the taste of Oak Brook

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​The Village of Oak Brook hosts the “Taste of Oak Brook” annually during the fourth of July weekend. The event features fireworks, live entertainment and food from local vendors. Since the event draws in a large number of people, the Village wanted to make sure ...

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 ...

Analyzing green space using GIS

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​The Village of Norridge requires that every residential property within the Village limits to have at least 65% green space on the property. This means that the homeowner can only have 35% of the property consist of impervious surface areas such as the building, garage, ...

Quickly Identifying Vacant Lots

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​Every year the City of Park Ridge contracts with a photogrammetric firm in order to collect important planimteric data such as buildings, driveways, sidewalks, etc. in a computer usable digital format. This data is fundamentally important as it provides a backbone for a Geographic Information ...

Using GIS to Aid in Emergency Dispatching

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​As a new member of the GIS Consortium, the top priority in Lake Forest has been getting data ready for New World. New World used in some of the other Consortium communities, is a CAD software that uses GIS to map out the location of ...

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 ...

GIS assisting with landscaping

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​A recent development in the Glenview Geographic Information System (GIS) has been the creation of the landscape site locations. Information created includes the site description and which group the site is associated with. One other statistic that can quickly be calculated using GIS, is the ...

Ticket recapture

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​The Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) recently assisted an evaluation of outstanding tickets which to date has recovered tens of thousands of dollars for the village.The address matching or “geocoding” process provided through the GIS and its address inventory allowed all unpaid tickets ...

Finance and permtting interacting with GIS

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​The Tyler Edens application is an important financial and permit enterprise system that allows the city easily track finances and permit status. The application will only function efficiently if it has good base information such as zoning districts, addresses, and owner information. This information is ...

The GIS Consortium in Directions Magazine

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
​Directions magazine is an international magazine and leading source of information, news and commentary in the fields of geospatial and location-based technologies. Today they published an article related to the GIS Consortium recieving the 2010 GITA Excellence Award. This award is not possible without the hard work and collaboration ...

Why GIS and Why Now?

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​Tom Thomey wrote and Kelsey Rydland contributed to an article on page six of the Illinois City/County Managers Association (ILCMA) April 2010 newsletter. The article addresses the need for GIS in these difficult economic times. While the article is not specifically about the GIS Consortium it is ...

Water main isolation tool deployed

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The isolation of a water main is an important function of local government. Isolation of a water main needs to occur for a variety of reasons. Typically it is done to allow for maintenance or inspections, but it can also be done in the event ...

Maintaining village owned street lights in GIS

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​The Village of Oak Brook Public Works department performs a wide variety of services to the village including snowplowing and street sweeping. They also maintain various street lights within the village. Prior to the implementation of GIS, Public Works referenced a hand drawn street light ...

Surveying street signs the cost effective way

Sunday, October 27, 2013
​It is apparent that technology is getting better as new ways of using it are also on the rise. Within Geographic Information System (GIS), technology also continues to advance and allow for data to be edited in many different environments. One enhancement of technology that ...

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