The City of Des Plaines has been looking to create an inventory of the city owned pavement markings. In the past, they’ve had workers use aerial imagery in the office or paper maps out in the field to update the information. Unfortunately, the aerial imagery is not always current and sending people out in the field with paper maps can be time consuming when the data is brought back into the office and has to be implemented into the database by hand. The Engineering Department has been looking for a way to collect the information out in the field and update the databases without having to use paper maps.
A project was created in ESRI’s ArcGIS Online program that allows the user to collect pavement marking information in the field using the Collector Mobile Application. The Collector Application allows the user to add in pavement marking lines and accompanying attribute information in the field using a mobile device like an iPad or Android Tablet. The application has the aerial imagery and base map data for the city, so the user can place pavement marking features in the exact location regardless of imagery vintage. This eliminates the need to collect the information in the field on paper and then bring it back into the office to have someone manually update the information in the GIS system. With the Collector Application, the updates are either synched in real-time out in the field or loaded into the system in a one step process in the office. By using GIS, the Engineering department was able to come up with a solution for updating pavement marking data in the field, eliminating the need for someone to collect the information in the field and then manually update the information.