Entries by Ana Grahovac

Mapping and Analysis of Water Main Breaks

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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 Park’s public works department recently asked the GIS Consortium to create a map displaying where every single water main break has occurred within the village.  The GIS department was able to find historical water main break data from as early as 1981.  Plotting the break data from 1981-2013 provides a unique outlook on the state of the water system and will shed light on areas that need to be looked into for future replacement.

Identifying areas with a high number of breaks is just one step in analyzing the water system.  The village can dig deeper and evaluate types of material that are most common for breaks, what role if any does water main depth play, or even the average age of the water mains that are breaking.  With GIS, the Village of Tinley Park has the resources available to track and analyze these questions.

Published: 2/28/2014 9:00 AM
Title: Mapping and Analysis of Water Main Breaks

Accessing Laserfiche through MapOffice(TM)

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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 documents digitized including the ability to create backups and reducing staff’s time that went towards manually searching through boxed historical records.
The GIS Consortium created an easy way to find these documents using MapOffice. Staff can save time by locating the address they are interested in on MapOffice and turning on a Custom Overlay of the Village Subdivisions. Staff can click on the subdivision and bring up a hyperlink of the folder containing the associated documents and drawings for the subdivision the address falls into. The integration of Northbrook’s GIS data and Laserfiche will provide an invaluable tool for staff members when they need to access information.

Published: 2/28/2014 8:50 AM
Title: Accessing Laserfiche through MapOffice(TM)

Water System Operator Magazine Recognizes Quality Leaders in the Village of Norridge

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​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 full article at Water Systems Operator.  Congratulations Doug!

Published: 2/25/2014 3:30 PM
Title: Water System Operator Magazine Recognizes Quality Leaders in the Village of Norridge