Editing data is a traditional task of the GIS Office. However due to
heavy project loads the GIS Office can not always keep up with the
volume of utility edits. Additionally updates are only published every
quarter, so it can take up to three months before employees see updates
in the GIS data. This often leads to frustration as employees know there
are issues with the data but do not immediately see updates.
Therefore the City decided to purchase a version of ESRI ArcEditor.
This software provides the ability to edit the attributes and location
of features. It allows the editing of features within a geometric
network and thus ensuring that no network errors are created during
editing. Two experienced with ESRI ArcView users were trained to edit in
The trained employees are just beginning to review and edit data.
Their first impressions were positive as they were able to correct some
major issues they had known about for years. They also plan to add
institutional knowledge such as pipe joint types along with other
attributes currently not collected by GIS. The GIS Office will continue
to update data with records drawing, as well as reviewing the work
completed by the Public Works Employees.
The biggest advantage of providing editing capabilities to the Public
Works Employees is that edits can be made immediately. It is also
quicker as employees can update information directly and skip the step
of recording it a field note atlas. This editing ability is expected to
be a great cost saver for the community, while greatly improving the
accuracy and completeness of the utility data.