GIS assists with snow plowing efforts

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Every year when winter comes around the City of Park Ridge tends to
buckle down and start planning their clean up procedures. Whether it is
stocking up on salt in the salt dome or testing old equipment to make
sure it is working properly, each task takes careful time and
consideration. One operation that tends to happen under the radar but
also has significant importance is the creation of snow plow maps.

All of the maps that are created are done so through the Geographic
Information System (GIS) Department and are then printed in numerous
sizes per the driver’s request. These maps are simple in nature but can
easily help new and old snow plow drivers understand their routes and
areas of coverage. Additionally, these maps help identify the speed bump
locations throughout town as well as other helpful notes so snow plow
drivers can navigate their routes in a safe and efficient manner. The
maps were originally broken down by each snow plow zone but have since
migrated into maps that display multiple zones. This change was made in
order to give each driver the ability to plan a larger route for more
than one zone rather than dealing with each zone specifically; thus
resulting in faster completion times of routes and coverage areas. When
all is said and done, it is easy to note that a more efficient use of
time could potentially mean an upgrade of service for the residents of
Park Ridge but who would have thought that maps would be a part of this
bigger process.​

GIS assists with snow plowing efforts

​​Blog_GISassistswithsnowplowingefforts.png

Every year when winter comes around the City of Park Ridge tends to
buckle down and start planning their clean up procedures. Whether it is
stocking up on salt in the salt dome or testing old equipment to make
sure it is working properly, each task takes careful time and
consideration. One operation that tends to happen under the radar but
also has significant importance is the creation of snow plow maps.

All of the maps that are created are done so through the Geographic
Information System (GIS) Department and are then printed in numerous
sizes per the driver’s request. These maps are simple in nature but can
easily help new and old snow plow drivers understand their routes and
areas of coverage. Additionally, these maps help identify the speed bump
locations throughout town as well as other helpful notes so snow plow
drivers can navigate their routes in a safe and efficient manner. The
maps were originally broken down by each snow plow zone but have since
migrated into maps that display multiple zones. This change was made in
order to give each driver the ability to plan a larger route for more
than one zone rather than dealing with each zone specifically; thus
resulting in faster completion times of routes and coverage areas. When
all is said and done, it is easy to note that a more efficient use of
time could potentially mean an upgrade of service for the residents of
Park Ridge but who would have thought that maps would be a part of this
bigger process.​