In the Village of Wheeling, like any community, various companies and
organizations have to apply for permits when doing any type of
construction work. Attached with these permits are maps showing the
location of the work that is to be completed. Typically, a company or a
subcontractor will provide the location maps to the village themselves,
but in some instances the Village of Wheeling will provide the company
with either data, so a more accurate map can be created, or a location
map created by the village so that the company can accurately draw on a
map where all construction will take place.
Recently, the village provided small maps showing aerial imagery and
utility locations for a subcontractor replacing underground residential
cable segments due to multiple cable faults. By providing the
subcontractor with a map with aerial imagery and utilities, the village
was able to see exactly where the cable segments would be replaced in
relation to the houses and the utilities in the area because the
subcontractor was able to draw the exact locations on the provided map.
Processes like this allow the village to make a more informed decision
on whether to approve a permit or have the subcontractor resubmit with
more information. By using GIS, the village was able to see the exact
location of construction based on the aerial imagery, and not with hand
drawn maps they may not be to scale.