Find the nearest feature tool

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Finding the nearest feature is something that local government
employees do everyday. It might be finding the nearest hydrant in event
of a fire, nearest water valve for shutoff, or nearest schools and
medical facilities in event of an emergency. With the nearest feature
tool this search can be customized for as many features as you want and
what feature you may be searching for.

In the past government had to rely on paper maps to measure the
distance to a nearest community asset. With the deployment of MapOffice™
and the find nearest feature tool within seconds of clicking or
entering a property you can find the nearest feature that interests the
user. It might be schools, hydrants, parks, valves, place of worship,
community facilities, landmark or medical facilites. As the GIS system
grows so will the possible features to query. Finding the nearest
feature is done quickly and easily using MapOffice™ Advanced.

Currently only available in MapOffice™ advance this feature will soon
be made available to the public as well. Typically residents choose
communties based on the community assets available to them (schools,
parks, emergency protection). By providing this tool at the public level
residents can find the nearest park, place of worship or school. This
public feature will be available at the end of May.

Find the nearest feature tool

Blog_Find_the_nearest_feature_tool.png

Finding the nearest feature is something that local government
employees do everyday. It might be finding the nearest hydrant in event
of a fire, nearest water valve for shutoff, or nearest schools and
medical facilities in event of an emergency. With the nearest feature
tool this search can be customized for as many features as you want and
what feature you may be searching for.

In the past government had to rely on paper maps to measure the
distance to a nearest community asset. With the deployment of MapOffice™
and the find nearest feature tool within seconds of clicking or
entering a property you can find the nearest feature that interests the
user. It might be schools, hydrants, parks, valves, place of worship,
community facilities, landmark or medical facilites. As the GIS system
grows so will the possible features to query. Finding the nearest
feature is done quickly and easily using MapOffice™ Advanced.

Currently only available in MapOffice™ advance this feature will soon
be made available to the public as well. Typically residents choose
communties based on the community assets available to them (schools,
parks, emergency protection). By providing this tool at the public level
residents can find the nearest park, place of worship or school. This
public feature will be available at the end of May.

Water Infrastructure Updates

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The Village of Skokie’s Water and Sewer Department rely heavily on data
within the Geographic Information System (GIS) for planning and field
work. Field Note Mapbooks (FNM) were created to simplify the process of
editing the data and bridge the gap between the field crews knowledge
and the data projected in the Village’s GIS. Employees can make comments
and corrections in the paper FNM and GIS will check the book on a
quarterly basis to incorporate the changes. For example, if a valve is
not shown or shown in the wrong location, an employee can draw and
comment on the valve showing the correct location and providing all
other important information. This process was just implemented and the
first changes have been completed this month.

Water Infrastructure Updates

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The Village of Skokie’s Water and Sewer Department rely heavily on data
within the Geographic Information System (GIS) for planning and field
work. Field Note Mapbooks (FNM) were created to simplify the process of
editing the data and bridge the gap between the field crews knowledge
and the data projected in the Village’s GIS. Employees can make comments
and corrections in the paper FNM and GIS will check the book on a
quarterly basis to incorporate the changes. For example, if a valve is
not shown or shown in the wrong location, an employee can draw and
comment on the valve showing the correct location and providing all
other important information. This process was just implemented and the
first changes have been completed this month.

Mapping local special events

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Although Geographic Information System (GIS) are used to store and
retrieve data often times in a highly complex fashion, they also provide
a medium for map simple production. A special event map is a regular
request of GIS professionals and can be generated in a relatively short
time frame with good communication between the event coordinators and
the map maker.

Because the Village of Riverside has invested in a GIS program, they
are able to create many graphic products to support their day-to-day
business and community events such as the Riverside Arts Fair, Farmer’s
Market, and race events. These products provide a shared perspective and
help organize efforts for event staff and attendees alike.

Mapping local special events

Blog_Mapping_local_special_events.jpg

Although Geographic Information System (GIS) are used to store and
retrieve data often times in a highly complex fashion, they also provide
a medium for map simple production. A special event map is a regular
request of GIS professionals and can be generated in a relatively short
time frame with good communication between the event coordinators and
the map maker.

Because the Village of Riverside has invested in a GIS program, they
are able to create many graphic products to support their day-to-day
business and community events such as the Riverside Arts Fair, Farmer’s
Market, and race events. These products provide a shared perspective and
help organize efforts for event staff and attendees alike.

Sprinker system tracking

​With the building of a new village hall and an updated police
station, the Village of Wheeling took the opportunity to put in a new
sprinkler system for the outdoor areas of both buildings. The sprinkler
system consists of roughly 600 sprinkler heads varying in size, flow,
and type tied into a computer system. The Village of Wheeling requested
that a map be created showing the location of all the features within
the system overlaid on aerial imagery.

To get accurate locations of all the sprinkler heads, a village
engineer went out and used a GPS unit to collect all the location
information. The points were then loaded into GIS and mapped out on top
of the village’s aerial imagery. Using engineering drawings, attributes
and line work were added to the map to complete the entire system.
Finally, sprinkler zones were added using notes provided by public works
and building maintenance crews.

The final product displays the entire sprinkler system on top of the
aerial imagery so that maintenance crews can locate any part of the
system. By adding the map into the village’s online mapping program,
maintenance crews can select a sprinkler and see all the attributes for
that specific feature. This allows them to easily make repairs and
replacements. Because the computer tied into the system references
errors by zone, the zone numbers were added to the system allowing
maintenance crews to see exactly where a specific error is located and
what other parts of the system are going to be affected. By adding the
sprinkler system into GIS, the maintenance crews are able to get a clear
look at the system and then make quick and informative decisions on any
maintenance or issues.

Sprinker system tracking

​With the building of a new village hall and an updated police
station, the Village of Wheeling took the opportunity to put in a new
sprinkler system for the outdoor areas of both buildings. The sprinkler
system consists of roughly 600 sprinkler heads varying in size, flow,
and type tied into a computer system. The Village of Wheeling requested
that a map be created showing the location of all the features within
the system overlaid on aerial imagery.

To get accurate locations of all the sprinkler heads, a village
engineer went out and used a GPS unit to collect all the location
information. The points were then loaded into GIS and mapped out on top
of the village’s aerial imagery. Using engineering drawings, attributes
and line work were added to the map to complete the entire system.
Finally, sprinkler zones were added using notes provided by public works
and building maintenance crews.

The final product displays the entire sprinkler system on top of the
aerial imagery so that maintenance crews can locate any part of the
system. By adding the map into the village’s online mapping program,
maintenance crews can select a sprinkler and see all the attributes for
that specific feature. This allows them to easily make repairs and
replacements. Because the computer tied into the system references
errors by zone, the zone numbers were added to the system allowing
maintenance crews to see exactly where a specific error is located and
what other parts of the system are going to be affected. By adding the
sprinkler system into GIS, the maintenance crews are able to get a clear
look at the system and then make quick and informative decisions on any
maintenance or issues.

Planning for the taste of Oak Brook

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The Village of Oak Brook hosts the “Taste of Oak Brook” annually
during the fourth of July weekend. The event features fireworks, live
entertainment and food from local vendors. Since the event draws in a
large number of people, the Village wanted to make sure that there was
adequate parking so they enlisted the help of GIS. In GIS, parking areas
were designated using aerial photography and existing parking lot
information. Parking spaces were drawn for field parking based on the
village parking regulations and the number of spaces in these areas was
determined. Parking spaces were also determined for paved parking lots.

The Village used this information to determine the total number of
parking spaces for the event. This included standard and disabled
persons parking. By establishing set parking spaces in field areas the
village can now accommodate more vehicles and have more people attend
the event.

Planning for the taste of Oak Brook

Blog_Planning_for_the_taste_of_Oak_Brook.png

The Village of Oak Brook hosts the “Taste of Oak Brook” annually
during the fourth of July weekend. The event features fireworks, live
entertainment and food from local vendors. Since the event draws in a
large number of people, the Village wanted to make sure that there was
adequate parking so they enlisted the help of GIS. In GIS, parking areas
were designated using aerial photography and existing parking lot
information. Parking spaces were drawn for field parking based on the
village parking regulations and the number of spaces in these areas was
determined. Parking spaces were also determined for paved parking lots.

The Village used this information to determine the total number of
parking spaces for the event. This included standard and disabled
persons parking. By establishing set parking spaces in field areas the
village can now accommodate more vehicles and have more people attend
the event.