GIS assisting with landscaping

​A recent development in the Glenview Geographic Information System
(GIS) has been the creation of the landscape site locations. Information
created includes the site description and which group the site is
associated with. One other statistic that can quickly be calculated
using GIS, is the total area for each site.

The Landscape map is available to all staff at any time through GIS
and or the PDF map folder which is located in the all employee
accessible directory on the Server. This data can and will provide an
excellent resource for quickly referencing site location and potentially
assisting Public Works and the contractors with improved routing.

GIS assisting with landscaping

​A recent development in the Glenview Geographic Information System
(GIS) has been the creation of the landscape site locations. Information
created includes the site description and which group the site is
associated with. One other statistic that can quickly be calculated
using GIS, is the total area for each site.

The Landscape map is available to all staff at any time through GIS
and or the PDF map folder which is located in the all employee
accessible directory on the Server. This data can and will provide an
excellent resource for quickly referencing site location and potentially
assisting Public Works and the contractors with improved routing.

Ticket recapture

​The Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) recently
assisted an evaluation of outstanding tickets which to date has
recovered tens of thousands of dollars for the village.

The address matching or “geocoding” process provided through the GIS
and its address inventory allowed all unpaid tickets to be summarized by
address eliminating data entry errors typically seen in the street name
of the address. This summary provided a tally of fees to be sent out in
one mailing to offenders who in some cases had hundreds or even
thousands of dollars in outstanding fines. This action was not cost
effective for the village until the GIS options noted above were
available.

The results of this assessment will be evaluated against payments
received allowing for further action for those avoiding the notice
and/or repeat offenders. The village also has an option to pursue
nonresident tickets that are outstanding to provide additional gains.

Ticket recapture

​The Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) recently
assisted an evaluation of outstanding tickets which to date has
recovered tens of thousands of dollars for the village.

The address matching or “geocoding” process provided through the GIS
and its address inventory allowed all unpaid tickets to be summarized by
address eliminating data entry errors typically seen in the street name
of the address. This summary provided a tally of fees to be sent out in
one mailing to offenders who in some cases had hundreds or even
thousands of dollars in outstanding fines. This action was not cost
effective for the village until the GIS options noted above were
available.

The results of this assessment will be evaluated against payments
received allowing for further action for those avoiding the notice
and/or repeat offenders. The village also has an option to pursue
nonresident tickets that are outstanding to provide additional gains.

Finance and permtting interacting with GIS

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The Tyler Edens application is an important financial and permit
enterprise system that allows the city easily track finances and permit
status. The application will only function efficiently if it has good
base information such as zoning districts, addresses, and owner
information. This information is readily available but requires the
tools within the GIS to combine this information into one table. The GIS
tools also clean up the County provided assessor owner information to
assure owners within the city of Highland Park has correct street names.
The GIS office annually creates a flattened import file that is used to
keep the Edens data current.

A second role of the GIS is providing the layers for the interactive
map within Edens. This map shows parcels, buildings, and utilities. By
using the map, users scan interactively select properties and see the
related records for each property. This makes workflows more efficient
as users do not need to manually search by addresses.

A final support process of the GIS is creating the impervious values
for each property. The impervious areas used to asses a storm water fee
for water billing customers. Without GIS, the Edens application would
not contain much of the valuable information it now contains and would
create more frustration for users trying to use the application.

Finance and permtting interacting with GIS

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The Tyler Edens application is an important financial and permit
enterprise system that allows the city easily track finances and permit
status. The application will only function efficiently if it has good
base information such as zoning districts, addresses, and owner
information. This information is readily available but requires the
tools within the GIS to combine this information into one table. The GIS
tools also clean up the County provided assessor owner information to
assure owners within the city of Highland Park has correct street names.
The GIS office annually creates a flattened import file that is used to
keep the Edens data current.

A second role of the GIS is providing the layers for the interactive
map within Edens. This map shows parcels, buildings, and utilities. By
using the map, users scan interactively select properties and see the
related records for each property. This makes workflows more efficient
as users do not need to manually search by addresses.

A final support process of the GIS is creating the impervious values
for each property. The impervious areas used to asses a storm water fee
for water billing customers. Without GIS, the Edens application would
not contain much of the valuable information it now contains and would
create more frustration for users trying to use the application.

The GIS Consortium in Directions Magazine

​Directions magazine is an international magazine and leading source
of information, news and commentary in the fields of geospatial and
location-based technologies. Today they published an article related to
the GIS Consortium recieving the 2010 GITA Excellence Award. This award
is not possible without the hard work and collaboration of the GIS
Consoritium communities and Board Members. The is great recognition for
all the hard work and innovation that the GIS Consortium represents.

You can read that article here.

The GIS Consortium in Directions Magazine

​Directions magazine is an international magazine and leading source
of information, news and commentary in the fields of geospatial and
location-based technologies. Today they published an article related to
the GIS Consortium recieving the 2010 GITA Excellence Award. This award
is not possible without the hard work and collaboration of the GIS
Consoritium communities and Board Members. The is great recognition for
all the hard work and innovation that the GIS Consortium represents.

You can read that article here.

Memorial day parade

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The Village of Winnetka hosts numerous special events over the course
of a year and, for each event, the Police and Public Works departments
are involved in providing operational support. These events range from
parades to festivals and require a wide-range of supportive actions.
These actions are assigned via an event orders sheet provided to each
department that describes the extent of the event and where various
elements of the event are occurring. However, in the order sheet format,
it can be difficult for personnel to get an overall view of the event’s
total operations. To assist with providing this comprehensive view for
the Village’s Memorial Day parade, the GIS Department was asked to
develop a mapping product that would help assigned personnel to be
better informed about the overall event orders.

The Memorial Day parade is an annual event that requires a variety of
special operational orders to ensure residents are safe and enjoy the
event proceedings. To assist with the execution of these orders, the GIS
Department was provided with a copy of the event order sheet and asked
to create a map showing the location of several key components of the
parade. These included officer posting locations, parking restriction
areas, severe weather shelters, and the parade staging area. Viewing
this information spatially allows each officer and public works crew
member to gain a better understanding of the scope of the event and
provides a visual tool to assist with executing the operational orders
sheet. While not a replacement for the written orders, the Memorial Day
map acts as a supplemental tool for supporting Village departmental
actions before and during the parade.

Providing a visual format for viewing a special event’s operations
provides a quick reference tool for viewing the overall event setup.
This broad perspective supplies more information to assigned Village
personnel, helping them to make more informed and efficient decisions.

Memorial day parade

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The Village of Winnetka hosts numerous special events over the course
of a year and, for each event, the Police and Public Works departments
are involved in providing operational support. These events range from
parades to festivals and require a wide-range of supportive actions.
These actions are assigned via an event orders sheet provided to each
department that describes the extent of the event and where various
elements of the event are occurring. However, in the order sheet format,
it can be difficult for personnel to get an overall view of the event’s
total operations. To assist with providing this comprehensive view for
the Village’s Memorial Day parade, the GIS Department was asked to
develop a mapping product that would help assigned personnel to be
better informed about the overall event orders.

The Memorial Day parade is an annual event that requires a variety of
special operational orders to ensure residents are safe and enjoy the
event proceedings. To assist with the execution of these orders, the GIS
Department was provided with a copy of the event order sheet and asked
to create a map showing the location of several key components of the
parade. These included officer posting locations, parking restriction
areas, severe weather shelters, and the parade staging area. Viewing
this information spatially allows each officer and public works crew
member to gain a better understanding of the scope of the event and
provides a visual tool to assist with executing the operational orders
sheet. While not a replacement for the written orders, the Memorial Day
map acts as a supplemental tool for supporting Village departmental
actions before and during the parade.

Providing a visual format for viewing a special event’s operations
provides a quick reference tool for viewing the overall event setup.
This broad perspective supplies more information to assigned Village
personnel, helping them to make more informed and efficient decisions.