Tracking street light outages

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When a street light is out in the Village of Norridge, staff members
at village hall will receive phone calls from residents detailing where
the outage is located. The office staff makes a note of the outage and
then contacts someone in public works to investigate the issue. In the
case of multiple people calling about the same outage, multiple notes
would be made due to an insufficient way of tracking which outages have
been reported. With the help of the GIS department, the village was able
to implement a map using MapOffice™ Advanced that village staff can
access that shows live data of the status of each street light outage.

By using the Business Intelligence feature of MapOffice™ Advanced,
the GIS department was able to link an Excel database of the street
light outages maintained by office staff with the map provided by the
program. The Street Light Outage map shows the location of every street
light outage reported and whether it has been investigated or not. The
office staff can sort the data by numerous fields including date and
work order status. By having up to the minute statuses of all the street
light outages, the office staff can inform residents that call in
whether a particular outage has been reported, eliminating the need to
create multiple reports for the same outage. By using GIS, the office
staff has removed a level of redundancy and allowed their office staff
to communicate more clearly with residents.

Tracking advertising revenue using GIS

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The Village of Norridge has 19 bus shelters along various routes that
are owned by a private company but our on village property. Each of
these bus shelters has space for advertisements which brings in money
that is split between the private company and the village. Community
Development and Finance asked for a way to show the information in a way
that showed potential advertisers the locations they would be
purchasing.

A map was created showing the location of each bus shelter where
advertising is possible. By showing the locations, instead of
intersection descriptions, potential advertisers get a better idea of
where there advertisements will be located and what type of bus traffic
will go through the area. The map also includes contact information for
anybody who decides that they want to advertise by using the shelters.
By using GIS, the village gives advertisers a visual representation of
data that was normally represented as a description.

Tracking advertising revenue using GIS

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The Village of Norridge has 19 bus shelters along various routes that
are owned by a private company but our on village property. Each of
these bus shelters has space for advertisements which brings in money
that is split between the private company and the village. Community
Development and Finance asked for a way to show the information in a way
that showed potential advertisers the locations they would be
purchasing.

A map was created showing the location of each bus shelter where
advertising is possible. By showing the locations, instead of
intersection descriptions, potential advertisers get a better idea of
where there advertisements will be located and what type of bus traffic
will go through the area. The map also includes contact information for
anybody who decides that they want to advertise by using the shelters.
By using GIS, the village gives advertisers a visual representation of
data that was normally represented as a description.

Proposed village bike route map

​The Village of Norridge is currently in the process of creating a
series of bike routes throughout its borders showing residents and
visitors how to get to important locations within the village and just
outside its limits. The village allows bikers to use the sidewalk to
avoid car traffic, so the bike routes were designed with that in mind.
Even though bikers can go down any sidewalk, the idea is to post signs
along sidewalks that will get them to locations such as the forest
preserve, Harlem and Irving Plaza shopping center, and the village hall.

By using GIS, the village was able to create a map showing all
important locations in the village as well as ones just outside the
village limits. They were then able to draw bike routes along streets by
using the available aerial imagery, therefore allowing the village to
draw routes that were direct and were along streets with sidewalks. Once
the proposed routes were completed, a proposed bike route map was
created for review.

Proposed village bike route map

​The Village of Norridge is currently in the process of creating a
series of bike routes throughout its borders showing residents and
visitors how to get to important locations within the village and just
outside its limits. The village allows bikers to use the sidewalk to
avoid car traffic, so the bike routes were designed with that in mind.
Even though bikers can go down any sidewalk, the idea is to post signs
along sidewalks that will get them to locations such as the forest
preserve, Harlem and Irving Plaza shopping center, and the village hall.

By using GIS, the village was able to create a map showing all
important locations in the village as well as ones just outside the
village limits. They were then able to draw bike routes along streets by
using the available aerial imagery, therefore allowing the village to
draw routes that were direct and were along streets with sidewalks. Once
the proposed routes were completed, a proposed bike route map was
created for review.

Village street light system

​The Village of Norridge has a street light system that contains
lights owned by the village and lights owned and operated by ComEd.
H&H Electric, which maintains the village owned lights, provided the
village with multiple maps showing the ownership of each light, how
they are all connected, and the control boxes for each system.

With this information, the village was able to start building an
electrical system model that would be displayed on its in-house mapping
software: MapOffice™ Advanced. This allows the village engineer to see
the locations of all the street lights and how they connect to their
corresponding control boxes. With this information, the village engineer
and public works, can easily replace bulbs and determine where
malfunctions they may be located on a circuit. Because the information
is accessible from any computer on the village server, both departments
can access the information without having to share hard copies of the
information. By using GIS, the village is able to begin to put together a
comprehensive street light/electrical model that will help the village
with any incidents that may arise.

Village street light system

​The Village of Norridge has a street light system that contains
lights owned by the village and lights owned and operated by ComEd.
H&H Electric, which maintains the village owned lights, provided the
village with multiple maps showing the ownership of each light, how
they are all connected, and the control boxes for each system.

With this information, the village was able to start building an
electrical system model that would be displayed on its in-house mapping
software: MapOffice™ Advanced. This allows the village engineer to see
the locations of all the street lights and how they connect to their
corresponding control boxes. With this information, the village engineer
and public works, can easily replace bulbs and determine where
malfunctions they may be located on a circuit. Because the information
is accessible from any computer on the village server, both departments
can access the information without having to share hard copies of the
information. By using GIS, the village is able to begin to put together a
comprehensive street light/electrical model that will help the village
with any incidents that may arise.

Village of Norridge Parking Inventory

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The Village of Norridge has begun putting together a village parking
inventory for all public and private parking lots. The inventory will
allow the village to determine whether each parking lot meets all
regulations for such things as size and number of handicapped spaces.
The inventory will also allow economic development to help sell
properties by providing the prospective buyer with the amount of parking
spaces available for customers.

By using the aerial imagery that the Village of Norridge
acquired, every space in every parking lot is accounted for. The spaces
are then linked to their respective parking lots. By linking the spaces,
the village has the opportunity to easily and quickly sort through
categories such as handicapped and paid parking spaces. Using GIS has
allowed the Village of Norridge to put together a village wide parking
inventory to help police village regulations and help spur economic
development.

Village of Norridge Parking Inventory

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The Village of Norridge has begun putting together a village parking
inventory for all public and private parking lots. The inventory will
allow the village to determine whether each parking lot meets all
regulations for such things as size and number of handicapped spaces.
The inventory will also allow economic development to help sell
properties by providing the prospective buyer with the amount of parking
spaces available for customers.

By using the aerial imagery that the Village of Norridge
acquired, every space in every parking lot is accounted for. The spaces
are then linked to their respective parking lots. By linking the spaces,
the village has the opportunity to easily and quickly sort through
categories such as handicapped and paid parking spaces. Using GIS has
allowed the Village of Norridge to put together a village wide parking
inventory to help police village regulations and help spur economic
development.

Traffic accident analysis

Blog_Traffic_accident_analysis.jpgThe Vi​llage of Norridge has begun mapping out traffic accident
information in an effort to try and limit the amount of accidents in
high traffic areas and understand why accidents occur in low traffic
areas. A map was created using data provided by the police department
detailing the locations of traffic accidents by month. Accident
locations were added to the map and categorized by type (property
damage, personal injury, village property, fatality). Eventually, as
data from previous months is added to the database, patterns will begin
to emerge.

By mapping the location of each accident from month to month,
patterns can begin to emerge and provide the police department and
engineering with a visual representation of the accidents. The locations
can then be analyzed to see if there is as abnormal amount of accidents
in low traffic areas. The village engineering department can then
analyze these locations against village data, such as the sign
inventory, to determine if there is a specific cause for those
accidents. By using GIS to map out traffic accident locations, the
Village of Norridge can have a better understanding on where the
accidents occur in the village and give them a first step in determining
why they are happening.