Webinar- Winter Woes: GIS Solutions for the Winter Months

In the Midwest, winter brings its own unique set of challenges to local governments.  As the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, snowplows hit the road, the likelihood of sever weather events increase, and roads take a beating.  Leveraging GIS as a resource for assisting staff with managing these events can help mitigate the impact a harsh winter season has on both staff time and community resources.  This webinar will demonstrate several methods and technologies that are currently available in your community to help reduce your winter woes.

What you will learn:

  1. How to maximize the efficiency of your snowplow and salt truck operations
  2. How to collect data on pothole locations and manage maintenance efforts using road jurisdiction information
  3. How to leverage GIS during a winter emergency event situation



Webinar- Beyond Flood Maps: Using GIS for calculations and statistics in the NFIP CRS Review

The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.  As a result, flood insurance premium rates are discounted to reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from the community actions meeting the three goals of the CRS:

  1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property;
  2. Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP, and
  3. Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

GIS can be an integral part of the CRS process by providing calculations and products that are needed to help show the work that was done by a community in preparation for the final review by FEMA.

What you will learn:

  1. Why GIS is an integral part of the process.
  2. How GIS can provide information beyond simple maps including calculations and statistics.
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Webinar- Discover Your Community’s Market with Business Analyst Online

All GIS Consortium members have shared access, through the MGP staff, to a marketing and business reporting tool called Business Analyst Online. This webinar will give a quick overview of the request process and then highlight a few of the most popular reports that are available to you at no additional cost.

What you will learn:

  1. Traffic Count Profile – understand traffic patterns for an area of interest
  2. Tapestry Segmentation – which of the 65 market segments do your residents align with?
  3. MarketPlace Profile – which business industries are in surplus and which are in demand?
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Webinar- LiDAR Technology and the Benefits for Local Government

We have the pleasure of co-presenting this month’s webinar with Ayres Associates.  Ayres is the GISC’s vendor of choice for collecting base map features including planimetric data, imagery, and contours.  In this month’s webinar titled ‘The Value of LiDAR’ we will cover a brief description of LiDAR technology, the various LiDAR products offered, and examples on how LiDAR data has been utilized by local governments.

What you will learn:

  1. Introduction to LiDAR technology – how is it collected?
  2. Available LiDAR products – why should we invest in capturing LiDAR data?
  3. GISC examples – Tinley Park’s use cases for LiDAR data.
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Webinar- Field Data Collection Using Mobile Devices

This webinar will demonstrate how communities are approaching their field data collection needs. Using Esri’s Collector App for smartphones and tablets, data collection can now be completed without marking up paper maps or using complex GIS software on a laptop computer. Collector App is an intuitive and time saving tool that empowers users to assist with managing the data they use day to day.

What you will learn:

  1. How can I use my tablet or smartphone to collect information while I’m out in the field?
  2. What kinds of information can I collect?
  3. How can the information be used to promote informed decision making?
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Webinar- How MGP Raises Efficiency and Effectiveness with Office 365

MGP believes in actively improving on the past and collaboration among experts. With those values and others, MGP has found great use in the tools available in Office365. These uses have been found to raise our efficiency and proved a better experience for all of our clients.  Join us for a peek into our environment to see what best practices we have implemented to improve our productivity and success that you could implement as well!

What you will see:

  1. MGP’s project management – How we plan and manage our projects for the GISC
  2. Document management –  How we make finding what is needed fast
  3. Live collaboration –  How we work with each other across multiple locations
  4. Client tracking – How we manage your requests and programs
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2015 GIS Consortium User Conference

Registration is Closed

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The 2015 GIS Consortium User Conference has be cancelled.

Thank you to all those who registered and to all those who contributed in the planning efforts.  This was a difficult decision, but we are very excited about future collaboration opportunities and committed to creating things that provide high value to all Consortium members.