Schneider Electric, an Esri Partner, recently released the ArcFM Feeder Map Template for ArcGIS Online. This enables electric organizations to fast track the deployment of a feeder map that can be viewed in a browser, desktop, or mobile device.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD) has created an innovative easement clearing app to help maintain water and sewer line easements.
Thanks to the new app, planners can easily locate easements and their current clearance status. Workers are able to add information on their mobile devices, meaning CMUD’s staff can prioritize and plan clearing using the most up-to-date information available.
“It saves me an incredible amount of time because in the field I can mark access points, attach pics, or mark any other important easement features directly on the app on my phone,” said Angel Carter, an engineering assistant coordinating contractor clearing. “It’s a real asset to my job.”
When Starbucks is deciding where to put a new location…when the World Health Organization needs to find out where polio is still a threat…when a city wants to know if its planned new convention center is in a flood zone…they all use maps. Of course, the maps have gotten a lot more advanced and accessible. More
I live in Redlands and have had reason to notify the city of a few infrastructure issues during the last week. I’ve attached one of my notifications about a broken pedestrian street crossing button. I’m just not “that guy” who would call or even e-mail such a problem. But the simplicity and fun factor of a phone app makes reporting quick and easy. BTW, the City of Redlands works with CitySourced to produce this app.
My favorite story comes from a friend Katy who also lives in Redlands. Katy's girlfriend picked her up for some girl time and a pedicure. As Katy opened the door of her friends's car, she noticed a broken concrete cover to the water line for her house. She snapped a picture and submitted a report while on her way to the pedicure. When they returned a few hours later, a city truck was parked in front of her house and the crew was replacing the cover. Katy was impressed by the quick service.
Web GIS makes it easy for Local Governments to engage their citizens in keeping city infrastructure working.
"Maps tell stories beyond location. When combined with data from a growing array of sources, and added to visualizations in a variety of formats, geographic information systems (GIS) can yield insights about who is doing what where, and what is happening when, why, and how." More