Cost -Effective Methods for Gathering GIS Data

The cost of implementing GIS services and processes can add up quickly, especially when your team is new to GIS. Though the value of a quality GIS far outweighs the cost of implementation, there are several steps you can take to maximize your GIS and keep it budget-friendly (as always, our AssetAlly team is here to help you along the way, but you’ll have to find your own interns!).


  • Employ Interns

    • Allows your team to take advantage of cost-effective, short-term support.

    • Extra help around the office has been shown to increase employee productivity and prevent full-time employees from becoming overburdened by side projects.

    • Bonus! Employing interns helps young people in your community by offering them valuable career training.

  • Use Aerial Photos

    • Allows your team to quickly identify the location of utility structures, storm water facilities, etc.

    • Budget friendly and easy to access.

  • Digitize Field Survey Data

    • Ground survey provides your team with accurate information, especially when gathering attribute data.

    • Timeliness: can help your team find what they need when imagery is not readily available.

    • Coincidental collection: allows your team to collect additional data en-route.

    • Transforms your field data into digital data.

    • Scanning of as-builts and other documents for geo-referencing.

  • Use Drone Images and Survey

    • Gathering data from drone images is more efficient than traditional survey.

    • Drones are a cost-effective way to collect large amounts of data in a small time-frame.

    • Can help your team capture data in real time.

    • For more information on how drones can help your team, please check out our article 6 Benefits of Drone Use for Municipal Projects.

If you’d like to learn more about how your team can maximize your GIS without breaking your budget, please contact our experts today!

Pre-Planning for UNPS Grants in GIS

Pre-Planning for UNPS Grants in GIS

The Wisconsin DNR Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management (UNPS) Planning Grant Program applications are now available on the WDNR website and are due mid-April of 2019 for the 2020-2021 grant period. Here are a few suggestions on how to prepare for these projects in your GIS!

Visualize Your Spatial Data Using the Upload Tool

Visualize Your Spatial Data Using the Upload Tool

The Upload Data feature is useful when you have spatial content you'd like to see in AssetAlly. Now, what kind of spatial content could this be? Maybe you have a shapefile from a CAD export or site developer you'd like to visualize. Maybe you have your own surveying equipment and want to take its X/Y coordinates to see if your utility locations are accurate. This data can all be imported and overlayed on top of all your existing GIS data!

GIS Cheat Sheet for End of Construction Season Planning

GIS Cheat Sheet for End of Construction Season Planning

Have you ever noticed that there just never seems to be enough time to get done what needs to be done when it comes to the end of construction season?

AssetAlly has the capability of helping you maintain and organize all of your documents in a safe and convenient location.

Improve Your Budgeting Process by Calculating Sanitary Sewer Lengths

Improve Your Budgeting Process by Calculating Sanitary Sewer Lengths

Did you know that you can utilize your AssetAlly application to figure out the total lineal foot count of your sanitary sewer system? This is a quick way to gain insight into how much sanitary sewer exists in your community, for budgeting purposes or otherwise.