This week we will cover the basics of our Illicit Discharge Inspection Tool! We decided to make the long and grueling inspection process easier for you by putting this tool in your AssetAlly application. Not only does the Discharge Inspection Tool allow you to access important attribute data associated with outfall structures in your community, but it also conveniently produces an organized PDF report containing the information you entered into your GIS.
The management and maintenance of trees have proven to be quite successful in strengthening the quality of living in urban spaces. Optimal tree density and distribution is a vital aspect of many urban planning projects, as trees have an assortment of benefits on people and the environment.
Would you like to see street-level imagery of your community, without the inconvenience of leaving the office...or poolside (tomorrow is the 4th of July after all)? In AssetAlly there's a simple way to access Google Street View for observation of your assets.
With all of the flooding occurring lately, have you been wondering what approaches you can take to better prepare your community for these stressful events? Continue reading to find out how AssetAlly can help you!
Populating attribute fields in your GIS may seem like a daunting or even unnecessary task at times, but the information being added to your utilities will more than likely come in handy down the line. Aside from being able to access important utility information quickly (pipe size, length, material, inverts, year installed, etc.), it can make searching for particular data in your GIS (such as documents) much easier.
Today is World Blood Donor Day 2018. There are various ways in which GIS has contributed to saving lives through blood donation applications. Aside from blood donor applications, there are plenty of GIS based applications that focus on other forms of donation. Now, let's take a look at how GIS is assisting us in making the world a better place!
This week is National Infrastructure Week. GIS is a valuable contribution in terms of planning, managing, and maintenance of utility infrastructure. Identifying facilities, tracking work, planning operations and even doing marketing in utilities depends on having all of the data accessible and open for collaboration. Read on to learn more about the importance of GIS in infrastructure management. Success story included!
May 4th is recognized as International Firefighters' Day! So, how hot is GIS when it comes to fighting fires? Firehouse Magazine published an article on how the NAPSG Foundation assists first responders throughout challenging events and disasters by contributing GIS-based field information and situational awareness tools.
Sunday, April 22nd is recognized as Earth Day. With the theme this year being, “End Plastic Pollution,” we will look at various ways in which GIS has contributed to our understanding of the issues surrounding marine plastic pollution.
Today we will be showing you another fun way in which we are able to use the "Turn on/off layer visualizations" for symbolizing various attributes on your utilities. In our example today, we will be visualizing the sanitary pipes in our GIS based off of their material makeup. The first step is turning your sanitary pipe layer on. We will then click on the arrow next to the item in the layer list.
On April 5th, 1964, driverless trains first ran on the London Underground. Well, that was awhile ago and my how technology continues to progress! With all the discussion of self-driving cars lately, we figured it would be interesting to look into the role(s) GIS plays in the ever-growing industry.
As you may know by now, you are able to create and view custom layer visualizations in your GIS. The extent of what you are able to do with these customization options is extensive, so we encourage you to get creative! In this example, we will guide you through the process of visualizing various valve repairs needed by displaying an array of colored markers.
If you are interested in looking at information in an area within your GIS application, then you are probably familiar with the "identify" tool.You may also be familiar with the typically long list of features that show up in the "Identify Results" viewer, even if only selecting a small section on your map. Of course, this list will be smaller depending upon how many layers you have turned on.
The month of March is deemed National Women's History month! We are going to mention a couple (of the many) ways in which women have contributed to the world of mapping. "As the United States entered WWII, trailblazing women like Bea McPherson, BS ’43, took on the task of providing essential handmade maps for the war effort—and charted the course for today’s women mapmakers."
Oh snap! Have you utilized the snapping feature in your GIS before? If not, we are here to give you a quick rundown on it's function/purpose! The textbook GIS definition of "snapping" is: The process of moving a feature to match or coincide exactly with another point or feature's coordinates when your pointer is within a specified distance. It is commonly used to increase accuracy when using a variety of tools including editing, georeferencing, and measuring tools.
In this article we will discuss how to change symbology, color, size, etc. for structures in your GIS! Posted below, you can see that we have our storm layer turned on. In order to begin our edits, we click on the arrow (highlighted) next to "Storm Structure."
Today is recognized as National Boy Scout Day, with the official birthday being February 8th, 1910. That is a long time! Using a paper map and compass are valuable and essential skills taught to Boy Scouts. However, we thought it would be interesting to explore some ways in which GIS has been incorporated into scouting activities. Fun fact: The Boy Scouts (and Girl Scouts!) offer badges that tie into GIS, such as geocaching and surveying.
The first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France on this date in 1924! With the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang (South Korea) approaching, we thought it would be fun to look at some ways in which the events have been mapped. You can click on the image below to learn more about the history of the Winter Olympics!
Today we will be going over some of the miscellaneous search tools. In this example, we will search by address. However, you can see in the screen shot below that there are other options for searching (i.e. tax key, owner).
At least 13 lives have been lost in a tragic mudflow that swept across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in California earlier this week. Heavy rains have made Southern California susceptible to flooding and debris flows, particularly following the recent wildfires which stripped the steep terrain of vegetation. Vegetation is a crucial component involved in holding the land together during periods of precipitation. The fires transformed the physical properties of the soil, making it less absorbent. Thus, the soil becomes much more vulnerable to erosion.
Well, it is officially winter! The time and date of the solstice change ever so slightly by year, but this year’s solstice occurs at 11:28 a.m. Eastern Time. The winter solstice marks the shortest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. However, today is not the day of the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. Rather, most areas within mid-latitudes witness the earliest sunset two weeks prior to the solstice, while the latest sunrise does not occur until the beginning of January!
Today we will be going over the measuring tool. First, we want to choose a form of measurement. In this case, we will choose a polygon. The snapping feature allows for more accuracy in measurement. As you may notice in the screen shot below, we are also able to change our units of measurement by simply clicking on the drop down lists next to them.
December 7th is recognized as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in the United States, which took place 76 years ago on this date. If you click on the image below you will be linked to an in depth and engaging story map (via Esri). The story map utilizes pictures, videos, and maps in order to retell the complex events that took place at Pearl Harbor.
Today we will be exploring the functions of the "right click menu" today. When you right click in the map area of your GIS, you will notice that a list of items appear. Aside from the coordinates of the location you have picked, there are also various other options.
Happy Thanksgiving! It is time to break out those stretchy pants! By clicking on the image below, you are able to explore an interactive map (courtesy of Esri) containing data on the origin of some of our favorite holiday foods!