Learn how to use your buffering tool to its full potential! Not only is your buffer tool able to create a buffer around a selected feature or point, it can create a buffer around multiple targeted features.
Have you ever tried to make an exhibit to print in your GIS? Have you dealt with adding text/markups that don't print quite the size you thought they would? If so, it's likely because of your map's scale. Read on to find out more!
If you are a frequent user of GIS, you've probably encountered a few situations where you need to see a large number of layers, but only need to access the data for one or two of them. If you've ever wondered how to narrow down what results you'll bring back when using identify tools, then you're in the right place!
The Query and Filter tools are very useful when it comes to identifying specific map features in your AssetAlly Application. The tools appear to be similar, but one tool may be more useful than the other depending on the situation.
Did you know that you can set personal bookmarks in AssetAlly to have preset views to zoom or pan to? If you're a frequent GIS user, this can be immensely helpful - no more time wasted trying to obtain to your perfect view!
The Water Main Break Tool gives you the ability to locate and record water main breaks quickly and efficiently - allowing better visualization of water pipe conditions. Learn more about utilizing this tool in your AssetAlly application!
Do you know the best approach to accessing hydrant data within your community? AssetAlly gives you a couple of simple and organized ways to obtain your hydrant data from the field or the office! In this article, we will review both options so you can decide which will help you the most.
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!