Geographic information systems (GIS) technology offers communities substantial benefits.
Much more than a map, GIS is a highly effective, interactive tool that provides layers of up-to-date information quickly and efficiently so city planners and leaders can better manage their infrastructure projects and make more informed decisions.
At Moore Engineering, we help our clients leverage the power of GIS in a variety of ways – from improving maintenance schedules to choosing sites, to keeping records and more.
Hear from our experts in person
I invite you to get more in-depth insight into just how we use GIS to help clients, by attending presentations by two Moore Engineering GIS specialists – Gretchen Gottsacker and Tom Sayward – at the Minnesota GIS Annual Conference and Workshops in Rochester, Oct. 1-3.
Here’s a little bit about them and what you’ll learn in each session:
- “West Fargo, North Dakota, CAD to GIS Conversion”
Gretchen will walk you through the conversion of West Fargo’s mapping from CAD to GIS, which included replacing utilities, parcels and subdivisions with updated GIS information. You’ll see how the conversion increased efficiency and future potential, and created functionality and legibility of the city’s special information. The project, says Gretchen, was a true cartographer’s dream that incorporated both the art and science of the geography around the city.
Gretchen has a degree in GIS, cartography and human geography, with a minor emphasis in GIS and spatial analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She covers a range of analyses and data management at Moore Engineering, focusing on municipal, environmental and water resources mapping.
- “Using Python to help non-GIS users rapidly gain familiarity with ArcGIS”
Tom will outline how, through a rapid increase in GIS utilization, an archaic file structure was replaced with an organized, more user-friendly and efficient design. A three-phase, multi-tier plan, the first phase focused on file migration. Phase two generated custom applications or tools for Moore engineers to use in working with clients (a custom stand-alone program outside of ArcMap), with plans for an interactive custom web map on the internet to improve efficiency and educate others on how to leverage the power of GIS.
Tom earned degrees in geography and forestry and completed the GIS certificate program from the University of Idaho. He has five years of programming experience. At Moore Engineering, he’s used Python to integrate raw HECRAS data with ARC-GIS to determine storage area floodwater flow direction, as well as calculation of how long a flooded area will be inundated.
We hope to see you in Rochester!
To learn more how about how Moore helps cities leverage the power of GIS, stop by and see me and our other GIS specialists at booth #16 at the Minnesota GIS Annual Conference and Workshops in Rochester Oct. 1-3. Questions?