F&V provides GIS and land surveying services to answer the ‘what’ and ‘where’ by bringing together the power of data and location.
GIS: Geographic Information Systems
What Is GIS?
Every community looks for something a little different from their GIS and we work with each community to create or adapt a GIS to meet your needs. Our GIS experts gather, manage, and analyze a variety of data to create an interactive, useful, and user-friendly computer-based GIS customized specifically for our clients.
Types of GIS Work
- Asset Management: GIS helps with asset management to better manage assets and plan improvements to systems, better visualize the location and magnitude of failing components, and provide a system to track system repairs. It also sorts and identifies specific infrastructure locations (such as all pipe of a certain size or manholes built of clay bricks.
- Development – Assist in the purchase and configuration of GIS software and GPS hardware. Develop GIS to solve both current and future needs. Migrate existing data, whether it be from field notes, old record drawings, CAD files, excel documents, cemetery records, etc. into an interactive GIS platform.
- Data Collection – Develop mobile forms for easy and accurate data collection. Perform the collection or provide training to client. Utilize industry standard hardware and software to collect data, including Trimble GPS units, and ESRI’s Collector, Field Maps, and Survey123. Mobile data collection helped us acquire asset (sanitary, storm, water) and tree inventories, perform PASER studies, and sample communities for lead and copper services.
- Record Management – Develop a comprehensive, easily searchable database of records, including as-built drawings, televising videos and reports, emergency action plans (EAP), water service cards, sanitary lateral cards, and images.
- Analysis – Provide a wide variety of spatial analysis, including site suitability for the placement of emergency response facility, optimization of school bus routing, delineating watersheds for proposed drains, and asset criticality ratings.
- Maintenance – Keep parcels current by completing splits, combinations, and ownership changes as they occur. Maintain street networks used for assigning addresses and emergency response. Update zoning maps as changes are made. Provide as-needed support and training for any GIS or GPS related tasks.
- ESRI ArcGIS Online Implementation – Analyze existing GIS and make necessary changes for publishing to ArcGIS Online. Develop interactive web maps, including, but not limited to, parcel maps, zoning maps, utility maps, and cemetery maps.
GIS is more than a map; it’s a tool that can help communities analyze, assess, quantify, and inform. “GIS gives communities the opportunity to have access to any information they want to know about their area. It provides a better understanding of the facilities, properties, etc. and helps them make better decisions on how to move forward,” said one of F&V’s GIS Technicians. “Clients have told me they’re excited about GIS work because it can turn two weeks of work into one day of work.”
Who Needs GIS Maps?
- Municipal – GIS aids in the decision-making process. By being able to overlay multiple sets of data, such as parcels, zoning, flood hazards, and demographics, municipalities can more accurately plan. GIS can be used to help reduce the repair costs of assets, such as utilities, by tracking maintenance over time and preventing issues before they start.
- Environmental – GIS provides a visual representation of critical analytical data, which helps identify patterns and develop plans going forward.
- Emergency – GIS is used to maintain streets and addresses, both of which are used to direct the routing of 911 dispatch calls.