Our staff understand that public works agencies have a unique perspective in that most of their work repairing potholes, removing graffiti, trimming trees, and so forth, has a prominent impact on the urban landscape. Therefore, quality public-facing services are a high priority.
Public works agencies also have unique challenges in that identification and location of assets through simple street addressing is not adequate (i.e. what is the street address of a tree in the middle of the park?). Using electronic mapping as the primary means of communication, both internally and externally, is a practical solution.
GIS technology has distinct benefits and is a natural fit for public works agencies. Some of the more popular applications of GIS for public works include:
- Map atlas production
- Maintenance management system integration
- Dispatch and routing of work crews and inspectors
- Public-facing service request intake website
- Contaminant / spill tracing (downstream) and source detection (upstream)
- Storm water hydraulic modeling interface
- NPDES compliance reporting
To view descriptions of our recent public works agency GIS development projects please click here.