GIS Employees of the Year and other Government GIS News

Seven Chandler employees were recently recognized as "Employees of the Year" and received framed certificates and $200 gift cards for their exceptional work. The city has 1,501 full-time employees. ...

Michael Rose, GIS database analyst: Developed user-friendly interactive maps on the municipal website for public use and additional map features for internal websites

- AZ Central

Cascade Environmental Resource Group, an environmental consulting company based in Function Junction, is helping to complete the Trans-Canada Trail, a long-term project that, at 22,500 kilometres, is pegged as the world's longest network of trails.

The goal of the trail is for it to cross the county - but the GIS had not gotten enough attention and there were dangling trails and gaps. So, after some gap analysis and exploration of satellite imagery, there's a plan to complete the trail by 2017.

- Pique Newsmagazine

Oakville, outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada is working to fight off the emeral ash borer, which if left to its own devices will destroy the city's 180,000 ash trees. The tools in use include remotes sensing, GIS and pesticide, which has already been administered to trees on public property.

A series of interactive maps on the town’s website make it easy to find the 80 per cent of salvageable trees growing on private property.

The town mapped its ash trees through hyperspectral analysis — a process that involved flying over Oakville with a specialized camera capable of detecting ash trees. The maps make it easy for residents to see whether they live in an area with ash trees. Trees are tagged with a GIS system so residents can see whether their favourite ash tree is being treated, as well as the height and diameter of the tree.

It’s not a cheap investment, said McNeil. The hyperspectral mapping cost around $175,000. A report to Oakville Town Council estimates the cost to save the ash trees will be about $2.8 million a year for the next six years, with ongoing expenses to last for 10 to 15 years.

- The Star

Published Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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