The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owns buried fiber optic cable, wireless networks, and phone systems throughout the state. With its recent GIS project, more than 50 years of paper maps, information from over 330 sites, and firsthand knowledge of historic installations contributed to a comprehensive GIS system that allows DNR employees, IOT staff, and vendors to access the data for problem resolution. The locations of over 290 miles of cable, 800 buildings, 146 towers, and all properties’ phone system information are included and can be accessed through either a database or a web interface. Constant updates are made to the system by vendors submitting changes made during repairs or when new equipment is added. The new system allows rapid access to detailed information, resulting in lower charges for repairs and less downtime.

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With portions of the City’s infrastructure deteriorating, excessive rain and groundwater was entering the Lawrence sewers, causing sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) with potential health risks to the community. To eliminate SSOs and comply with EPA orders, data about the sanitary sewer was collected and entered into a GIS database. This allowed for the evaluation of over 1 million feet of sewers and 5,000 manholes. Lawrence now has an updated and comprehensive database of its sanitary sewer system, which aids in maintenance and planning decisions, as well as increased accuracy of asset locations.

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The City of Westfield Public Works Department annually updates the local traffic regulations ordinance. Three separate divisions contribute information, and all must be pulled into one report for the document. By utilizing the City’s enterprise GIS, data could be held and methodologies developed for updating data input. Modifications were made to existing data sets to expand their usability. A township-wide grid was built that is being used to populate every street segment with a logical grid and classification ID. This ID serves as the foundation for relational queries and planning. Geoprocessing models were built to produce reports for updating information as well as the annual INDOT update.

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Construction and maintenance projects at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) require a substantial amount of coordination. Occasionally construction projects may overlap capital projects or maintenance activities, or may be deemed unnecessary based on pavement conditions or traffic volume. To streamline the process of prioritization and cooperation among several divisions, a data search and viewing intranet application was developed. Both graphical and tabular views of potential projects can be utilized to review the area with relationship to surrounding projects, as well as track the resources used, budget, and schedule of those nearby existing projects. The result is the integration of information owned and maintained by several INDOT divisions, available as-needed to the project management team, which enhances planning, reduces redundancy of efforts, and more effectively uses resources and budget.

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Tree Preservation Areas contain many species and sizes of trees that contribute in a positive way to the environment, the economy, and our lives. For the past 15 years, the City of Carmel Plan Commission has strongly encouraged the establishment of Tree Preservation Areas as part of new development in the city. To be able to accurately map these locations, plat maps were researched to find tree preservation areas within Carmel’s six forestry zones, including 400 platted subdivisions and approximately 200 secondary plats. After existing areas were identified, accurate mapping into a GIS database was performed. As the City advances toward efficient and responsible management of its land and environmental resources, the inclusion of existing Tree Protection Areas into the City’s GIS is a natural fit. This project will ensure the citizens of Carmel can reap the benefits of a healthy and thriving urban forest for many years to come.

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The Division of Water at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources maintains a database called Unity in which data on floodplains, construction permit applications, dam specifications and inspections, violations, and water well records are collected. Searching for records was accomplished by querying text data fields, resulting in large returns. The Division of Water built a map and mapping tool, called G.R.I.D (Geographic Research for Internal Data) that displays live data from the Unity database as a map view. Symbology was applied and tools built that make the interface easy for users to access, and data input – including PLSS and physical location – is automated. Dam and compliance inspections can now be tracked using dates, geographic location, and appropriate symbology.

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Equipment inspections are necessary to provide over 27,000 utility consumers with dependable electricity delivery. Poles are along road right-of-ways and transformers are in residential yards, so the risk of a potentially deadly accident is very real. By utilizing a mobile GIS map viewer, field workers access menu drop-downs to enter data consistently and this data is synchronized with the GIS server to update it with the most current information. Because of the application of technology, the number of field inspections has increased as well as improved accuracy and consistency. By building the database, trends and patterns of issues, equipment purchases, and work methods can be evaluated and expedited. By increasing the numbers of inspections, safety and reliability are increased while costs and risks of liability are reduced.

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During a single election, the Allen County Election Board received hundreds of requests for sample ballots and polling location information. The existing website was confusing and discouraged voters with a cumbersome process, and the resulting personal phone calls became a time-consuming problem for Election Board staff. By integrating voting information with the existing Allen County Treasurer’s Office GIS data, thousands of voters were able to find polling locations, see sample ballots, find names of elected officials for their address, and access how-to videos and links to other election-related sites.

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The City of Fort Wayne’s sewer engineers needed an application that was intuitive and accessible, inexpensive, highly accurate, easily maintained, and would return a map and tabular results about the network of sewer lines maintained by the city. A script was built to take advantage of the logical network of pipes, including upstream and downstream structures. This allows the user to identify all affected pipes from a start structure using a recursive algorithm, and print a map and report of these pipes. Engineers can utilize the data to determine problem areas based on direction of flow, flow volumes, remaining capacity, and homes experiencing backups in their basements. The engineer can plan for a sewer re-route or replacement project, thereby eliminating these “pinch points.”

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Two bordering communities, the City of Westfield and the City of Noblesville, were approached by their communities’ fire departments to create a map depicting the critical infrastructure according to FEMA’s NIMS (National Incident Management System). The two cities decided to create a joint project, pooling resources and results. Both communities had existing data, so consistency of the information was a challenge. Attributes not only had to display the type of risk but also the response to the risk. Using the fire departments’ information from the building inspection database, a domain-based dataset was created using both the building outline data and the address point data. During emergencies, a risk assessment map can be generated; the map has national information – the national grid coordinates with each grid’s population and community information – and neighborhood hubs with contact information. The project allows for surrounding communities to work efficiently together, combining their resources and making the data available to other first responders, the public, private sector, NGOs, and multiple levels of government.

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