The City of Gillette's GIS Division will host its annual GIS Day Open House on Wednesday, November 20th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall. The public is invited to stop by and learn what the GIS Division does for the citizens of Gillette. Celebrate GIS Day, grab a cookie, and let the City's GIS geeks teach you about all they do.
Have you ever wondered who creates all the maps for the City? The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division puts all the cool maps together. However, what GIS does is not just about creating cool maps, it is about the data they collect and tie to a map.
Want an example?
If you are new to Gillette and do not know the area well, here is a Visitor's Map [PDF].
The GIS Division has two individuals who collect features out in the field. One uses a mapping grade GPS while the other uses a survey grade GPS. The survey grade GPS unit uses a permanent base station and is capable of centimeter accuracy. It can give real-time data while out in the field. This Survey Grade Map [PDF] shows over 18,000 features that have been collected over the last 15 years.
The City of Gillette is responsible for the care of over 7,000 trees planted throughout the community. GIS keeps information on their size, health, and overall condition. Here's an example of a vegetation map [PDF].
The GIS Division helps maintain the location of Sanitary Sewer features. They also assist the Waste Water Treatment Facility with creating a sewer video map and a line cleaning map [PDF]. This is just one way that GIS "helps keep things moving", if you know what we mean.
The GIS Division tracks and maintains all of the water utility information [PDF]. Pipe length, pipe size, pipe material, purpose, and year of installation are some of the attributes stored in their database.
Our GIS Division also builds interactive web mapping applications [PDF] that are developed to share the most recent, updated information with other departments and divisions. Customized widgets within the application allow users to perform measurements query data and much, much more.
Trash & yard waste tracking is a crucial function, and the City of Gillette utilizes software developed by the GIS Division to track the collection of yard waste and trash. This location information [PDF] can then be used to generate statistics while also reducing paper usage by our drivers.
Our GIS Division manages a world of images [PDF].
The City of Gillette offers many outdoor recreational activities. This includes 35 City parks, 9 County parks, and 54 miles of off street pathways for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. Want to know where all of these are? Click here for a Parks & Pathways map [PDF]
And finally, on the off chance that it snows, the GIS Division has been integral to creating Snow Maps [PDF] for the Public Works crews to plow the streets. These are just a few examples of what GIS does for Gillette and its citizens. Stop by the GIS office on Wednesday, November 20th to learn more about GIS and GIS Day!
For more information contact the GIS Division at (307) 686-5364.