GIS Technology

GIS Technology Vehicle

The GIS Technology Vehicle is outfitted for both day-to-day use, as well as emergency response situations.  It has dual-capability to run off either generators or shore power, depending on available resources.  The exterior attributes of the vehicle include an expandable awning with screen room, a roof mounted observation platform, a weather station, conference tables, a TV mount, emergency flashers, and storage for GIS equipment and instrumentation, as well as other various supplies.

The GIS Technology Vehicle “cube” was designed to provide an efficient, practical, and comfortable working environment. The vehicle interior is equipped with three workstations, rugged tablet laptops, a 36”plotter, a scanner/copier/printer, a 32”SmartBoard LCD TV, County radios, foldable conference tables, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and various office supplies. In addition, the cube is integrated with equipment that renders the vehicle as a mobile hotspot and enables access to the County network and the internet.

Should an emergency situation arise, the GIS technology vehicle is equipped to process real-time imagery, through a partnership with Pictometry, Int. Images can be sent from a plane to a satellite dish (seen here mounted on the observation platform). Once the images are received, they are processed inside the truck and converted to readable/transferable files in the matter of minutes, helping to aid in management decisions.

Trimble, a leading provider of advanced positioning solutions featured our vehicle on their web site.      Trimble Article

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ESRI Software

ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) is the leader in the GIS software industry. Their products provide innovative and top of the line solutions for business and government. They provide software for desktops, as well as servers and mobile devices. ArcGIS is an integrated collection of GIS software products for building a complete GIS for your organization. This software comes in multiple versions as well. Desktop GIS products allow you to author, analyze, map, manage, share, and publish geographic information. Server GIS products allow GIS functionality and data to be deployed and accessed from a central environment. Mobile GIS technology allows you to deploy information systems on PDAs, laptops, and Tablet PCs. Hosted GIS offers a cost-effective way to include mapping and location services in Web-enabled applications. ArcGIS Online provides ready-to-use content and capabilities for ArcGIS users, including 2D maps, 3D globes, and reference layers.

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Pictometry Aerial ImagePictometry is a Rochester based company specializing in Aerial Photography, and producing images which can be linked to maps and other technology.

This is just a general announcement for all municipal entities who currently use or are looking to get Pictometry in Monroe County. Currently, the libraries and applications are being hosted on the Monroe County Pictometry Online Servers. The 2012 image library is now available exclusively on the Pictometry Online system. If you are an authorized user and would like an account please contact Justin Cole at (585) 753-7504 or via email at or your organization's Pictomety Administrator. Authorized users are from all Town and village governments, as well as fire, police, ambulance, and school districts.

The Monroe County Pictometry Online address is and if you would like help documentation please click here.

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Asset Management Though GIS & Hansen

Environmental Services is currently utilizing GIS and Hansen to manage various assets throughout the County. DES staff used GPS receivers to collect approximately 60,000 sewer assets within the City of Rochester and the Gates, Chili, Ogden Sewer Districts. In addition to locating sewers, we also mapped our underground fiber optic conduit and worked with Monroe County DOT to map all of the County-owned street lights, power points and pull boxes.

One of the obvious benefits with having assets mapped in GIS is the reduction of “paper clutter”. Crews no longer have to carry along the rolled up Mile Square maps that got wet when it rained or crumpled up when put behind the seat. Instead, most vehicles are now equipped with rugged laptops that can be updated on a regular basis. Also, by combining GIS basemap data with aerial photography, the field technician will have a good sense of where he/she is when in the field looking for these assets. The most important benefit from this conversion is the fact that our data helps the field crews and dispatchers communicate better. Each asset in GIS is linked to Hansen by a unique number which can eliminate confusion when discussions take place over the radio.

The Hansen software, is a work order management system that tracks the maintenance and history of an asset. If a particular asset requires maintenance, a service request is generated, followed by a work order. Once the maintenance has been completed, the work order is closed, and the information is stored in history.

Working together these two systems allows dispatchers and office personnel to select an asset on a map and automatically display it in Hansen or query an asset in Hansen and display it in a map.

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GIS-SIG Lidar Presentation

LiDAR - What is it and How is it Used
Justin Cole, Monroe County GIS Services Division

This year Monroe County flew LiDAR. In anticipation of future distribution and utilization, Justin will discuss the basics of LiDAR. He will focus on what LiDAR is, how its collected, differences in sensors, and what the deliverable looks like. He will also present an example of how to process LiDAR and some of its early uses. There will also be a glimpse into future projects planned at Monroe County utilizing LiDAR including flood models and 3D modeling.

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Printers, Plotters, Scanners

In addition to the many standard printers found within the department, GIS also employs the use of a number of high-tech plotters and scanner. Plotters are used to print large high-quality wall-sized maps in full color. Scanners are used to make digital and/or physical copies of Record Drawings and Maps. The department currently utilizes 2 Z6100ps Plotters, and 1 Xerox 721p Wide Format Scanner/Copier. These give us the capability to scan and print documents and maps at nearly any size necessary.

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