In-house GIS Applications
Users: Development Services esp. Planning Division
Two years in the making, the Development Tracking System tracks every
application submitted to the Planning Division. These applications are to change the
city's face in some way. Applicants use this process to request a change in zoning
requirements or restrictions, submit site plans or plats, apply for a conditional use
permit, or amend the General Plan.
The Development Tracking System used to harness the power of ArcObjects
8.2, but now uses MapObjects 2.4 to make it more distributable to city employees.
Practically everything stored in the Tracking System can be accessed on-line at
Users: Urban Forester
Three weeks in the making, this MapObjects-based application tracks the
millions of dollars of arbor assets owned by the city. TreeGIS makes tree asset
maintenance a breeze. Interactive reports and integrity checks allow for easy error
clean-up. Tree information can also be exported to HTML files for easy sharing. An
on-board tree value calculator allows the user to calculate tree values for trees not
owned by the city.
Orem has written several database applications which access
information on an IBM i-Series. Some of these applications need to verify city addresses
before they proceed with a certain operation. The i-Series hosts an AS/400 operating
system which is not natively accessed by ArcGIS or MapObjects. The Address Hive
was built to link our parcel geodatabase with an i-Series database of addresses. With our address
database getting more and more out-of-date, we needed to develop a solution which
would keep these addresses in sync with our GIS. Now that this has been accomplished
with the Hive, we can query which addresses are in a certain administrative boundary,
for example. The addresses can also be quickly modified by the Hive when an
administrative boundary changes its borders. Users can also get a sense of which
addresses are close to each other using the interactive map.
to view a set of
commands that were developed to quickly add new addresses to the Hive straight from
ArcMap. After clicking the link, scroll down to the section named ArcHiveCommands.dll.
Until recently, Development Services and Public Works have had to rely
on exact addresses for work permits issued by the city. If someone applied for a permit to work
on 842 N State Street and someone called in wanting to know what was being done at about 850 N
State Street, chances were slim that we would find it in our database.
With the new Engineering Permit Program, permits are plotted on-the-fly so
that they can be spatially queried and located. Now, exact addresses don't matter so much.
Our secretaries draw a rectangle on the map, and all permits issued in that area from the last
five years are put into a report.