Many communities that use Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.’s GIS application are advocates of the way it has assisted with the management and mapping of assets; not surprisingly, some villages have found ways to get more out of their GIS.
In the Village of Brown Deer, it’s not just municipal decision-makers who are getting involved in the application of GIS. The spectrum of users spans from village officials and local PD to ordinary citizens who have found aspects of GIS that are beneficial to their daily lives, according to Director of Public Works in Brown Deer, Matthew Maederer.
“The software started out as a tool to help data collection and reporting within our sanitary sewer system,” says Maederer, “but has since expanded to other utilities like water, and storm water, not to mention other departments who use the software for mass mailings and property information look-up.”
As the Village of Brown Deer’s Director of Public Works and a Professional Engineer himself, Maederer acknowledges the benefits he has seen since the implementation of R/M’s GIS application. “Properly mapping our assets and including data associated with those assets/facilities within one database for all employees to use has proven to be very powerful.” Maederer also points to the notion that GIS’s true potential resides in the amount of users, stating, “The more users utilizing the system, the more beneficial the software becomes.”
Citizens in Brown Deer are also beginning to get a taste for what GIS can offer according to Maederer, “Our residents have found the link to the GIS database on our website and have been amazed at the amount of information available to them, ranging from plow-routes, garbage collection routes, property boundary information, and aerial photography.”
“We’ve only begun to scratch the surface with web-based GIS and are excited to implement more features into our operations Village-wide as we continue to look for ways to work smarter,” says Maederer.
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. is excited to assist the Village of Brown Deer as they find new and innovative ways to incorporate GIS into projects and looks forward to the creative additions other municipalities will bring to the table.