Last week, R/M hosted a seminar on how GIS benefits municipalities just like yours. It was a unique opportunity for representatives from 17 different towns, villages or cities to hear from clients who use GIS on a day-to-day basis.
The main presenter was Mike Gerszewski, the Operations Supervisor from the Village of Hartland. Mike provided tips for implementing a GIS system as well as the challenges.
Instead of our typical format, there was a panel of five frequent GIS users: Scott Brandmeier (Fox Point), Tim Zimmerman (Germantown), Mike Gerszewski (Hartland), Jim Pike and Charley Brinkmeier (both Antigo).
One major benefit of GIS? Efficiency.
“In Public Works, you have to do more with less all the time,” Scott Brandmeier said. “We’re able to get everything scanned in and digitized. Now, we’ve got all of our infrastructure on the GIS website, including trees, plow routes, pacer ratings…a boatload of stuff . . . the efficiency is tremendous.”
Everything’s right there at your fingertips,” Tim Zimmerman agreed. “Time savings is huge. No more paper records: everything is right there, readily available.”
“We can pull our data together in one location. We’re able to say, that’s garbage, get rid of it, this is accurate, this is what’s going into the system. Now we know that when we pull up a map and look at the sewer, what we’re seeing is really what’s under the road,” Jim Pike said.
Jim went on to talk about how he would have done things differently if he had started with the GIS knowledge he has now.
“I wish I knew then what I knew now. If I did, I think we would have started doing more with Ruekert & Mielke than what we originally did,” Jim said.
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