GIS Division History
The GIS system contributed significantly to the development of the City's new comprehensive plan which was completed within only 18 months. GIS provided the opportunity to quickly provide base data, correct information and illustrate new scenarios.
In 1995, the Division became a full City program and has since expanded its database and services considerably. By 1998, GIS had outgrown its departmental beginnings. We now have GIS users in every service area and are part of the Communication and Technology Services service area to serve the City enterprise-wide. An important indicator for the growth, effectiveness and distribution of the GIS system is the number of data layers and users that we have. The number of data layers has increased from four in the first year to up to 100 today and the number of direct users has grown from about four to over one hundred. These users may also include those that have and manage their own GIS data. Some users develop GIS over time, and require higher level GIS services from the GIS department which can include project planning, application creation, or further GIS development overall.
GIS Program Areas
Data Maintenance - Routine maintenance of datasets and documentation of, and improvements to, existing datasets is a major responsibility. We currently maintain around 100 different datasets, the most comprehensive of which, the parcel coverage contains over 50,000 records. One of the most important datasets we maintain currently is the set used for the E-911 system that cover the extent of Larimer County. Keeping this dataset working and up to date is of utmost importance for health and safety.
Mapping - The majority of the City's standard map products, specialty maps and project specific maps are made by GIS Division staff. The division produces several hundred maps each year, some of which are available to the public for purchase.
Application Development - With the completion of the Strategic Plan for the City's GIS implementation in 1998, we had a detailed work plan for the development of over 80 applications. The Council approved funding for the first two years of the Plan's implementation. The development of this Web site and the online mapping application are also a major portion of this effort. Today the website and interactive online mapping system continue to be a large part of the services we deliver to the public. Today we provide services for all departments that can include building and programming custom applications or, more often just providing basic support and customizing the use of the software out of the box.
Program Administration and Development - The GIS Division's data and services support business activities throughout the city organization. GIS data and services are on integral thread that runs throughout the organization, providing relevant services and products. This includes systems and applications, data services, maps, and other presentation products, spatial analysis, and general support of the organization in the use of GIS and DTS.