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Delavan Lake Sanitary District Sees Value in Mobile Apps to View GIS Data

by Kyle Belott 26. April 2013 06:28

The Delavan Lake Sanitary District is employing a mobile application configured by R.A. Smith National to view GIS datasets and access digital documents in the field. Whether it’s information on their sanitary sewer pipes, manholes, or laterals, the mobile application is helping this sanitary district do their work better and faster. The mobile GIS viewer (ArcGIS App for iOS) is easily accessed in the field using iPads. While Delavan Lake is one of the first sanitary districts in Wisconsin to jump into the world of mobile, it won’t be long before others see the value.


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Think Mobile

by Kyle Belott 1. December 2012 07:43

The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that by 2015 smartphone sales will reach 982 million and, according to Morgan Stanley, by 2014 mobile web users will surpass traditional desktop internet users. At first glance these facts seem astounding. But not if you take a closer look at how many of our daily interactions with a desktop PC are becoming increasingly augmented by the use of smart devices. These days many of us don’t even think twice about using smart devices to navigate unfamiliar destinations, manage our appointment calendar, take notes at a meeting, browse the Internet and conduct many other routine activities. We have the ability to respond to phone calls, emails, texts, social networking – from anywhere. Add to this the ability to capture, store and use data while in that mobile environment.

A major contributor to the widespread use of mobile data is the ability for a smart device to tie location information to an activity. It’s these kinds of spatial relationships that enable us to make better decisions regarding just about any activity, ranging from choosing an entertainment venue to collecting and analyzing data regarding physical land or water features. And…today’s location-based data is even more reliable based on the proliferation of GPS and mobile operating systems. What’s more, wireless communications including Wi-Fi and broadband, allow data to be immediately accessed and updated on the spot.

In the engineering and construction industries, those of us at the forefront of this technology are using smart devices with GIS mapping applications to make informed decisions in real time in the field. GIS applications can be developed to conduct an inventory of assets, track the maintenance of valuable resources and their protection, map activities such as complete wetland delineations and urban forestry identification, locate nearby amenities and services, and more.

At R.A. Smith National we have developed several mobile GIS applications, across several operating systems (Windows XP, Windows Mobile 6.5, Windows 7, Android) and web-based platforms for the mobile data capture of sanitary, storm, water, street sign and urban forestry. Contact me at or 262-317-3364 to discuss how you can think mobile.

Read more about the emerging trends and opportunities for mobile data.



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Use a GIS Enterprise Solution to Better Manage Your Independent Data Systems

by Kyle Belott 4. April 2012 10:35
Many agencies are seeking a GIS enterprise solution to manage multiple, independent data systems as a single system. One example is maintaining your infrastructure in a GIS through the use of a relational database management system (RDBMS). I have worked with several clients to develop an RDBMS whereby infrastructure assets are linked to their accounting database. This type of relational database then enables you to output metrics on the infrastructure’s life and replacement cost for capital improvement planning purposes. Converting your CAD data to GIS is typically a first step toward this goal. Contact me for more information.



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