Mapping and GIS

Providing professionals in mapping and GIS applications with solutions to collect and manage the data they need to make critical decisions.

Combining positioning, communications, and software to equip the mobile workforce. Mapping & GIS products improve productivity in hundreds of industries by geo-enabling field workforces with high accuracy, rugged, and easy-to-use products.

Mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology has quickly become a critical component of municipalities’ enterprise IT implementations. The technology provides a precise and cost-effective means of collecting geospatial data. Municipal governments and their public works departments have been early adopters of this powerful technology, relying on mobile GIS to help improve the quality and speed of data collection and stimulate collaboration between field and office staff.

An ongoing stream of accurate field data must be collected and analyzed by public works department employees to sustain the municipal workflow. There are many benefits that can be gained from deploying mobile GIS including the creation of intuitive solutions that are tailored to specific workflows. Mobile GIS applications require little training and can be successfully deployed throughout an entire field operation.

Put Data Where You Need It

During the data compilation phase of a project, maximizing field collection while minimizing data errors is critical, especially when project data directly impacts essential public services. Handheld GPS solutions that provide precise, dependable, results can be synchronized with ArcGIS® Server technology so that real-time edits in the field are immediately updated in the geodatabase, eliminating the need to check the data in and out.

Expand the Municipal View

Municipal workers can respond more quickly and minimize impacts on services by using data collected from both official reports and citizen sources. This information has become important for reporting incidents and emergencies in a city or county. Proactively using this information promotes civic responsibility by engaging community members in providing valuable, firsthand information when an emergency strikes.

Data collected from the field can provide important information regarding the location and urgency level of an event. When used in conjunction with a field crew equipped with mobile GIS, this information greatly expands reporting capabilities. This in turn allows public works dispatchers to better evaluate incoming service requests from the public and prioritize work orders for field crews. On-site, crews can use mobile GIS devices to access the geodatabase and review information such as the age, composition, and maintenance history of an asset, like a water pipe in the event of its rupture.

Btter Mitigate a Disaster or Emergency situation

Public works executives and managers are part of the first teams responding during natural disasters and security threats. When disasters strike, the availability of up-to-date reference maps can literally mean the difference between life and death. GIS and mobile solutions can be used to monitor constantly changing data to make critical, lifesaving decisions. During flood season, rising water can be monitored to determine what roads need to be closed and what utilities need to be isolated. Safe and navigable evacuation routes can be maintained to analyze interior building floor plans and hazardous material storage areas, and supporting metadata can be accessed from the field to mitigate dangerous situations.

Collaborating Means Success

Mobile GIS is a critical component of the public works enterprise workflow, providing accurate and cost-effective data collection for many applications within the municipality. From mission-critical responsibilities to routine maintenance programs, a real-time exchange of information between field operations and department headquarters is required to collect, exchange, and analyze essential data. Esri’s partner network program allows public works departments of any size to implement GIS applications tailored specifically to their individual needs. The synergy generated by the Esri, Trimble Navigation, and Timmons Group collaboration is stimulating the development of mobile GIS solutions that can fuel the municipal workflow from asset management to planning and analysis.

Technology Brief

Floodlight technology brief

Satellite shadow is the number one problem for data collection teams needing high accuracy in difficult GNSS conditions. Trimble ® Floodlight ™ satellite shadow reduction technology is the solution—delivering dramatic improvements to accuracy and position availability when working in urban canyons and under tree canopy.

VRS Technology Brief

Trimble ® VRS ™ corrections are more important now than ever before, due to the increasing need for real-time high-accuracy positioning. This brief explains the ease of use and benefits of VRS corrections and is a one-stop shop for information about VRS technology as it relates to Mapping & GIS products and applications.

H-Star Technology Brief

When GIS database requirements call for the highest levels of accuracy, Trimble ® H-Star ™ technology is the solution. Delivering decimeter (10¬cm¬/¬4¬inch) real-time or postprocessed accuracy, H-Star technology is engineered with the needs of GIS and mapping professionals in mind.