The GIS Division creates and/or manages location data for a diversity of real-world features (examples include the stormwater network, water\sewer network, streets, and traffic signs). Other important data not considered real-world features are also maintained (examples include planning zones, police zones, disaster recovery zones, and the city limits). Detailed information associated with each feature are also stored with the location data. Using specialized software, the GIS Division is able to overlay location data, perform analysis, and create custom maps in a variety of themes and colors. These maps provide a superior method to interpret and understand data stored in a standard spreadsheet database.
The vast amount of location data available can make finding the answers to everyday questions a challenging task for City staff. The GIS Division solves this problem by creating interactive maps which are available for viewing via a computer on the City network. The interactive maps allow all City staff to quickly view and share location data between departments and the public. The maps are updated regularly and include aerial and land elevation views.