GIS - Geographic Information System Project
The GIS Project is a new project to the City of Huber Heights. This project is a long-term project that changes every day that passes. Many might ask what is Geographic Information System? How will the City of Huber Heights use GIS? Why use GIS? Simply put, GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. What layers of information you combine depends on your purpose – finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on.
How to Use GIS
- GIS Mapping lets you find the places with the features you are looking for:
- Find a feature – by using maps to see where or what an individual feature is
- Find patterns – by looking at the distribution of features on the map instead of just an individual feature you can see patterns emerge
- This map shows the location of man-made objects such as buildings, antennas, and towers, as well as landscape features that can pose dangers to aircraft leaving or approaching airfields. Map courtesy of General Command of Mapping Cartography.
Why use GIS – Improve Organizational Integration
One of the main benefits of GIS is improved management of your organization and resources and better assistance to the public. GIS link data sets together by common locational data, such as addresses, which helps departments share their data. By creating a shared database, one department can benefit from the work of another-data can be collected once and used many times.
The old adage ‘better information leads to better decisions’ is true for GIS. GIS is not just an automated decision making system but a tool to query, analyze, and map data in support of the decision making process.
GIS can map any data you wish
Making maps with GIS is much more flexible than manual or automated cartography approaches. GIS creates maps from databases. Existing paper maps can be digitized and translated into the GIS as well. GIS can also help with Police investigations, Fire rescues, and Emergency response by giving an exact location of where the fire or crime is taking place. This also can help the City of Huber Heights with FEMA and update more quickly and safely our flood maps and our current flood zones it will give us a more detailed outlook on where and why our areas are flooding. It will also give us good base maps of parcel information address, water, sewer and storm water information that are vital to the public and to us to better our services to the public. It could also help us with Homeland Security by having exact maps of locations around the City.