GIS Project Showcase
|An increasingly mobile society and growth of cloud-based solutions has opened new opportunities for communities to tackle field data collection projects inexpensively and with relative ease. In the case of the Hopewell Fire Department, located just west of the City of Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes Region, the pairing of just a tablet with disconnected editing capability via ESRI’s ArcGIS Online was a great solution for inventorying fire hydrants within the district.
In the fall of 2013, the Hopewell Fire Chief approached the Ontario County GIS Coordinator, Sheri Norton, for assistance. Although it was not feasible to either loan out an expensive GPS unit or conduct the field work herself, she began to exploring alternative options for the Department’s volunteers to independently collection information with their own equipment. An ArcGIS Server feature service with attachments enabled was published and consumed in a Geocortex Essentials site. While this enabled disconnected editing, including several feature classes as background references (fire district and municipal boundaries, address points), it was not possible to included raster imagery in this mode which the volunteers found easier to understand for data collection.
|Fortunately, ESRI’s rollout of a new updated ArcGIS Online in the summer of 2014 provided a different option. With many trials and testing, the hydrant layer was hosted on the County’s organizational account and included in a map with a simple topographic background. The Fire Department was added to the County’s account to enable editing capability of the hydrant service in disconnected mode. Finally, the Fire Chief’s IPad was set up with the ESRI Collector App and used in the field. Initially, just the location with minimal information and photos has been obtained. But eventually hydrant testing and other status information will be included, with ArcGIS Online making it easy for the Department to see where they have inventoried.||