Monday, July 18, 2011

City of Calgary Wins 2011 ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award

The City of Calgary has bested more than 100,000 organizations to win the ESRI Special Achievement in geographic information system (GIS) (SAG) Award for a Core Mapping Project.

According to ESRI's press release, The City was chosen "for its outstanding use of (GIS) technology to centralize municipal land information maintenance."

“It's a great honour to be recognized among the best in the GIS industry,” said John Lethaby, project manager, Infrastructure & Information Services, City of Calgary. “We've always been focused on maximizing the value of our information and technology resources to benefit the community."

Using ESRI's ArcGIS technology, The City integrated legal surveys and land ownership data into a comprehensive geodatabase. This increases efficiency in delivering high-quality, accurate and up-to-date geographic information and basemaps throughout the organization.

"(GIS) provides us with a robust and richer platform for managing and sharing land information. With the advanced analytical tools it provides, we look forward to further leveraging the technology to enhance planning and decision support across our organization,” said Lethaby.

The award was presented on July 13 at the 2011 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California.

Alex Miller, president of ESRI Canada, said having a central source for municipal basemaps allows City staff to access these resources quickly and easily integrate business data to enable better decisions.

"Whether it's designing intelligent utility networks, planning sustainable infrastructure or tracking the condition of assets, (The City) enhanced their ability to provide more efficient community services," said Miller.

According to their Website, ESRI Canada provides enterprise GIS solutions for businesses, governments and educational institutions to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography.

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