GIS Goes Public

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1988, Vol. 58, Issue 6, Pg. 37-39

Document Type: Feature article


The term Geographic Information Systems (GIS) covers a wide range of computerized mapping and database activities that vary between governments and even between agencies of the same governmental unit. Generally, a GIS ties automated mapping (AM) and facilities management (FM) into an interactive (intelligent) database. Despite their costs of $1 million and up (most of it for conversion of existing data), systems are being installed by many municipalities and municipal utilities. Private utilities were pioneers in GIS, and one is now seeking to share its data with municipal agencies.

Subject Headings: Local government | Geographic information systems | Information systems | Mapping | Databases | Lifeline systems | Professional societies | Smart buildings

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