Establishing a Geographic Information System

by Hilary Stelmar, Craig, Bulthuis & Stelmar, San Diego, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


The ultimate test of an advancement in civil engineering is the successful integration of aspects of the advance into the general engineering community. Success stories in this area include the advent of the scientific calculator, total station surveying instruments and geodetic positioning surveying. The field of information handling is currently in the midst of such an advance in the form of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). These systems promise enormous improvement in the availability of information to many different industries, such as land planning, civil engineering and surveying. The County of San diego currently is in the process of implementing the steps from an abstract concept of accessibility of large amount of geographic information to the daily access and use of such information. This project has been termed the Regional Urban Information System (RUIS) and promises to provide a large, comprehensive database for industry use. The implementation of this RUIS will focus on two main discussion topics. First, the administrative and financial questions, including topics of access, implementation, maintenance of the system, funding and economic feasibility. Second, the technical questions relating to user needs, hardware availability and technological advancements are presented. Finally, an update on the progress and current plans for the participation of private and public professionals is presented.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Information systems | Surveying instruments | Industries | Land surveys | Information management | Geodetic surveys | Surveys (non-geomatic) | California | United States

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