Chicago Remaps Itself

by Scott A. Kutz, Senior Systems Analyst; Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., Sears Tower, Suite 450, 233 Wacher Dr., Chicago, IL 60606-6306,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 6, Pg. 52-54

Document Type: Feature article


Chicago, famed as the City of the Big Shoulders, is taking its own measurements in preparation for the 21st century. The city is in the midst of a $10 million, multi-year project to create a geographic information system (GIS) to keep track of its 3,800 mi of roadways, 4,300 mi of sewers and 4,200 mi of water distribution and to set future priorities for capital projects within the public rights-of-way. A project to map the Chicago street network--part of the larger effort--demonstrates many of the problems and solutions involved in merging graphic and nongraphic data sources.

Subject Headings: Project management | Geographic information systems | Urban areas | Information systems | Water supply systems | Water rights | Streets | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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