Mapping Convergence: GIS Joins the Enterprise

by Harry Goldstein, Managing Editor; Civil Engineering, 345 E. 47th Street, NY, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 6, Pg. 36-39

Document Type: Feature article


While utilities and telecommunications companies have led the way in maximizing GIS's potential, some progressive municipalities are now incorporating GIS into every aspect of their daily operations, giving other cities, states and DOTs ideas about how GIS data might be distributed across the enterprise. Geographic information systems is one of the fastest growing market sectors of the software industry and for good reason: GIS data is valuable for a wide range of users, from city planners to traffic control, DOT maintenance departments to property tax assessors. It's clear that civil engineers who need to know the lay of the land to design, build and maintain projects can learn from the ways in which utilities and municipalities are linking GIS data to every aspect of their computing enterprise. What's not so clear is how exactly to distribute the data that everyone needs.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Utilities | Local government | Information systems | Urban areas | Urban and regional development | Traffic management

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