Author: Adam Lodge

What Does Storytelling Have to Do with a GIS Strategic Plan?

What Does Storytelling Have to Do with a GIS Strategic Plan?

Tell the user’s story A GIS Strategic Plan (see template) defines the technical and business objectives of a GIS program.  Many people view this as an uninspired document with cookie-cutter recommendations.  But I like to see it as a way to understand the unique story of a client and turn that into a script for action. A focus on the user’s story ensures a more robust and vetted plan.  In...
What is a GIS Strategic Plan and Template

What is a GIS Strategic Plan and Template

I am currently working on Strategic Plans for the City of Walnut Creek and the San Jose Water Company. It got me thinking about the processes involved and why I enjoy doing GIS Strategic Plans. It allows me to research the latest technologies, review what we’ve done for other clients and then weave that into an optimized, tailored solution for the new client.  That kind of thinking forms the foundation for everything...
Esri’s LGIM competes with customized GIS solutions for using geodata in local government

Esri’s LGIM competes with customized GIS solutions for using geodata in local government

Local governments and municipalities have struggled for years to obtain a shrink-wrapped solution to managing and using geodata within their enterprises.  It’s a difficult nut to crack because every local government (and every GIS implementation) is “custom” to some extent. It was impossible to find GIS software that quickly and easily installs, loads data, and works the way you want it. Compounding the problem, development of the right GIS...
Piloting the Linear Referencing System (LRS) for the Caltrans highway network

Piloting the Linear Referencing System (LRS) for the Caltrans highway network

I wanted to give an update on Farallon work designing, developing and piloting a linear referencing system (LRS) for Caltrans. This is an exciting project as it directly impacts federal dollars received for California highways, as well being an integral component to other statewide mapping and GIS initiatives. Farallon’s role is to develop and prove a process, using the Sacramento area counties as a pilot, that Caltrans can eventually...
Using MS Access as the query interface to Oracle Spatial

Using MS Access as the query interface to Oracle Spatial

Like many people, I cut my teeth in the database world using MS Access.  And, early in my career, I was much more comfortable writing queries using Access’s sql GUI than I was writing sql in a command prompt.  As such, it was common practice for me to make ODBC links to my Oracle Spatial database, and use Access as the interface to do the actual querying. In the...