Department staff utilize geographic information system (GIS) software to document existing city infrastructure and assist in the evaluation of proposed development and city policies. GIS allows data to be expressed on a map, thereby making more accessible for the public, city management, and the City Commission.
Maps are updated using as-built drawings once projects are completed or through field surveys utilizing global positioning system (GPS) receivers. Aerial photography is made available through the GIS operation to all city departments.
Recent work supported commission redistricting and mapping of city utilities. Much of the analytical work done using GIS relates to the review of proposed developments in the Development Services Department.