CAD & GIS News for Govies 2/20

CAD News for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD and GIS news, events, and ideas that impact the public sector. Here’s the latest round-up:

County Officials Share GIS Data to Bring Efficiencies to Everyday Citizen Life

What If We Had a Paper-Like Tablet?

Tablets have many benefits but they also have associated drawbacks and risks, particularly in larger utilities where crews experience harsh conditions, bright sunlight and often encounter connectivity issues. The small form factor and the high risk of damage are also key issues.  In these instances, pen and paper often remain the primary way of marking up design drawings and record plans.

But with the intersection of the 32nd square of the chess board with Moore’s law, we can begin to imagine an new solution.

Windows 8 Tablets – The Ideal Solution For Utilities

Apple created the consumer tablet industry with its revolutionary iPad and then dominated the market with the brilliant introduction of its AppStore and the integration of iTunes.

Google responded with the open source Android operating system and has gradually gained market share. Without an effective alternative from Microsoft, the iPad and Android based tablets gradually gained momentum in the commercial market despite the security and integration problems they created for IT staff.

Bridging the CAD & GIS Divide

The City of Roseville Environmental Utilities Department Streamlines CAD & GIS Workflow Processes While Getting a Grip on Rapid Growth. Located a few miles to the north east of Sacramento, CA, the City of Roseville, California, began as a sleepy railroad town. Recent years have seen the city grow outward in all directions with an expansive industrial zone that is headquarters to many large corporations. With just four full time employees, the City of Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Department (REUD) needed to scale quickly and efficiently to handle the challenges of managing and maintaining its extensive utilities infrastructure, without increasing head count.