Ward County GIS

Ward County, ND hired Houston Engineering to transform key map layers (like the parcel layer) into the appropriate local government information model (LGIM) GIS schemas. In addition to data and schema changes, the heigeo team also created and setup an Amazon EC2 instance and then installed and configured ArcGIS server on it. After the data work ( data editing, publishing services, caching services, etc.) was complete, the heigeo team progressed on to the task of creating a custom flood mapping application and modifying and configuring two existing application viewers - the Tax Parcel and the Maps and Apps Gallery . These two ArcGIS server/ArcGIS online viewers were derived from the LGIM templates (sourced code and configuration files) assessable via the ESRI website. We learned that even though the LGIM templates gave an organization the ability to deploy an application quickly, the required layers for a specific template needed to follow the specific GIS layer schemas closely in order for the application to work properly. The LGIM application(s) could be modified to work but it required one to know how to program in Javascript and familiarity with the ESRI Javascript API.

Working with the heigeo team gave Ward County the option of "FLEXIBILITY." They could leverage the LGIM where it fit within the Ward County infrastructure AND break away from it where its rigidness would hamstring the county - OR - a LGIM template application doesn't exist or was lacking in fuctionality (which was the case for the custom flood mapping app). Even though this project is not quite complete, it should prove to be a win-win for both Ward County, ND and heigeo team of Houston Engineering, Inc.

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