Logan County GIS system to get
updated equipment expanding use options
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[March 18, 2020]
Logan County GIS system to get updated equipment expanding use
At the Logan County Board’s Finance Committee meeting Tuesday, March
10, committee members heard about the need for more modern
technology for Geographical Information System updates.
Logan County Zoning Officer Will D’Andrea said one of his goals with
the Geographical Information System (GIS) is to expand its uses in
various ways for different departments. He has worked with the city
of Lincoln and the Health Department for different applications
using low or no cost ways to reach out.
The Logan County Highway Department uses GIS extensively, so County
Highway Engineer Bret Aukamp discussed his need for new equipment.
The technology currently being used by the Highway Department is
About ten years ago when the county was first establishing GIS,
Aukamp said the Highway Department purchased a hand-held computer
and GIS receiver. The Highway Department has been using this
equipment extensively for the past ten years to track data on county
highways and townships and keep inventories on signs, guardrails,
roadway and bridge maintenance.
The equipment is no longer functioning because the software is
outdated and Aukamp can no longer keep information updated. Aukamp
said he needs something new.
The Highway department is looking at a very high accuracy receiver
which uses a computer application that will go on a smart phone.
Aukamp said the application would be free with the subscription they
have to the GIS software.
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The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) supplies geographical
information software and they have a data collector app for smartphones. Aukamp
said the software is also compatible with the Tremble Base Station mounted on
the side of the County Highway Department building. If the department gets the
receiver, they could utilize the network they have access to.
Using the app would allow Aukamp and others to get highly accurate locations for
anything they survey down to the sub-inch.
Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Ruben said the amount for the equipment is a
little less than $7,700 and money from the GIS fund can be used to pay for it.
Since the is Geographical Information System is mostly built, Aukamp said GIS
funds are mainly being used for parcel data and various maintenance activities.
The new equipment would help the Highway Department continue to gather high
This equipment could also be loaned out to other departments entities needing
data. Committee member David Hepler said the Health Department hopes to use it
as a tool for reporting data.
The Finance Committee unanimously approved funding for the new equipment. Since
it costs less than $10,000, Ruben said it does not need the approval of the full