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Springfield to Update Mapping System

Spfld GIS 5SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –You can think of the Geographic Information System or GIS, like Google maps, but just for Springfield.

In just a few short weeks, planes will be taking aerial pictures so that city engineers can update the maps. “We have all of the lots in there, utilities, so basically in and snapshot of the community and have a good idea of who is there. Who the owners are, where the property lines are, where the road begins, where the road ends,” said City Engineer Christopher Cignoli.

The GIS hasn’t been revised since 2008. Cignoli says it’s crucial to keep it fresh, especially since info on the city’s police, fire and health services will be updated as well. The GIS would also provide the most accurate information for areas like this one on Clark St. that were devastated by the June 2011 tornado. “Every year the city changes 1-2 %, with buildings being knocked down, new buildings going up, so with everything going on here in the city in the last 3 or 4 years, getting new aerial maps was extremely critical for us,” he added. That includes when it comes to moving forward, and planning to rebuild. “When you look at your map and you see houses that were there and you start trying to explain it to a 3rd party, either a FEMA, HUD, or somebody like that, it’s difficult to explain what really isn’t there,” he added.

Once all the snow has melted, the flyovers will begin.

After that it’ll take another couple of months to compile everything and put it online.

The update costs $65,000, funded by fees from the DPW’s Digsafe program.


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