Web visitors find made-to-order geographic systems at city's site

Web visitors find made-to-order geographic systems at city's site

Geography has played a large role in the history of Salt Lake City. How many other large cities are built along an inland sea?

So it comes as no surprise that the city has much invested in its geographic information systems. The city's Engineering Division teamed up with the Information Management Services Division to create a 100-layer GIS.

The digital profile of the city maps school districts, flood plains, railroad tracks, highways, churches, council districts, traffic zones and everything in between, said Eric Bernkopf, GIS analyst in the Engineering Division.

The GIS team developed its own applications in Microsoft PowerBuilder and Avenue from VIS Development Corp. of Waltham, Mass. The team also used ArcInfo and ArcView software from Environmental Systems Research Institute of Redlands, Calif., as well as AutoCad design software from Autodesk Inc. of San Rafael, Calif. Most members of the GIS team run the system on Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT platforms, on high-end Pentium PCs or Unix workstations.

Visitors to the city's GIS Web site, at ci.slc.ut.us/services/gis/ index.html, can map their own GIS. They can click on what they want mapped'the University of Utah campus, for instance'and within seconds the site returns a map of the city showing the requested information.

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