GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems
A GIS is an organized collection of computer hardware, software, geographical data, and personnel designed to efficiently capture, store, update, manipulate, analyze, and display all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS software running on desktop computers is able to locate places and things on the earth and link information about them, for example clicking on a water valve on a digital map and looking up its specifications in the associated attribute table. This inherent ability of GIS to locate features spatially adds a great deal of power and flexibility to a database. The ability to perform dynamic queries on GIS databases permits the evaluation of current conditions and enables the modeling of future scenarios. One of the most powerful features of geographic analysis is the ability to compare different layers of information. A GIS can be viewed as a set of intelligent maps and other views that show features and feature relationships on the earth’s surface. Maps of the underlying geographic information can be constructed and used as “windows in the database” to support queries, analysis, and editing of the information.
GIS in the City of Camarillo
Our City Staff uses GIS to create maps that assist City planners and officials in visualizing and managing various community development and public works projects in an efficient manner. Examples include pavement management system maps for scheduling routine street maintenance, sewer repair maps to identify repair locations and the specifics of the repairs, street sweeping schedule maps, water meter reader route maps, and utility atlases showing the location of all sewer, water, and storm water assets. Zoning and general plan maps are produced to properly manage community development. Maps are also created for use in emergency operations such as general reference and critical facilities maps.
The City of Camarillo’s GIS is also used to map the locations of normal city business operations by linking the live data in our integrated financial system database to our GIS. This allows us to map the locations of all business licenses, building permits, community development projects and permits, code enforcement violations, and utility billing accounts such as water, sewer, and refuse. Like, or similar, features can be selected and grouped together either spatially in the map or by selecting a common attribute or characteristic. Selected features can then be symbolized uniquely on the map or exported into a table or report for analysis.