The Bellman

TheBellman.2017.Issue.1.January 2017
FetchGIS for Road Commissions

We are working with the Saginaw County Road Commission to develop a FetchGIS Service designed for Road Commission specific data and workflows. Initially, the new FetchGIS Service will provide increased accessibility to Road Commission data to staff in the office and in the field. Similar to the Environmental Health Service, the Road Commission Service will be available on desktop and mobile platforms, provide offline access and include data authoring/collection tools, making it ideal for field applications, such as permitting, sign inventories, storm water and more.

Future integrations will focus on streamlining the permitting process and evaluating other workflows to be included in the Service. Road Commissions have expressed interest in the areas of adding road construction projects, seasonal roads, scheduled road closures, sign inventory/inspection, storm water mapping and more. Phase one of the Saginaw County Road Commission Service will be completed in Q1 of 2017. Get in touch to learn more about the Road Commission FetchGIS Service and future developments.

Onsite Wastewater Site Plans - From Filing Cabinet To GIS

Amalgam and the Bay County Environmental Health Department are conducting a pilot to map existing onsite wastewater site plans sitting in the filing cabinet. The objective of the pilot is to define a process and standards for effectively converting paper site plans into a digital format for use in the FetchGIS Environmental Health Service and other GIS applications.

The site plans contain maps and information about the wastewater system like the septic tank, drain field, soil borings, water well and more. Each site plan is being mapped, including adding attribute information about wastewater features, using the Bay County Environmental Health Service. And like a parcel project, the idea is to eventually convert all site plan records in Bay County into a GIS format, including layers for septic tanks, drain fields, wells, soil borings, measurements, notes, document links to the site plan and any corresponding attribute information such as tank size, drain field dimensions, number of laterals, permit number, finalized date, soil profiles and more.


The wealth of information in the site plans will be used to better understand wastewater systems and their impact on a community. From basic permit searches to understanding the type, age and location of systems, the converted site plans will improve access to wastewater information, improve site research and planning and help Environmental Health professionals better understand and monitor system vulnerabilities and risks across our communities. These benefits will extend to residents too, who will have improved access to their wastewater system information, to realtors to better understand a systems history and to industry contractors to help locate features like a septic tank for pumping.

The pilot is expected to conclude in Q1 2017. To learn more about the pilot or the Environmental Health FetchGIS Service get in touch.

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