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ArcGIS for Canadian Municipalities Update

ArcGIS for Canadian Municipalities is constantly being updated and expanded. We've been busy over the past three months, creating new applications and improving the Canadian Data Model.

Back in October we announced ArcGIS for Canadian Municipalities and promised more new applications based on the Canadian Municipal Data Model. Just recently, new applications and a revised data model have been added to the ArcGIS for Canadian Municipalities page on ArcGIS Online.

The new applications are:

Citizen Service Request– this application provides a map-based method of submitting requests for municipal services. The user enters an address or clicks on the map at which point a service request form will pop up.

Figure 1: Citizen Service Request app to the rescue!

My Municipal Government Services– do away with those multiple paper calendars that residents have hanging on their fridge that lets them know when the next garbage pickup will be. Replace them with this handy little application that provides information on all the municipal services that are available based on their address.

Figure 2: My Municipal Government Services app telling you when to take out the garbage.

Fire Hydrant Inspection – this application allows staff to load hydrant information, assign inspections and publish online fire hydrant inspection maps that can be used to conduct field inspectionsall from a map-based view.

All of these applications run on smartphones, tablets and PCs and ArcGIS 10.2.

Also included in this release are updates to the Canadian Municipal Data Model, including a modified address schema that enables better integration with the GeoFoundation Exchange and improves the model's functionality. Prior to install, it is very important that customers switching from CMDM R2.2 to CMDM R2.3 read the included Release Notes document. It outlines all changes to the data model and how to perform these changes.

About the Author

Paul Heersink is a cartographer and Production Manager of Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program: an initiative that is aiming to build a seamless topographic basemap using contributor data. He has over 15 years of cartographic experience, working in both the public and private sectors. Paul has always been interested in mapping and drew his own atlas at the age of 10. He took a detour in his career through the fields of psychology and social work before returning to cartography.

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