Fall 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

2008 Conference
From the Chair

Intro to Scholarship Winners
Polaris Winners

Drive to Excellence
More Photos Online

Governor's Council
FY09 Appointments
Annual Report
Commendation Winners
Rochester Meeting

MetroGIS Geocoder

Hugo Tornado Response
New Brighton Housing

Higher Education
Chimp Behavior

Rep. Walz Honored
In Memorium: Phil Kelley

Other Places
NSGIC Addressing White Paper
Online Addressing Seminar
GIS Associations Unite



Council’s Rochester Meeting Showcases Local Projects
By Nancy Rader, Land Management Information Center

Five fascinating topics were on the agenda for the Governor’s Council meeting in Rochester on May 28, 2008. The City of Rochester Department of Public Works hosted the meeting and arranged for a wide variety of short presentations, ranging from GIS use in local decision making to crime mapping to utility management.

Here are summaries of the presentations (format and filesize are noted for each):

GIS for Decision Support – the Comprehensive Land Use Evaluation System and Other Examples
(PPT, 15.8 MB), Phil Wheeler and Sandi Goslee, Rochester-Olmsted County Planning

Wheeler and Goslee provided an overview of ways in which the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department has been using GIS to support decisions made by local government boards and public committees. After reviewing attributes of an ideal GIS decision support system, they described three examples: redistricting; school boundaries; and a comprehensive land use evaluation system.

Formation of a County-wide GIS Users Group in Greater Minnesota
(PDF, 1.6 MB), Sarah Schrader and Alan Laumeyer, Goodhue County

Schrader and Laumeyer talked about the process of forming a GIS users group within Goodhue County, including benefits; challenges faced; success stories and future goals.

GIS and Local Government Crime Mapping
(PDF, 19.8 MB), Leanne Knott, City of Red Wing

Knott described working with the City of Red Wing’s law enforcement community to develop a crime mapping website for decision support with a long-term goal of providing public access to local crime information.

Roadway Centerline Database
(PPT, 12.9 MB), Jan Chezick, Olmsted County

Chezick described the development and implementation of Olmsted County’s roadway network database and how the county coordinates the database with Mn/DOT. She provided a number of examples of how the database is currently used and potential future applications.

Responder – GIS-based Outage Management
(PPT, 2.2 MB), Greg Rowley and Ryan Moore, Rochester Public Utilities

Rowley and Moore reviewed many uses of GIS at the Rochester Public Utilities. They then demonstrated how GIS is used to connect and streamline the systems that are used to track and resolve power outage problems, from the initial customer call to the field crews.


The meeting concluded with a wide-ranging discussion about issues raised in the presentations. For a summary, see page 2 of the meeting minutes.

Map from Rochester Public Utilities. The dark circles show properties whose utility services have been affected by an outage. Responder software helps predict what might have caused an outage and ties customers together that have a common outage source.