Representative Projects
Many of our applications start off as small time-saving or interim stop-gap measures and grow through successive iterations into long standing, central solutions.
ArcGIS Desktop Add-Ins adds tools to ArcGIS that zoom to locations such as addresses or parcels by picking from lists, create mailing labels from buffers on selected features, and pan and zoom around the map using keymaps. ArcGIS Desktop Extensions
Project Coordinator locates potential conflicts between utility and road paving projects.  Data entry and conflict display is simple and fast.  Eliminating one paving conflict can save tens of thousands of dollars. Project Coordinator
AMS Geodesy created the AMS application for Alameda County in 2004 to enable the assessor’s office to enter and maintain the county parcel basemap.  Geodesy has supported and maintained the application since.  AMS simplifies parcel map editing for Assessor map page production.  It supports graphic and annotation intensive data editing with minimal training by using an Encompass user interface over an Esri ArcGIS Server backend.  As part of AMS, Geodesy developed a coordinate geometry dialog for efficient metes-and-bounds parcel entry (see screen-shot).  This COGO tool is now included in a number of other Encompass applications. AMS
REDARS Between 2002 and 2007, Geodesy worked with Seismic Systems & Engineering Consultants for FHWA, MCEER and Caltrans to create and apply REDARS, aka Risks from Earthquake DAmage to Roadway Systems.  REDARS is an analytical software package used to determine the financial risks to a region from earthquake damage to roadway systems.  Geodesy coordinated the REDARS software development which crossed disciplines including structural engineering (for bridge, tunnel, and pavement structural analysis), seismic engineering (for earthquake modeling and transmission of shaking to roadway elements), traffic analysis (to estimate pre- and post-event traffic flow over regional origin-destination models), economic analysis (to estimate loss in regional revenue) and GIS (for data input and presentation of results).  Caltrans and ODOT have since used REDARS to analyze earthquake risk and prioritize their use of resources in earthquake preparation and response. REDARS
DAMAGE App Released to Android Market Geodesy has released "Palo Alto DAMAGE", a post-disaster damage reporting tool, to the Android app store.  DAMAGE enables the rapid and accurate gathering of the severity and location of injuries, structure damage and infrastructure hazards resulting from a disaster.  Reports can be submitted to an Emergency Operations Center via email, web, or local network.  DAMAGE is now a part of Recon and used by multiple agencies. DAMAGE Android App
Park City Lot Investigator App Prototype Complete Geodesy has completed the prototype for a Lot Investigator web app for Park City, Utah.  Lot Investigator will allow city staff to easily search on an address and report characteristics overlaying that location such as zoning and soil conditions.  It is written as a web part for Park City's SharePoint site using Esri's ArcGIS API for Silverlight technology. Park City Lot Investigator
Fire Risk Evaluation in GIST The City of Prescott (AZ) uses Gist on a mobile PC in the field to gather structure assessment data used to evaluate fire risk.  Data collected in the field at the time of the assessment, including digital photos, are linked to the structure features in the GIS.  The photos and other site data are uploaded to Prescott's GIS server and synced with existing data when the mobile PC is reconnected to the city's network. Gist at Prescott
CIP at NASA/Ames Geodesy developed CIP, short for Capital Improvement Program, for NASA/Ames.  CIP is an Access application written to assist AECOM in creating and comparing 30-year planning scenarios for US Air Force bases and NASA campuses.  Geodesy's Access work on this project was supported significantly by associates at Aptiv and Habidat.  CIP is non-graphic (unlike the majority of Geodesy's applications) but is designed to be presented through the BRT globe-viewer gateway which is under development by Geodesy. CIP
BRT Globe Viewer Gateway for USAF Geodesy worked with AECOM to thematically render US Air Force base facility survey and planning results in Esri's ArcGIS Explorer globe-viewer.  This application, code named BRT, was designed to act as an existing conditions and planning overview tool for Air Force management as well as a gateway to current and future facilities data. CIP
Encompass at Cochise County Geodesy implemented Encompass as the enterprise GIS for Cochise County (AZ) starting in 2004. The county started with a simple data-viewing Zoom implementation but quickly grew to use the entire Encompass suite, including full Avec GIS data editing.  They now have Encompass software running on 350+ workstations and log 1500+ sessions per month.  The cities of Sierra Vista and Bisbee, along with the Fry Fire district, also adopted the use of Encompass and share GIS data with Cochise County. Avec
CadStat Maps Emergency Vehicle Locations Geodesy helped the City of Palo Alto (CA) to track incoming 9-1-1 calls at their Emergency Operations Center using an application called CadStat, tailored to the city's SQL Server-based Encompass GIS.  The calls appear on a big screen and on individual dispatcher workstations as they come in and their depiction is updated on the maps as the call is answered and dispatched.  A mobile version of CadStat was rolled out on fire and police MDCs. CadStat
NASA/Ames Buildings and Floor Plans Modelled in 3D Geodesy has completed work with DMJMH+N on the 3D modeling of buildings and floor plans at NASA/Ames.  Campus buildings where modelled in Google Sketchup for display in Google Earth.  Geodesy created software to thematically render (colorize) buildings by selected planning attributes and to extrude building floor plans into 3D.  NASA staff can now use Google Earth to select and "fly to" buildings, rooms, and employees and view associated data. CIP
Dox Dox is Geodesy's GIS-centric document management technology.  Dox was created in 2004 for the City of Palo Alto and has since spread in use to include their Building, Planning, Public Works, Police, and Fire departments.  Dox is also used to varying degrees by City of Mountain View, NASA/Ames, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and Cochise County.  Dox uses a straight forward Windows file system approach to organize documents by street address or other GIS feature types.  Dox makes it easy to find documents by clicking a feature on a map to see its list of related documents, by browsing folders in Windows, or by searching by keyword. Dox at Palo Alto
Zoom organizes and packages GIS graphics and related attributes and makes the data accessible to a broad audience – not just the GIS-savvy.  Zoom makes it easy to create high quality printed maps and reports. Zoom
Avec enables multi-user GIS graphic and attribute editing.  Its concise interface and rule-based data validation minimizes training and increases data consistency. Avec
NetMap provides browser-based distribution of enterprise GIS graphic and related attribute data at a low cost through pre-defined maps and reports. NetMap
Open GIS Data In 2008, Geodesy created Gedit to provide browser-based enterprise GIS data sharing with the public.  Gedit was originally developed for the City of Palo Alto to support public maintenance of city tree data and is now used for broad Open GIS Data sharing at Palo Alto (CA), Cochise County (AZ), Milpitas (CA), and other agencies.  Behind the scenes, it uses Google Maps and Google Fusion Tables for low-cost, high performance map display.  Selected layers of each agency’s GIS are uploaded to Google Drive regularly and presented via Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps.  The public can manipulate the map views, analyze, and download the data using the Fusion Tables interface. GeoTree
Online Parcel Reports A parcel report is a single-page report on an individual land parcel that depicts the parcel on a map and describes the parcel in tabular form, including information about zoning and how the parcel can be developed.  The founders of Geodesy started working on parcel reporting for GIS in the 1990s.  Parcel reporting is an integral part of the Encompass enterprise GIS and Geodesy provides extensions to other GIS' for parcel reporting.  Geodesy, alongside the City of Palo Alto's planning department, won an award for the parcel reports from the American Planning Association in 2007.  Today, Geodesy provides web services that monitor GIS data changes to keep agency-wide online parcel report sets up to date. Online Parcel Reports
Park City GIS Strategic Plan Geodesy wrote a five year GIS strategic plan for Park City, Utah in 2009.  The process involved the review of existing GIS database and applications, interviews of key personnel, incorporation of results from the previous strategic plan, and coordination with the Park City GIS administrator and IT director.  The plan was adopted and has since been successfully fulfilled. Park City Strategic Plan
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