|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.
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
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.
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.
|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
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.
|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
|Fire Risk Evaluation in GIST
The City of Prescott (AZ)
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.
|CIP at NASA/Ames
Geodesy developed CIP, short for Capital Improvement Program, for NASA/Ames.
CIP is an Access application written to
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.
|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.
|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
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
along with the Fry Fire district,
also adopted the use of Encompass and share
GIS data with Cochise County.
|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
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.
|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.
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,
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.
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
enables multi-user GIS graphic and attribute editing. Its concise
interface and rule-based data validation minimizes training and
increases data consistency.
provides browser-based distribution of enterprise GIS graphic and related
attribute data at a low cost through pre-defined maps and
|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.
|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
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.
|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.