- Keeping the City of York – with an area of 272km2 and a population of just over 200,000 people – safe from flooding
- Developing a quick and cost-effective solution to support the drainage team in their work
- Finding an easy-to-use tool that can be used by a range of people, even with no mapping or Geographic Information System (GIS) experience
The council’s GIS team used an ESRI UK app called ‘Collector for ArcGIS’ combined with detailed Ordnance Survey mapping. The gullies data can be added, deleted or removed from a feature class layer, managed by a server using a database connection and a web-based map service.
The data can be accessed via the app using either an Android, iOS or Windows mobile device.
- OS MasterMap Topography Layer as a base map gives unrivalled detail at small scale
- The council’s business data can be added in a live environment
- The app uses the same base map cache as all the City of York’s online apps and flood-risk related data
- The app is included with support and maintenance from ArcGIS, so no extra payment is needed
- Four flood risk users have added more than 5,000 records in the first eight months
- The app is available to all drainage operatives and are used to record maintenance and investigation works
- Considerable money was saved developing the app in-house, rather than paying an external supplier
- Any changes made to the gullies layer in the app are immediately visible in ArcMap and web-based applications