Trends Spring 2015 - Page 10

Throughout the Chicago area, planimetric data also is being used in forestry management, Krueger said, explaining that the three-dimensional images of the urban canopy are helpful in dealing with problems caused by the emerald ash borer. Data supports other areas “Every department within a (GISC) municipality has some use for the data we’re providing,” Krueger said. “Combining these images with other data allows them to make more intelligent decisions when making their development plans.” In Tinley Park, “it’s definitely utilized by all of our departments. I use it myself probably three or four times a week,” Tilton said. “Our staff raves about it. As we continue to grow, to have these kinds of maps and data, they absolutely love it.” Tilton speaks with Krueger several times each year about how best to use the planimetric data and scheduling aerial imagery flights over the Village. (See the related story on Page 11 to learn more about the detailed process involved in conducting aerial imagery flights). “Jason has always been very proactive. He delivers on what Ayres says they’re going to deliver in terms of the time and the price,” Tilton said. “It’s not a cheap program for a community, but it’s a value that continues to hold up,” he added. “The part I’ve always been very impressed with is they have not once not delivered at the time they said they would and at the price they said they would. That is very important when I have to report back to our Village board. “Ayres is a trusted commodity in our community. They’ve been very good to work with; they’ve provided everything they said they would and usually a little bit more.” 10 │TRENDS The photo sequence above shows an area of Tinley Park, Illinois, and the corresponding mapping. From top to bottom is the ground view of Oak Park Avenue Station, an orthoimage of the location, and the GIS mapping of the same spot.