Wednesday, July 22, 2009

LANG GIS implements ESRI ArcGIS Server and Image extension

The Louisiana National Guard (LANG) uses an advanced geospatial platform that has fundamentally changed how it processes and makes available highly accurate imagery. What once involved many hours of manpower has now been reduced to minutes.

The LANG GIS section teamed with Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi), to implement ESRI ArcGIS Server and its Image extension and provide additional application development services. An ESRI business partner, GISi is a GIS consulting firm established in 1991 and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

Using ArcGIS Server 9.3 and the Image extension, raster datasets that had been deemed unusable because of their size were immediately turned into image services by LANG GIS staff.

An advanced GIS application developed by GISi allows Web users to locate coordinates on a map, whether by manual entry or with a mouse click on a location, and view the data in several different format types. They can also enter an address and have it automatically connect to the ESRI geocoding service that locates it on the map, then converts it to different formats.

Users also have sets of tools for easily creating graphics and text over current geospatial data. There is a measuring tool that allows them to quickly measure distances and areas. These tools let Web users create accurate situational overlay maps, which help them better plan their mission.


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