Yearly archives for 2017

GIS staff takes on keeping RoW management data up to date

PDS’ GIS staff believes so strongly in the capabilities of a software program that it’s committed to inputting local data to help Kenton and Campbell jurisdictions save precious tax dollars. Staff members are reaching out now to the counties, the municipalities, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for their 2018 pavement projects so they can be […]

NKYmapLAB product highlights Latonia ‘complete street’ proposal

The newest NKYmapLAB project explores ‘complete street’ improvements along Winston Avenue in Covington’s Latonia neighborhood. The project was released as part of National Community Planning Month, which is celebrated each October by the American Planning Association and its 50,000+ members. A ‘complete street’ is designed to accommodate all modes of travel: bicyclists, pedestrians, mass transit, […]

Maintaining master address database is critical and frustrating work

Have you ever mistakenly received someone else’s mail or had a package delivered that wasn’t yours because your address was similar to the address on the label? Does your street name end in “Drive” while another identically-named street ends in “Road”? These are just two of many addressing situations causing problems for people every day. […]

Two staffers elected to posts at the state and national levels

Two PDS staff members were honored earlier this month with votes of professional affirmation from their peers. Jeff Bechtold, Senior Building Official, and James Fausz, AICP, Long-Range Planning Manager, were elected to positions of leadership within their professional spheres. Bechtold was re-elected to a three-year term as director at large of the International Codes Council […]

Annual Esri conference provides opportunities for staff to shine

Five members of PDS’ team achieved considerable attention during the annual Esri conference held recently in San Diego. Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) is an international GIS software company that invites its users to share examples of their work at its annual user conference. Over 16,000 GIS professionals from around the world attended. Three team […]

GIS partners pursue visioning session, establish new priorities

Since its inception in the mid-1980s, LINK-GIS has become a vast warehouse of spatial data for the community and a core technology that supports many mission-critical public services. These facts were the central focus of a day-long visioning session held in late June at the GE Global Operations Center in Cincinnati. The system’s growth and […]

GIS story map provides focus for state legislative hearing

Recent Northern Kentucky mapLAB products were a focal point during the June 7th meeting of the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Tourism, Small Business, and Information Technology. The electronic story map and accompanying poster product highlight the 11.5-mile-long Riverfront Commons trail in Northern Kentucky. “We worked carefully with Southbank Partners and Strategic Advisors to […]

GIS data being merged with Minecraft—yes THAT Minecraft

Fifty-five million people a month play the video game sensation Minecraft. Created and designed by Swedish game designer Notch Persson, and later fully developed and published by Mojang, its creative and building aspects enable players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D-generated world. Soon, players will be able to use Kenton County as a base for […]

Summer interns and co-op students help get the work done

When you think of summer you think of going to the beach, swimming, picnics and eating al fresco. But if you’re a high school or college student you think about summer jobs or internships. PDS is supporting students this summer with employment for four special student interns. Two of PDS’ interns have joined staff for […]

Kenton County’s new CodeRED program built atop GIS data

Until recently, the only ways local governments had to warn their citizens of emergencies were through radio and television stations and local sirens. Kenton County residents are now also able to receive those warnings via telephone, text message, or email through the CodeRED™ program, a recent addition approved and implemented by Kenton Fiscal Court. CodeREDTM […]