Cedar Falls, USA, July 24, 2007: The Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) has awarded Aerial Services’ “Washington County E-Docs Asset GIS” one of six inaugural Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards. Aerial Services’ E-Docs Asset GIS was recognized in the Small Projects category.
The E-Docs Asset GIS is a browser-based application, using this, any organization with unstructured digital or paper data can benefit by enabling the information’s geospatial nature. It brings out associations between documents and creates knowledge through a combination of traditional text and geographic search technology using a standard web browser. Because an estimated 80% of all information has a geospatial component, relating data geospatially allows unlimited quantities of information to be searched and retrieved upon request and adds location to traditional information analysis, retrieval, and visualization. Thousands of original paper and digital records residing within the Washington County Engineer’s office were consolidated into a comprehensive, efficient, and cost-effective GIS based on the ESRI platform.
Aerial Services uses several techniques to enable efficient indexing and geospatial referencing of information. Compressed scans of historical documents removes the need for expensive data entry. To insure all future information can be incorporated into the GIS, additional tools are included to make updates to the database easy. This innovative combination of current scanning technology, compression techniques, and existing geospatial concepts make E-Docs a powerful information management system.