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Capital regional district selects ESRI’s Enterprise GIS

The Capital Regional District (CRD), of Vancouver Island in British Columbia (BC), has selected ESRI’s ArcGIS software as their enterprise geographic information system (GIS). An equally important component of this contract is the selection of ESRI Canada’s consulting and training services.

The CRD chose ESRI’s ArcGIS platform consisting of ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo, ArcGIS extensions, ArcSDE, and ArcIMS.

The CRD serves three electoral areas and thirteen municipal governments including the City of Victoria, BC’s capital. The CRD administers more than 70 services including a recycling program, parks, recreation centres, water and sewage facilities, affordable housing, and the 9-1-1
emergency service. In a “regional district” a number of local governments join together as partners so that they can benefit from economies of scale and eliminate duplication of effort on a region wide basis. In fact, five of the member municipalities took part in the software selection process and may use their impressions from this exercise when making their own future GIS software decisions.

A large amount of spatial data used at the CRD originates in outside organizations, particularly municipal and provincial governments. Of particular importance to CRD operations is municipal information pertaining to land-use, zoning, municipal rights-of-way, and underground infrastructure. Provincial government and BC Assessment data pertaining to property ownership is also required by many CRD business functions. One of the CRD’s needs is a system that supports a complex, multi-user, and multi-organization environment. ArcGIS provides
out-of-the-box tools for managing data in a variety of formats including GIS, computer aided design (CAD), and relational database management system (RDBMS). Crucial for today’s GIS environments is the ability of ArcGIS to manage, search, and publish metadata in industry standard formats.

ArcSDE and the geodatabase provide a centralized mechanism for managing geographic information in a RDBMS. ArcSDE enables multi-user access and editing of the enterprise GIS database. It also provides tools for managing versions of the data for “what-if” scenario modeling, and tracking historical changes to the database over time.

This contract will fulfill the CRD’s goal of establishing a corporate GIS software platform. ESRI Canada will also support CRD with the installation and implementation of the ArcGIS suite of tools and provide technical training for their staff.