The City of Calgary, was presented with an Award of Excellence at ESRI Canada’s annual ESRI Regional User Conference in Calgary.
Alex Miller, President of ESRI Canada, the leading geographic information systems (GIS) provider in Canada, presented the Award in recognition of the City’s efforts in developing and implementing a successful enterprise GIS. More than 200 GIS professionals were on hand for the presentation, which was one of the highlights of the conference.
Calgary has a population of over 840,000 encompassing 280 square miles. It is the sixth largest city in Canada with the second highest number of head offices located within a city. It is a growing, vibrant city with over 9,000 new housing starts and 15,056 building permits, in 1999.
The concept of a unified city with a population approaching one million, above average technical knowledge and growth averaging 25,000 per year contributed to the necessity for the City of Calgary to leverage the potential of GIS to increase efficiencies in making business decisions. The City of Calgary’s idea of implementing an enterprise GIS meant one covering public works, planning, transportation, transit, fire, police, ambulance, assessment, city clerks, and social services. It was the City’s intent to provide GIS functionality and spatial information to all of these business units on a corporate wide basis.
A prime example of the City leveraging the potential of GIS is Calgary eMaps, which provides central access to all mapping information available from The City of Calgary. Maps include:
- City of Calgary Facilities, users can enter an address or click on a map to find the nearest service location
- Bike-Pathway Maps including topographic information
- Transit city-wide route information mapped
- Community Services shows the location of facilities including Calgary attractions, neighbourhood schools, libraries, hospitals, and places of worship
ESRI Canada presents Awards of Excellence annually to organizations or individuals across Canada for their outstanding achievement in the application of GIS technology.