Benefits of GIS
Most of the information that Modesto collects, maintains, tracks, or analyzes in its normal course of business is referenced to a geographic location. For example, a utility bill has a reference to a service address and billing address. A business license is related to a physical property address. A single zoning designation may cover an entire neighborhood or sometimes only a few properties. And a water valve, fire hydrant, or water meter may be located in proximity to a physical property address. By collecting and entering this data into the GIS, Modesto not only is obtaining a current inventory of infrastructure, customers, or planning information, but is providing staff with the tools and ability to more effectively manage, analyze, and rapidly obtain informational needs. Listed below are several examples of how Modesto is utilizing GIS to streamline its everyday business.