Seabrook GIS Database & Website Development
The City of Seabrook, like many other municipalities across the nation, realized the advantages of having a Geographic Information System to warehouse large quantities of civic data. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have the unique ability to tie information together in a common system that can be shared not only throughout each city department, but also readily distributed to businesses and private citizens as needed. CobbFendley processed CAD utility data gathered from the City of Seabrook to generate water, storm and sanitary utility infrastructures in GIS. The CAD utility data was scaled, geo-referenced, imported into ArcGIS and overlaid onto high-resolution aerial imagery to more accurately place the facilities in GIS. Prior to the integration into GIS, the utility infrastructure data existed only in CAD files, limiting usability and functionality. After the initial conversion, many additional data layers were authored in GIS. Examples of geospatial data imported into geodatabases include:
- Water, sanitary & storm utility infrastructures
- Petroleum pipeline layer (Texas Railroad Commission)
- FEMA flood plains
- Elevation contours
- Transportation layers (major thoroughfares, signage)
- Planning layers (zoning, ordinances, land use)
- Municipal Facilities (parks, recreation facilities, trails, schools, libraries)
To disseminate the numerous GIS data layers to citizens and municipal officials, CobbFendley used ArcGIS Online (AGO) to deploy multiple portable interactive GIS web maps for the City of Seabrook, accessible using smart phones, tablets or personal computers. The Seabrook GIS Portal AGO website contains public and private maps and controls access to private maps by requiring login credentials, preventing any sensitive data from getting into the wrong hands.
GIS data and maps are continuously being generated and uploaded to the Seabrook GIS Portal to ensure continuous streamlined access to valuable geospatial information.