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Tommy Renaud

Every month, we sit down with one of our employees to discuss life–inside and outside of the office walls! Please enjoy November’s Q&A With BHA, featuring Tommy Renaud, our Office/Building Maintenance Manager! tommy-spotlight

Parcel Fabric Patch

The team at Bruce Harris & Associates recently discovered some issues while working inside the Parcel Fabric. If you are experiencing any of the editing issues listed below, we recommend installing Esri’s recently released patch, ArcGIS 10.4.1 for Desktop Parcel Editing General Maintenance 2 Patch (available here). If you are editing in 10.4.1. Desktop, the patch will address the following bugs:
  • BUG-000098978 – Parcel Remainder is unable to create more than one parcel when multiple parcels are selected to intersect.
  • BUG-000097210 – The parcel editing Parallel Offset tool on a rotated/scaled parcel fails to extend/trim for a single line segment and/or to maintain the recorded bearing.
  • BUG-000096619 – Exploding a multipart parcel with curves that share a radial point does not explode correctly for radial lines.
  • BUG-000094736 – When using parcel editor to open or edit parcel(s) it should only draw the lines of the open parcel(s).
  • BUG-000094561 – When using parcel editor joining a parcel point to a Control Point should associate the parcel point to the control point.
  • BUG-000091817 – Unable to access an AGO feature service layer that has a GUID column in ArcMap.
We hope this patch helps you avoid any unnecessary headaches, and continues to allow you to experience the full value of the Parcel Fabric. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Juliana Cancelo

Every month, we sit down with one of our employees to discuss life–inside and outside of the office walls! Please enjoy October’s Q&A With BHA, featuring Juliana Cancelo, our Marketing Coordinator! juliana-spotlight

Kevin Piraino

Every month, we sit down with one of our employees to discuss life–inside and outside of the office walls! Please enjoy September’s Q&A With BHA, featuring Kevin Piraino, our newest GIS Specialist of our Special Projects Division. kevin-spotlight

LaSalle County Case Study

LaSalle County Uses Collector for ArcGIS for Digital Damage Assessment

LaSalle County has responded to many natural disasters in recent years, including the Utica tornado outbreak of April 2004, the Streator tornado outbreak of 2010, and the Marseilles flood of 2013. All of these events resulted in County staff collecting data using paper forms.

Damage Assessment Becomes Digital

In 2015, the LaSalle County EMA, Supervisor of Assessments, and Bruce Harris & Associates, Inc. began designing a digital solution. Together, they quickly identified ArcGIS Online, and Collector for ArcGIS as the obvious technology to use. Collector gave the County the flexibility to collect data on Android, Apple (iOs) and/or Windows devices. Using the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Initial Damage Assessment Forms as a guide, Bruce Harris & Associates and LaSalle County designed a geodatabase that would allow the County staff to collect the data in the field. This same data would then be used to fill out the forms when staff returned to the office. This geodatabase was ultimately used in Collectorfor ArcGIS for field data damage assessment.

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On the evening of June 22, 2016, the rural area around Seneca and Ottawa was hit with an EF-1 and an EF-2 tornado. The following day, LaSalle County Supervisor of Assessments, EMA, and Bruce Harris & Associates Inc. used the digital system to perform the initial damage assessment. Collector for ArcGIS was used to collect all the necessary data, as well as take photos of the damaged properties.

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Can this solution help my organization?

Collector for ArcGIS can be used by any agency with an ArcGIS Online Organizational Account. Collector allows users to capture data, including photos, in a matter of minutes. Photos can even be stored as attachments with direct links to their proper location, in order to remove the challenge of matching photos and addresses. LaSalle County found that Collector was able to capture more data than their paper forms. You may also find that Collector goes beyond the limits of your organization’s paper data forms. Bruce Harris & Associates Inc. would be happy to assist your organization in finding ways to streamline and refine your organization’s processes. For more information, click here, or contact us at (630) 761-0951. Other links: www.lasallecountyema.org/ www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgis-for-emergency-management