Tracking Trees and Other Assets Geospatially in Baton Rouge

The City of Baton Rouge is known for offering a vibrant culture that comes from Louisiana State University (LSU), Southern University and numerous other industries and businesses in the region.

The city is also renowned for its wealth of enormous live oak trees and stands of bottomland hardwood forests, which can provide numerous conflicts with utility power lines.  In addition, much of Baton Rouge’s tree canopy was impacted by the severe winds that occurred during Hurricane Gustav in 2008, causing even greater challenges with the lines.

Tracking Hurricane-Damaged Trees in Baton Rouge with Mobile MapWorks

In an effort to capture point data and attributes for trees within public servitudes and right-of-way areas, the City of Baton Rouge’s GIS analysts are using an innovative mobile solution, Hexagon Geospatial’s Mobile MapWorks, which was implemented by Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I).

Hexagon Geospatial provides the software products and platforms to a variety of customers, channel partners, and Hexagon businesses, including the underlying geospatial technology to drive Intergraph SG&I industry solutions. Building off of Hexagon Geospatial mobile technologies, Intergraph SG&I has been working with the City of Baton Rouge on this implementation.

The solution is a downloadable iOS and Android app for viewing, editing and updating field asset information in real-time. Accessible through a simple interface and uses OGC-standard web services, it is compatible with all GIS platforms on the market.

“We are excited to begin using Mobile MapWorks to improve our methods of collecting address and tree data,” said Warren Kron, GIS Manager, Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Information Services.” This solution will allow our surveyors to quickly record location and attribute data while writing directly to the database. With this new technology, there will be no need to export and import data.”

The City of Baton Rouge is also using the app for the development of a sub-address survey, which will collect citizen address data to help locate people during emergencies, send out important notifications and assist with tax collection. The project will support local first responders in their efforts to develop the most comprehensive catalogue of citizen location data.

This unique Hexagon Geospatial customer implementation was recently highlighted in Earth Imaging Journal.  Be sure to click here to read the full article.