Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ArcGIS Online Assistant and Service Status Tools

ArcGIS Online Assistant: This link shows the URLs for each of your web maps/apps.  You can alter the URLs, if needed.  https://ago-assistant.esri.com/

Service Status for Organizations:  This links shows which of your web maps/apps have broken links in them.  http://maps.esri.com/AGSJS_Demos/OnlineContent/ServiceStatus/index.html

You will be prompted to login to your ArcGIS Online account.  

Edit Related Tables In Collector Demo

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

APWA - Oct 15, 2015

Interwest is honored to be presenting with the City of Lake Forest at APWA.

Stop by our booth before heading to Mark Dumford's session at 1:30pm on Sidewalk Inspections.


Click here to view the slides from the presentation is now available to view.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

GISP Certification

Interwest congratulates three of our GIS team on their recent GISP Certification.

GISP Certification Renewal:

Steve Gay, GISP

New GISPs:

Jason Latoski, GISP
Mary Ellen Rosebrough, GISP

Friday, June 26, 2015

Esri User Group Conference 2015

Join us at Esri's User Conference in San Diego, July 20 - 24th. We hope to see you at the Regional User Group Reception on Tues, July 21st, 5:30 - 7:00pm, West Terrace Upper Level.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sacramento GIS User Group Presentation: The Elk Grove Enterprise GIS Platform

Last month, Steve Gay gave a presentation at the Sacramento GIS User Group meeting featuring the City of Elk Grove's GIS Implementation. View the presentation here

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CalGIS Conference

Join us today and tomorrow at CalGIS at the Sheraton in downtown Sacramento, booth #308.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Webinar: Asset Management Using SharePoint and GIS, Tues 5/19/15 at 10:30am PT

Webinar: Tues, May 19th 10:30am – 11:30am

Asset Management Using SharePoint and GIS
Please join us for an informative webinar featuring examples of asset management projects Interwest has implemented for local government agencies including facilities maintenance tracking in SharePoint and asset inspections and repair tracking using Collector for ArcGIS.
Warm regards,
Steve Gay | GIS and IT Manager
interwest Consulting Group | sgay@interwestgrp.com
D 916.436.3017 |M 916.838.6870 | www.interwestgrp.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Weed Abatement for Fire Prevention Using GIS

Every year the City of Merced's Fire Department conducts a weed abatement survey to identify and locate areas where weed over-growth can cause a potential fire hazard.  

Residents are required to maintain their properties year round by removing weeds as well as other combustible debris such as junk wood, dead trees, and dead brush. Adherence to the ordinance is critical during the dry season.

Interwest partnered with the City’s GIS department to quickly develop a web based inspection application to help track all the information tied to the weed abatement survey. 

Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/local/article3259195.html#storylink=cpy

The GIS application helped the city gather the information in just a few weeks, allowing staff to analyze the data and work with citizens on mitigating the potential fire hazards.

Interested in having Interwest's GIS Solutions team create a web application for your agency?  Contact the GIS Team to get started. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Drought Response and Water Conservation with GIS

The City of Elk Grove's citizens are served by multiple water purveyors. Each agency is responsible for determining rationing and restrictions of its customers as California faces the most severe drought in recorded history. The City created a web page to help citizens determine which agency services their home and their home's permitted watering days and times. 

Interwest's GIS team assisted this effort by creating a web map for citizens to determine which agency services their home.

In addition to the webmap, Interwest created a widget for the webpage that allows a citizen to look up their address and determine their watering restrictions. Addresses auto-fill as the citizen types, the citizen selects the appropriate address and searches.

The widget accesses the rest end point of the ArcGIS Online hosted feature service to display restrictions based on the water purveyor servicing that address and the even/odd address number of the parcel.

Interested in having Interwest's GIS Solutions team assist with your agency's drought response efforts?  Contact the GIS Team to get started. 

CSD Demonstrates Storm Water Compliance Using GIS

Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) needed to create an inventory of drainage inlets to meet California State Water Control Board storm sewer system requirements.

Interwest acquired data, created map products, and a custom webpage to view and edit the data:

  • Data exports acquired from the City of Elk Grove
  • Web map of inlets, pipelines, and outfalls in or near the CSD’s parks and fire stations
  • Field inspections to add inlets within the District’s parks
  • Custom webpage to display the inlet details and images

The data creation process included starting with the infrastructure provided by the City of Elk Grove, removing inlets, pipeline and outfalls that were not connected to CSD’s parks or firestation, adding new inlets that were within CSD’s properties, and mapping them to their appropriate outfall. Field inspections were conducted using Collector for ArcGIS to add inlets and their related details and photos.

The District is able to demonstrate the flow of storm water from inlet to outfall to the California State Water Control Board for each of their properties, track inspection date, watershed area, ownership information and images to assist with state requirements as well as maintenance efforts. 

The webpage allows staff to edit live data from the rest end point of the hosted feature class; any changes to the inlets on the webpage are available immediately on the map in ArcGIS Online or Collector for ArcGIS. 

Interested in having Interwest's GIS Solutions team assist with your agency's State Water Control Board requirements?  Contact the GIS Team to get started.

Monday, April 13, 2015

LED Retrofit Utilizes ArcGIS Platform

Interwest provides GIS services to local government agencies to assist in field collection and citizen communication. The goal of this project was to provide field collection tools for staff converting streetlights to LED and a communication tool to share the progress with citizens in the City of Elk Grove.  The City was already using ArcGIS Online as a platform to collaborate with GIS and other data so this tool was the natural solution to support the LED retrofit.


To ensure accurate cost estimates an inventory of all lights was conducted using Collector for ArcGIS.  Missing lights were added, retired lights were removed and the description of light types was updated.  This data was exported for inclusion in the Request For Proposals.  Once the project was under way the installation contractor also utilized Collector to track the date each light was modified.  The view of the data for field crews was limited to just the attributes they needed to modify. 


Project mangers were able to review the data for lights as they were replaced. They could inspect and accept each light as appropriate.  A very streamlined webmap application was created to show the public the status of lights as they were completed.   


Ease of use  -  Installation crews received one hour of  introductory training.  They modified GIS data for over 10,000 streetlights and did not request technical assistance at all throughout the process.

Up-to-the-minute data – Utilizing a platform that is accessible to all stakeholders allowed the data being captured in the field to be accessible to project mangers and citizens immediately.  
Centrally tracked data eliminated the situation of data inconsistency that often occurs when multiple copies of data is stored.
A grid showing the scheduled dates for installation showed citizens when to expect work in their neighborhood. The exact installation status of each light displayed the specific progress on each street.
The billing process was very efficient enabling staff to authorize payment on exactly the lights that were installed – per the vendors field data entry.

Speed of system deployment - A sample version of the database was created and accessible to the field crews in less than a week.
Most changes that were requested during the project were able to be accomplished immediately with no disruption to the field crews workflow.

Images available on the City's website.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Interwest is proud to announce GIS Analyst Jason Latoski has been re-elected to the Northern California URISA Board.  Congratulations Jason!

Hope to see you at URISA's Cal GIS Conference in Sacramento June 1 - 3rd.