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County examines new GIS options

Ellis County’s use of Geographic Information Systems has allowed the county’s engineering department to work smarter, and now the Ellis County Commissioners are looking at ways to implement GIS in other departments.
GIS takes real-world features such as addresses, roads and lakes and presents them through informational maps on a computer. Departments can also add information about specific points or areas.

Right now, the county uses GIS for 911 addressing in accordance with state guidelines, and the elections department uses GIS to show district lines, said Barbra Leftwich, Ellis County planner. Leftwich said the GIS system is used in the engineering department to keep track of drainage and road systems as well as flood plain areas. The engineering department has also used the aerial map feature to measure distance.

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