It was time. This last year the GIS Center went through an exhaustive exercise to update the standard print map for UW-Whitewater. Our goal was an improved map for visitors and new students that was simpler and easier to use than our old one.
For the last four summers, UW-Whitewater GIS Center students have conducted field mapping for the City of Elkhorn using our “differential” global positioning system (GPS) units. These allow us to map features — signs, culverts, manholes — to the nearest meter. The project is part of the City’s ongoing effort to digitize their resources to improve the efficiency of their Public Works’ program.
Collaborating with the Rock River Coalition, we held a 15-day public event using the water quality array to map water quality along most of the Rock River in Wisconsin. The project included a real-time map of the data as we paddled down the river along with public presentations in communities along the route.
Created interactive web map for Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to highlight their economic development efforts across the state. Called the “Impact Map,” it lives on their website under Transparency.
Ever heard of an Arduino? It’s a small computer that allows you to make things…new things. We’ve combined an Arduino with water quality probes, a cell phone, and our GIS server to create a real-time water quality mapping system.