ArcGIS Engine

Geographic Information Services, Inc.

Company Overview

Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISi) is an award-winning Esri corporate consultant providing GIS system design, on-site support, training, and application development. GISi has local government clients in 48 states and U.S. military clients throughout the United States and the Pacific Rim. It offers commercial off-the-shelf solutions, as well as custom application development.

Navy BRAC Program

BRAC is a DOD program created to reorganize its installation infrastructure to more efficiently support its forces, increase operational readiness, and facilitate new ways of doing business. GISi is currently working on a project to provide a thin-client viewer application that allows data owners to review and approve their installation data from a central repository. Installation Visualization Tool (IVT) data consists of seven data layers that are being loaded into ArcSDE and viewed on demand. This spatial data includes

  • Installation boundaries
  • Range complex boundaries
  • Noise contours
  • Clear zones and accident potential zones
  • Explosive safety quantity distance arcs
  • 100-year floodplains
  • Wetlands

GISi recently finished this IVT prototype using ArcGIS Engine, ArcGIS for Server, and ArcSDE. The interface is displayed here.

Flexibility is important to us and our clients. We have an open data storage architecture, supporting files, personal geodatabases, and ArcSDE with a choice of commercial databases. The ability to run software in a configuration that makes the most sense, to distribute client and server functions as the situation warrants, is a big deal in our business. The new Esri products we are using—ArcGIS Engine and ArcGIS for Server—allow us the flexibility to align computing resources with workflow. We believe these products will also let us deliver product at a lower cost and with better-customized user interfaces. We are considering rewriting our Zoning Analyst and Buildout products in ArcGIS Engine to lower deployment costs and will use the new controls to save development time building the custom user interface. End users of these products run the gamut from GIS people to heavy to light use by non-GIS people, so user interfaces must be tailored to the task.

—Daniel A. Levine, Ph.D., Federal Program Manager, GISi

GIS Inc.
IVT prototype