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ArcPAD Solution to Large-Scale Data Collection

Presented in Austin at the Texas Natural Resources Information System GIS Forum

Collecting large scale data sets for any utility is a challenge. GIS technology is fully prepared to handle this task and Freese and Nichols implemented data capturing techniques for gas and electric distribution systems using ESRI’s ArcPAD and ArcSDE. The planning stage for data capture had to be well thought out to deploy our teams to the field for data capture. Our discussion will focus on the data preparation, field capture methods, data assimilation into the system and lessons learned for this large project.