Geographic/Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) incorporates data, software and hardware to capture, display, analyze, and manage spatially referenced information. A few advantages to utilizing GIS includes improved communication, enhanced record keeping, cost savings, increased efficiency, and better decision making.
Global Positioning System (GPS) is a system of earth-orbiting earth satellites that allow users to determine their exact locations on the earth. The City of Austin utilizes ESRI's Collector and Survey 123 to collect data in the field.
Parks and Recreation Department's (PARD) has extensive GIS databases that supports the department as a whole and other City of Austin Departments. We utilize GIS for asset and maintenance management, park planning and design, parkland dedication, community gardens, mowing schedules and locations, forestry, historic resources, etc.