County Spotlight
  • Featured: Washington County

    12-16-2019

    ​The GIS Department of Washington County under GIS Manager Christopher Jon Jursa performs GIS system administration, software engineering, web development, data architecture, database administration, GIS analysis and education.

    ​The home of the GIS Department of Washington County can be found online at https://www.co.washington.pa.us/gis.  The GIS Department of Washington County under GIS Manager Christopher Jon Jursa performs GIS system administration, software engineering, web development, data architecture, database administration, GIS analysis and education. The department installs, administers and develops GIS servers, enterprise databases, portals and desktops and lead GIS activities between departments and public.

    System and database administration is provided for ArcGIS Server and enterprise geodatabase (with SQL Server) for county users. Privileges, versions, reconcile and post activities are coordinated with users. SQL Server maintenance is provided through SQL Server Management Studio with backups and other routine tasks.  ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server installations are installed, supported, upgraded and maintained.  Geoprocessing is automated and advanced using ArcGIS ModelBuilder and Python scripting. Server-side Python scripts perform routine geoprocessing using Task Scheduler such as updating geodatabase tables from an Oracle database via the cxOracle library.

    An online GIS presence is maintained using ArcGIS Online, Server, Portal and Web Adaptors.  Table 1 links several of the applications available.  Custom GIS applications are engineered and developed using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.  Requirement analysis and testing are done with users and stakeholders to ensure functional and non-functional requirements are met.  Server applications written in ASP.NET (with Visual Basic) and legacy applications written in Classic ASP (with VBScript) are tested, debugged and maintained.  Integration with GIS capabilities is considered for all applications.   The Washington County Fairgrounds website at http://www.washingtonfair.org/ is updated with Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS while integration with and ArcGIS Online technologies is in development.  Online and desktop Pictometry applications are administered and developed internally and externally.

    Table 1: Available GIS Applications
    GIS Application
    Technology Used
     
     
    Web AppBuilder
    ArcGIS API for JavaScript
    Story Map Tour
    Story Map Journal
    ArcGIS API for JavaScript
    Web AppBuilder
    Web Map
    Web AppBuilder
    Web Map
    Web AppBuilder
     
    GIS Day activities are annually developed to promote GIS and developer capabilities with citizens, users and municipalities.  GIS outreach is provided by visiting local educational centers and conducting conference presentations at the GeoDev Conference, Pennsylvania GIS Conference and others. 
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