Day of Geography – Making Urban Forestry More Efficient

Whilst I can’t technically classify myself as a Geography Professional, I do seem to spend a lot of my time urging Public Sector Clients and prospective Clients to take more advantage of Geospatial Technologies in their everyday work.

My name is Ian Lucas. I’m a partner in a Niagara Falls based company called Public Service Request Inc. (PSR). We use geospatial techniques to streamline work and service delivery processes with a view to helping the Public Sector become more efficient and less cost consuming.

Today I have been building a case for the City of Edmonton to extend the functionality of their Open Tree Map based geospatial tree inventory and eco benefits database, to enable reporting of tree-related problems by the Public and by Staff, by incorporating our tools simply and effectively.

Edmonton’s system is called YEG Tree Map. Take a good look of you haven’t seen it before. Keeping track of close to 270,000 City-owned  trees is a challenge. My job is to help them extract even more value from their investment.

It’s fun, it’s sometimes tedious, but ultimately rewarding in the battle against urban overwhelm. Let me know if you have questions.

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