Geospatial Data Visualization & Analysis

OVRDC works on a variety of GIS projects including but not limited to asset collection, demographic analysis, transportation planning and tourism mapping. We also host a user group on a quarterly basis with speakers from throughout the GIS industry. We utilize the latest GIS and GPS hardware and software in our projects, including products from Trimble, ESRI, HP and others. In addition to print pdf maps, we have recently added a variety of interactive web maps to our website. Check out the Map Gallery for a complete list of OVRDC map products.

Infrastructure Asset Collection & Mapping

OVRDC provides infrastructure and utility mapping services to local governments and communities. Project outcomes include paper, digital and interactive web maps. The web maps are a new feature for the program and they are still in the beta phase. Below is an example of a web map for Wellston, Ohio. The map shows only the hydrant and parcel data. Typical features collected also include water valves, water meters, manholes, curb drains, etc.

Infrastructure GIS Portals

Regional Demographic & Economic Trends

Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission is designated as a Regional Data Center affiliated with the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Policy Research and Strategic Planning. OVRDC also serves as a regional data hub as part of the RTPO Program. The main sources of this information include the U.S. Census Bureau, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and other federal, state, and local sources. OVRDC’s Regional Data Portal is your one-stop shop for regional demographic data, interactive maps and links to external GIS data.

Transportation Analysis

As part of the RTPO Program, OVRDC will collect, analyze and publish data related to regional transportation in areas such as project selection, safety and economic development. The Serious Injury Crash Cluster Map, below, is one example of our transportation analysis.

GIS User Group

OVRDC hosts a GIS User Group with quarterly meetings. If you would like to be added to the User Group email list, send us an email. You can also use the subscribe link below to receive updates on new website content. User Group Meetings will always be listed in the Events section of our website. Click here for a list of past user group meeting presentations.

August 11 User Group Meeting: Fondriest Environmental Presentation on Bluetooth GPS Receivers (Slides and Audio)

GIS Services & Project Requests

OVRDC offers a variety of GIS services upon request. The following is a truncated list of some of the additional services we offer.

  • Accurate locating of facilities (fire stations, EMS, dwelling locations, etc.)
  • Analytical maps such as landuse, land capabilities, green-way analysis and watershed analysis.
  • Hazard mitigation mapping projects, hydrologic analysis studies, CDBG environmental assessments, elevation studies, business and economic analysis.
  • On demand map creation such as street and road maps of communities, demographic maps, topography maps, groundwater maps and hydrologic maps.
  • Promote economic development by industrial site marketing, grant support activities, assist with planning and funding of infrastructure, and tourism promotion.
  • Technical Assistance to groups, local government agencies, businesses, the general public, local officials, and OVRDC Full Commission Members.

 

Please contact the OVRDC office to discuss special GIS projects. The OVRDC GIS has the advantage of being a regional system with data on the district’s 12 counties making it ideal for regional planning and analysis. Click here for the OVRDC Data Request Price Sheet. The OVRDC does not charge for data requests that require less than one hour of staff time to fulfill as the administrative costs involved are covered through federal funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.  Requests involving more than one hour of staff time or use of special resources such as the large-format plotter will involve a fee.  You will be informed in advance if a fee is required.  Services are available to anyone. Special projects requiring a large investment of staff time and other resources will be done under a service contract arranged in advance with tasks and fees clearly stated and agreed to by all participants.