Graffiti Removal

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    Working the Bugs Out

    Two years ago, one-fifth of the 50,000 trees that line the streets Ann Arbor were threatened by the emerald ash borer. Rather than sit idle, Ann Arbor decided to repel the invasion by removing its 10,000 ash trees using the city's geographic information system (GIS), to manage the massive tree...

     
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    Ease the Data Crunch

    Gathering data with geoprocessing technologies such as global positioning systems, virtual reference stations, geographic information systems (GIS), and CAD is challenging enough. Integrating the vast amount of spatial information derived from two or more of these technologies to make critical...

     
  • Power to the people

    Creating a healthy, safe, and visually appealing environment is always conducive to a fun place to play, a good learning environment, or a better community to live in. Often overlooked in contributing to a municipality's overall objectives, a grounds management operation is critical in...

     
  • Device gets troublesome teens to bug off

     
  • Construction boom raises a stink

     
  • Vegetation management excellence applauded

    One awards program recognizes vegetation management projects that go beyond the basics and show excellence in their planning and execution.

     
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    Tall in the saddle

    Equestrian-minded development makes Norco, Calif., more than a one-horse town.

     
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    Pushing overdrive

    Enhanced software gives users the ability to collect, interpret, and share data. Six users tell us how these technologies help them speed data collection.

     
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    Florida park tops grounds awards

     
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    Walking the line

    Many public agencies have created effective procedures to curb new encroachments onto rights of way. But there remains a larger issue: What to do about existing encroachments that may have been in violation for years, or even decades?

     
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    A bird's eye view

    Alone, aerial images won't make your road maintenance team work faster or your sewer mains stop backing up. But when combined with a geographic information system (GIS), accurate data collection, and sound asset-management practices, they can enhance communication internally and with constituents.

     
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    APWA Expo Preview: parks and grounds

    A preview of APWA events related to parks and grounds.

     
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    Flower power

    As the Roadside Environmental Unit demonstrates, vegetation managers need to focus on driver safety, managing budgets, beautification, and being environmental stewards.

     
  • GIS streamlines life-saving data

    Geographical information systems (GIS) can help save lives by getting details about the emergency site to police officers, fire rescue teams, and emergency medical services.

     
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    Setting the groundwork

    Regular care and maintenance of any landscape can have a profound, positive impact on its appearance. What separates effective grounds managers from the rest of the pack is how well they use the resources available to them.

     
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    Pungent pest control

    One Chicago suburb is fortifying its relentless mosquito-abatement efforts with a weapon you'd be more likely to find in an Italian kitchen than inside an insecticide sprayer.

     
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    Biting back

    Winter and early spring are ideal times to evaluate past mosquito control efforts, or to develop or fine-tune a program. Mosquitoes ruin outdoor activities and chase away potential revenue; they also carry life-threatening diseases.

     
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    Dollars well spent: staying on top of technology

    Parcel data, regional and community maps, facility as-builts, building permits, and other collected data are the longstanding capital of public works departments. Systems to manage and better analyze these pieces of information, however, have advanced with technology, and public agencies need to be...

     
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    A quick scan

    Douglas Kuypers is a one-man laser-scanning team. In an ongoing project to develop maintenance plan data for the San Diego International Airport, Kuypers, with the Denver office of Woolpert Inc., used 3-D laser scanning to capture this data in the airport's Terminal 1. Using laser scanning slashed...

     
 
 
 

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