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    I workj for a small rural county with some community's through out. We use the ADC but it is not accurate so the Department bought tom tom's for the unit's they don't work. As the county builds the street's are not up to dat in the maps so i have been tasked with creating a map book with a detail book to help with preplans of larger building's and communitr's. Looking for advice on how to start, oh and due to budget cut it has to be doen cheaply. Thanks

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    One resource to check is the most local USBR (Bureau of the Interior) office and speak with their GIS mapping department or a realty specialist. Thay have made me some great maps in the past, and are always good to work with. They keep very well updated in my experiences. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizzer368 View Post
    I workj for a small rural county with some community's through out. We use the ADC but it is not accurate so the Department bought tom tom's for the unit's they don't work. As the county builds the street's are not up to dat in the maps so i have been tasked with creating a map book with a detail book to help with preplans of larger building's and communitr's. Looking for advice on how to start, oh and due to budget cut it has to be doen cheaply. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by EFDSTUSSY View Post
    One resource to check is the most local USBR (Bureau of the Interior) office and speak with their GIS mapping department or a realty specialist. Thay have made me some great maps in the past, and are always good to work with. They keep very well updated in my experiences. Good luck!
    Is there anyway you could elaborate on that just a bit further? Did they make you a map or send a disk and how much did it cost? This sounds very interesting.

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    ADC map books aren't accurate? Thats surprising, i use it more than the county issued books.
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    Our department uses digitized maps, if you would I can email you some samples of the maps.

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    Not the answer that you want to hear, but all of our maps are hand drawn and kept in 3 ring binders in the apparatus. Not very high tech and very labor intensive to develop, but definitely low cost. You also get to know the 1st due while making the maps.

    We use ADC to get us on the street and then the map books for the specific address and determining where to layout etc.

    My last department tried Tom-Toms and we have Garmins in my current dept. In general it takes too long to punch in the address and the view doesn't help much for finding where to drop lines or locating hydrants. We also found that the location of the actual address can be off significantly.

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    What we have done is use google maps. We picked the scale we wanted then svae then images on a disk and took it to Staples and they printed out maps for us in full color. It wasn;t very expensive at all. We even made several over sized maps to put on the wall in the fire house and put glass over them so we could use a marker to write on it. Not sure how may laws we broke but it works for us.

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