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Flint Lead Pipe Mapping Project
UM-Flint’s GIS Center has identified and mapped all known locations of lead pipes in the City of Flint. This information is part of the data Flint officials will use to help prioritize where to begin replacing pipes in Flint as work begins on Mayor Weaver’s Fast Start initiative.
What is GIS?
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) uses computers, associated hardware, people, and software to collect, manage, assess, and visualize spatial phenomenon- essentially helping us to better understand and interact with the world around us. It’s no wonder then that Money Magazine lists GIS Analyst among its Top 100 Jobs in the United States and the U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment numbers in GIS are growing and continued growth is anticipated. The types of analysis that can be conducted with GIS include: transportation routing, crime mapping, hazard mitigation, neighborhood planning, biological assessments, demographic trend analysis, environmental studies, historical mapping, groundwater modeling to name a few.
Issue 5 of the GIS Center Newsletter has been released. Topics include the GIS Center’s work on mapping the City of Flint’s lead service lines, grant updates, GIS User Spotlight and GIS Certificate Student Spotlights. Click more to view the current issue. To view past issues, click here.
by UM-Flint NOW | 2/22/16
The research analyzed the City of Flint’s hand-written records, paper maps, and scanned images to create a complete digital database of all the information available so far about lead service pipes used in the city. Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver plans to use data to target her Fast Start pipe removal initiative.
by Robert Gold | UM-Flint NOW | 1/28/16
A team of UM-Flint faculty and staff are working on a project that “will help provide the road map for removing all the lead in the water distribution system” within the city of Flint, said the initiative’s supervisor, Martin Kaufman, PhD.
by Robert Gold | UM-Flint NOW | 10/29/15
The University of Michigan-Flint is leading a community-wide online project in which researchers and the public will be able to access a wide variety of data from numerous sources and customize maps.