Public Works Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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GIS Defined
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) integrate hardware, software, and data into systems;
for capturing, managing, analyzing, displaying, manipulating, visualizing, and retrieving various forms of information referenced to geospatial data.

The Public Works Geo Integration Systems Team
The GI Systems Team is composed of a small staff that provides mapping support and spatial services to all the divisions within the Public Works Department. The team provide cost-saving solutions to various projects and initiatives that are geographic in nature and are tasked with the primary development of Enterprise Geographic Information Systems.

Our Goal
We are dedicated to advancing the automation and modernization of infrastructure and asset management practices and leveraging existing "location-based" projects to maximize use across participating agencies.


GASB34
The Public Works GI Systems Team was tasked with developing and implementing the compliance of the GASB34 initiative for the Department of Public Works. By choosing to leverage our data for departmental assets into a GIS, we have the capability to integrate the information into many other parallel applications like financial, maintenance, and mapping to support operational needs for years to come.
Public Works Enterprise GIS

The Public Works Enterprise GIS is a multi-faceted program that supports and promotes coordinated "location-based" data development and access to county employees. It exemplifies the definition of an "enterprise system" through a series of coordinated information gathering and sharing activities conducted by the 5 divisions of the Public Works Department.  

Public Works GIS Technical Committee
The Department of Public Works GIS Technical Committee is a group comprised of the Divisional Technicians involved with GIS projects and activities. The Public Works GIS Technical Committee, as resources permit, gathers to discuss current GIS projects and applications in the department.  The Public Works GIS Technical Committee serves as a core group of technical oriented individuals dedicated to maintain spatial data and applications to assist participating agencies and the general public.   With a focus on providing GIS services, the GIS Technical Committee is an enpowering organization that is able to establish technical standards through consensus and facilitates GIS education through "technology transfer." In addition to being a mechanism to improve "location-based" data management, the GIS Technical Committee facilitates strategic decision-making and leverages existing GIS expertise.


Public Works Enterprise GIS Standards: A Framework for Geospatial Data
The Public Works GIS Technical Committee has a framework created to allow GIS to continue to develop and grow within the department. This framework consists of standardized base map layers, department policies for the collection of spatial data, use of GPS technology, identification of minimum elements to be included in data layers, and guidelines for documenting information about the data (metadata).   The goal of the Public Works GIS Enterprise standards is to insure that geospatial data are efficiently collected, used and shared. GIS standards are there to ease interpretation of a map, to agree upon a description of content and format of data, and to transfer data from a producer to the user and allow both to interpret the information in the same way.   The Public Works Enterprise GIS follows the Federal Geographic Data Committee standards on spatial data accuracy as well as metadata requirements. The Public Works Enterprise GIS also follows the Data Standards for County GIS Technology Coordination from the County GIS Technical Committee. 

Datum and Coordinate System Standard
The intent of this standard is to minimize the effort required to use data collected from various sources in Santa Barbara County. Specifically, the intent is to minimize the number of datum and map projection/coordinate systems combinations in use. The intent is not to require data providers to convert old data to new coordinate systems, but rather to make clear a preferred set of standards which make sense and provide maximum utility for new technologies.

Datums: NAD-83 - Horizontal
The Department of Public Works has officially adopted NAD-83 (and any subsequent readjustments by NGS). The use of NAD-83 sets the stage for the use of new technologies including GPS, DOQs, and new sub-meter aerial imagery.  

Coordinate Systems:
State Plane California Zone V FIPS 0405 Feet
State plane coordinates are most appropriate for large scale applications such as parcel and utility mapping. The state plane coordinate system provides scale distortions of less than one part in 10,000 within any one zone.

Santa Barbara County GIS Internship Programs
County GIS Internship Programs provide opportunities to university and college students for participation in departmental GIS projects. Our program has partnered with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where students from both the Geography Department and Geology Department receive credit in exchange for dedicating hours to County GIS projects.   Students from UCSB or Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) who participate in our County GIS Internship Program, get experience using the latest GIS technology. Students gain insight in how to deploy GIS solutions for local government, while developing valuable organizational and technical skills.
How do I access Public Works GIS data?
We have developed web-based interactive mapping applications for access to departmental data.

These are some examples of GIS applications for spatial indexing and record research:
Surveyor Information System | Special Districts Lookup System | Flood Zone Lookup system

How to obtain GIS data
For Spatial Index GIS datasets from the Santa Barbara County Surveyor's Office, please see:
Maps & Surveys, Maps, Records of Surveys, Misc. Maps 41,47,48, Official Maps & Condominums
Parcel Maps | Corner Records | Intersection Ties
To inquire about GIS, internships, projects or data, and other geospatial information from the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department that is not available online, please contact:
Teñell Matlovsky, Survey Supervisor and Public Works GIS Analyst 

For other geospatial information from the County of Santa Barbara visit:
The Santa Barbara County Mapping and GIS Resources Page