This year, Worldview sponsored the Senior Capstone Project for Computer Science at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The Senior Capstone Project for the 2016-2017 VCU academic year was the Richmond Mural Tour. The main objective was to create a mobile application allowing users to go on customized tours of the murals in the City of Richmond. Working with Capstone sponsors, VCU students tackle this practical learning experience by addressing real world problems, encountering real world constraints, learning fundamentals of teamwork, and applying learned theory. To complete the project, an EXPO is held in April. This annual signature event for the VCU School of Engineering offers capstone design teams the opportunity to display and demonstrate their prototypes, which are the culmination of eight months of effort. The EXPO allows undergraduate engineering students to share capstone projects with the greater Richmond community and to increase the awareness of the engineering profession among middle and high school students. WorldView staff sponsors and participants included Matt McGee (Developer and Capstone Student at VCU), Michael Kolonay (Project Sponsor), Brittany Lebel (Project Sponsor), and Stan Harrison (Project Coordinator). Paul McDonald (Developer and Capstone Student at VCU) worked closely with WorldView’s Matt McGee to build a mobile application for android and iPhone using ionic and angular frameworks.
WorldView Solutions was awarded a contract to provide ongoing GIS consulting services to the City of Hopewell Department of Public Utilities. Leveraging its GIS capabilities and previous experience with the City, WorldView team members will ensure Hopewell receives outstanding professional GIS mapping and database services in the following task areas: Maintain INFOR EAM / GIS Integration Provide services related to the design of an INFOR EAM / GIS integration module for the City. Maintain Documentation of INFOR EAM Workflows Maintain documentation of the City’s GIS and INFOR EAM data as a series of utility software user guides. Ongoing Maintenance and Support Provide turnkey maintenance and support of the City’s relevant GIS data and INFOR EAM data.
WorldView Solutions was selected by Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), makers of VUEWorks, to support implementation of a new statewide asset management system for the Virginia Department of Transportation. The new GIS based solution will replace multiple legacy systems to provide a single integrated platform for managing VDOT’s and DRPT’s vast (2nd largest DOT in the nation) inventory of roadway, structures, and signage. An advantage of the VUEWorks platform is ease of managing work orders and inspections using lightweight mobile devices regardless of available connectivity in the field. VDOT’s new HMMS will leverage other VDOT systems that WorldView supports including the Customer Service Center application and the Roadway Inventory Management System (RIMS).
WorldView Solutions has been awarded a contract to deliver updates and enhancements to the City of Franklin, Virginia’s Geographic Information System (GIS). Notable services to be provided include: design and migration of the City’s existing geodatabase to the Esri Local Government Information Model; the creation of an electric utilities geospatial dataset; and development of public and secure access GIS web applications. In addition, WorldView will be providing updates for existing cadastral, public utilities administrative and base map datasets, as well as ongoing system maintenance services. In recent months, WorldView has provided public safety GIS data updates and configured a high precision GPS field data collection solution for the City.
WorldView is completing the process of transitioning all existing clients using the ParcelViewer application to a new code base. The City of Waynesboro and the Counties of Caroline and Dinwiddie are the latest customers to be transitioned to the new application which includes performance improvements and a fresh, modern interface.
WorldView has teamed up with CodeVA, a Richmond-based nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science education in Virginia by instructing teachers and students. Based in Richmond, Code VA’s teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. Currently fewer than 10% of Virginia schools offer computer science courses. Meanwhile more than 70% of STEM-field jobs are Computer Science jobs. In the classroom, Code VA “teaches kids to code.” WorldView will assist this fall with both classroom coding instruction and student workshops, and teacher training.
As part of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Water Modernization Program effort, the WorldView Team will migrate and enhance DEQ’s legacy Pollution Abatement permitting application. A Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) permit may be issued by DEQ whenever an owner handles waste and wastewater in a manner that does not involve discharging to sewage treatment or to state waters under a valid Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit.
WorldView is completing a statewide land cover project that will provide a freely available downloadable product of land cover classifications at 1-meter resolution. This initiative has been a joint effort with various state departments such as DCR, VGIN, and DEQ, and will be an important part of the current Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model update. The major delivery of land cover for counties within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed was completed in June and is now available. Click here for details.
GIS continues to become the central asset repository and key integrating technology at the Department of Public Unities (DPU). The result is the future integration of GIS into almost every interaction users have with data management systems within DPU. Therefore, as the use of GIS in the Department of Public Utilities continues to grow, the need for contracted annual maintenance and support resources to address improved maintenance and support is increasing. This contract award will effectively serve as a continuation of the services provided over the course of the last several years.