Growing the Fleet: Cloudpoint's slick new ride

Here you see three Cloudpoint branded vehicles of our fleet in the parking lot of our Roanoke, IL headquarters.

Here you see three Cloudpoint branded vehicles of our fleet in the parking lot of our Roanoke, IL headquarters.

With the number of field work projects increasing, and being well past the 200,000 mile mark on the current Honda Odyssey work van (Also known as Homer - get it? Because Homer wrote the Odyssey) we realized that we were going to be in the market for a new work vehicle. Well the stars aligned and the clouds parted, revealing a gorgeous "Cloudpoint blue" Dodge Caravan that was meant to be ours! Since expanding our fleet we are able to get field work done faster with two crews, and it allows us to travel with larger numbers in style. Be sure to snap a picture of the Cloudpoint vehicles and share it with us on our Facebook page, Twitter account, or Instagram feed.  We've grown fond of using minivans for work vehicles. With the ability to stow seats and utilize extra space for tools such as GPS units, shovels, probes, and more, we are dangerously close to optimizing our storage/occupancy ratio. This new work van is a great sign that we are growing and ready to take on more projects to assist our clients with their geospatial needs. Finally, you may think it's just a minivan, but to us it's a mega-van!

Cloudpoint Aerial Maps the Links at Cog Hill Golf Course

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Cloudpoint Geographics is excited to announce another UAV drone mapping project that is in the works. We will be collecting data at Cog Hill Golf Course in Lemont, IL. Some of you golfers out there are familiar with Cog Hill, but for you other folks, Cog Hill is comprised of 4 separate courses and has hosted numerous Professional Golf Association events including 16 Western Opens and 4 BMW Championships. We will be collecting ground control points and high resolution imagery that allows us to create 3D mapping for various applications. This is the 2nd golf course that we have flown and we're pretty certain it won't be the last! It's a good thing we're mapping the golf course, because that's what we do. If we were golfing at Cog Hill, there'd be several lost balls and more than a few announcements of "FORE!"

Creating a Superior parcel layer in Ashland County

Ashland County, WI has a beautiful setting along the southern shore of Lake Superior and is host to numerous northwoods activities.  The County recently decided to upgrade its cadastral GIS layers to take advantage of Esri's newest tools including the parcel fabric.  To accomplish this they choose Cloudpoint Geographics to provide professional services involving migrating their data into the parcel fabric within the ArcGIS environment.  In addition, Cloudpoint will help the County clean and submit their parcel layer, among others, to Wisconsin's State Cartographer's Office (SCO) as part of Version 3 of the Parcel Database initiative project resulting from Act 20.  This work will involve refining parcel data for updated right-of-way information, and linking subdivision plans and survey plats.  The County also has a well-established set of GPS control points that will be utilized as part of the project as well.  They continue to refine their PLSS monument network and look forward to providing a high-quality GIS system for its internal departments as well as local businesses and constituents.  Cloudpoint's professional staff will provide onsite training on the parcel fabric workflows and hands-on assistance with planning future GIS layer creation and development. We are very excited to assist Ashland County in achieving the goals they have established!

Get your motor running! Cloudpoint Aerial Services hired to complete a UAV Drone Mapping Project for a new drag strip!

Cloudpoint Geographics is excited to assist Track Planning Associates complete their goal of "building motorsports for the future!"

Cloudpoint Geographics is excited to assist Track Planning Associates complete their goal of "building motorsports for the future!"

Cloudpoint is excited to announce that we have been hired by Track Planning Associates to complete a drone mapping flight for a proposed drag strip outside of Eau Claire, WI. This project is being done to gather survey data about the land surrounding an existing drag strip. When completed, the updated facility will have seating for 4,000 people and be home to several regional and national events! We are thrilled to be a part of this process and we can't wait to see the final project and hear the roar of those awesome machines tearing down the track!

What a Great Time at Watercon 2017!

Jon ready to welcome everyone to the Cloudpoint booth at Watercon 2017!

Jon ready to welcome everyone to the Cloudpoint booth at Watercon 2017!

Cloudpoint Geographics had a great time at the 2017 Watercon Conference! We met with several existing clients and made some great new acquaintances. It was wonderful to get to talk with so many people about what they were undertaking to improve their water systems. 

Cloudpoint's own Joe Christian gave a presentation about why it's important to update your existing maps with GIS and how that process can be implemented.  Joe, as always, was eager to talk about GIS and spread word about the importance of precision mapping, utilizing improved tools, and documenting the wealth of data that long time employees have built up over decades.

If you have any questions regarding the various water utility projects that we have undertaken, whether it be overhauling distribution network maps, conducting field inventories for culverts, or utilizing our drone mapping services to create topographic data, please don't hesitate to contact us at 877-377-8124 or online at www.cloudpointgeo.com, and we'll be happy to help!

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Here you see a 4" diameter wooden water main from Green Bay, WI that was part of a water utility hisory exhibit at Watercon.

Here you see a 4" diameter wooden water main from Green Bay, WI that was part of a water utility hisory exhibit at Watercon.

As always the food was terrific! Here is an example from the amazing mac and cheese bar where you could choose between chicken, bacon, broccoli, green onions, tomatoes, gouda and cheddar cheese sauce! It was definitely worth the wait!

As always the food was terrific! Here is an example from the amazing mac and cheese bar where you could choose between chicken, bacon, broccoli, green onions, tomatoes, gouda and cheddar cheese sauce! It was definitely worth the wait!

Macon Great Improvements to Sign Inventories!

Macon County, IL is home to several gems, Millikin Univeristy, the original home of the Chicago Bears (Decatur Staleys), and of course, the Macon County Highway Department. Recently Macon County started inquiring about different solutions to manage their existing sign inventory.  After meeting with Jon Hodel and Joe Christian a few times and getting an in depth demo of SignOps, Cloudpoint's in-house developed, web-based, sign inventory solution, County Engineer Bruce Bird knew he had found the solution that he had been searching for.

We are excited to let you know that Macon County is teaming up with Cloudpoint to have our staff complete a county-wide sign inventory using SignOps on all county maintained roads! This will be a large undertaking, but we are eager to get started so Macon County can start to better manage their infrastructure in the field, office, or on the go. To learn more about SignOps visit www.cloudpointgeo.com/signops or you can check out the SignOps YouTube Channel for helpful videos, tutorials, and durability tests.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us at 877-377-8124 or you can email your questions to Joe at jchristian@cloudpointgeo.com

Thanks and remember, there's only one way! SignOps!

Great Scott! Cloudpoint enters the Iowa Market!

Cloudpoint is excited to announce that we have partnered with Scott County, Iowa to install ArcGIS Server on the Amazon Cloud. This will allow the County to have greater control over their mapping and make their maps available to more people on the web.  The Amazon EC2 cloud is a flexible deployment solution that is versatile and scalable. Scott county staff will have complete control over what, when and how their public facing GIS is updated. this allows more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.  This install took place in early December 2016. 

Oh Canada! Cloudpoint gets their first international client!

Cloudpoint Geographics is excited to announce that we have been contracted by the City of Barrie, Ontario, Canada to assist with their Parcel Fabric!  This project has been in the works for a few months and we a pleased to see all the pieces come together.  In the coming year, Jon will be making a couple of trips to the great white north to assist in implementation and training of key staff to utilize Esri's Parcel Fabric.  The Cloudpoint team is thrilled to add the City of Barrie to our client list and we are eager to get to Canada to start this partnership!