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How do we find the work that we have done?
You can use brain memory, index cards, databases, etc
For me, the easiest way is to have a graphical way to find them. Very easy, involves no thinking!
I don't have the time, money, or really even the inclination to use real GIS. But I still wanted a GIS.
So I am just using the Placemark system in GE. Just add a Placmark and a label for the work. You can use different symbols for differnet kinds of jobs. You can put different types of jobs in different folders, to control display.
You can rt-click on the Placemark and access a Properties dialog box which contains a Description edit box, where you can place hyperlinks to pdfs, directories, rw5's, etc.
Say I am doing a map showing proposed utility esmts, and I want to use some boilerplate from a similar job. I just open GE and go to the vicinity:
then I can zoom in on the exact parcel:
then I rt-click on the Placemark I want, and pick Properties:
if the hyperlinked files are on the web, it will open that doc. Mine are just on my disk, so I have to copy the link and paste it into a dos prompt:
this opens up an html version of a job card I created in Access.
It contains hyperlinks that will open on my computer. Instead of a job card, you could just link pdf, dwg files, etc in the Description portion of the GE Properties window.
To me this is much easier than searching in a textual database.
Hoping some will try this, or offer suggestions how to make this even better.
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