The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2003 Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIGtm) Awards. The awards recognize exceptional achievements in the application of information technology that has improved the delivery and quality of government services. Award winners in each of the two ESIG categories (Single Process Systems and Enterprise Systems) will be honored during the Opening Ceremony at URISA’s 2003 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia this October.

The following organizations join the exclusive list of ESIG™ award winners (the ESIG Committee’s summary review follows each):

Single Process Systems – Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of applying information system technology to automate a specific SINGLE process or operation involving one department or sub-unit of an agency. The system application results in extended and/or improved government services that are more efficient and/or save money.

ESIG Winner: Tallahassee-Leon County, FL - Topographic Partnering Group/LiDAR Project

Submitted by: Lee Hartsfield, GIS Coordinator, Tallahassee-Leon County GIS

This system is exemplary because it created an effective partnership between various entities. This project was spearheaded by the Tallahassee-Leon County Interlocal Geographic Information System (GIS) Project, with principal participants from Leon County, the City of Tallahassee, and the Leon County Property Appraiser’s office. The project was developed to meet the needs of users of GIS data for highly accurate contour data. As a result of this project, high-accuracy topographic and planimetric datasets—based on Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR)—have been pilot tested, and data for the entire county is being developed and will be available to numerous GIS users.

Honorable Mention: City of Elkhart, IN - InPlant - Interactive Plant Submitted by: Arthur Umble, PhD PE, Manager of Water and Wastewater Operations, City of Elkhart, IN

The system’s primary objective was to create a complete inventory of the utility network. The city’s InPlant project provided for better maintenance and more effective tools to make better decisions. Managers and operators now have the roadmap needed to prepare for the plant’s immediate operational future. In addition, with these baseline data, and the associated assets established, Elkhart now has a methodology for addressing other regulated managerial systems, such as CMOM, GASB 34, and others.

The second category of submissions was in the Enterprise Systems category:

Enterprise Systems — Systems in this category are outstanding and working examples of using information systems technology in a multi-department environment as part of an integrated process. These systems exemplify effective use of technology yielding widespread improvements in the process(es) and/or service(s) involved and/or cost savings to the organization.

ESIG Winner: Louisville and Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) Submitted by: Bruce R. Seigle, Chief Information Officer, Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville, KY

LOJIC ( is an excellent example of how an agency can implement GIS based technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness in delivering government services. For more than 15 years, more than 400 staff in 60 participating agencies have continuously and successfully contributed to the consortium.

LOJIC built a support mechanism within a consortium structure to effectively respond to the consortium needs and the needs of the departments within the region and the citizens of the community, with limited resources. This demonstrates how efficient government can become when appropriately managed and when appropriate technologies are utilized. LOJIC’s success is a result of a solid foundation of an excellent feasibility study and implementation plan.

This year, the committee recognized two honorable mentions within the Enterprise System category.

Enterprise System Honorable Mention: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada - Chatham-Kent Online Submitted by: Helen McLaren, Manager of Information Technology Services, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Chatham-Kent Online ( is a unique web portal that provides 24/7 online access to 23 independent municipalities’ geospatial information and various applications. An amalgamation of several communities, utility companies etc. made it possible to pool the resources and implement a state-of-the-art AM/FM and Enterprise GIS.

The organization is dedicated in studying performance metric. Their examples and analysis on return on investment is extremely important and critical to the success of their project. This organization has accomplished a great deal of success with very limited resources, within the established time frame, and under budget. The project eliminates redundant work and contributes to their Strategic Plan Initiative.

Enterprise System Honorable Mention: Department of the Army - The Intelligent Road/Rail Information Server (IRRIS) Submitted by: Paul W. Allred, Chief, Highway Engineering, Department of the Army, Newport News, VA

The IRRIS is the first-of-its-kind application in the world, developed to provide the Military Traffic Management Command Transportation Engineering Agency with a tool to assist in the rapid deployment of troops and supplies in the event of a national emergency. It fulfills the military’s need for a secure, flexible application to provide one common operating picture for tracking of military shipments and critical infrastructure information. IRRIS demonstrates a great use of new technology developed in a short time and shows how, through the implementation of technology, an agency can become more knowledgeable of its transportation related assets to improve efficiencies in transportation planning. Overall, IRRIS is an excellent system design, implementation, and integration of several technologies into a near real-time response system.

Congratulations to all award winners and to all who participated in this process. The Committee was extremely impressed with this exceptional group of candidates. Applications for 2004 ESIG Awards will be made available in January, 2004.

Source: Urban and Regional Information Systems Association