GIS Basemap Development

The GIS team has taken final delivery of a new set of basemap data layers based on Spring 2011 aerial  digital photography.  One hundred square miles was flown to gather the imagery.  Planimetric or basemap features collected include street and sidewalk centerlines, building footprints, street furniture, vegetation and open space, and hydrography.  Over 125 separate data layers have been collected.  A GIS data project of this size has not been done since 1995 and the City has seen much change over the past 16 years.  This data will be used to fuel many of the data requirements necessary for both our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) and Asset Management.  All of this data is available to the public.    

SAM (Street and Address Management)

The GIS team developed SAM, the Street and Address Management system, as a master repository for all addresses in the city.   SAM has 356,000 addresses in its system.  SAM also includes a set of tools to manage the address data so it is continuously maintained.  Previously departments used different address databases, which caused duplication and confusion.  SAM enables all departments to use a common language when referring to an address.  SAM is now integrated with the city's enterprise permitting system, the enterprise asset management system and constituent services.

Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)

Maximo Asset Management delivers a comprehensive view of all asset types across the enterprise. This holistic perspective will allow us to see all of our assets, as well as identify all of the untapped potential within them. The City will gain the knowledge and control needed to closely align its organization's goals with the overall goals of its business. To help maximize return on assets, Maximo Asset Management will enable us to develop comprehensive programs for preventive, predictive, routine and unplanned maintenance.

The City hopes to realize the following advantages from deployment of Maximo EAM across the Enterprise:

  • Improve return on assets

  • Decrease costs and risk

  • Increase productivity

  • Improve asset-related decision making

  • Increase asset service delivery responsiveness and revenue

  • Facilitate regulatory compliance efforts

  • Lower total cost of ownership

The initial phase was the implementation of Maximo EAM in the Boston Fire Department and the Street Lighting Division of the PublicWorks Department(PWD). An interface to Lagan CRM has also been included to leverage the existing capacity of Lagan for receiving external service requests for street light related issues.  Maximo Spatial will be implemented to provide integration between the City’s GIS and Maximo.  This will help PWD plan, schedule and perform work more effectively.  The next phases of implementation will be with Boston Public Schools , the Boston Center for Youth and Families and Property Management.



  • BostonMaps

    BostonMaps is a mapping platform which allows residents, City employees and visitors to visually display city data through maps. Using our simple mapping interface you can use an ordinary web browser to access City data from a variety of departments.


Video & Multimedia

  • City Officials Impress with Maps at 2011 ESRI Conference

    At the 2011 ESRI International User Conference, representatives from the City of Boston demonstrated the City's use of GIS applications to attendees, highlighting how the applications are being used to engage citizens and improve the City's efficiency and effectiveness.

    Watch The Boston Way with GIS

    Watch GIS Engaging Citizens

    Watch GIS Strategy


  • Technology Solutions Award 2014

    Public Technology Institute, GIS category for BostonMaps

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  • Significant Achievement Award 2011

    Public Technology Institute for SAM, Street and Address Management

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  • Technology Solutions Award 2010

    Public Technology Institute, GIS category for the GIS Data Hub

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  • Special Achievement Award 2009

    Esri for significant achievement in GIS

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