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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
For Immediate Release

GIS / E911 DATA COLLECTION CREWS ON ROADWAYS THROUGHOUT BUTLER COUNTY

Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens reports that data collection for the County's emergency LBRS (Location Based Response System) will begin September 12. Crews will be in vans utilizing GPS devices to locate roadway features such as center lines and to place address points. Other road features such as bridges, culverts, and railroad crossings will be collected as well as signage clearly visible from the roadway.

LBRS is part of Butler County's developing GIS (Geographical Information System) / E-9-1-1 Mapping Project and will be utilized to improve the accuracy and efficiency of emergency response and rescue efforts. "There will be more information for police, fire, and rescue squads than what they currently have, which is primarily just addresses," said Fred Stitsinger, BCEO Administrative Deputy. "The additional information that will be incorporated into LBRS can be transferred to a response crew's mobile data terminal to help zero in and assess specific locations more accurately."

The crews gathering LBRS data will begin in Liberty Township and are expected to take about two weeks to complete that area. From there, they will move throughout the remainder of the County. Butler County has contracted with Digital Data Technologies, Inc. (DDTI), of Columbus, which will be driving all public and private roads throughout the County.

DDTI will be operating vans outfitted with specialized equipment for data collection. The picture below is of one the vans that will be used for this project. All vans are white, brown, or gray Chevrolets and clearly identified with the DDTI logo.

Motorists and citizens who have any questions can contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 513-785-1300 or the Engineer's Office at 513-867-5744.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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