Butler County Engineer
Greg Wilkens announces the promotion of GIS Specialist Lydia
Thacker, P.S., to the position of Tax Map / GIS Manager. Thacker
will oversee day to day operations of the BCEO Tax Map Department
while continuing to maintain the Engineer's GIS program.
Ms. Thacker replaces
longtime Tax Map Manager Bert Brown who has retired after 17
and a half years in the position. The main duties of the Tax
Map Department are to maintain survey maps and information as
they relate to parcels, addressing, and center line mileage.
As GIS Specialist, Ms. Thacker developed the BCEO GIS data base
and now sees the two roles naturally coming together: "The
updated GIS technology allows us to maintain Tax Map information
more efficiently. We hope to create a more accessible process
for the public as well as our own employees who need to utilize
this information." GIS is an acronym for Geographical Information
System and has become an increasingly important tool in the field
Ms. Thacker has been
with the BCEO for five years and came from the City of Fairfield
where she worked as GIS Analyst. Her background also includes
working as a Survey Technician for Hazlet & Erdal and the
City of Cincinnati. She is also employed as a part-time instructor
at Cincinnati State Technical College.
A registered Professional
Surveyor (P.S.) in the State of Ohio, Ms. Thacker holds a Bachelor's
Degree in Construction Management and Surveying from Northern
Kentucky University and earned her Associates Degree from Cincinnati
State in Civil Engineering Technology in 1980.
System (GIS) is a computer system for creating "intelligent
maps." What this means is that real life features such as
roads, survey monuments, traffic signals, utilities, and storm
sewers, or, real life events -- traffic crashes, traffic counts,
water testing -- are located and a map of these features is created.
The features and events are represented by lines, points, or
areas on the map and located where they actually are or have
occurred on the earth. The location of these features can be
obtained by a surveyor using survey equipment, digitizing from
an aerial photograph, or using handheld GPS (Global Positioning
System) location devices.
After the location
is established any information or data about that feature or
event can be connected to it by using a database and creating
an "intelligent map." Using an interactive map, the
computer operator can click on a feature or event represented
by a line, point, or area and a data sheet appears with information
about that feature or event.
the BCEO Tax Map Department
The new GIS technology
is being integrated with more traditional forms of map record
keeping that will allow the Engineer's Office to provide the
information in a variety of digital formats. While tax maps have
historically been kept in the form of large, cumbersome paperbound
books, the goal is to offer more flexibility with a wide range
of electronic formats with which to deliver the same information
based on specific needs. Thacker said she also plans to offer
tax map info via a web-based format in the near future.
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For more information
Petrocy, BCEO Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S.,
Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 Fax 513.867.5849