on, ever improving to meet our rapidly changing needs. The world
of civil engineering, surveying, and property record keeping
is no different. The Butler County Engineer's Office first brought
online its GIS Interactive Tax Map in 2011 and already, since
that time, there have been significant technological changes
within the BCEO and to the way consumers access and utilize information.
Internet browsers and the underlying platforms that power them
have changed and the proliferation of mobile devices has altered
our expectations of how we connect with the data we need.
"In keeping with
this trend, our Tax Map Department has again joined forces with
our IT Department to reprogram and refurbish the BCEO's entire
Tax Map Web Map," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens.
"This enables the map to be viewed in any browser and on
any device, including tablets and mobile phones."
Wilkens noted for the
technophiles among us that the new and improved web map is now
/ ESRI mapping technology which is slowly being phased out and
replaced by other platforms. This has made it difficult to use
the Tax Map Interactive Map in any browser other than Internet
Explorer, which itself is being replaced by the new Windows Edge
It doesn't take a techie
however to use and enjoy the new Tax Map Interactive Web Map,
which empowers anyone to access survey information 24/7 from
any location that has Internet access on any device. A new feature
on the front page of the BCEO Tax Map web site is the Records
link in the left hand panel of the page. This provides immediate
access to historical survey documents as well as Tax Map pages,
plats of surveys, and unrecorded survey information.
The interactive map
can be easily accessed from Apple, Windows, and Android tablets
and phones as well as from desktop computers and laptops. The
map displays a representation of Butler County parcels, aerial
views, access to the plats of survey with an option to download
the plat, and other base maps. There are also links to the Butler
County Auditor's web site for real estate data and to the Butler
County Recorder's web site to view record plats with the option
to download the plat for each parcel and/or subdivision.
Interested users can
access the interactive map via a link on the Butler County Engineer's
Office web site at www.bceo.org. The link is located in
If users would prefer
to access the site directly, the specific web address is http://gis.bceo.org/.
on the Tax Map Interactive Map
The map has a new look
and some new capabilities. The parcel search, measure, print-to-PDF,
and legend tools will all be familiar to users of the old map.
One enhancement to the parcel search or click-and-identify is
the ability to link directly to the Butler County Recorder's
Office for the record plat. Click the names at the top panel
of the map to access these tools as well as some new tools:
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There is now a base
map tool which allows the user to choose from multiple background
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Another new tool is
the share feature which enables users to copy a link to the clipboard
or email the link to show a certain area of the map. When the
email recipient clicks on the link their browser will open automatically
zoomed to the noted parcel.
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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.
Updated GIS technology allows the Engineer's Office 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," said Tax Map / GIS
/ Records / IT Manager Lydia Thacker.
GIS is an acronym for
Geographical Information System and has become an increasingly
important tool in the field of engineering. It 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 new GIS technology
is being integrated with more traditional forms of map record
keeping that allows 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
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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