The GeoMapper is a GIS application, developed using ESRI's ArcView GIS, that allows Coast Guard Pacific Region staff to view, query and analyze spatial business data. With the GeoMapper you can:
History of GeoMapper Development
At the beginning of 1996, a consultant was contracted by Coast Guard in the Pacific Region to produce a GIS strategy document that would help to determine how GIS could be used more effectively within CCG. The contractor conducted interviews with Coast Guard personnel and compiled information on what types of geographic data sources existed within the Coast Guard and could be used within a GIS. The final document, the CCG - Pacific Region GIS Strategy, was completed on May 10, 1996.
Find charts for a particular location
Use the GeoMapper to find and display a chart for a particular area or point simply by clicking the mouse at the desired location on a map of British Columbia. The GeoMapper will determine which charts cover the location and will display a list from which you can choose a chart to be displayed on the screen. Then choose which types of information you would like to display 'on top' of the chart.
Use the GeoMapper to find a chart for a particular place name simply by entering the name. The GeoMapper will determine which charts cover that place name and will display a list from which you can choose a chart to be displayed on the screen.
Use the GeoMapper to find a chart by its number. Enter the chart number (ie. 3463) and the chart will be displayed on the screen.
Create maps to display only certain features
Use the GeoMapper to display only aids made of concrete in the Prince Rupert area.
Use the GeoMapper to display only SAR incidents that involved the RCMP.
Create maps with various feature classifications
Use the GeoMapper to classify all CCG Auxiliary sites by SAR Zone. Each site's location might be shown in a different colour according to zone.
Use the GeoMapper to classify all SAR incidents by class, with each incident given a different symbol shape according to the class of incident.
Measure distances and calculate travel times
Use the GeoMapper to measure the range and bearing (distance and direction) between two points of land.
Use the GeoMapper to calculate the travel time between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert if travelling at 12 knots.
Analyze geographic data
Use one of the GeoMapper's maps to pinpoint the location of a SAR incident, then tell the GeoMapper to find the nearest Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit to that incident. The site will then be highlighted on the screen and database details can then be displayed and/or printed.
Use the GeoMapper to determine all SAR incidents that have occurred in the last 2 months within 5 NM of a particular beacon. Then display the selected SAR incidents on a map or chart, and include it in a Word document as an image ('picture'). Or use the GeoMapper to display all the incidents in a table, and/or export and email to other interested parties. Or export the selected incidents into Excel and use the data in a bar chart or graph (for example, different bars for incidents occurring within 5 NM, 10 NM, and 15 NM).
Update vessel positions
Use the GeoMapper to determine the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of a particular vessel. The GeoMapper determines the distance between certain places on a map, and then based on user input of the vessel speed, calculates an approximate ETA.
Use the GeoMapper to display a map of current vessel positions in a particular harbour with updates every 15 minutes. The vessels can be classified according to type, with labels describing the vessel name or company.