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About Beltrami County GIS

What we do:

  • Administer the county’s enterprise geographic information system which consists of desktop, server, and web-based technology, data, and databases
  • Administer the 911 locatable addressing process, assign new physical addresses to properties in Beltrami County and maintain data that is critical for mapping and locating addresses in emergency response situations
  • Provide technical and project support to staff in other county departments that utilize GIS software and apps in the performance of their duties, both in the office and in the field
  • Integrate information from other county departments and databases with GIS applications to give county employees, residents, and businesses the information and tools they need to make informed, data-driven decisions
  • Maintain GIS datasets in the enterprise system, conduct data audits and data security assessments, and work to make data as accurate and reliable as possible for those who use it
  • Prepare maps and plat books
  • Coordinate the acquisition of remote sensing data such as aerial imagery and LiDAR
  • Respond to a variety of questions related to property parcels and the local government information that is associated with them
  • Coordinate the county’s public land survey system (PLSS) corner remonumentation and preservation project, including compiling historical records and preparing new Certificates of Location (COL)
  • Scan, archive, and preserve land survey documents
  • Provide electronic access to land survey records and PLSS corner documents

What is a Geographic Information System?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) refers to a computer system where geographic information is created, stored, and maintained, and where computer programs are used to visualize, analyze, and interact with geographic information. GIS integrates location data (where things are) with descriptive information (the characteristics of what exists there). It helps us understand patterns, relationships, and geographic context, and it enhances the power of maps by integrating with other record-keeping and information systems.


What is Geospatial Technology?

Geospatial Technology includes: 

  • Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Analysis
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Positioning, including GPS-enabled data collection
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, such as satellite and aerial imagery
  • 3D Scanning, such as LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)

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