I am in a road association and we maintain our own 3 mile dirt road. In doing research on best practices for maintenance I discovered that other organizations use some mapping/GIS programs to help.
I know very little about GIS in general and wonder what would be good resources to start with.
More specifically, is there a generic program I can use to create a map of the road, then use it to collaborate with others to track issues with the road, map points on it and keep a history of maintenance?
If not, is there a base for this kind of thing and can a developer build one in a reasonable amount of time? I am a software developer and would b more than happy to spend time on this project if that is required to get different pieces working.
The road is in Vermont.
Basically what I am hoping for is the following:
- Software that allows me to drive a specific route and store that as a working model.
- Download some GPS/County information to automagically set elevations, etc.
- Allow multiple people to use the software and share information
- Look at historical data over time (e.g. locations of potholes, bad ice, washboarding in a certain year or month - and view that as a report) - or some other means of collecting and storing data sets and keeping them distinct in time.
Please disabuse me of any unreasonable expectations or educate me on what I should be looking for.