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There are a large number of FOSS options that would be suitable for a project like this. I am going to end up recommending that you use QGIS. I will address the question in three parts: Non-GIS options. GIS options, and why I recommend QGIS. Some pointers to QGIS tutorials. Non-GIS options Since you have come to a GIS-focused site, you are indicating ...


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If you do choose to use a CAD, rather than GIS program for your needs, There are also open-source CAD programs like QCAD.


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A free tool that will help you explore what you can do within GIS, is QGIS. It will most likely be a little tricky to digitize and import the information but you can start with loading a basemap (say Openstreetmap) and trace out the boundary of your property. Then, you can try to import some scans of your paper copies and geo-rectify them. This just means ...


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I have done something simular (for ArcGIS) in the past manually but you could take these steps and make an automated process out of it. The method I used was something like this: Convert the pipes to points using "Feature Vertices To Points" (ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced) using the start parameter as the Point Type. 1.1 If you don’t have the advance ...


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Before you use ObjectIDs, know they can change (ArcMap ObjectID seems to be getting changed, any ideas what might be doing it?) You can use the field calculator (Geometry) to get the starting X,Y and Ending X,y of each line segment. Then using a python cursor step through the lines using the starting point to select a manhole within say 10 feet, if not ...


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There is a Leaflet plugin called Leaflet Draw https://github.com/Leaflet/Leaflet.draw You would have to write some code to export the drawing to a data file, ie. GeoJSON, that the user would download...



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