Costello offers a wide range of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services that can be tailored to fit almost any application or project budget. As constant changes and innovations in GIS technology become available, Costello’s team of GIS engineers and analysts are consistently staying on the cutting-edge of this curve. By leveraging the newest available GIS technology, we provide our clients with answers to front-end engineering questions more quickly, and at a lower cost than ever before, thus helping stakeholders visualize specific issues and make more confident decisions early in a project’s life. GIS technology is used to build and maintain an inventory of any physical feature on the earth, or any form of information that is tied to a location. We can provide the latest in remote sensing data and large, seamless data sets. In addition, Costello employs a diverse range of GPS sensors and tools that can be utilized for a wide array of applications. We offer a full range of GIS solutions, from data collection and mapping to cloud based web services for database hosting. We have experience in making our GIS solutions easy to use, intuitive and customized to the client’s needs.

GIS Services Include:

  • Utility and Infrastructure Mapping
  • Data and Attribute Collection
  • Field Data Collection
  • Database Management
  • Hosting of Cloud Based Web Services
  • Aerial Photography Overlay
  • Floodplain Management
  • Land Development Feasibility Assessment
  • Consulting Services
  • Training Services for Implementation of GIS and Use of Data Collection Devices
  • LiDAR Data Collection
  • Needs Assessment
  • Product Enhancement
  • High Definition Terrestrial Laser Scanning (Coming Soon)
  • Drone Data Collection of Aerial Photography and Topography (Coming Soon)

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Grand Lakes MUD No. 1, 2 and 4

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The Grand Lakes Utility Districts in northern Fort Bend County maintain infrastructure that is likely halfway through its useful life. As a result, the Districts have recognized the need to increase the efficiency of maintenance operations efforts. One of the solutions provided by Costello was to update the antiquated system of paper and raster-based utility maps into a fully functional GIS database. The resulting system includes an interactive web-based map of all the Districts’ public infrastructure such as storm sewer systems, sanitary sewer systems and water distribution systems. The GIS also includes all pertinent information to the operation and maintenance of the utility systems, including all as-built construction drawings. Once Costello launches the system onto cloud based web servers, the Grand Lakes GIS can be fully integrated with the operations staff’s mobile devices. This will allow the operations staff to locate facilities in the field with the aid of real-time GPS location services.

Northwest Harris County MUD No. 5

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Costello provided GIS services for this Automated Mapping/Facilities Management (AM/FM) project for underground utilities. This project involved converting the District's hard-copy, as-built plans and electronic CAD files into GIS. All hard copy data was scanned and geo-referenced to State Plane Coordinates. Conversion was accomplished by “heads-up” digitizing from the scans in ArcGIS. Water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer lines were extracted from the CAD files and imported directly into ArcGIS. The final product was delivered to the District as a geo-database, with full network connectivity built-in for modeling applications. The system will be uploaded to a cloud based web server for use by the District operator and board members, giving them the ability to view an interactive web map of the District’s GIS from anywhere an internet connection is available. The GIS will be utilized by the District Operator to facilitate more efficient operations and maintenance tasks.

Spring Cypress Road Tree Survey

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As part of a landscaping contract for the beautification of Spring Cypress Road, the Northwest Harris County MUD No. 5 needed an inventory of all trees that had been planted along the roadway corridor. Costello performed field data collection of all the trees located within the District using mobile GPS data collection devices. Attributes were collected for each tree including its location, species, health status and digital picture. Using the latest mobile GPS and GIS software and equipment allowed the data to be collected at a fraction of the time and cost of conventional methods. The data was then provided to the client as a web service, which can be accessed by any computer or mobile device with a web browser and an internet connection. Costello also created a custom base map for the web service using aerial imagery that had recently been flown for the District, and optimized the imagery for viewing on the web.