Lawrence County GIS platform changing to WTH Engineering’s ThinkGIS platform

BEDFORD – The Lawrence County Commissioners Tuesday morning approved a contract with WTH Engineering’s ThinkGIS platform to provide Lawrence County with a GIS mapping system.

Lawrence County Surveyor Corey Allen

“Our current provider, Schneider Geospatial, has notified us that Elevate will not be supported and Elevate clients will be required to transition to their Beacon platform,” said Lawrence County Surveyor Corey Allen.

WTH operates GIS for more than 30 Indiana counties.

The target date for this transition is this fall, Allen added. There is no mobile app with this new system.

“The two systems are very similar but it does take a little longer to zoom in and out but they are working on that issue,” added Allen. “The system can be used on a phone but works much better on a tablet or computer. All the same, information will be available like taxes, and property deed information, it is just different technology.”

The cost of the new service to transition to the new service will be $28,084, with an annual fee of $8,800. Maintenance fees are built into the annual GIS fee. The transition fee will be paid from existing funds in the Surveyor’s budget and the annual fee will be paid out of the Auditor’s Plat Book fund or out of the Surveyor’s budget.

“It will take WTH about three months to develop the system and be available for training in the fall of 2023,” added Allen. “I would plan to go live with WTH on January 1, 2024.”