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    Sidewalk inventory / survey tools

    Does anyone have or know of any good sidewalk inventory/survey tools that may be out there? Something that is already developed to help organize field observations? We will be doing a sidewalk survey in the near future for our arterial and collector streets.
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    New high resolution digital aerial photos and an intern with a GPS.

    Thats what we did. You can get around 90% with just the photos, but we hired an intern, bought him a bike and handed him a GPS unit to map out the areas we needed to install or replace. Worked great. Even did it for residential neighborhoods. You'd never believe what a college kid with a bike, an ipod, making $10/hr can do.

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    Quote Originally posted by Planner22
    New high resolution digital aerial photos and an intern with a GPS.

    Thats what we did. You can get around 90% with just the photos, but we hired an intern, bought him a bike and handed him a GPS unit to map out the areas we needed to install or replace. Worked great. Even did it for residential neighborhoods. You'd never believe what a college kid with a bike, an ipod, making $10/hr can do.
    Haha, that's exactly what I'm doing (interning). Except, I'm using a Ford Crown Vic, my own two legs, and a zoning map and a red pen. I'm only doing bike trails though. Nevertheless, they are quite numerous and always changing in my neck of the woods.
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    Are you thinking of colecting data from points? ArcPad might help

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    Quote Originally posted by Chet
    Are you thinking of colecting data from points? ArcPad might help
    Folks, keep in mind that I'm in Menonite country (or Amish if you prefer). I don't believe that you can accurately assess the condition of the sidewalk from ariel photos. I'm looking to collect data on width and condition - not just the presence of sidewalks.
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    Autocad with colored poly-lines denoting condition of curbs in each area Red- bad - need replaced, orange - minor repairs, yellow - OK, green - good.
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