Spalding DeDecker (SD) developed the Elementary and Middle School boundary maps for Plymouth-Canton Schools. The school district had closed some schools and revised their boundaries. SD has worked with them closely to create two separate maps, one for the elementary and one for the middle schools, to show the school locations and boundaries using various GIS computer tools.
Spalding DeDecker used a paper map provided by the school district and used a rubber-sheeting technique called geo-referencing in GIS to fit the map to real world coordinates. The school locations and boundaries located on the paper map were hand-digitized and converted to GIS files. SD used various map-making and graphic design tools within the ESRI ArcGIS software to prepare the maps per the client’s requirement. SD also converted the GIS into Google-Earth format which allowed the client to overlay the school boundaries on the Google Earth application.