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Oil counties use GIS to catch up, plan ahead: Specialist helps map out rapid growth

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DICKINSON — As roads, buildings and people change daily in the oilfield, sometimes officials just need a bird’s-eye view.

So county agencies turn to maps, often with geographic information system staff, to see where growth is occurring or may occur. Maps range from showing simple but ever-changing things, like roads, to where workforce housing is or where drilling will take place.

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