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Snow Mapping

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by jhall22guitar, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    I know some contractors like to use snow maps to show operators where to pile snow, shovel, etc.

    What software does everyone use to edit the maps? Anything free? Microsoft Office is making me want to shoot myself today.
  2. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Weve always pulled Google Earth images and used Microsoft Paint to draw propert boundaries, designated snow pile locations, hazards, ect. Its a little time consuming, but its free and easy.
  3. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,946

    findlotsize.com or as mentioned above, google earth.
  4. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Can't do a route drive through and point with your index finger?
  5. oarwhat

    oarwhat Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Sure he can go and show them. And they'll forget half of it.
  6. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    That becomes time consuming when you have to do it with 10 different guys that each have the possibility of doing 3 or 4 different routes.
  7. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    Print said pics with locations highlighted.

    If they can't get it.....

    And a dry run in in everyone's best interest.
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,396

    I'm just happy not to see shopping carts in the piles

    Pics, drive, maps are all good ideas, expecially on the split lots.
  9. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    Im on the property management end of the business this year, local company that is hiring another company to plow our parking lots and rentals. Our company doesn't have the equipment, and hasn't in a few years, to do snow removal on our properties. Im hoping to change it and bring it back in house in the next few years.

    The issue I have is that even at 21 I am the most experienced person on the management end of snow removal in the company, 2 years as a manager for a company with 50+ sites as well as working in residential for the prior 4 years with my father. I was just never in charge of making the snow maps that we handed out, so I am looking to do that this year to give to our contractor to help maximize the amount of parking we can retain, and also hope he comes out before there is 2 feet of snow on the ground.

    And yes pointing the finger works as long as you are in the truck with them every time. Some people never learn, and 1olddogtwo, I agree with the shopping carts in the piles, seeing those at the end of a season was never good.