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Reeves County Appraisal District Upgrading Services


Last year, our GIS department worked with Reeves CAD in order to update their GIS database and ensure it was compliant with Texas state legislation. The update included keeping the database accessible for the public. Following the successful conclusion of the database updating operation, Reeves CAD transitioned to our GIS Maintenance service in order to keep the database up to date going forward. Reeves CAD was very happy with our service and have now adopted our GIS Interactive Map, Property Search, and Website Hosting services, which are currently live! Reeves CAD is using our new and improved website. Check it out! http://www.reevescad.org/
 
For additional information about our services, drop us an email at admin@bisconsultants.com or call us at 800-247-9045.
 


BIS Consulting provided Complete Network Installation for Thomas Y. Pickett & Company

Complete Network Installation for Thomas Y. Pickett & Company
You may have heard that BIS Consulting offers a full IT management service. We can cover everything from server maintenance and equipment installations to software upgrades and network monitoring. Last October, BIS was contracted by Thomas Y. Pickett & Company (TYP) for a complete turn-key network installation. TYP relocated their corporate office to Addison Tower and was in need of a network upgrade to support their growing staff and to meet future objectives. The result was a top of the line network, ideal for a small growing corporate office. The project included 150 CAT6e data ports, 3 Dell N2000 Family Switches, 2 Sonicwall TZ400s, Unifi distributed Wi-Fi, and a fiber internet connection to support the network. Ten new Dell workstations rounded out the end user portion of the system. BIS flawlessly completed the entire project in less than 3 weeks, thanks to their team of talented IT experts.
 
TYP is a business partner of BIS Consulting and attended our 2016 TechCon. As a sponsor and exhibitor, they took all attendees on a field trip to their office to showcase their new place and what BIS had done for them.
 
Do you have an IT hardware or software project where you would like the reassurance of professional, qualified, friendly and approachable technicians? Contact BIS Consulting to discuss your needs. We can cover all aspects of your IT project, including the design and planning of an upgrade, the installation, and any additional training or support you may need afterward.
 
For additional information about our IT services, drop us an email at admin@bisconsultants.com or call us at 800-247-9045.
 

Brookshire Municipal Water District is Now Using Three GIS Services from BIS Consulting!

Brookshire Municipal Water District now using BIS Consulting's GIS Interactive Map and GIS Maintenance service
BIS Consulting is excited to announce our first Water District GIS client! The Brookshire Municipal Water District has been using our website design and hosting service for two years now, and have recently added three new services from our GIS team: GIS Production, GIS Maintenance, and the GIS Interactive Map. These services will include the process of migrating their existing water and sewage lines from paper maps and plans into a new digital format database. Once the initial GIS Production task has been completed and all of the Brookshire Municipal Water District’s data is held via electronic means, the information will be made available through an internal GIS Interactive Map accessible from within the Brookshire Municipal office. Finally, our GIS team will be maintaining the database on an ongoing basis to ensure that the information is kept up to date.
 
For additional information about our GIS services, drop us an email at admin@bisconsultants.com or call us at 800-247-9045.
 

BIS Consulting Welcomes Gillespie Central Appraisal District!

Gillespie Central Appraisal District now using BIS Consulting's GIS Interactive Map and GIS Maintenance service
BIS Consulting is pleased to welcome the Gillespie Central Appraisal District to our family as a new client! Gillespie CAD has elected to go with our GIS Maintenance and GIS Interactive Map services, which means our GIS team will take over the management and updating of their existing mapping database as well as providing the interactive web-based map solution.
 
For additional information about our GIS services, drop us an email at admin@bisconsultants.com or call us at 800-247-9045.
 

Happy New Year 2017: BIS Consulting 2016 in Review

BIS Consulting's Year in Review for 2016
The New Year can be a time for quiet reflection upon the previous twelve months with a view to looking at the coming year. Much like 2015, 2016 was a busy year for BIS Consulting. Let’s take a look…
 
BIS Consulting GIS Database Clean upIn March of 2016, the GIS team completed a database clean-up operation, the culmination of many hours of work. The operation removed over fifty thousand errors from over thirty counties in the database, which made the maps look better and improved the reliability and performance of working with the mapping data and queries.
 
In April, BIS Consulting introduced a temporary new British manager who gave the existing joint Chief Executives, Britt Martin and Brandon Kay, “the heave ho.” Plans for BIS Consulting included insisting drivers use the left side of the street, “sidewalks” be renamed as “pavements” and at least two “roundabouts” (traffic circles) installed in the vicinity of the office. Fortunately, the management change was an April Fool’s joke. Gotcha!
 
BIS Consulting Troy Sloan Good Neighbor Award2016 was a busy year for conferences. The team attended or supported the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts Annual Conference (TAAD), the 82nd Tax Assessor-Collectors Association Conference (TACA), the TAAO & ICTA Annual Conference, and the 26th Annual SCAUG. We also attended and sponsored the Texas Rural Chief Appraisers Conference (TRCA) where, Britt Martin and Brandon Kay, were awarded the Troy Sloan Good Neighbor Award. Rounding off the year, we held our very own TechCon, which ran at the end of November to early December. For the TechCon 2016, we had a number of special guests, including Sterling Harris, Chad Prather, and Luke Wade.
 
BIS Consulting Develops New Website Theme for Texas County Appraisal DistrictsIn October, we unveiled our new website theme, which our development and marketing teams had been working on for some considerable time. Not only does the new theme look beautiful, but is now fully compatible on smartphones and tablets as well as laptops and desktop computers. We will be beginning the new website theme migration process in the second quarter of 2017.
 
Of course, the BIS team has been busy working for and with our clients! During the year, we have replaced old servers and infrastructure across the state with new equipment, as well as welcoming Cooke County, Navarro County, Schleicher County, and Van Zandt County, plus many others, to our family!

City of Brookshire Now Using GIS Interactive Map

City of Brookshire Now Using BIS Consulting's GIS Interactive Map
During a recent visit to the Brookshire Municipal Water District, the Mayor of Brookshire, Eric Scott, recognized Britt, Brandon, and Kenneth from BIS Consulting and started a discussion about the services that could be offered to him. As a result of that discussion, the City of Brookshire has now adopted the GIS Interactive Map Service, which uses Waller County Appraisal District’s existing database, but makes it accessible within the City of Brookshire offices. The City office is using our GIS Interactive Map for the most up-to-date city boundary and parcel information as part of their plan to smartly and strategically develop the City of Brookshire, which is just thirty miles away from Houston, America’s fourth largest city.
 
For additional information about our GIS services, drop us an email at admin@bisconsultants.com or call us at 800-247-9045.
 

BIS Consulting’s GIS Team is now providing Wharton County’s 911 Addressing Interactive Map!


BIS Consulting is pleased to announce that Wharton County’s 911 Addressing Office has joined the BIS family, and we are now providing them with our GIS Interactive Map! The 911 Addressing Office uses a very specific way of recording address information, which is applied across the entire county. There are two ways the 911 Addressing Office database is structured for the most accurate and useful of information. The first is that route and box numbers have been replaced with numerical street address information. Street addresses are assigned according to the distance a building is along a given road, with each mile divided into 1,000 numbers. As such, a structure that is 0.3 of a mile along a street will have an address of 300. Additionally, even numbers are on the right side of the road and odd numbers are on the left.
 
The database contains address information for both businesses and residences, and is used by the United States Postal Service, local businesses (such as delivery companies), and of course, citizens by making it easy to locate properties and buildings. We are very pleased that our GIS team has been entrusted with this critical information, and being given this responsibility will continue to highlight the strength and depth of experience within our team!
 
For more information about our GIS capabilities and how we can help your office, please give us a call at: 800-247-9045 or email us at: admin@bisconsultants.com

BIS Welcomes Three New Clients: Navarro, Moore, and San Saba County Appraisal Districts!


BIS Consulting would like to extend a warm welcome to our three newest clients: Navarro Central Appraisal District, Moore County Appraisal District, and San Saba County Appraisal District! These three counties have signed up for a number of different services. The Navarro Central Appraisal District is now benefiting from multiple services including ProActive IT Maintenance and Support, Automated Backups, Website Hosting, Interactive Map, Online Protest, and Property Search.
 
Moore County Appraisal District is also benefiting from our Interactive Map, Property Search, and Website Hosting services, but they have also added GIS Maintenance. San Saba County Appraisal District has opted for our GIS Production, GIS Maintenance, Interactive Map, Property Search, and Website Hosting services after detailed discussions with our Client Relations personnel, Sterling Harris. As part of San Saba’s GIS Production service, the county will be switching to a digital map service, and BIS Consulting will be converting all of their existing paper maps to the new digital format.
 
For more information about our range of IT, GIS, and Sites services, you can call us at: 800-247-9045 or email us at: admin@bisconsultants.com

Zavala County Appraisal District Gets The New BIS Website Theme

BIS Consulting is very pleased to announce that our latest website has now gone live! The Zavala County Appraisal District is our first website client to receive the new, upgraded, and improved BIS website theme! The new theme includes an improved and easier to use site layout and a revised color scheme. Behind the scenes, our developers have completely optimized the browser experience for smartphones and other mobile devices by making the websites much faster and more user-friendly on the small screens!

We are in the process of migrating our existing websites to the new theme, and we will be starting with the Property Search and Online Protest webpages first. The entire migration project is expected to be complete by the end of March 2017. If you are joining us at the BIS Consulting TechCon from November 29th through December 2nd, we will have a full demo of the new website theme! We will also provide some training on how to make website changes and updates within the new theme. If you are interested in attending the conference, be sure to contact us! For now, you can visit the new Zavala CAD website here: www.zavalacad.com

BIS Consulting Are At The 23rd Annual Texas Rural Chief Appraiser’s Conference

The 23rd Annual Texas Rural Chief Appraiser’s Conference is being held from November 13th through 15th at The Omni Hotel in Southpark, Austin. This year the TRCA is running a range of presentations on topics as diverse as “Finding the Funny in Change” and “Oil & Gas in a Downturned Economy.” As a proud partner of the TRCA, BIS Consulting is once again designing and hosting the conference scheduling application that will be available to attendees free of charge for all smartphones. The scheduler app provides attendees a customized, personal schedule for the entire conference, information on the venue and a directory of the sponsors, presenters and attendees. The application can even connect with your social media accounts, which is great for sharing information, and getting to know the other attendees to help build your network of like-minded industry contacts.
 
In addition to providing the schedule app, BIS Consulting is also proud to support the TRCA conference by providing the signs and banners. If you are attending the conference, or would like to know more, be sure to visit trcai.org/conference.

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