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GIS, GPS, and Asset Management

City of Moncton GIS and GPS Services

The City of Moncton Engineering Department’s GIS group provides information services in the form of maps, digital data, system integration, information management and analysis primarily for municipal requirements. We also offer some of the same services to the public, to businesses, educators and other levels of government.  


Geographical Information System (GIS)
Global Positioning System (GPS)
Asset Management

Geographical Information System (GIS)

Representation of GIS layers (three maps)

Representation of GIS layers (three maps

What is GIS?


GIS is a computer-based system that collects, and displays all forms of geographical information. The information includes both the location and the description of a tracked piece of infrastructure. For example, the GIS information collected for a fire hydrant would include its manufacturer, the houses it can serve within a specified distance, the water pressure, installation date, and more.

Potential uses include:

  • choosing fire station sites 
  • targeting market segments 
  • planning water or wastewater distribution networks 
  • responding to emergencies 
  • defining boundaries or zones 
  • and much more


Our GIS information includes:

  • Street centerline with street names 
  • Civic address points 
  • Road outline 
  • Land parcels 
  • Utilities 
  • Hydrology 
  • Terrain features / contour line 
  • Sidewalks 
  • Poles 
  • Signs 
  • Aerial photos

Free downloadable maps:

What we offer:

The City's GIS team strives to bring together accurate and up-to-date geographic information in a user-friendly format to increase the efficiency of City government.

We offer services in the form of maps, digital data, and analysis to all levels of government, businesses, educators and the public.

General and custom maps or digital data can be purchased for $25 or more, depending on amount of work required.

GIS offers support to other municipal business systems such as asset management; computer aided design (CAD); maintenance management; police and fire dispatching; modeling transportation, water and wastewater networks; and document management.

We also support the following regional services: ambulance dispatching, search & rescue, emergency management, Canadian Forces, air quality, public transit, real estate, E911, Elections NB, national road databases and Statistics Canada, among others.


Example of typical map

Example of typical map

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Global Positioning System (GPS)

The City of Moncton Engineering Department's GIS group uses field information and data collected by the City's Capital and Survey division for mapping maintenance and data distribution services. We serve GIS-based municipal needs regionally. Field work includes surveying and mapping, driveway profiles, drainage surveys, site layout, above and below ground asset pickup, and more.

Surveyors, engineers and others who need accurate, real-time GPS data now have access to a modern geospatial reference system for the Greater Moncton region.

We offer a reliable GPS reference station. From this station we provide: 

  • post-processed information to the Province of New Brunswick's Active Control Network System 
  • GPS real-time service via subscription within a 30 kilometre radius of Moncton

GPS service area  

Potential applications include: 

  • cadastral surveys (referring to a registry of lands); 
  • engineering layouts; 
  • topographic surveys (mapping roads, buildings, boundaries, railways); 
  • GIS mapping; 
  • hydrographic surveys (detailed mapping of bodies of water such as bays, harbours, rivers or lakes); 
  • and much more.
Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) service with centimetre-level accuracy in both vertical and horizontal dimensions.  
Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) service with centimetre-level accuracy in both vertical and horizontal dimensions.

GPS Network Benefits

  • supports real-time 3D positioning to a centimetre-level accuracy; 
  • is operated 24/7 and managed during business hours with help desk support; 
  • reduces physical infrastructure costs for the installation, survey, maintenance and replacement of many densely located survey control monuments; 
  • increases productivity with highly-portable GPS systems; 
  • provides access to the most modern region of the provincial geospatial reference system; 
  • is federally surveyed and provincially authorized; 
  • allows the Province of New Brunswick to provide free post-processed information derived from the City of Moncton's GPS system. 

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Asset Management

The Engineering Department is currently in the process of developing an Asset Management program for the City's right-of-way infrastructure (roads, water and wastewater pipes). This system incorporates asset and maintenance records, condition assessments and locations from GIS and financial planning. In time, the asset management system will be more helpful as we populate the information databases, track work on the assets and help with benchmark decision making.

Our group provides valued planning information to decision makers on infrastructure repair and replacement strategies and their financial impacts.

What is Asset Management? Asset management helps identify the optimum time to upgrade or replace infrastructure and can significantly reduce overall infrastructure costs.

Example of Asset Management application


Asset management equipment-High speed data collection vehicle

State-of-the-art vehicle is used to conduct an assessment of the pavement condition of city streets

Why we need Asset Management: 

  • Aging roads, water and sewer pipes; 
  • Public demands for higher levels of service; 
  • Limited financial resources; 
  • Population growth/decline.

What we own:

  • 500 km of water pipes. That's equivalent to the distance between Moncton and Rivière-du-Loup! 
  • 700 km of sewer pipes. That's equivalent to the distance between Moncton and Quebec City!
  • 950 km of road lane kilometres. That's equivalent to the distance between Moncton and Montreal!

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