MORGANTOWN — After more than two years in the making, the county has launched its GIS, or Geographic Information System, website for public access.

The site was announced at the Wednesday, June 15, meeting of the Monongalia County Commission, and is available at monwv.agdmaps.com/mon.

GIS uses aerial photography and computer software to analyze, manipulate, manage and present geographical information.

In December 2013, the commission approved a $345,000 contract with Atlas Geographic — paid over the course of three years — to get the county’s GIS mapping in place.

Last August, the commission approved a pair of contracts totaling $38,500. Those contract included an $18,500 agreement with Blue Mountain Inc., out of Wadestown, to provide the aerial photography.

“This is valuable information to the public that they can really see what they have and what the lines are,” Commission President Eldon Callen said. “It’s also going to be an asset to fire departments, public service districts, the cities, the Morgantown Utility Board and others.”