Breaking Ground

Necessity is the mother of invention.

That’s how the idea for Breaking Ground came into play.

Developers, contractors, architects and real estate agents were asking the company I worked for if there was a good way to track development projects in the region.   There was no uniform system for this.

They want a way to see photos, permits, zoning changes, maps and more of any project in the region.  That means we have to pull geospatial data, scrape hundreds of sites, aggregate it all together and put it into a presentable format.   Not a very simple task.

Thanks to the spatial relationship changes that have came into MySQL over the last few versions, we are able to bring what would have been an incredibly expensive or tedious process into an open source system.  At the end of the day, once development is done, someone who isn’t extremely technical is going to need to be able to browse, add, edit, update and delete entries.  That’s why we chose WordPress as the backbone for the whole project.

Scraping is handled via a proprietary system to normalize all data before automatically importing via WP All Import Pro.

It’s still under development and there are plenty of changes daily.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please ring in below.