Climate resiliency

MWEA 96th Annual Conference Featuring “More Than a Pretty Map” increasing public safety & budget savings

June 27, 2021

The Michigan Water Environmental Association (MWEA) is hosting its 96th Annual Conference, June 27-30.  This is a virtual/in-person hybrid event with options for virtual participation or in-person attendance at the beautiful Boyne Mountain Resort.

The conference will feature sessions on Collections, Climate Resiliency, PFAS, Utility Management, Residuals and Biosolids, Wastershed and Stormwater Management, and other important topics, and fun activities including a golf scramble, water activities, receptions, exhibitors (outdoors in tents), and more.

SCS Engineer’s Remote Monitoring Control specialist, Brett Heist, is co-presenting on “More Than a Pretty Map – GIS Covers Your Assets” (Session 1A: Collections, Monday, June 28 at 1:00 pm)

We have a GIS map, now what? This presentation will highlight how to best utilize GIS platforms and expand on them in new and creative ways to help leverage functionality and maximize the availability of information. For 2D (horizontal) assets, there are some unique methods to plan for capital improvements and streamline data storage and access. Below are a few examples that are being implemented in the City of Zeeland:

Similar to most major cities and townships, the City has a comprehensive GIS map for its Storm, Sanitary, Water, and Streets. This map includes information about each asset within the system: material, size, inverts, condition, business risk, and even televised inspection videos for some of the storm and sanitary lines.

This information was combined into a comprehensive capital improvement map that the City uses to plan for 5-year improvements, significantly improving the efficiency of planning and budgeting, while ultimately providing the public with safer infrastructure.

The televised inspection videos are immediately attached to the respective asset once uploaded to a cloud-based storage system from the field. All of this information is accessible at the click of a mouse, available anywhere with an internet connection.

For 3D (Vertical) assets, entire buildings can be accessed in the same manner as horizontal assets inside a 3D online viewer. Some examples that this presentation will highlight include:

  • The Zeeland Clean Water Plant RAS Building: AutoCAD data was used to create a 3D GIS viewer of this building and the assets inside it. Asset information, such as blower and pump sizes and O&M tasks, can be accessed at the click of a button without having to sort through shop drawings and as-builts.
  • Another example of implementing 3D GIS data like this was for MobileGR who uses a 3D GIS model to store asset data and maintenance tasks for every one of their nine parking ramps in downtown Grand Rapids.

To summarize, utilizing GIS platforms to their maximum potential enhances the efficiency of maintenance/inspection activities and improves the reliability of physical infrastructure throughout a community, leading to increased public safety and financial savings.

The MWEA Conference covers a wealth of other important topics on water management.  Click here for the complete program and registration information.

Register today!

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 12:00 am