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, Watershed and Stormwater Management, 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)

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We have a GIS map; now what? This presentation will highlight how to 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:

Like 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 planning and budgeting efficiency 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, you can access entire buildings 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 its assets. 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.


Posted by Laura Dorn at 12:00 am

ESRI Free Webinar on GIS and Drones for Environmental Field Operations

April 28, 2021

Esri is hosting a free webinar on how “GIS Improves Field Operations for Environmental Projects” on April 28 at 10:00 am (PDT).

SCS professionals Cesar Leon and Joy Stephens are co-presenting on “Using Drones and ArcGIS Field Apps for Operational Efficiency at Landfills”.  Cesar and Joy are SCS Remote Monitoring and Control (RMC) professionals.

The webinar will also feature a presentation about “Future Forward Data Collection Technologies,” by professionals from AECOM.

Field data acquisition and site monitoring are key activities for environmental projects. Mobile GIS technology has quickly become a critical component of successful environmental management projects. Firms are improving their field operations and expanding the value of their services using mobile apps. In this webinar, you will learn how two environmental firms use ArcGIS field applications to locate sites and assets, access system information, collect field data, and provide real-time information.

Attendees will gain valuable insights on the following:

  • Maximizing field efficiency with apps
  • Managing field operations in real time
  • Working in offline remote areas

Esri is a global market leader in GIS, including ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software.


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Posted by Laura Dorn at 1:00 pm