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Implementing and Using GIS in Water Distribution Systems. Jason Britton GIS/Contract Coordinator Madison County Water Department. Reasons to Implement GIS. Increased Accuracy in Identifying Your Infrastructure Field Aid for System Operators, Inspectors, and Construction Crews

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implementing and using gis in water distribution systems

Implementing and Using GIS in Water Distribution Systems

Jason Britton

GIS/Contract Coordinator

Madison County Water Department

reasons to implement gis
Reasons to Implement GIS
  • Increased Accuracy in Identifying Your Infrastructure
  • Field Aid for System Operators, Inspectors, and Construction Crews
  • Increased Ability to Plan for Construction Projects Such As Main Upgrades or New Main Installation
  • Increased Accuracy of Information Given to the Public
reasons to implement gis cont
Reasons to Implement GIS (Cont.)
  • Identify Areas that Need Fire Protection
  • Establish Distinct Service Zone Borders
  • Identify Areas of Lost Revenue
  • Retiring Employees
  • Stay Ahead of Government Mandates
cost of implementing gis
Cost of Implementing GIS
  • The Cost of Implementing GIS Can Seem Very Expensive
  • In Reality, Cost Can be Surprisingly Low
  • A Water Provider Can Implement GIS for the Cost of a Computer w/ an Internet Connection, GPS Equipment, and Basic GIS Software
  • Software Training, Hiring a Consultant, or Hiring GIS Personnel
gis implementation
GIS Implementation
  • Identify Your GIS Priorities
  • Coordinate With Other County Entities
  • Look Online for Free GIS Data
  • Start with the Basics – Big Pieces of Infrastructure to Smaller Ones
  • Rely on Your Fellow Employees for Help
  • Be Dedicated to the Process
  • Realize a GIS is Always a Work in Progress
types of info to include
Types of Info to Include
  • Main Size, Type, Depth, Distance off Pavement
  • Valve Locations in Relation To Road Centerline or Edges of Pavement
  • Building Footprints and Addresses
  • Possible Utility Hazards
  • Data on Water Facilities