GIS in Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants

Discussion created by Wolseley on Aug 27, 2012
Latest reply on Jul 11, 2016 by TurfImageINC
I work at a large Wastewater Treatment Plant. We have constructed a Geodatabase for all our Plant's Piping, Valves, Manholes, and other assets (including Electrical and Fiber Optic). Our Plant staff routinely use our ArcGIS Server Map Viewer (constructed in Flex), for example, to locate Piping and Isolation Valves which can be done in a matter of seconds. Whereas before GIS, the staff had to scounge and pile through dozens of drawings to locate what they need which sometimes took hours or days. Thanks to GIS we now know where all our buried utilities are located in a very specific sense instead of the general area. To date we have 78 piping systems, hundreds of miles of piping (above ground, buried, in tunnels, and basements), 1,200 isolation valves, 300 manholes, etc... in our Plant GIS.

Are there other Water or Wastewater Treatment Plants that use GIS? please share your stories/experiences. Why did you choose to use GIS? Why are you not using GIS? What barriers have you or do you expect to encounter? How are you using GIS?

NOTE: This is not GIS for distribution/collection systems, this discussion pertains specifically to GIS inside Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants.