J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land Surveying 101/29/15
Utility Survey of
Kill Van Kull, Newark Bay &
Upper NY Harbor
J...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S201/29/15
Outline
 Background
 Process
 Innovations
 Results
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S301/29/15
New York Harbor
Modernize the channels that serve the
local ports:
 Kil...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S401/29/15
Reason for the Survey
Port Authority could not start design, much less p...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S501/29/15
Utility Survey – 3 Hurdles
The deadline: How to complete the work in a 4...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S601/29/15
Meeting the Deadline
In a usual project the process is:
• Tasks are done...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S701/29/15
Resulting Work Flow
Tasks broken down by genre: notes, aerial mapping, u...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S801/29/15
Utility Survey Process
Research Documents
Locate Surface Evidence
Interp...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S901/29/15
Research
 United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
 Municipal Uti...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1001/29/15
Document Example
Source: NYCDEP
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1101/29/15
The process:
• Set up a local network for aerial control and for Real-T...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1201/29/15
Representation
How to present this data? We supplied CAD drawings and p...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1301/29/15
Representation
Many solutions:
•Every document was scanned.
• This allo...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1401/29/15
Digital Folder Example
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1501/29/15
E-Plot Example
 An e-plot is a format,
similar to a PDF that is
non-ed...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1601/29/15
Kill Van Kull & Newark Bay -- Utility Survey
Key Sheet Example
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1701/29/15
Upper New York Bay -- Utility Survey
Key Sheet Example
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1801/29/15
Upper New York Bay -- Utility Survey
Crossing Map Example
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1901/29/15
Conclusions
 Surveys were completed on-time and under budget.
 Survey...
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S2001/29/15
Questions
J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS
201 696-0296
lmorrison@mercatorgroup...
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Utility Survey of Kill Van Kull, Newark Bay and Upper NY Harbor

  1. 1. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land Surveying 101/29/15 Utility Survey of Kill Van Kull, Newark Bay & Upper NY Harbor J. R. Lemuel Morrison, PLS
  2. 2. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S201/29/15 Outline  Background  Process  Innovations  Results
  3. 3. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S301/29/15 New York Harbor Modernize the channels that serve the local ports:  Kill Van Kull/Newark Bay Channels deepened to 45’ for access to Port Newark/Elizabeth.  Seven key channels deepened to 50’ over the next few years.
  4. 4. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S401/29/15 Reason for the Survey Port Authority could not start design, much less planning, without specific data on the crossings. The number of crossings were not even known. No single entity, even the USACE, had complete or current records-- even the number of crossings. The Port Authority needed to know: • What utilities cross the project area? • Who owns them? • Where they are?
  5. 5. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S501/29/15 Utility Survey – 3 Hurdles The deadline: How to complete the work in a 4-month time period? Utility survey process: How to find utilities underground, both by physical observation and by record information? Representation: How to convey the vast amount of information not only to our client (who understands survey information), but also to design engineers, planners, politicians and others?
  6. 6. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S601/29/15 Meeting the Deadline In a usual project the process is: • Tasks are done in order • One person at a time works on a drawing • There are a manageable number of documents Two key differences: • Volume of documents • Compressed timeframe (which could not be extended) Conclusion: change work method Address tasks simultaneously Access same files concurrently
  7. 7. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S701/29/15 Resulting Work Flow Tasks broken down by genre: notes, aerial mapping, utility lines, and layouts. Linked documents and drawings together: Additionally: • Held regular staff meetings • Scanned every document • Used xreferences aggressively. • Used OLE inserts for charts and notes
  8. 8. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S801/29/15 Utility Survey Process Research Documents Locate Surface Evidence Interpret and Present Graphically
  9. 9. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S901/29/15 Research  United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)  Municipal Utility Authorities for the Boroughs of Bayonne, Elizabeth & Linden and for Hudson & Union Counties.  County Clerks of Hudson County, Union County & Richmond County  Bureau of Land Management at the New York Office of General Services  Division of Coastal Resources at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection  Private Utility Companies  New York City DDC  New York City DEP  New York City DPR  National Parks  National Archives  Borough President Offices
  10. 10. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1001/29/15 Document Example Source: NYCDEP
  11. 11. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1101/29/15 The process: • Set up a local network for aerial control and for Real-Time- Kinematic (RTK) base stations • Use GPS in RTK mode to locate surface evidence • Match located evidence to features in research documents • Digitize single-entity polyline for each utility Locate Surface Evidence How to locate underground utilities?  You can’t. We can provide indications of the utilities by locating the surface evidence.
  12. 12. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1201/29/15 Representation How to present this data? We supplied CAD drawings and prints. Problems: • Massive data set. Thousands of documents. • More crossings than anticipated. • Data more complex than just a location. Questions of ownership, responsibility and time periods outside the jurisdiction of a surveyor. • Access to the data by third parties outside of the Port Authority.
  13. 13. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1301/29/15 Representation Many solutions: •Every document was scanned. • This allowed easy transmission to the Port Authority, but also to others. It organized our operation and allowed more than one person to use the document. •Each crossing had an individual folder. • Everything for a crossing was in one electronic place. The engineers could see the data affecting the crossing. • E-plots were created of each drawing sheet. • Non-editable files could then be distributed to others. Yet the functionality of CAD remained.
  14. 14. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1401/29/15 Digital Folder Example
  15. 15. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1501/29/15 E-Plot Example  An e-plot is a format, similar to a PDF that is non-editable.  The format is read-only but retains CAD capabilities such as zooming and turning layers off and on.  E-plot format allows third parties to print the document and to add markups.
  16. 16. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1601/29/15 Kill Van Kull & Newark Bay -- Utility Survey Key Sheet Example
  17. 17. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1701/29/15 Upper New York Bay -- Utility Survey Key Sheet Example
  18. 18. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1801/29/15 Upper New York Bay -- Utility Survey Crossing Map Example
  19. 19. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S1901/29/15 Conclusions  Surveys were completed on-time and under budget.  Surveys were exceptionally useful and I still get calls about the project. They were provided to utilities, planners and officials.  Surveys brought disparate data from many agencies together. Not only were the utilities located, but a descriptive data set was also created for each one.  Surveys expanded the traditional “deliverable” to a client. The end-user received not only an esoteric survey, but also a product that could be used again and again.
  20. 20. J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS Mercator Land S2001/29/15 Questions J R Lemuel Morrison, PLS 201 696-0296 lmorrison@mercatorgroup.com www.mercatorgroup.com Special thanks to John Richardson at Boswell Engineering

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