Effective use of GIS in Municipal UtilitiesCity of Stevens Point Public Utilities Joel Lemke Director Eric Southworth GIS Technician
Brief Overview of Department(s)Water Distribution & Waste WaterTreatment The water utility has been in operation since 1922 with the wastewater treatment plant being run under the same department.Sanitary Sewer Collection System (Jan-2008) Transfer from City DPW operation to utility operation to improve maintenance operation and to assist in paying for capital improvements.Stormwater Utility (Jan-2013) Officially created by ordinance in March of 2012, the new utility will start collecting rates in 2013. Maintenance needs and capital improvement costs were the driving forces for the creation.Water Department assets drove the initial creation of a utility GIS.PILOT payment requirements being the central issue.
Birth of a utility GISIn 1999-2000 the creation of a web-based GIS system wascontracted ArcIMS paired with SQL was used. Then-current technology was dial-up cell connections. Very slow. Toughbooks with vehicle mounts were used in the field application. ArcInfo/ArcEditor were the desktop software packages used for drafting. Maps kept by the City Engineering Department were converted. No spatial reference, service lines, attributes, etc. Conversion of all service records to electronic format. Service cards, hydrant cards, valve cards, and job sheets converted to image files All records that were filed since the utility was created in 1922. Data collection of infrastructure begins (RTK GPS and Aerials)
Using GIS in Municipal UtilitiesØ EquipmentØ Current Use of End ProductØ Future GIS Application (in Progress)Ø Maps for CustomersØ Asset ManagementØ Future GIS Uses