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Monday, October 29


Water Track. Enabling Best Practices for Stormwater Through a Standards Based Framework
AUTHORS: Ricardo Lopez-Torrijos, CasaAlba Consulting

ABSTRACT: Municipalities and Stormwater Authorities confront significant challenges in getting their arms around their goals and workload. They must cover the update of asset inventories, integration of business and technical information, planning and managing improvements and maintenance, and communication with multiple partners, funding sources and regulators. Key for alignment of the diverse workload is having the base information set in a framework allowing its use in all workflows. Tools drawing data from such information framework enable the alignment. Incorporation of existing and emerging Standards and Best Practices for water related data provides the framework.

Bringing experiences in stormwater system mapping projects large and small, from Washington DC to Kingston, NY, the presentation shows how standards for hydrography, stormwater, and hydrologic and hydraulic modeling are the framework that allows tying the base information to workflows, communication and funding activities. Reviewed best practices include: LiDAR based updates; road culvert and stormwater sewer system inventory and characterization; integration with surface runoff, Natural Resource Inventory and Green Infrastructure. Mapping and modeling standards covered include NAACC for culvert inventory, high resolution NHDPlus for surface and stormwater system integration, StreamStats and the National Water Model for H&H modeling, and other emerging stormwater system mapping standards.

Monday October 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Broadway 1&2


Water Track. Water Analytics: Using ArcGIS Online to Integrate Stormwater Utility Models with near Real-Time Data Feeds
AUTHORS: Brittney Gibbons, CDM Smith; Darren Mackiewicz*, CDM Smith

ABSTRACT: A ‘Water Analytics’ platform was implemented by CDM Smith and the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) of Hartford, Connecticut to empower proactive real-time geospatial decision-making—enabling a smarter infrastructure approach to monitoring, operating and improving collection system infrastructure. This is accomplished through automated integration of system data and hydraulic models for validation of expected performance, displayed through an easy-to-use geospatial web viewer.

The platform is proving to be valuable in monitoring and refining the MDC’s $2 billion Clean Water Project to mitigate combined sewer overflows (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), and has enabled the MDC to identify and address collapsed pipes, capacity constraints and other O&M issues proactively before becoming larger problems.

Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Broadway 1&2


Water Track. Who's Down with GPV? Yeah, You Know Me!
AUTHORS: Michael Olkin, Alex Hiller, Kyle Barna – Springfield Water and Sewer Commission

ABSTRACT: Water utilities of today must marry century-old infrastructure with 21st century technology to meet workflow demands and customer expectations. Due to the varied and expansive nature of the water sector, such technology must be versatile in order to realize efficiencies. GIS applications play a pivotal role in construction, maintenance, planning, communication, and daily operations at the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission (SWSC). This presentation highlights how SWSC is using AppGeo’s open source General Purpose Viewer (GPV) web mapping technology to bring GIS data, CMMS content, and other SWSC systems together to improve operations and customer experience. The SWSC GIS staff’s approach to the process of testing, implementing, providing training, and supporting the use of a new web technology will also be covered. Demonstrations will include GPV capabilities that have been leveraged to automate or enhance SWSC workflows including upstream/downstream tracing of sewer pipes, user-friendly queries that help to automate asset reporting, enhancements in emergency management communication processes, and improvements to interdepartmental communication. SWSC provides drinking water to the residents of Springfield and Ludlow, Massachusetts, while wholesaling or providing peak water service to six other communities in the Pioneer Valley. SWSC is responsible for maintaining three reservoirs with a total capacity of more than 25 billion gallons, approximately 19,000 acres of property, and over 1,000 miles of water and sewer pipe.

Monday October 29, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Broadway 1&2