Tag: geographic information systems

A geographic information system or geographical information system (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

We’ve published quite a few articles about the thorny process of setting up a stormwater utility, about what works and what—sometimes spectacularly—fails. Although utilities are a good way for a city to generate a reliable, steady income, they often meet with resistance from a whole lot of people—from residents who

Flood Best Practices: Protecting People & Property with GIS

Flood Best Practices: Protecting People & Property with GIS

At some point, all communities face possible devastation from rising flood waters. And on the front line of the flood response effort are civil engineers inspecting and monitoring flood control systems in order to protect community lives and property. But…at what risk?

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On the Road to Infrastructure Week

On the Road to Infrastructure Week

Infrastructure Week (May 16–23) is a national week of events, media coverage, education, and advocacy efforts to bring the woeful state of our infrastructure to the attention of all Americans. It is comprised of more than 100 affiliate organizations from all sectors of the nation’s economy and civil society. Forester

AMI Fast Track to Meter Data Management…and More

AMI Fast Track to Meter Data Management…and More

The benefits start with automated meter readings (AMR), but with the wealth of data that’s collected from Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), there’s so much more to be gained. Here’s just a partial list of the benefits: real-time organization improvement, streamlined field maintenance, and leak detection. For managers, benefits include tools

Langan Brings New Efficiency to Transportation Surveying and Asset Collection with Leica Pegasus Mobile Mapping Solution

NORCROSS, GA, DECEMBER 1, 2014 ““ Leica Geosystems Inc. today announced that Langan Engineering & Environmental Services based in Elmwood Park, N.J., has expanded its surveying and mapping capabilities by purchasing the Leica Pegasus mobile mapping solution. The multidisciplinary firm is already providing mobile mapping services on several major transportation

The Changing Roar of the Crowd

When considering how we would lay out our front cover for this issue of Water Efficiency , I saw a similarity in the two possibilities we had on the table. In addition to panoramic shots from the new Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, and a showcase for

Data: Where to Start

Data: Where to Start

It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that installing an automated meter-reading infrastructure (AMI) could transform water delivery businesses from top to bottom, particularly ones seeking conservation and efficiency. So far, though, few of the hundreds of AMIs now up-and-running are realizing their potential. (Though some are getting terrific results; see

Charting the Future

Charting the Future

Used at construction sites for years, geographic information systems (GISs) and modeling and mapping software are taking a central role in erosion control planning and design today. With 3D graphics, animation, and projection detailing what a present site will look like years into the future, project engineers are making use

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