WEF Discussions — Now on LinkedIn!

WEF is pleased to announce the creation of free LinkedIn groups associated with its technical discussion forum topics. Through these LinkedIn groups, members will be able to view and participate in discussions, as well as communicate with one another via direct messages. Share your experiences and knowledge, ask questions and respond to other discussions as frequently as you like!

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Geographic Information Systems for WWTP's
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:11 PM
Joined: 11/6/2012
Posts: 1

At our Wastewater Treatment Plant, we have constructed a Geographic Information System (GIS) database for all our piping and valves. It has been a great success; we have each pipe associated with its drawing, mapped all our buried utilities (piping, electrical, fiber optic, instrumentation), hyperlinked photos. We have constructed an online Map Viewer which shows all the piping, pumps, and valves across our entire Plant. We have dedicated two people, full time to this long-term endeavor. It is a great tool that helps our Ops & Maint staff easily become familiar with the piping layouts and valve locations, a training tool, and is used in emergencies to find which valve(s) to close. They no longer have to depend on the person who will retire soon for the answers.


I am looking for anyone else who has constructed a GIS for their Plant? please share your experience.

Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015 9:53 AM
Joined: 3/28/2011
Posts: 1

I am the Manager of a small Town and we have recently implemented GIS to our tool box. Our wastewater plant valves and piping are marked and mapped. I like the idea of adding photos of the pumps. It has proven to be use full when we had a water leak and could see a map of the lines and what we were digging by and know how deep the line is. 

We have also marked the pumps and other mechanical devices in GIS mapping. I was thinking of using GIS as an asset management tool to schedule oil changes, inspections and to track cost of operations for replacement of that asset. 


Have you had a chance to look at that part of GIS? It looks like it will take too many man hours of data entry for my small crew.