September 2006, Vol. 18, No.9

Water Volumes

Water Volumes - GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems

U. M. Shamsi (2005). Taylor & Francis, CRC Press, 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431, 413 pp., $99.95, hardcover, ISBN 0-8493-2097-6.

Geographic information system (GIS) application has become an important tool in planning, operating, and managing water and wastewater systems. This book presents and analyzes effective uses of GIS in water, wastewater, and stormwater systems. The book consists of 17 chapters. The first two chapters address the importance and implementation needs of GIS. The next five chapters detail the various GIS-related technologies that are most advantageous in using GIS applications. The author covers at great length remote sensing applications, digital elevation model data application, the use of geographic positioning system technology, and Internet applications in serving GIS maps.

The next several chapters focus on the GIS applications that can be most useful to the water industry. Mapping, monitoring, modeling, and maintenance are the most important activities that can apply GIS tools for efficient functioning. The author goes into considerable detail in describing various water and sewer models that have or can have GIS integration.

The author has a cogent writing style. The chapters are arranged based on topic. The text is easy to follow because each chapter outlines its learning objectives. The book includes several examples and case studies derived from various key projects, and numerous graphics, schematics, and images are included. Each chapter ends with a summary and questions.

This book should be most useful to engineers and consultants, as well as water, sewer, and watershed modelers, and as a college textbook for GIS applications in water systems. Overall, it is a very practical resource.

Rasheed Ahmad, Ph.D., P.E., is a process manager at KHAFRA Engineering Consultants Inc. (Atlanta).