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El Dorado Irrigation District

GIS Implementation Plan

El Dorado Irrigation DistrictGeoIT is supporting the El Dorado Irrigation District in their development of a tactical GIS Implementation Plan.   The effort will build upon the existing GIS Strategic Plan with specific technology recommendations and implementation steps focusing on GIS geodatabase development, software platform / architecture, and applications, with a particular emphasis on achieving full Esri ArcGIS integration with Infor Hansen.

Eastern Municipal Water District

GPS Methodology Development and Training

Eastern Municipal Water DistrictGeoIT is supported Psomas Engineering, Inc. in their project to provide Eastern Municipal Water District with documentation and training in the use of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) methods and procedures to enhance their Geographic Information System (GIS) water distribution valve locations.

GeoIT staff developed and documented procedures to download/upload valve data to and from an Esri geodatabase using Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office, including post-processing of GPS information for improved accuracy.  GeoIT staff has also developed procedures supporting in-the-field capture of improved GIS valve locations using TerraSync running on the district’s existing GeoXH GPS units.

City of Sacramento Department of Utilities

Azteca Cityworks Upgrade Project

DOU LogoGeoIT Resources, Inc. is supporting the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities in a system-wide upgrade of the their existing Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) based upon Cityworks Anywhere 4.5 (desktop based)  to  server-based Cityworks AMS 2013.

SacDouWorkflowsAs part of the upgrade effort, the development team conducted a stakeholder needs assessment and workflow analysis to fully leverage the new environment and significantly streamline maintenance management workflows.

The upgraded Cityworks Server AMS 2013  servers are now in production and being utilized by the Wastewater group.  GeoIT is currently supporting City staff  during Q2 2014 as they take over the user training and rollout the system to the Drainage, Water Distribution, and Water Conservation groups (over 100 additional users).

City of Sacramento PM LayerOne of the many highlights of the project is a GIS-based preventive maintenance (PM) scheduling layer created for the Wastewater group. The City expressed the need for a better way of managing preventive maintenance schedules on individual assets. Utilizing work history and condition data within Cityworks directly-linked to the GIS gives the Wastewater group a dynamic visual of where they need to prioritize their preventive maintenance work. Work order schedulers can logically group assets into preventative maintenance work orders more efficiently based on their maintenance status within their individual target windows and proximity (geography).

Sacramento User Interface ModificationsAnother project highlight are the customized forms and panels that have been deployed. Some basic changes to the XML and CSS files made work forms more legible and utilize highlight colors to which City users were already accustomed. In addition, custom Quality Assurance panels were developed that provide a quick summary of the completion status of a work order or service request. The QA panels are useful to both the work crews in the field as an easy-to-use, color-coded, checklists and to supervisors reviewing the satisfactory completion of a work order (or service request) prior to closing.

GeoIT’s primary subcontractor on this project is Environmental Engineering & Contracting, Inc., providing proven experience at configuring and customizing Cityworks AMS.

Alameda County Public Works Agency

Stormwater Geodatabase Upgrade Project

GeoIT Resources supported Psomas Engineering, Inc. in their project to significantly upgrade the Stormwater Drainage GIS database at the County of Alameda Public Works Agency, including updated data maintenance tools / procedures and improved support for hydrologic/hydraulic modeling capabilities.   Major tasks completed by GeoIT were:

  • Project kickoff / database and application needs assessment
  • Assessment of existing GIS and modeling datasets
  • Creating a new, modernized, geodatabase design for storm water drainage and hydrology, with emphasis on support for hydrologic / hydraulic modeling
  • Developing a migration plan and source/target matrix
  • Executing the data migration from existing data sources into the new geodatabase design
  • Developing and configuring a customized Network Editing toolbar to facilitate stormwater drainage GIS editing and database integrity
  • Developing a data dictionary, including procedures for GIS data maintenance using ArcGIS 10.1 and the customized toolbar
  • Delivery of the finalized geodatabase and tools
  • On-site end-user training to ACPWA GIS storm water database maintenance staff in the new geodatabase, methods, and tools

The project was highly successful and ACPWA is now moving forward with a project to enhance it hydraulic/hydraulic modeling environment leveraging the updated stormwater drainage GIS database.

City of Williams

Planning GIS Upgrade Project

williamsarchlogoGeoIT has completed a project that significantly upgraded the GIS system capabilities at the City of Williams, CA.   Major tasks completed by GeoIT were:

  • Project Initiation and Requirements Meeting
  • Author:  User Requirements Report
  • Author:  GIS Upgrade Plan
  • Update GIS data from third-party sources (e.g. Colusia County, others)
  • Develop a new upgraded  geodatabase schema for administrative boundaries, hydrography, water distribution, sewer collection, general plan land use, zoning, and transportation
  • Migrate existing GIS data into the new upgraded design
  • Upgrade the GIS system architecture to use one centralized geodatabase and new virtualized GIS workstations
  • Update ArcGIS Desktop from 9.2 to 10.1
  • Develop and deliver new owner notification process
  • Upgrade atlas mapping tools and create new atlas maps
  • Upgrade mapping templates and create new wall maps
  • Facilitate transition to using ArcGIS Online for web mapping
  • Develop System Maintenance Guide
  • Provide user orientation seminars and training sessions

williams_fluThe project was completed within six months and within the allocated budget.

City of Seal Beach

GeoIT staff provided support to Psomas, Inc. in their project to develop an upgraded GIS for the City of Seal Beach, CA.   GeoIT developed three customized geodatabase designs and generated ready-to-load, schema-only,  databases for the City’s water distribution, sewer collection, and storm water drainage systems based upon existing City GIS datasets, design requirements from City staff and Psomas,  and industry best practices.

City of Martinez

Water System GIS Project

GeoIT Resources, Inc. supported Psomas Engineering, Inc. in their project to develop a Water System Geographical Information System (GIS) for the City of Martinez, California.   GeoIT staff led the GIS Needs Assessment and developed the Water Distribution Feature Dataset geodatabase design and working schema for the ongoing development project.

GeoIT staff have also provided as-needed technical (design) support and guidance throughout the project.

Georgetown Divide Public Utility District

GIS and Facility Mapping

GeoIT led a project and provided the majority of human resources to develop a GIS system for the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District.   Major tasks were:

  • Conducted a Project Kickoff and Geodatabase Design on-site workshop
  • Created geodatabase designs for the irrigation, water distribution, and sewer systems
  • Created a design and implementation plan for GIS and CIS integration
  • Provided GPS data collection user training to District staff
  • Supported the collection and post-processing of over 4,000 meter locations by District staff
  • Converted existing AutoCAD data into the new geodatabase
  • Produced draft atlas map books for client review of converted data
  • Processed red-line markups of draft atlas sheets, along with outstanding map updates
  • Developed procedures for export of GIS data to AutoCAD format
  • Produced new wall maps
  • Installed ESRI software and new geodatabase
  • Tested system installation and integrated with CIS (following plan)
  • Published new GIS data to ArcGIS On-line supporting field-based access
  • Recommended and provided user training

Part of the on-going project scope is to support the system for one year after project acceptance (May 2012), which includes GIS and mapping updates.

Rancho California Water District

GIS Strategic Plan

GeoIT supported Psomas Engineering in their development of an Enterprise GIS Strategic Plan for the Rancho California Water District.   GeoIT staff participated in the on-site needs assessment workshops, contributed to the Enterprise Requirements and Strategic Vision documents,  and were the primary authors of the Implementation (project definitions) and Technology Trends / Recommendations sections.

Twenty four (24) different design, data development, application development, and operations projects were recommended over a five-year window.  Each project description included a definition of: objectives, participants, implementation methods, resources, deliverables (outcomes), and continuing operations for each project.

GeoIT’s primary area of focus was GIS and CMMS  (Hansen) integration, as well as the overall GIS infrastructure strategic design.   GeoIT staff also provided detailed input into the budget, schedule, governance, and operations sections of the document.

City of Phoenix Transportation Department

Stormwater GIS Development

Supporting a significant upgrade of the existing storm water GIS database at the City of Phoenix, GeoIT staff performed the following tasks:

  • Conducted a database design and data maintenance application needs assessment through a series of on site workshops
  • Authored a Findings Memorandum with the results of the workshops
  • Created a new geodatabase design and database dictionary for Stormwater data using the UML template for Visio

  • Created an application design documentation for a set of custom data maintenance tools based upon the ESRI Infrastructure Desktop Tools as a framework
  • Programmed and QC tested the specified tools using C#.Net
  • Created a pilot (training) dataset following the new geodatabase design
  • Developed User and Installation & Configuration guides
  • Provided train-the-trainer assistance

The tools were immediately then put into production use on the project and have been performing admirably.

Otay Water District

Strategic and Implementation Planning

GeoIT staff are on-call consultants to the Otay Water District and have provided timely GIS strategy and implementation planning support on an as-needed basis for many years.   GeoIT has assisted with the District’s GIS Strategic Plan, as well as provided input on GIS and CMMS integration, cloud-based services, work management system implementation, and other topics.

City of Oakland Public Works Agency

Work Management System Development

Mr. Hoefer was the project manager and system architect for the development of a 200+ user work management system for the City of Oakland, Public Works Agency utilizing Cityworks software from Azteca Systems as the foundation CMMS software.  The $1.2M, two-year project included:

  • Deployment of Cityworks Desktop and Server in a high-reliability system configuration two sets of parallel (redundant) servers
  • Setup of an equivalent virtualized development, test, and training system using VMware
  • System configuration, including: 500 employees, 68 different work groups, 280 service request templates, 300 work order templates, 340 unique tasks, and 16 department-specific map services (ArcGIS Server)
  • User training for over 200 call takers, work supervisors, and work crew leaders
  • System rollover from an aging call system and paper-based systems (log books) for work activities
  • Deployment of over 100 field-based laptops (Panasonic Toughbook C-19) connected through Sprint Wireless
  • 125-vehicle AVL deployment (Network Fleet) and ArcGIS Server integration
  • Development, testing and deployment of a public service request intake website

The City of Oakland was one of the first major users of Cityworks Server in the country.   The System has been well-received by City users, with new roles and users being added each year,  and has provided significant financial and logistic benefits to the City.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Information Technology Assessment

Mr. Hoefer was the lead consultant and project manager for an in-depth information technology assessment of a complex electronic database (system) being used by several divisions of Caltrans.  He directed the technical research, conducted dozens of team interviews, compiled the resulting information, and progressively presented the results to a steering committee over the course of the 10-month project.   Mr. Hoefer developed a series of enhancement recommendations that could accomplished within the available implementation funding and time window, as well as a long-term vision for an eventual replacement component architecture based upon Server Oriented Architecture (SOA) design principles.   The project was well-received by the steering committee  as the team was able to present highly complex subject material in an easily digestible fashion leading to a full consensus on the technological path forward.

Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility

Asset Management Workflow Review

awwu_logoMr. Hoefer provided Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) with an assessment of their geographic information system  (GIS) and Maximo (IBM, Inc.) integration workflow environment.  Mr. Hoefer performed a technical evaluation, reviewing the business processes, data models, and IT practices from the perspective of his knowledge of the GIS/IT industry as it applies to water utilities.  The assessment was to find where AWWU may have departed from mainstream practices and make recommendations as to specific steps AWWU might need to take to make adjustments and move forward with its IT development.

Mr. Hoefer first conducted a onsite review of the existing asset management workflows.  The review consisted of a series of meetings and staff interviews that engaged management and end users in discussions about the workflow and data models that would show any areas of concern.

After conducting the on site review, Mr. Hoefer provided AWWU with an Asset Management Workflow Review Report, which provided an assessment of AWWU’s workflows and GIS data model as compared to other utilities and recommended steps to remedy the issues discovered and presented technical alternatives as applicable.  The document was well-received by both the Engineering and IT departments at AWWU.