US: Council of IT directors and experts tasked with ensuring greater efficiency and effectiveness in government information technology, which also known as Colorado Government Association of Information Technology (CGAIT), has selected the City of Aurora as a winner of the CGAIT 2016 Excellence Award.
The Colorado-based home rule municipality earned the honor for Improving Internal Operations in Your Agency category for its work in modernizing municipal water operations with geographic information system (GIS) solutions from Esri. “The competition was very close this year,” said CGAIT vice chairperson David Bessen, IT director of Arapahoe County.
As part of the operations overhaul, the city used Esri’s ArcGIS technology to update how staff track, record, upload, map, and publish changes to 3,000 miles of pipe and 175,000 water utility assets, such as manholes, valves, vaults, and meters. The city switched from a paper-based model and invested in 173 Android tablets outfitted with Esri’s mobile data collection app Collector for ArcGIS.
Prior to the switch, Aurora Water utility staff used GIS to develop paper and PDF map books from digital civil plan sets. Staff had to spatially adjust the infrastructure and manually attribute changes in order to see the network intricacies. Because of the high volume of information, the city maintained separate map books for its drinking water, storm drain, and sewer utilities.
“Our paper-based process was labor intensive and jeopardized the integrity of the spatial data,” said Sarah Young, planning services manager at Aurora Water. “The tablets have allowed our staff, for the first time, the ability to compare overlapping utility information simultaneously, which is important for our locates staff, inspection teams, and construction project managers.”