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Tuesday, October 18


Technical Session. Facilities Capital Planning Using GIS at the City of Philadelphia
AUTHORS: Stuart is the Chief Technology Officer of PenBay Solutions with more than 15 years experience developing innovative geographic information systems and custom IT applications for government and non-government environmental organizations across the US and the world. He has worked extensively in the area of bringing GIS indoors including leading information modeling work and software solution design.. Stu leads the technology team responsible for bringing PenBay’s InVision product suite to life.. Stuart has a B.S. in Forest Management from University of Maine

ABSTRACT: Large organizations like the City of Philadelphia have many departments with large facilities portfolios to manage. Each of these departments may have their own systems to track facilities operations and maintenance expenses. Each also has their own facilities-related capital investment needs. The City of Philadelphia is using GIS to harvest facilities data from a wide variety of different systems and organize them using location as the organizing principle. Using this approach, the Mayor's office can make better informed facilities capital investment decisions across the entire city portfolio rather on a department by department basis. Stu Rich will discuss the value that the City has received from this approach along with some of the challenges encountered along the way.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
Nauset II


Technical Session. A Risk Based Approach for Optimizing Water System Pipeline Renewel
AUTHORS: Mark Zito, James Carolan - CDM Smith

ABSTRACT: Prioritizing replacement of water mains can be a challenge, especially in New England with water mains dating back to the late 1800’s. Past methods for prioritization typically involved a simplistic formula of counting past breaks and the age of the water main, however this method does not take into account many of factors that influence a water mains lifespan. The new method of prioritization takes into account the consequence and likelihood failure. These are then combined to establish a risk score for each individual asset that is used to prioritize replacement.The likelihood of failure is established using the Linear Extended Yule Process (LEYP) statistical model to predict the number of failures within a specified time interval. The consequence of failure assesses the impact a failure may have on the ability to deliver water, disruption to the public, and damage to other assets. The Risk score is computed using a bi-direction matrix of the consequence and likelihood of failure values. The process utilizes a series of GIS-based tools to effectively manage and present the data in an understandable format. The tools are adaptable, repeatable and efficient for developing a comprehensive assessment of an entire water main system.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Nauset II


Technical Session. Web Based ArcGIS Solutions for Infrastructure Management
AUTHORS: Roy Apostle*, StreetScan Inc; Salar Shahini Shamsabadi, StreetScan Inc

ABSTRACT: The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that by 2020 an investment of $3.6 trillion is needed to maintain our nation’s infrastructure in state of good repair. However, it is also estimated that there will be a funding gap of $1.6 trillion (ASCE, 2013). To efficiently utilize limited funding, GIS web platforms allow cities and state agencies to better maintain and monitor the health of their infrastructure and assets. ArcGIS’s web-based Flex interface can be used to create a customized web portal. This type of system, combined with recently collected infrastructure data, can utilize a suite of custom spatial analysis tools to better visualize data, develop statistics, and create data driven repair decisions to efficiently allocate funding. The City of Beverly employs such a web based application and has effectively used the GIS spatial analysis and visualization tools to maximize repair funding. The City also incorporates much of their own infrastructure and asset management data into the web portal to assist in the visualization of problem areas. Such real-world applications suggest that future expansion of web-based GIS platforms can increase the efficiency of repair decisions and methods which can have a significant impact on the health of the nation’s infrastructure.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset II


Technical Session. Mapping Boston's Fiber Assets

ABSTRACT: VHB was hired by The City of Boston to build an inventory of the shadow conduit and dark fiber resources at the City’s disposal, included Boston Transportation Department collected assets that exist in the City of Boston. To integrate seamlessly with the City’s existing infrastructure, ESRI’s ArcGIS Platform was used throughout the development, creation and presentation of the product. Making the data available about the fiber assets will foster the first use and development of the assets that have been installed since 1998 for the City of Boston. The project included:• Retrieving 20+ year old source materials required to create the inventory;• Building a flexible data model in ArcGIS Desktop to support the characteristics that need to be collected;• Creating an inventory from documents provided by the city; and,• Developing an ArcGIS Online application for retrieval and display of the collected data.The presentation will describe the project, discuss the benefits and advantages of the chosen approach and demonstrate the end product.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Nauset II


Technical Session. Use GIS to Bootstrap and Enhance Your Asset Management Program
AUTHORS: Dave Kealey, CDM Smith

ABSTRACT: Asset management programs are becoming essential to how local government, public works, utilities, infrastructure and facilities organizations measure and monitor their operations while providing better service to their customers. These organizations are realizing their assets' locations are critical business information that can reveal the spatial context of their work and generate enhanced analysis and forecasting capabilities. GIS is great fit for the role of enabling location within asset management (AM), but there are many factors to consider when developing the GIS component. We will cover essential guidelines to planning for a GIS-based AM program, including: setting up a new GIS for AM, upgrading an existing GIS to conform with AM systems, bootstrapping a new asset inventory from GIS, and continuing to support legacy applications while moving forward into asset management. Finally, we will review key factors for success while looking at the geospatial intelligence and other benefits that can be unlocked from this methodology.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Nauset II