GIS Plans Wastewater Future

by Theodore J. Johnson, (M.ASCE), Environmental Engineer; Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., Denver, CO,
Stephen W. Bockemeir, Principal Engineer; Utilities Planning Division, Public Works Department, P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, NM 87103,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1991, Vol. 61, Issue 11, Pg. 54-56


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: When the Public Works Department began phase 3 construction on Albuquerque, N.M.'s current wastewater treatment plant in 1990, it was time to begin thinking about the next 40 years. Department engineers and consultants are expanding the Albuquerque Geographic Information System (AGIS) to provide a coordinated approach to wastewater management for a 700 sq mi region that extends well beyond the city limits. Phase 1 of the 2030 plan will provide the foundation for the master planning work, requiring coordination between AGIS, hydraulic modeling, facilities management, software development and systems integration. Linkages between these software applications are critical. The new Wastewater Master Plan will evaluate all existing systems, some dating back to the early 1930s. It will also project future growth and flows, make recommendations for future capital improvements and create programs for monitoring and rehabilitating the existing infrastructure. The goal is that facilities keep pace with growth over the 40-year planning period.

Subject Headings: Water treatment | Geographic information systems | Wastewater management | Planning | Computer applications

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