GIS Applications to the Water Resources Development Program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

by William L. Klesch, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
Harlan L. McKim, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,
Andrew J. Bruzewicz, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The ability that a Geographic Information System (GIS) offers to quickly reference multiple data sets to an overall base map and to one another provides the potential opportunity to greatly expand the number of alternative plans developed and to increase the speed with which they are analyzed, leading to a more comprehensive planning product. The development of a comprehensive GIS data base during the planning stages could also potentially lead to decreased design times, further speeding the project implementation phase. This could be accomplished through the transfer, updating, and intensification of planning files by engineering elements engaged in the project's final design. With the construction of a project the original GIS files could then serve as a valuable data base from which project operations could be developed and monitored over the life of the project. Implementation of GIS technology within the Corps of Engineers could benefit the agency, not only in the project planning and operational phases discussed above, but also in regulatory functions, master planning functions (recreational and operational), research and development, dredging functions, and support to military installations.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Geographic information systems | Federal government | Information systems | Project management | Mapping | Databases | Spatial data | United States

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