Applications of GIS to Wastewater System Master Planning in Albuquerque

by Paul R. Giguere, Associate; Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, Walnut Creek, United States,
Steve Bockemeier, Associate; Camp Dresser & McKee Inc, Walnut Creek, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


The City of Albuquerque Public Works Department provides wastewater collection and treatment services to a metropolitan area of over 550,000 people. In order to plan for needed wastewater facilities for the next 40 years, the City is currently preparing a Wastewater Master Plan. The City's prime consultant for this planning study is Camp Dresser and McKee (CDM). GIS software and technology is being used in several innovative ways to assist in the completion of the plan. Albuquerque has had a functioning citywide GIS (called AGIS) for several years. AGIS includes graphic and attribute information on the entire wastewater collection system and land uses in the service area. Other relevant software in use by the City includes a hydraulic sewer model and maintenance management software. In addition, CDM will provide the City with its own PC-based software package which will be used to store and graphically display information about the capacity and condition of the sewers. This paper focuses on one project task: using available physical system information and the results of modeling and inspections to identify and rank the sewer reaches in need of rehabilitation and replacement. Key to accomplishing this work was the ability to bring together all of the relevant data on sewer capacity and condition from existing databases and paper files into an efficient geographic analysis environment, which includes the ability to easily create adhoc reports and view information graphically in multicolored sewer maps.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Sewers | Wastewater management | Data collection | Hydraulic models | Information systems | Graphic methods | Systems management | New Mexico | United States

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