Water's New World

by Laura Lang, Freelance Writer; San Diego, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 6, Pg. 48-50

Document Type: Feature article


Potential applications of computer automation in the water industry have become increasingly apparent in the last several years. A growing number of water agencies are considering purchasing one or more off-the-shelf automation products, but many hesitate before taking the plunge. The sheer number of products available is one reason: many agencies can't decide which technology best meets their needs. A second dilemma is when to buy? Should they go ahead now, or wait for something better to be released? The principal technologies involved—computer-aided design (CAD), geographic information system (GIS) technology and hydraulic modeling—each offer cost-effective ways to manage, analyze and update large amounts of spatial (mapped) and database (attribute) information. The article describes the current state of the art of these technologies and examines how they might be more tightly integrated in the future.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Water management | Automation | Computer aided design | Hydraulic design | Information systems | Information management | Hydraulic models

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