Small Utility GIS

by Didier Goubert, Dir. of Operations; General Waterworks Mgmt. and Service Co., King of Prussia, PA,
Robert Newton, CAD Supervisor; General Waterworks Mgmt. and Service Co., King of Prussia, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 11, Pg. 69-71

Document Type: Feature article


Geographic information systems are revolutionizing much of the civil engineering field, providing engineers and managers with a new tool to relate databases and maps. But despite the benefits for a utility—easily updateable thematic maps, models of consumption that perfectly match the information in the billing database and better service routing—owners of small- and medium-sized utilities may wonder if their companies can afford them. An examination of the experience of a medium-sized utility with studying and implementing a geographic information system says the answer could be yes. Put to proper use, a geographic information system can increase productivity and reduce costs enough to pay for itself in as little as three years.

Subject Headings: Information systems | Geographic information systems | Databases | Mapping | Lifeline systems | Information management | Managers

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