David Wachal

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Detecting Water Loss Early With ArcGIS – Using Nighttime Flow Analysis

As a GIS professional you know the value geography brings your utility. However, others in your organization, including engineers, can realize that value only when the two teams collaborate. Combining the science of geography with the rigor of engineering can solve problems, like water loss, specifically through nighttime flow analysis. Continue reading

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ArcGIS Online Deployment Scenarios for Water Utilities

ArcGIS Online Hybrid

ArcGIS connects maps, apps, data, and people so you can make smarter, faster decisions. It gives everyone in your water utility the ability to discover, use, make, and share maps from any device, anywhere, anytime. ArcGIS Online, Esri’s SaaS system, … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Solutions for Water Conservation

Water is arguably our most precious resource, and one we simply cannot live without.  Utilities today are facing unprecedented water shortages due to multiple factors: drought, increasing population needs, and increasing agricultural demands.  It is especially important for utilities to have the proper tools to collect information, monitor, and report the successes and challenges of water conservation efforts. Continue reading

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ArcGIS for Water Utilities – August Release

Esri releases new ArcGIS for Water Utilities solutions or updates existing solutions every month or two. Check out the August release of the ArcGIS for Water Utility Solutions!

Water Inventory Reports - The first release of Water Inventory Reports is a solution used to calculate network information for a utility’s service area or reporting areas. These reports can be created using the Python script provided on an annual or bi-annual basis to inform executives about network infrastructure. The following inventory reports are calculated and published to an ArcGIS Organization:

  • Assets by Material
  • Assets by Decade Installed
  •  Hydrant Status
  • Number of Laterals by Material
  • Miles of Mains by Material
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Enabling the power of search on Geospatial data within a Water Utility

There is no doubt that in today’s technology-centric world “Search” is one of the most powerful tools available.  One common challenge many utilities face is making data accessible to those who need it, and empowering them with the proper tools to find and use it.  This post focuses on some tools and workflows to enable search and broaden the reach of spatial data within a utility. Continue reading

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Integrate your business systems with ArcGIS using Spatial Views

In addition to the authoritative asset information stored in the enterprise GIS, Water Utilities have a wealth of information stored in relational databases (RDBMS) like Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server.  This data includes information such as billing and customer information, asset and work information from a maintenance management system, and other types business system data that have a relationship with assets stored in an enterprise geodatabase.  Continue reading

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Filter Water Utility Assets by Attributes in ArcGIS Online

Water Utilities often want to identify where pipes of a certain material and/or diameter exist in their system or where hydrants out of service or in need of repair are located. Did you know you could to do this using ArcGIS Online? As a GIS technician/analyst/manager, how much time would it save you to empower your users to do this themselves; as a user, how much time would it save you to do it yourself? Follow the steps below to learn how to create a Filter Application in ArcGIS Online.  Continue reading

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