The water utility industry is increasingly recognizing GIS as an authoritative repository of utility asset information that can be shared around the entire utility and can spatially enable other utility business systems. As a result water, wastewater and stormwater utilities are increasing focused on GIS data accuracy. More specifically water utilities need to ensure that their GIS data is positionally accurate (in the right place), descriptively accurate (describes the asset appropriately) and temporally accurate (up to date).
On February 15th Esri’s Water Practice and the Data Reviewer team will be offering a free webinar to discuss how water utilities can leverage the ArcGIS Data Reviewer as well as core ArcGIS functionality and the Water Utility Resource Center Templates to create and safeguard accurate asset data. You can sign up for the webinar here:
During the November 16th webcast we did on the ArcGIS 10 Updates to the Water Utility Resource Center Templates we had a number of requests to provide the questions we received and our answers digitally. We also had some requests from the user community to added a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) area to the Water Utility Resource Center.
Since our work on the Water Utility Resource Center is guided by input from the user community we’ve now created an FAQ area and populated it with questions we were asked during the ArcGIS 10 Updates webcast. You can view the FAQ: http://resources.arcgis.com/content/water-utilities/faq
We’ll be periodically adding content to the FAQ page. When we add new content we’ll give an update via our Twitter account @EsriTeamWater
If you have questions for the Water Utility Resource Center team you can email them to ArcGISTeamWater@esri.com
The recording of the November 16 2010 ArcGIS 10 Water Utility Template Updates Webcast is can be viewed here:
As was requested during the webcast, we’ll be posting the most popular questions we received and answer to the blog shortly.
We’d like to also take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the live webcast and remind you to fill out the post webcast survey email. Feedback from the water, wastewater and stormwater GIS user community directly drives our actions.
On December 8th the Northeast Water/Wastewater GIS User Group will be meeting in Bethlehem, New York. The meeting will focus on modeling and GIS and the final meeting agenda will be available shortly.
Space for this meeting is limited and preregistration is required to attend. To register email Gina Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Northeast Water/Wastewater GIS User’s Group visit http://groups.google.com/group/newwgug.
Thanks to CDM and MWH Soft for sponsoring the morning refreshment and lunch and the Town of Bethlehem, New York.
On November 16th at 1:00 PM EST we’ll be giving a
webcast that explores the ArcGIS 10 updates to the Water Utility
Templates. You can sign up for the
webcast here: http://events.esri.com/info/index.cfm?fuseaction=showSeminar&shownumber=14102
During the hour long webcast, we’ll be focusing on changes
between the 9.3.1 versions of the Templates and the ArcGIS 10 Templates, highlighting
some of the new functionality of ArcGIS 10 that we are leveraging with the
Templates, talking about installation and configuration of the Templates and
demonstrating the Templates in action.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Water Utility Templates,
they are free downloadable configurations of ArcGIS for use in the water,
wastewater and stormwater industries. So
even if you aren’t using the Water Utilities Templates now, this webcast will
give you an overview of what they are, how they can benefit you and how you can
configure them for your organization.
The final agenda for the December 1st Esri
Mid-Atlantic Water & Wastewater Special Interest Group is:
1:30 PM – Opening Welcome
1:40 PM – Water/Wastewater GIS Trends
2:00 PM – Esri Water Templates at ArcGIS 10 – Esri Water
2:45 PM – Break
3:00 PM – A Day in the Life of a Water Company GIS
Analyst – Joe Spollen Aqua Pennsylvania/GeoData Modelers
3:30 PM – Integrating Hydraulic Modeling and GIS for Risk
Based Capital Planning – Adam Simonsen, MWH Soft
4:00 PM – ArcGIS 10 in the Cloud for Water Utilities -
Esri Water Team
4:30 PM – Organization for spring 2011 Meeting
5:00 PM – Adjourn
This SIG meeting will be taking place as part of the 2010
Esri Mug Conference. The Esri Mug
Conference is November 29th to December 1st in Philadelphia. The Water/Wastewater SIG Meeting is 1:30 to
5:00 on December 1st.
Mug Conference registration is required to attend the
Water/Wastewater Special Interest Group Meeting and you can register here: http://www.esri.com/events/mug/registration/index.html
The Esri Mid-Atlantic Water/Wastewater Special Interest
Group is for the water, wastewater and stormwater ArcGIS user community in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C., West Virginia,
New York City, Long Island and surrounding areas.
Going forward we anticipate the Esri Mid-Atlantic W/WW SIG
will be meeting twice a year. One meeting will be at the Mug Conference in
December and another meeting will be in the spring at a user site. We’ll spend some time at the end of this
meeting organizing for the Spring 2011 SIG meeting, this includes brainstorming
on future presentation topics and presenters.
We’ve also created a LinkedIn Group for the Special
Interest Group - http://linkd.in/bum9lz. For those that can’t make the December 1st
meeting, we’ll be using the LinkedIn Group to share information about this and upcoming
As many of you have noticed, with the release of ArcGIS 10
we’ve been transitioning the Water Utility Resource Center and its content to
the ArcGIS 10 Resource Center. That
transition is now complete and the “old” Water Utility Resource Center has been taken offline. So if you bookmarked
the “old” Water Utility Resource Center you should update your bookmarks to our
new URL – http://resources.arcgis.com/content/water-utilities.
Two other notable changes with the “new” Water Utility
Downloadable Content on ArcGIS.com
- Our downloadable content is now housed on ArcGIS.com. We heard from many of you that the method of downloading templates on the old resource center was
very clunky. So now we are taking
advantage of ArcGIS.com to house our templates. Beyond the templates we can also post a
number of other things to ArcGIS.com such as layer packages and or the URL of services you can access. So we can deliver more types of content than just the templates through ArcGIS.com.
Videos – We also heard from many of you that the way find and access the videos from the the old Water Utility Resource Center was
clumsy. So the new Resource Center now has
a video gallery - http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/video/water-utilities.
The September 30, 2010 release of the Infrastructure Mobile Map template for ArcGIS 10 addresses the following:
1. Added street layer to cache and ArcMap Document (mxd)
1. Resolved a bug with address geocoder
2. Resolved several bugs with workorders, only highlighted when workorder tab is open
There are no known issues at this time.
The September 30, 2010 release of the Infrastructure Network Editing template for ArcGIS 10 addresses the following:
1. Added error handling for Sewer Profile and warnings for Null data
2. Extended MS Office support to version 2003
3. Added a source feature to support tracing in the water network ; populated FacilityIDs on SewerStormwater mains
4. Added option to only connect to selected features on Connect Closest tool on toolbar
5. Added option on Connect Closest construction tool to hold “Ctrl” when creating a feature to only find the closest selected features
6. Create Lines with End points tool renamed to Create Lines with Points
7. Added option to Create lines with Points tool to create a point at each vertex and make two point lines
8. Added check to Create lines with Points tool to avoid creating a point if a feature of the same type already exists
9. Added prompt to Connect Closest and Add Line with Points tools that requires user to select template for secondary feature created
10. Added progress dialog to Attribute Assistant and changed icon of Attribute Assistant to identify when Active/Inactive
11. Added Generate_ID_By_Intersect method in Attribute Assistant
12. Modified Add-In installation process to look for the configuration file installed with the Construction Tools first, if it does not find the configuration file, then the installation process will utilize the Add-In configuration file
13. Added a new tool to select junctions by the number of edges
14. Added several new functions in sewer profile tool; each main segment is drawn separately, option to plot Taps on graph, include labels on mains, allow fields to be defined in configuration file, add Laterals option to create the dogleg at a percent, and allow for the entire line to be drawn at 45 degrees
1. Resolved registration issue with the custom construction tools
2. Resolved issue with LAST_VALUE and ROTATION methods in Attribute Assistant
3. Removed Generate_ID_By_Area method in Attribute Assistant
4. Resolved several issues with rules in Dynamic Value Table
5. Resolved issue with Isotrace configuration
6. Resolved issue with Getting Started Document
7. Resolved issue in trace configuration tags
8. Resolved several smaller bugs in Attribute Assistant and Infrastructure Editing Toolbar code base
There are no known issues at this time.
Last week, not only did we release the Editing template for ArcGIS 10, we also released the Mobile Map template for ArcGIS 10. This template is designed to show a utility how to replace their paper maps with a digital map. ArcGIS mobile technology allows you to build a cache (different than a tiled cache used in ArcGIS Server) of your data to take into the field and work completely disconnected. At any time you do have a connection, you can pull down updates or push up changes you have made in the field.
ArcGIS Mobile 10 has some significant changes that we were able to incorporate into this release of the template. The most important is the ability to use tiled cached basemaps.
In the screen shot above, you can see a new window that lets the field crews easily toggle between their operational data and their basemaps. It also distinguishes between online basemaps, maps that are streaming down from ArcGIS Server, and local basemaps, tiled caches deployed to the machine.
Not only did we add support for basemaps, we also included two basemaps designed for the field crews, one for day and one for night. We really think you are going to like these maps and they will provide a great starting point when you want to define your own field basemaps. We also extended the template to utilize the new client side SDC based geocoding. So now you can perform a true geocode, completely disconnected. Not only did we provide a way to geocode, but also an integration with ArcLogistics Navigator. From the Identify panel or workorder panel, you pass the location of the asset to ArcLogistics Navigator. Navigator will pop up, route you to the location and disappear once you arrive. Really showing how ArcGIS Mobile can be the mobile data terminal for you field crews.
We made a bunch of other changes and enhancements, so please, try it out. We included an installer that will lay down the application, sample mobile cache and the night and day basemaps. As always, we included all the source code. So if you are starting to develop in ArcGIS Mobile, there is a lot of great code that you can borrow or use in your projects.
Thanks, and let us know what you would like to see in the next release of this template on Ideas.arcgis.com.