Most communities have critical infrastructure that requires constant maintenance and inspection. Consider bridges, for example. Stream gauge monitoring can be used to immediately evaluate whether water level flowing under a bridge could impact structural integrity....

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Sometimes, automation is viewed as a cold or robotic process that eliminates human interaction. Automation should never sacrifice the quality of a program or service. At the Regional Municipality of York, each program or project...

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An organization’s GIS is the best and most up-to-date inventory for public assets. For many organizations, having data is not the problem. The real challenge is displaying and interpreting that data in a meaningful way....

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Passenger demand continues to rise at airports around the globe. According to the most recent World Airport Traffic Report, produced annually by the Airports Council International, passenger traffic posted growth rates of more than 6...

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For many organizations, implementing a GIS-centric asset management system is just the first step in an ongoing journey to effective public asset management. Creating systems of engagement, record, and insight opens the door to ongoing...

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The City of Fayetteville provides services to over 200,000 residents throughout the area. Located in the southern region of North Carolina, Fayetteville neighbors the renowned Fort Bragg U.S. Army Base, the largest military installation in...

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The flush of a toilet. The whirlpool in a sink drain. The channel of rainwater disappearing underground. Wastewater and stormwater infrastructure plays a critical role in the health and safety of our communities, but we...

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When the city fathers of Independence, Missouri, fired up their first power plant in 1901, electrical power was considered leading-edge technology. More than 115 years later, Independence Power and Light (IPL) repeated the tradition of...

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Originally published in Civil + Structural Engineer, February 2018 How municipalities prepare for natural disasters has become much more than distributing sandbags, providing emergency shelter, and assembling personnel and services to assist those in need....

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Not all assets are created equal. We know that physical assets degrade over time. As assets deteriorate, operation and maintenance costs increase, and customers experience negative impacts. At some point, all municipalities and utilities must...

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