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Don't Miss the Oct 29 - Utilities and Municipal Assets Event in Cambridge, ON

September 01, 2019 11:40 AM | Sandra Crutcher (Administrator)

The province of Ontario has been undergoing a challenging search for new energy and water sources to meet community energy and water/wastewater needs while trying maintain existing infrastructure. Compounding this has been the changing ownership of utility companies through mergers and acquisitions. Increasing government regulations on these utilities to promote a cleaner environment, have also been a challenge.  Come and see how the Geospatial community has risen to meet these challenges.

Utilities and Municipal Assets Featured Presentations:

  • Challenging the Infrastructure Gap - Assetic
  • LiDAR for Utilities - J.D Barnes
  • Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - City of Kitchener
  • Bridging the Gap Between GIS & Asset Management to Enhance Decision-Making: Three Case Studies in Municipal Utility Asset Management - Public Sector Digest
  • Advanced Ability to service and maintain using the integrated suite of Go360 products - Envari. formerly Energy Ottawa
  • Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring - Tulloch Mapping


Challenging the Infrastructure Gap - Assetic

Topeka, Kansas had a problem. They needed to justify to the constituents that a tax increase would improve the road network in their municipality above current levels.
They set forth to prove that increasing tax while also optimizing service level requirements would have a positive impact on the ability for tax payers to utilize their road network.
This can be replicated across North American municipalities.

LiDAR for Utilities - J.D Barnes

Since it’s inception, LiDAR technology has been used to generate dense, richly-detailed datasets, from which it has become increasingly easy to extract salient features and generate 3D Models. Early versions required modelling, as native CAD design packages couldn’t handle the voluminous point clouds, however most CAD & Mapping software can now accept point cloud data directly, enabling more streamlined workflows.

LiDAR has been and is being used extensively to acquire and map data for Utilities applications. Corridor Mapping, Asset Management, and vegetation encroachment are just a few of the applications to which it is being applied.

J.D. Barnes has performed hundreds of LiDAR surveys since acquiring our first scanners in 2012. The LiDAR team has worked often with our Utility Surveys group to provide detailed datasets to clients in the sector, and more recently, with the acquisition of a Mobile LiDAR system, have started exploring that potential further. We’ll review the various aspects of the technology and examine some of the use cases.

Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - City of Kitchener

  • The City of Kitchener is determining reconstruction/rehabilitation priority scores of sanitary sewer pipes, storm sewer pipes, and road pavement.
    Bringing together GIS features, work order, inspection, and traffic data, and using Safe Software’s FME Desktop platform enables for the calculation of risk of failure and consequence of failure scores that are then used to determine the final priority scores.
    The output data is then available to Asset Management staff to aid in the determination of the lifecycle of infrastructure features, verifying the feasibility of maintenance/rehabilitation work, and for the planning of reconstruction or rehabilitation projects.

Bridging the Gap Between GIS & Asset Management to Enhance Decision-Making: Three Case Studies in Municipal Utility Asset Management - Public Sector Digest

  • PSD will present three case studies of utilities and municipalities from across Canada at varying levels of asset management and GIS maturity. One example will be from a municipality who is at the beginning stages of their program development, working with their water utility to better capture GIS data for water, wastewater and stormwater assets in order to build their asset inventory. The following two examples will be from municipalities who are more advanced, using their GIS data to do more enhanced asset analysis and move into inventorying their natural capital assets. 

Advanced Ability to service and maintain using the integrated suite of Go360 products - Envari

This presentation will demonstrate how the integrated suite of Go360 products provide Envari with the enhanced ability to service and maintain the 72,000 streetlights in and around the City of Ottawa. Including automatic response to the identified problems originating from various sources such as 311 calls, LED Street Light Vision system (SLV) and third-party inspection defects identified from Go360 Audit & Compliance, as well as, the business value achieved through the implementation of Go360.

Envari Energy Solutions, formerly Energy Ottawa, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.  In 2017, Envari expanded their infrastructure and service capabilities by incorporating AGSI’s Go360™ Audit and Compliance software to determine the asset health of the City of Ottawa’s streetlights.  In 2018, Envari selected the Go360™ Dispatch™ and CrewOps™ software for operational maintenance of the network and provide a complete asset health with history and measured maintenance response solution.

“The Go360™ suite has provided us with a maintenance database that uses mobile workforce management, dispatching, auditing and inspections of the streetlight assets for the City of Ottawa. This allows us visibility to respond to issues within the system.  At Envari, energy efficiency is our primary business; the Go360™ suite offers increased efficiency which we greatly value.”

Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring - Tulloch Mapping

  • This presentation by Tulloch provides a review of the municipal road assets and products derived from the latest engineering grade 3D mobile mapping systems.  The products reviewed include 3D roadway assets,  pavement condition, sidewalk quality deficiencies, line of sight analysis, road geometrics, engineering survey plans, and BIM.  These products can be used by municipal planning, maintenance, and engineering departments for making decisions about managing long-term growth, or managing long-term stagnation with respect to infrastructure, and municipally delivered services.  Case studies from the City of Mississauga and the City Ottawa are high lightened using recent mobile LiDAR and 360° HD imagery datasets
  • The presentation highlights the technology used and focuses directly on the results and applications of using the remotely sensed mobile LiDAR-Imagery data for municipal assets and introduces a possible method for updating.

Stay tuned for more highlights on using Geospatial tools and techniques to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets.

BeSpatial / urisa ontario's Western Region is excited to host a one day session focused on using Geospatial tools and techniques to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets. All interested in these topics are welcome.

Date: October 29, 2019

Time: 9am- 3pm

Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton

800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON


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