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Can your system/city engineer utilize digital GPS data?  KRWA has encountered a few instances where a system's engineer could not use georectified (referenced to the earth's coordinate system) data because it did not "match up" to their scale.  One engineer was not familiar with mapping software such as ESRI's ArcView or the CAD based Autodesk Map.  I am not familiar with CAD software so I was unable to relay to the engineer how to use a particular set of GPS data for a system.  He kept asking for "the scale"....  I kept giving him the coordinates... 

Technology is advancing in a GPS driven environment.   GPS is accurate and concise --  and available software makes it understandable.  System engineers may want to consider upgrading to such technology if they haven't already.  Instead of working from a scalable, paper set of infrastructure maps, they could be working from a georectified, consice, digital, interactive platform that may allow for improved system maintenance. 

Does your engineer have the ability to utilize digital data?  There are several sets of data that are available from state and private agencies including: water/wastewater/electric/gas infrastructure, elevation, parcel, street centerlines, address, rivers and streams, aquifer, boundaries, section/township/range, lakes, cities, high resolution aerial photography and more.  Inquiring of your engineer or ensuring that your system is employing a firm that has the ability to utilize GPS/digital data may create improved efficiency for your system in the future.

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Wateringhole / Kansas Water Office GPS Mapping Grant
« on: April 13, 2009, 11:08:02 am »
The Kansas Water Office has offered a grant that will pay for half of a utilities' GPS mapping costs up to $4,000!  Two requirements that qualify systems for the grant are: being a WATER system of less than 1000 meters,  and having a current (1/1/2000 or newer) Water Conservation Plan on file with the Kansas Water Office. 

The grant will help offset the costs for GPS data collection, mapping (heads-up digitizing or the process of transferring information from a paper set of maps into a digital format), map printing and other costs associated with digital reproduction of new system maps. 

The grant will not pay for costs associated with the purchase of GPS equipment or software, hydraulic studies or other costs incurred from processes not directly related to the collection of data or the generation of new system maps. 

More information about the KWO subsidy can be viewed at their website:  KWO Mapping Grant 

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Wateringhole / GPS Mapping Status
« on: April 13, 2009, 10:43:47 am »
As of April 13, 2009, KRWA is working on 56 different GPS mapping projects in Kansas!  36 of those projects will be visited this Spring/Summer for initial data collection.  The remaining are in some phase of completion where a rough draft set of maps (checkplots) has been sent to the utility for corrections and a more detailed, "in-person" final correction process will take place before final copies are printed and sent. 

KRWA would like to welcome David Gilley to the Mapping Dept. where his years of experience working for a National data collection/surveying company will be beneficial to his role as a Mapping field tech.  David lives in Peabody, KS. 

KRWA can generate an estimate of Mapping costs for your utility which will include data collection, data interpretation and integration, travel costs and map production costs.  Call the office to talk with someone in the Mapping Dept about information and to answer questions.  785.336.3760  ..or email questions/comments to Pete Koenig: pete@krwa.net 

~Pete

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Wateringhole / Re: This is a test.
« on: April 13, 2009, 10:20:41 am »
Doug,
...you'll always be a "newbie".... ;D



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