Web-based Mapping Application Located Utilities

By |2018-11-02T08:37:27+00:00April 24th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

The City of Chireno has one of the largest natural gas distribution systems in East Texas with approximately 250 miles of pipeline that services approximately 1,600 customers. The City of Chireno Municipal Gas System realized it was down to the last set of paper map books created in the early 1970s.

The City of Chireno has one of the largest natural gas distribution systems in East Texas with approximately 250 miles of pipeline that services approximately 1,600 customers. The City of Chireno Municipal Gas System realized it was down to the last set of paper map books created in the early 1970s. Updates were made by hand-drawing additions and changes to the system. While this system worked for the company for years, the employees were ready for an upgrade to a high-tech system.

Using our mapping and web-design expertise, RS&H was able to help the gas system transition from paper maps to a web-based platform accessible via desktop and mobile devices. Now, locating their utilities is a breeze. For general purposes, city employees can access the mobile application on their smartphone, and using the onboard locate features, get within 20-30 feet from a feature they need to see. Then, using a high-accuracy GPS, the employee can get within a foot or two from a meter, valve or pipeline in question.

By using this technology, the city can get instantaneous feedback on system information such as how many customers will be affected by a shutdown, and update the system in a more accurate and efficient manner, helping them better serve their customers by providing more up-to-date and accurate information.

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Elizabeth High
Elizabeth High
Liz is as an environmental specialist and Geographic Information System (GIS) analyst in the San Antonio office. She has over six years of experience in environmental compliance consulting and permitting with an emphasis on GIS and spatial analysis.

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