2023 SAG Award Winners

Region VII PDC (Planning and Development Council)

Project Goal

Region VII, with the resources available through an Enterprise Agreement with Esri, is focused on assisting the entities within our service area with growing and expanding the use of GIS. With a concentrated effort to help organizations within our seven-county region build a system of record and retain institutional knowledge of their utility assets, we have worked on building a GIS system for data collection, management, and visualizations. We work closely with each entity to identify their needs and integrate GIS with their current processes.

Region VII is also implementing the use of GIS internally for records and reporting efforts. We have transitioned spreadsheet forms to mobile and web survey forms for tracking travel data, applications submissions, and project information. Using the GIS software allows easy data input and summary visualizations that assist in completing required reports.
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Business Problem Solved

In designing a utility asset management system through GIS, Region VII is providing the ability of each participating organization to have an up to date and easily accessible data set of their resources. Working with each organization to collect, convert and attribute their systems ensures the most important data is documented. Implementing a utility asset management system in GIS also allows expanding the functionality to include transitioning from paper inspection forms to digital forms that reduce the chance of errors from data entry processes. Creating a comprehensive GIS containing the utility systems within our region also allows Region VII to direct project efforts to those areas where utility services may be unserved.

Implementing GIS internally has allowed Region VII to save time when compiling monthly/yearly reports for project administration requirements by allowing easy access to summary data through ArcGIS Dashboards or ArcGIS Pro Reports functionality.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Field Maps, ArcGIS Survey123 Connect, ArcGIS Dashboards, Trimble Positions for ArcGIS Desktop

Development Team Biography

Stacey McDaniel, GIS Specialist for Region VII