2022 SAG Award Winners

City of Newark, Delaware

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Project Goal

The Public Works and Water Resources Department at the City of Newark, DE continues to deploy Esri’s ArcGIS applications and solutions to generate efficiencies in our asset management and inspection programs. We created a GIS-centric workflow to inspect stormwater best management practices (BMPs), replacing a manual, fillable-PDF form workflow. To complete a BMP inspection, an inspector calls up Survey123 through a custom URL in the web map’s BMP feature pop-up, accessed through a browser or in Field Maps. When the inspector finishes the inspection and submits the survey, the complete BMP owner report, including cover letter, inspection results, site photos and signature, is generated automatically. Unlike the non-searchable, manual reporting workflow, the inspection results will be archived in a related table. The application also updates the feature symbology to illustrate which BMPs have been inspected and those waiting inspection.
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Business Problem Solved

We are employing a more efficient, automated workflow to reduce the time it takes to report a BMP inspection, while retaining the inspection results year over year. The GIS-centric workflow eliminates the need to combine the multiple report elements manually. The workflow is more efficient and standardizes the inspection and reporting process.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Pro, Survey123 Connect, and Field Maps (along with Python and MS Word).

Development Team Biography

Jay W. Hodny, Ph.D., GIS Technician for the City of Newark for the past five and half years. Jay performs a variety of GIS tasks including platform administration, GIS application development, and supports the GIS mapping and application needs of the City’s departments.
Brian Laws, Engineering Technician for the City of Newark for the past 17 years, with the past six years using GIS in Public Works. Brian performs a variety of GIS tasks including platform administration, GIS application development, and departmental mapping needs. He is our local Survey123 expert.
Mark Neimeister, Water Superintendent for the City of Newark for the past eight years and is responsible for Newark’s water distribution infrastructure. Mark designed and built the City of Philadelphia’s water database. Mark is an ArcGIS user for more than 15 years.