2022 SAG Award Winners

City of Hastings, NE

Project Goal

With Hastings' expanding and aging utility infrastructure that consists of water, sewer, gas and electric, the city wanted to take its geographic information system (GIS) to the next level. The goal was to provide extensive data to employees in the office and the field; be able to provide analytic data for project planning and replacement programs, the ability to do inspections and data collection directly in the field; and integrate electric service with outage management and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems.
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Business Problem Solved

The GIS infrastructure for utility services was previously maintained using a combination of CAD drawings, GIS records, paper forms, and Excel documents. The data was not organized in a consistent manner, which caused concern about reports' accuracy. In most cases, updates regarding the types and locations of assets were being given via paper forms and hand-drawn pictures and, at times, took months to be entered into GIS. With the ArcGIS Utility Network out-of-the-box data schema with preloaded fields and domains for each service as well as the similar setups and consistent data management the city was able to set up their data in a format that worked in the office and in the field along with being able to provide the required ongoing analytic data. Field crews now use ArcGIS Field Maps that are paired with external GPS receivers to get real time inspections and install information directly into the GIS reducing longer wait times for updates along with gathering missing data.

Technology Implemented

ESRI ArcGIS Utility Network
ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Enterprise and Portal
ArcGIS Utility Network Extension
ArcGIS Data Reviewer
ArcGIS Field Maps
ArcGIS Dashboards

Development Team Biography

Lindsey Stone - GIS Coordinator
Ben Rieckman - GIS Technician