If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve no doubt heard about the water shortages affecting the American Southwest. As the demand for water continues to rise, the need for effective, forward-thinking water-use planning has never been more urgent.
Recently EHS Support LLC partnered with a mid-sized city in the Southwest to identify existing water-use demands and establish an integrated, geographic, web-based tool to track, assess, and aid in long-term water-demand planning efforts. Working closely with the city, our experts integrated the city’s non-spatial Water Utility Demand (WUD) data into a hosted GIS Geodatabase. This database acts as a central repository for historical and current data that we used to design an interactive, user-friendly, water-use dashboard.
Access to the visualization tool, along with an automated data-synchronization process, allows the city team members to provide visualizations in near real time. This enhances team productivity and gives decision makers a tool that can offer new opportunities and transparency associated with future water-use planning efforts and decision making.
Alex Smith, EHS Support’s GIS/Data group lead, will be the presenter at the Ohio Geographically Referenced Information Program (OGRIP) GIS Conference (Sept. 15–17). Alex has over a decade of hands-on experience managing and utilizing GIS databases for a variety of properties and project types.
EHS Support GIS Analyst Chelbi Stromblad will be presenting about this new database technology at the Minnesota GIS/LIS (Land Information System) Land Consortium Conference (Oct. 27-29). Even if water management is not your focus, Chelbi will help demonstrate how your needs can be met using the visual capabilities of an operations dashboard.
We hope to see you there!