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So You Think You Want a GIS System? Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities – A Managers View

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For over 10 years Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities has relied on a CAD drawn mapping system and scanned as-builts of its 4000 miles of sewer lines and 4000 miles of water lines. Maintaining the CAD maps was always a struggle with or without dedicated drafting technicians. Field crews relied on paper copies of the electronic maps consisting of map books containing over 2000 pages. History had shown that numerous inconsistencies existed with both the maps and asbuilts with actual field conditions. In 2001 the department made a commitment to create a detailed GIS database of the entire water and sewer system that would eventually involve field surveying the entire system with a goal of moving to a paperless mapping and data system accessible in the field through a mobile system. This system would also serve as the foundation for the department's Asset Management system.

Keywords: GIS; Geographic Information Systems; System Mapping

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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