Cedar Knolls, Morris County, NJ

Utility Survey & Monitoring Program

LDG provided enterprise wide GIS implementation services using ArcGIS Online and Portal for the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (SMCMUA) in Cedar Knolls, Morris County, New Jersey. SMCMUA’s service area covers approximately 60 square miles and provides drinking water to 15,000 residential and 2,500 commercial/industrial accounts on a daily basis.

LDG performed a technical analysis and assessment covering industry trends and best practices related to hosting data in the cloud or on premises. LDG also compared an enterprise-wide centralized geodatabase to ArcGIS online and portal deployments and discussed hybrid approaches that have been successful for similar clients. Additionally, LDG’s assessment addressed the staffing and training needs associated with the SMCMUA GIS Program.

After completing a review of the current GIS databases, legacy data sources, web maps, and applications, LDG conducted focused meetings with SMCMUA departments and staff to define their critical workflows and determine how system data will be used and integrated. At the conclusion of these meetings, LDG developed centralized enterprise versioned geodatabases and mobile workflows that take advantage of models, scripts, and routines that replace or enhance existing field and office workflows.

LDG coordinated field data collection for 6,000 system valves and 1,650 hydrants, tanks, and wells. LDG developed mobile applications and dashboards to track changes and coordinate the activities between authority workers and field crews. Using GIS to streamline this communication allowed LDG to collect features at a rate of up to 100 per day, while achieving sub centimeter accuracy. Another element of this task is the synergy between the GIS database and the WaterCAD model. LDG incorporated a post processing piece using Esri’s geometric network to capitalize on the interoperability between the GIS database an d the WaterCAD model. LDG created scripts that prepared the data to be modeled using WaterCAD and other routines that migrated outputs back to the GIS database.

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