With the building of a new village hall and an updated police
station, the Village of Wheeling took the opportunity to put in a new
sprinkler system for the outdoor areas of both buildings. The sprinkler
system consists of roughly 600 sprinkler heads varying in size, flow,
and type tied into a computer system. The Village of Wheeling requested
that a map be created showing the location of all the features within
the system overlaid on aerial imagery.
To get accurate locations of all the sprinkler heads, a village
engineer went out and used a GPS unit to collect all the location
information. The points were then loaded into GIS and mapped out on top
of the village’s aerial imagery. Using engineering drawings, attributes
and line work were added to the map to complete the entire system.
Finally, sprinkler zones were added using notes provided by public works
and building maintenance crews.
The final product displays the entire sprinkler system on top of the
aerial imagery so that maintenance crews can locate any part of the
system. By adding the map into the village’s online mapping program,
maintenance crews can select a sprinkler and see all the attributes for
that specific feature. This allows them to easily make repairs and
replacements. Because the computer tied into the system references
errors by zone, the zone numbers were added to the system allowing
maintenance crews to see exactly where a specific error is located and
what other parts of the system are going to be affected. By adding the
sprinkler system into GIS, the maintenance crews are able to get a clear
look at the system and then make quick and informative decisions on any
maintenance or issues.