The Village of Deerfield has began a using an Engineering Firm to
survey and smoke test the sewer storm system within the village. This
program involves using provided GIS data to be used in the field by the
Engineering Firm and village staff to conduct the smoke testing program.
Smoke testing involves using special equipment to help find defects and
issues within the sewer storm system. As smoke is passes through the
system equipment is used to detect any leaks within the system. Defects
are then recorded and mapped using GPS technology. The process also
included verifying mapping information and GPS was then used to update,
add, or remove sewer storm system infrastructure.
Once the field data and smoke testing program was completed the
Engineering Firm provided the GIS department with all the field data
collected by GPS, photos of defect areas, and locations of all defects
within the system. The GIS department was able to use this information
to update GIS data and mapping and also map the collected defects. The
maps then can be used to find trends within the system as well pin point
locations that where found to be defective.
This multi-year program provides information that is crucial to the
village to help maintain the sewer storm system. The program also
benefits the GIS department with providing accurate data to map and use
in updating and maintaining mapping data. Working together and
integrating community processes with the GIS department helps achieve
the greatest benefit possible while conducting field maintenance