Service valve image linking


The Village of Oak Brook has put forth a lot of time and effort over
the past few years to get its entire water system accurately mapped
through the GIS Consortium’s MapOffice™ web application. Along with the
many planning and financial incentives that come with an accurately
mapped utility infrastructure, it provides unprecedented value to the
water crews having to maintain, upgrade and repair the water system.
Previously, water crews from public works had to reference out of date,
inaccurate, hand drawn maps that did not provide specific enough
information about not only location, but also the attributes that
coincide with each water structure. But over the past few years the
public works and GIS departments have worked side by side to accurately
map where all structures along the water system are located, and which
attributes each structure posses (e.g. diameter, material, installation
date, etc.). By using field notes and as-built drawing, Village staff
is confident in the overall condition and accuracy of the main water
system structures at this point in time. The next step to inventorying
the water system is to identify and note all hidden or hard to reach
structures, beginning with service valves and valve vaults.

The idea behind this portion of our water system mapping program is
to locate and take pictures of the hidden, buried, and hard to reach
structures. Seeing that we’ve already put so much effort it mapping
where the structures are generally located, it seemed fitting to link
the images of each structure to its point in MapOffice™. The end goal
of this project is to allow field crews to pull up a certain area of the
water system in MapOffice™ while in the field, reference the structure
and its attributes, and then view an image of the structure by simply
clicking on the point on the map. The attached image is an example of
what public works staff are able to view from their vehicles while doing
repairs at the actual location of the structure. Without GIS the
amount of time, effort, and money that is continuously put into these
hard to reach and problem areas would persist in an inefficient manner.
But by tracking all of this information in GIS, field crews are able
provide our customers a quicker and higher level of service, all while
saving time and ultimately money.