GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems

1st Edition

By U.M. Shamsi

CRC Press

440 pages | 25 Color Illus. | 145 B/W Illus.

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Professionals involved in the planning, design, operation, and construction of water, wastewater, and stormwater systems need to understand the productivity-enhancing applications of GIS. Inspired by an ASCE-sponsored continuing education course taught by the author, GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems focuses on the practical aspects of software and data tools that enable GIS applications. The book documents and analyzes effective use of GIS, demonstrating how you can apply the technology to make tasks easier to perform, saving time and money for your organization.

The book first describes GIS, detailing its importance and explaining how to avoid potential pitfalls via a needs analysis study. It then describes GIS-related technologies that are crucial in applications development: remote sensing; DEM data; GPS; Internet applications; and mobile GIS. The final ten chapters focus on the "Four Ms" of the water industry–Mapping, Monitoring, Modeling, and Maintenance–applications that define the most important activities for efficient management of water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

Promoting a performance- (or outcome-) based style of learning, each chapter first states learning objectives and later concludes with a chapter summary and questions. The text encourages more effective and natural inductive study by first presenting case studies, then explaining procedures. This volume supplements the text with numerous maps, tables, and illustrations.

Table of Contents

GIS Applications


What Are GIS Applications?

History of GIS Applications

4M Applications

Advantages and Disadvantages of GIS Applications

Success Stories

Evolving GIS Applications and Trends

Future Applications and Trends

GIS Application Development Procedure

Application Programming

Useful Web Sites

Needs Analysis

Ocean County’s Strategic Plan


Needs Analysis Steps

Needs Analysis Examples

Remote Sensing Applications

Albany County’s Remote Sensing Application


Remote Sensing Applications

Remote Sensing Satellites

Spatial Resolution

Digital Orthophotos

Examples of Remote Sensing Applications

Geographic Imaging and Image Processing Software

Future Directions

Useful Web Sites

DEM Applications

Hydrologic Modeling of the Buffalo Bayou Using GIS and DEM Data

DEM Basics

DEM Applications

DEM Resolution and Accuracy


DEM Data Availability

DEM Data Creation from Remote Sensing

DEM Analysis

Software Tools

Case Studies and Examples

Useful Web Sites

GPS Applications

Stream Mapping in Iowa

GPS Basics

GPS Applications in the Water Industry

GPS Applications in GIS

GPS Survey Steps

GPS Equipment

Survey Grade GPS Equipment

Useful Web Sites

Internet Applications

Dublin’s Web Map

Internet GIS

Internet GIS Software

Internet GIS Applications

Case Studies

Useful Web Sites

Mobile GIS

Mobile GIS Basics

Mobile GIS Applications

Wireless Internet Technology

GPS Integration

Useful Web Sites


Los Angeles County’s Sewer Mapping Program

Mapping Basics

Map Types

Advantages of GIS Maps

GIS Mapping Steps

Case Studies

Useful Web Sites

Mapping Applications

Customer Service Application in Gurnee

Common Mapping Functions

Water System Mapping Applications

Wastewater System Mapping Applications

Stormwater System Mapping Applications

Monitoring Applications

Monitoring Real-Time Rainfall and Stream-Flow Data in Aurora

Monitoring Basics

Remotely Sensed Rainfall Data

Flow-Monitoring Applications

NPDES-Permit Reporting Applications

Monitoring via Internet

Monitoring the Infrastructure

Useful Web Sites

Modeling Applications

Temporal-Spatial Modeling in Westchester County

H&H Modeling

Application Methods

Interchange Method

Interface Method

Integration Method

Which Linkage Method to Use?

Useful Web Sites

Water Models

City of Germantown’s Water Model

GIS Applications for Water Distribution Systems

Development of Hydraulic Models

Software Examples

EPANET and ArcView Integration in Harrisburg

Network Skeletonization

Estimation of Node Demands

Estimation of Node Elevations

Pressure Zone Trace

Sewer Models

MapInfo™ and SWMM Interchange

GIS Applications for Sewer Systems

Sewer System Modeling Integration

Software Examples


Useful SWMM Web Sites

GIS Applications for SWMM

Other Sewer Models

Sewer Modeling Case Studies

Useful Web Sites

AM/FM/GIS Applications

Hampton’s Wastewater Maintenance Management

Infrastructure Problem

AM/FM/GIS Basics

AM/FM/GIS Software

Maintenance Applications

Buncombe County’s Sewer System Inspection and Maintenance

Asset Management

GASB 34 Applications

Wet Weather Overflow Management Applications

CCTV Inspection of Sewers

Video Mapping

Thematic Mapping of Inspection Data

Work Order Management

Water Main Isolation Trace

Case Studies

Useful Web Sites

Security-Planning and Vulnerability Assessment

GIS Applications in Planning

Security Planning

GIS Applications in Vulnerability Assessment

Security Modeling Software

Security-Planning Data Issues

Useful Web Sites

Applications Sampler

Drainage Area Planning in Sofia

Pipe Rating Program in Buncombe County

Water System Modeling in Tucson

Water System Modeling in the City of Truth or Consequences

ArcGIS and ArcFM Integration in Belgium

Water System Master Planning in Prague

Water Quality Management in Mecklenburg County

Water Master Planning in Sueca, Spain

Appendix A Acronyms

Appendix B Conversion Factors



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply