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Implementing a Utility Geographic Information System for Water, Sewer, and Electric

Author: Davie Crawford
M.S. in Geographic Information Science
Department of Geology and Geography
April 2012
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This thesis presents the design and implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) for the Water, Sewer, and Electric Departments for the City of Calhoun, Georgia. The thesis reviews literature that is associated with developing a utility GIS. The objective of this thesis is to explain how the design and implementation of a GIS for the City of Calhoun was established in order to efficiently manage their utility distribution systems and replace the existing CAD system. It also provides other small municipalities with an understanding of what it takes to design and implement a utility GIS. The design and implementation were divided into a set of phases that were carried out to ensure a successful completed system.

The methodology used in the development of the GIS has been acquired through reviewing and evaluating other similar systems that involve utility data. The utility departments have relied on inaccurate CAD data for years. The departments all agreed that a more accurate and up to date system would help manage their assets. The conclusion of this thesis demonstrates the improved efficiency after implementing the GIS compared with the previous CAD system.