Date of Award
Masters Capstone Project
M.S. in Geographic Information Science
College of Natural Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment
Geography, Infrastructure, Urban planning, Water and wastewater
According to Worldpopualtionreview.com, “As of 2018, there are 19,495 incorporated cities, towns and villages in the United States. Of those, 14,768 have populations below 5,000. Only ten have populations above 1 million and none are above 10 million. There are 310 cities considered at least medium cities with populations of 100,000 or more.” According to the U.S Census Bureau stats, “about 80% of the United States population lives in urban areas.” Within these cities or towns are underground utility infrastructures such as water lines and sewer pipes. For years cities have stored in files and boxes these construction plans explaining how, where and when these underground lines and pipes were installed. After years of storage these documents begin to degrade, reducing readability and becoming more cumbersome to store and access. Nonetheless, when issues or new projects arise, these are the documents that need to be referenced. The degradation and accessibility of these documents create many issues for the public works departments of these municipalities. For example, during a watermain break, to shut off the correct water valve, technicians must know how the line was installed. This information may be on archived as-built plans. This project defines the implementation of GIS in the Village of Grand Ridge, Illinois and will reveal that the town has saved money annually in repairs and day to day maintenance.
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Harsted, Nick, "Village of Grand Ridge GIS Utility Mapping: Effective Decision Making and Cost Benefits" (2023). Geography and the Environment: Graduate Student Capstones. 81.