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Utilities and Municipal Assets

  • October 29, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton 800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON



Don't Miss the Utilities and Municipal Assets Event on Oct. 29 in Cambridge!

BeSpatial / urisa ontario invites the geospatial community to the upcoming event in Cambridge, ON. Presenters will share how they are meeting these challenges in the municipal utilities sector.

This week's featured presentations

Stay tuned for more highlights on using Geospatial tools and techniques to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets.

Utilities and Municipal Assets 

Bridging the Gap Between GIS & Asset Management to Enhance Decision-Making: Three Case Studies in Municipal Utility Asset Management - Public Sector Digest

Cliff Patterson, Senior GIS Consultant  Chris  Vanderheyden, Senior Asset Management Consultant 


PSD will present three case studies of utilities and municipalities from across Canada at varying levels of asset management and GIS maturity. One example will be from a municipality who is at the beginning stages of their program development, working with their water utility to better capture GIS data for water, wastewater and stormwater assets in order to build their asset inventory. The following two examples will be from municipalities who are more advanced, using their GIS data to do more enhanced asset analysis and move into inventorying their natural capital assets. 

About the Presenters

  • Cliff Patterson holds a PhD in Surveying from the University of Otago, New Zealand, where his research examined the processes of tropical deforestation and agricultural intensification in Belize through a land cover change science approach. Before coming to PSD in 2019, Cliff worked in the conservation sector in Ontario where he developed an open source GIS platform and a UAV mapping operation, worked as an independent GIS developer, and taught college courses on webGIS and database development. Cliff is skilled in GIS development, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, photogrammetry, and field survey methods, and he is a strong proponent of Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) and open data.
  • Chris Vanderheyden joined PSD in 2016, where he works with clients to implement PSD’s Asset Management Roadmap initiatives by assessing and planning asset management programs and plans. He provides valuable insight using leading analytic practices, designs and leads iterative learning and development cycles. He analyzes and leverages client infrastructure data and information to assist asset performance management, and levels of service. He also completes infrastructure needs assessments and risk management Lifecycle analysis and forecasting.

    Chris formerly served Oxford County in Corporate Services GIS Asset Management and Public Works Engineering. His role in GIS Asset Management involved maintaining and analyzing municipal infrastructure data, identifying inconsistencies and/or gaps and improving overall data quality and integrity. He also designed waste and storm sewer infrastructure, road reconstruction, water treatment facility process diagrams, schematics diagrams, and GPS infrastructure data capture and inspection. 

Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - City of Kitchener

David van Riel, GIS Technologist


The City of Kitchener is determining reconstruction/rehabilitation priority scores of sanitary sewer pipes, storm sewer pipes, and road pavement.
Bringing together GIS features, work order, inspection, and traffic data, and using Safe Software’s FME Desktop platform enables for the calculation of risk of failure and consequence of failure scores that are then used to determine the final priority scores.

The output data is then available to Asset Management staff to aid in the determination of the life-cycle of infrastructure features, verifying the feasibility of maintenance/rehabilitation work, and for the planning of reconstruction or rehabilitation projects.

About the Presenter

David van Riel has been with the City of Kitchener for the past 14 years and works primarily with infrastructure assets (gas, sanitary, storm, and water).

The province of Ontario has been undergoing a challenging search for new energy and water sources to meet community energy and water/wastewater needs while trying maintain existing infrastructure. Compounding this has been the changing ownership of utility companies through mergers and acquisitions. Increasing government regulations on these utilities to promote a cleaner environment, have also been a challenge.  Come and see how the Geospatial community has risen to meet these challenges.

BeSpatial / urisa ontario's Western Region is excited to host a one day session focused on using Geospatial tools and technique to manage Utilities and other municipal Assets. All members are welcome.

Date: October 29, 2019

Time: 9am- 3pm

Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton

800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

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