AE2S Wins ESRI Special Achievement Award

Giving clients a living tool to continually adapt to and plan for changing conditions is one of the reasons why this week, AE2S won an ESRI Special Achievement Award at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego.

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Why AE2S was Honored

As you probably know, the oil boom in northwestern North Dakota created a frenzy of industrial activity and economic development. While many opportunities have resulted from the boom, it also presented many challenges to the region. The area’s infrastructure was not adequate to handle this extreme growth. New infrastructure was needed as soon as possible, and funding was necessary to make the projects happen. Strategic planning for the growth of the communities and regional water systems was critical to ensure improvements would not only best meet the current needs but those of the future as well.

AE2S works with a number of municipalities and regional water systems in the heart of oil country and recognized the crucial role GIS could play in helping the region not only quickly respond to the rapid growth but to ensure future needs were also taken into account. The core functionality and cutting-edge technology of GIS would help engineers, financial analyst, planners, surveyors, and all other project team members with visual and informational needs as they work on high-demand and fast-paced projects related to the oil boom industrial activity of North Dakota. The web-based and mobile capabilities of GIS provided the ability to paint a live, interactive picture of projects to users in the field or office.

Rapid growth was causing static data to become obsolete at a fast pace. The use of ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS for Server would provide a real-time solution to distribute changes immediately for fast-paced projects. Whether in the office or field, all project team members would be able to access the same map and data.

GIS: The Crucial Planning Tool

GIS was utilized on a large number of projects in the oil region, from project conception to completion and long-term operations and maintenance, in order to provide increased efficiencies. AE2S GIS Specialists utilized ArcGIS for Desktop to produce large wall maps, exhibits, map books, and meaningful statistics, thus communicating the need for infrastructure improvements to keep up with growth for municipalities and rural water, as well as a new regional water system to help secure funding from state legislature. With project funding secured, GIS was again utilized as a planning tool, with uses including land use planning, infrastructure expansion, hydraulic modeling, storm water modeling, easement and land acquisition, and more. GIS was not only effective but allowed planning to progress at the expedited pace that was needed.

[quote]Thanks to the powerful capabilities of GIS, several cities in Northwestern North Dakota now have better quality water, the capacity to meet the increased demand for water, and less truck traffic along country roads, which has improved the quality of life. [/quote]

That’s a win for everyone!

Greater Efficiency Saves Time and Money

AE2S made the most of the various software products provided by Esri to help meet the needs for desktop, mobile, and web-based solutions to meet the needs of a wide range of clients, from small municipalities to large regional projects.

Some communities and water systems were able to use web-based mapping solutions to provide their users with a secured environment using the ArcGIS Viewer Platforms. With the well organized and intuitive Application Builders for both the ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight and Flex, less time was needed for development and testing, which drastically reduced web-based mapping project cost. With expansions to the 4G Internet connection in the field, the ArcGIS Esri App was able to quickly share real-time data between the office and field for the operations and maintenance of municipal and rural water utilities. This app combined free public basemap data and private organizational data with advanced mobile GIS functionality in the field (including location tracking, attaching picture to features, editing features, access to all attribute data, etc.).

A major benefit of utilizing GIS for these projects is that these clients now have a living tool that allows them to continually adapt to and plan for changing conditions, as well as complete information about their infrastructure at their fingertips – saving them time and money.

Technology Implemented

ArcGIS for Desktop Licenses (Basic, Editor, and Advanced), ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Server, InfoWater, HEC-GeoRAS, InfoSWMM, ArcGIS Viewer for Flex, ArcGIS Viewer for Silverlight, ModelBuilder, Spatial Analysis, and 3D Analysis, ArcGIS Esri app for iOS and Android.

Development Team Biography

A number of members of the AE2S GIS team were involved in projects serving Oil Country in Western North Dakota at various stages of project development. Below are members that use GIS on a daily or weekly basis.

Geomatics Manager – Roger Grimsley, PLS
Steve Swanson – Survey/Project Manager, PLS
GIS Coordinator – Lucas Rengstorf
GIS Specialist – Hope Rothermel
GIS Specialist – Cinde Morris
GIS Specialist – Craig Hanson
Hydrologic Modeling Engineer – Brian Weiss
Hydrologic Modeling Engineer – Donovan Voeller
Hydrologic Modeling Engineer – Geoff Slick
Hydrologic Modeling Engineer – Jared Heller
Water Resources Engineer – Jon Lefers
Water Resources Engineer – Brett Morlok