AE2S GIS Helps City of Williston Map for the Future

AE2S recently created conceptual capital improvement plan maps for the City of Williston, North Dakota in the midst of extreme expected population growth.


The Williston Herald really brought the issue of financing this growth into the local news limelight, in the article “City looking at $1 billion in added costs” on July 29th, 2014:


“Unprecedented growth is driving increases in demand for municipal services and capital improvements to keep up with the energy boom in Williston, according to a study from Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.,” wrote reporter Eric Killelea. “The city hired Robert Moberg of AE2S six months ago to assist the commission with meeting the increased growth and financial impacts. The program manager recently completed his findings for a six-year roadmap for the city’s capital and operational needs, identifying the financial gap for the city to seek outside funding support. The study found that Williston will have a total of $1.04 billion in project costs by 2020, with a financial gap of $474 million. ‘The city’s revenue is not going to keep up with the cost,’ Moberg said.”


Creation of this six-year roadmap for the city involved using GIS to provide a snapshot of anticipated land use and consumption within the tier one growth area and then identifying the infrastructure needed to support ongoing development.


According to an artcile titled “Building Resiliency with GIS” in the fall 2014 edition of ArcUser, “governments are turning to GIS technology to create information from the data they collect, then analyze that data to understand and develop better strategies for solving problems.” The article profiles the Minneapolis Urban Tree Canopy app, which helped the city recover from a storm and obtain funding and streamline repair work.


Similarly, Williston prioritized street name and address changes and custom configured an ArcPad app to produce a map of recommended changes (see example map below).

AE2S helped Williston respond to current growth and recently annexed land in the city boundary.