INNOVATION IN UTILITIES
The city of Waldkirch, Germany, encompasses 20,000 inhabitants spread over 48
square kilometers. Stadtwerke Waldkirch GmbH provides energy, water, gas,
and district heating to this area. When the city wanted a way to collect and
administer local spatial data and the utility needed to improve documentation
of existing structures, the public and private entities undertook a joint project to
minimize the costs of data collection and GIS implementation.
Initially, 360 kilometers of cables, 120 kilometers of water lines, 2,000
wastewater shafts, and other surface data were entered into the Bentley-based GIS. Up-to-date geospatial data is now accessible through Bentley
sisIMS. Multiple municipal topics are incorporated, such as land registry, digital
orthophotos, and land-use plans. Bentley sisVIE W is used for such tasks as
locating broken water pipes and gas line leaks, and Bentley sisNE T enables
asset analysis and evaluation.
We believe that the new tools available to us through Bentley’s ProjectWise and Expert
Designer will streamline our design process, improve project workflow and coordination,
and help us manage costs and resources more effectively.
Jay Stowe, Huntsville Utilities
2009 Be Inspired Award Winner
Innovation in Utilities