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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


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October 29th - Utilities and Municipal Assets event in Cambridge!

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

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.

See below for location map and details.

Event Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Event setup


8:30 – 9:00

Registration and Breakfast


9:00 – 9:15

Short opening remarks




Using GIS for Infrastructure Risk Analysis - David van Riel GIS Technologist  - City of Kitchener


9:55 – 10:00        short transition




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


10:40 – 10:45    short transition


10:45 -11:25


Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques
For Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring -
Scott Paterson, Tulloch Mapping


11:25 – 12:30    lunch




Advanced Ability to service and maintain street lighting assets using the integrated suite of Go360 products: Case Study - ENVARI, formerly Energy Ottawa - Guy Brunet


1:10 – 1:20 PM short transition


1:20 – 2:00 PM


LIDAR for Utilities - Peter Hettstedt


2:00 – 2:10 PM short transition


2:10 – 2:50 PM


Challenging the Infrastructure Gap - Ben Moller


2:50 – 3:00 PM closing remarks


3:00 – 4:00 PM Event organizers packing


Abstracts and Presenters

Challenging the Infrastructure Gap - Assetic

Ben Moller, Channel Manager

Topeka, Kansas had a problem. They needed to justify to the constituents that a tax increase would improve the road network in their municipality above current levels.
They set forth to prove that increasing tax while also optimizing service level requirements would have a positive impact on the ability for tax payers to utilize their road network.
This can be replicated across North American municipalities.

About the presenter

Ben Moller is an Asset Management professional with over 13 years experience, his background has been in the public and private sector delivering long term asset management improvements. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration.

LiDAR for Utilities - J.D Barnes

Peter Hettstedt, Business Development Manager

Since it’s inception, LiDAR technology has been used to generate dense, richly-detailed datasets, from which it has become increasingly easy to extract salient features and generate 3D Models. Early versions required modelling, as native CAD design packages couldn’t handle the voluminous point clouds, however most CAD & Mapping software can now accept point cloud data directly, enabling more streamlined workflows.

LiDAR has been and is being used extensively to acquire and map data for Utilities applications. Corridor Mapping, Asset Management, and vegetation encroachment are just a few of the applications to which it is being applied.

J.D. Barnes has performed hundreds of LiDAR surveys since acquiring our first scanners in 2012. The LiDAR team has worked often with our Utility Surveys group to provide detailed datasets to clients in the sector, and more recently, with the acquisition of a Mobile LiDAR system, have started exploring that potential further. We’ll review the various aspects of the technology and examine some of the use cases.

About the presenter

Peter Hettstedt is the Business Development Manager for the J.D. Barnes Ltd. Group of Companies. He obtained a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Calgary in 1987 and a Certificate in Geodesy in 1988 in France. He has worked in Surveying & Mapping in the Exploration industry, mainly in Africa and the Middle East,  and spent many years in Sales & Management of Survey Technologies with both Cansel & Leica Geosystems.

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).

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. 

Advanced Ability to service and maintain street lighting assets using the integrated suite of Go360 products - ENVARI, formerly Energy Ottawa

Guy Brunet, LC, IES, Supervisor, Energy Services Projects, ENVARI & Geoff Cameron, Executive Vice-President, AGSI

This presentation will demonstrate how the integrated suite of Go360 products provide Envari with the enhanced ability to service and maintain the 72,000 streetlights in and around the City of Ottawa. Including automatic response to the identified problems originating from various sources such as 311 calls, LED Street Light Vision system (SLV) and third-party inspection defects identified from Go360 Audit & Compliance, as well as, the business value achieved through the implementation of Go360.

Envari Energy Solutions, formerly Energy Ottawa, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc.  In 2017, Envari expanded their infrastructure and service capabilities by incorporating AGSI’s Go360™ Audit and Compliance software to determine the asset health of the City of Ottawa’s streetlights.  In 2018, Envari selected the Go360™ Dispatch™ and CrewOps™ software for operational maintenance of the network and provide a complete asset health with history and measured maintenance response solution.

“The Go360™ suite has provided us with a maintenance database that uses mobile workforce management, dispatching, auditing and inspections of the streetlight assets for the City of Ottawa. This allows us visibility to respond to issues within the system.  At Envari, energy efficiency is our primary business; the Go360™ suite offers increased efficiency which we greatly value.”

About the presenters

In the Supervisor, Energy Services projects, Guy Brunet plays a key role  in  the City of Ottawa’s 72,000 street lights projects.

In his role as executive vice president, Geoff Cameron is focused on driving technology innovation at AGSI for global markets focused on electric, gas and water / waste water utility clients.

Using Advanced Remote Sensing Techniques for Municipal Infrastructure Asset Mapping and Monitoring - Tulloch Mapping

Scott Paterson, Business Development Manager

  • This presentation by Tulloch provides a review of the municipal road assets and products derived from the latest engineering grade 3D mobile mapping systems.  The products reviewed include 3D roadway assets,  pavement condition, sidewalk quality deficiencies, line of sight analysis, road geometrics, engineering survey plans, and BIM.  These products can be used by municipal planning, maintenance, and engineering departments for making decisions about managing long-term growth, or managing long-term stagnation with respect to infrastructure, and municipally delivered services.  Case studies from the City of Mississauga and the City Ottawa are high lightened using recent mobile LiDAR and 360° HD imagery datasets
  • The presentation highlights the technology used and focuses directly on the results and applications of using the remotely sensed mobile LiDAR-Imagery data for municipal assets and introduces a possible method for updating.

About the presenter

Scott Paterson is currently the Business Development Manager for Tulloch Mapping, responsible for nurturing new clients and applications for Tulloch’s municipal and transportation engineering services.  Scott has over 30 years’ experience in surveying and mapping, remote sensing imaging and GIS sectors.  For the past 17 years Scott has be involved with airborne and mobile LiDAR applications.

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 interested in this topic are welcome.

Date: October 29, 2019

Time: 9am- 3pm

Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton

800 Jamieson Pkwy, Cambridge, ON

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