Integrated Technology Helps Identify FOG Buildup Before It's a Problem

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2022 1:38:45 PM / by WinCan

Located at the confluence of three watersheds and surrounded by two salmon-bearing rivers, Springfield, Oregon, promotes good wastewater practices. The city has an initiative that addresses the fact that fats, oils, and grease (FOG) have no place in the sewers. This is one of many efforts the city has in place to keep its wastewater system clean and operating smoothly. With the help of WinCan VX integrated with Esri's ArcGIS Online, the city is enhancing efforts to ensure that main lines are healthy and wastewater is flowing properly.

With 225 miles of wastewater lines, varying from 6" to 60" in diameter, Springfield's wastewater inspection team needs technical solutions that encompass both maintenance and mapping. Chris Zeitner, Springfield's geographic information system (GIS) database administrator, says WinCan and Esri technologies have the integrated functionality needed to automate workflows between inspection and analysis, and to streamline the decision-support process.

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Sewer Basics: What is GIS (Day)?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 16, 2021 5:29:48 PM / by WinCan

Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) are computer systems that collect, store, manage and analyze data relevant to precise locations on Earth. They are the backbone of humankind’s most powerful mapping solutions, and they allow us to gather accurate information about the location of infrastructure in real-time. 

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Building Laterals Into Your Sewer Maps

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 25, 2021 1:33:44 PM / by WinCan

Most real estate agents will tell you laterals can cause problems for home and business owners, such as blockages, wear-and-tear and leaks. But they can also cause trouble for construction and rehab teams if they are left undocumented and unmapped, and they are often major sources of systemwide I&I. For this reason, some municipalities shoulder the burden of inspecting residential sewer laterals, while others leave it to residents to request lateral inspection.

To be successful in these efforts, inspection teams need the right equipment and technology to traverse lateral lines and record inspection data about their location and condition. Without complete and accurate documentation, both property owners and rehab teams could be at risk. In the digital age, more municipalities are turning to Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping as a solution for easily accessible lateral information and historical data. And with an effective digital workflow to map out laterals, inspection teams can add wastewater laterals to their regional records, store lateral pipe data in a digital map, and ultimately make that map and data remotely available to engineers and city officials.

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Download the Quick Guide: Mapping With WinCan

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2021 10:59:49 AM / by WinCan

WinCan’s new downloadable quick guide, Mapping With WinCan, is a valuable resource for operators and engineers alike. With helpful descriptions and examples of tiling, layering and analysis tools, this guide introduces users to WinCan’s array of mapping features and workflows.

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Integration Spotlight: Esri

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 9, 2021 11:26:35 AM / by WinCan

More than ever before, municipalities are working to build digital models of their sewer networks that reveal the intricacies of both form and function. GIS mapping software has become an essential tool in this endeavor, and for many sewer professionals, Esri’s ArcGIS stands out as the pinnacle of geographic information systems.

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Creating a Flexible Sewer Inspection Workflow

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 11, 2021 4:19:13 PM / by WinCan

Sewer inspection workflows vary from one municipality to the next. They are often built around the structure of the inspection team, but equipment, budget and the size of a sewer system all play an important role in determining what workflow makes the most sense for a given community. With so many different inspection, asset management and mapping solutions on the market today, there is no end to the possibilities. Take a look at the workflows below to get an idea of how WinCan workflows compare to more traditional, manual workflows.

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Data Visualization Informs, Enhances Sewer Inspection

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2021 5:15:59 PM / by WinCan

Data takes on new meaning when it’s laid out on a map. Heat maps, iconography and geographical features all help build a clearer picture. The human brain naturally processes images differently than it does letters and numbers, allowing us to gain a unique understanding of data sets and how they interact with each other. In the world of wastewater management, mapping data can make it easier to understand where a sewer system is located, as well as potential risks to the community and infrastructure. 

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How Can Maps Support Inspection Workflows?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 19, 2020 5:48:07 PM / by WinCan

Having the capability to visualize data is a crucial part of any wastewater team’s inspection workflow, and WinCan’s flexible GIS integrations makes it easier than ever to do so.

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Proactive Approach Keeps Operations in Rural Iowa Town Thriving

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2019 12:42:41 PM / by WinCan

Atlantic, Iowa’s vibrant, historic downtown and community traditions keep the past close, but that hasn’t stopped it from 

modernizing and updating its utility operations.

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Big Bear, Calif., Sewer District Brings Big Ideas to a Small Community

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2018 8:21:00 AM / by WinCan

Every wastewater system is unique: Age, geography, pipe materials, rehab methods, and climate all shape infrastructure over time. But even in the diverse landscape of American utilities, some systems stand out.

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