Streamline Data Collection of Your Stormwater Assets
A stormwater asset database is the backbone for effective management of your assets; yet stormwater assets exist in hard to reach places, making it difficult to automate field data collection. A digital data collection method is presented that uses ArcGIS and mobile phones to streamline data collection of stormwater assets. This talk covers why stormwater asset data collection is important for effective stormwater management, factors to consider when developing a data collection process, and demonstrates an application of the method for a City in need of a stormwater asset database on a budget. The method focuses on technology that is accessible to a broader audience and is relatively inexpensive, so participants can walk away with knowledge of an efficient and inexpensive workflow for gathering stormwater asset data. The method requires a current ESRI ArcGIS license, a mobile device with a data plan and the ArcGIS Collector App, and a GPS receiver. Audience members will be engaged by participating in a demonstration of how data are collected then transmitted to a database and into maps. The database can be used to prioritize maintenance and repairs in a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), will fulfill permit reporting requirements, and can be used to track illicit discharges. A streamlined method to collect and build a stormwater asset database helps agencies make a difference in stormwater by giving them a tool that forms the backbone for assessing asset condition, prioritizing problem areas, and quantifying progress.