2011 October Georgia URISA Luncheon

Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 11:30am - 1:30pm

Topic: Stakeholders, Operability, GIS, and Froward-Looking Technologies: Mixing It Up to Meet the Strategic Objectives of Water Utilities

Speaker: Seth Johnstone

Description:

Large municipal utility projects present a myriad of challenges to the various stakeholders involved.

However they also provide a valuable opportunity for relationship-building within a utility, with externalGovernment agencies, with the vendors contracted to execute the project, and ultimately with the citizens that rely on the water utility. When communication strategies for developing positive relationships are coupled with information gathering and analysis technologies such as GIS, a more complete picture of current system operability can be developed. Once the utility knows where it stands, it can begin the process of identifying those technologies that will help it meet its overall strategic goals going forward.

This presentation will discuss the processes used to encourage interaction between stakeholders, while highlighting the present and future benefits of maintaining and strengthening these ties. A large valve and hydrant assessment and data collection project for the City of Atlanta will serve as a case study. This project highlights the real-world strategic benefits gained through the interaction of stakeholder engagement strategies, field assessment and data collection, GIS, and forward-looking technologies such as pipeline inspection tools. When combined, a utility will realize significant tangible benefits by gaining greater control of their assets, reducing operational and repair-related costs, and most importantly increasing the overall satisfaction of the end consumer (the citizen) with the water utility's goods and services.

Speaker Bio:

Seth Johnstone is Information Manager for Wachs Water Services, and is responsible for managing the Information Services team dedicated to supporting assessment and GIS delivery of all water valves and hydrants under the control of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management.



Overview
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Montly Luncheons are haeld on the 2nd Tuesday of every month. They are intended to provide educational and networking opportunities, along with a sensible meal. Most luncheons are orchestrated according to the following agenda:

 

11:15

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11:30

 

Registration

11:30

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12:10

 

Lunch and Networking

12:10

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12:20

 

News and Announcements

12:20

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1:30

 

Presentation

Professional Activity Hours:

You can earn 2 activity hours towards the GISP certification by attending this event.

Cost
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Member Cost – Early Registration (by September 9): $15.00

Non-Member Cost – Early Registration (by September 9): $18.00

Member/Non-Member – Late Registration (by September 9): $20.00

Please Note: You can pay for this event securely online with your credit card when you submit your RSVP.

To Register for the meeting
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To Register for this event click here. Members enter email address at the bottom of this page and click register. Non-Members please complete the registration form at the bottom of the event page and email address.

Please complete your RSVP registration by September 9, 2011 5pm. This allows time so that nametags can be prepared and we have an accurate headcount for food. If you have not registered by the deadline of Friday, and still attend the meeting, please display professional courtesy in allowing those who registered to prepare their food first. Thank you.

If you have questions on the registration process, please contact: Melanie Tabb, Georgia URISA Secretary.

Additional Information or Questions:
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If you need more information, please contact Randal Hale, Georgia URISA North Georgia Sub-Chapter Chair.