Smart maps for efficient water management in Spain

Esri España, a leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), has developed a technology platform specifically for water companies working in the areas of supply, sewerage and drainage. The platform, which is also aimed at organisations working for such companies, is based on maps and digital geo-referencing applications. The system was developed in response to the need to monitor the entire water cycle in order to achieve enhanced investment planning. Using smart maps and cloud technology, this platform enables greater network control, more efficient asset management and greater mobility in the field for technical staff.
The system, which Esri calls “ArcGIS for the Integrated Water Cycle” is the first geographic information system that responds to the work patterns of companies that manage supply, sewerage and drainage networks. Through the geographic component, this platform provides enhanced real-time network control and improves response capacity.

Geo-referencing allows incidents, leaks and problems to be located immediately, and also enables comprehensive network monitoring. It allows the age of each section and the most delicate points of the network to be identified. The result is an optimisation of resources and information that is useful for investment planning.
This platform is configured as a key tool for water management in accordance with the “smart” or efficient resource management concept, and it forms part of the new smart cities framework.
Functions and benefits of the ArcGIS platform for the Integrated Water Cycle:

  • Comprehensive monitoring of supply, sewerage and drainage processes
  • Enhanced asset management through data quality control, data editing option and network analysis
  • Complete and more comprehensive operational monitoring
  • Comprehensive data management for better investment planning and analysis
  • Enhanced mobility in the field for technical staff, thanks to access from mobile devices (tablets and smartphones)
  • Possibility to create cooperative working groups, share information or involve interested parties (clients, users, other employees from the organisation…)
  • Control panel for operational monitoring

Article published in: FuturENVIRO September 2013