[gis_info] Portland Area Water/Wastewater GIS user Group

Babinski, Greg Greg.Babinski at kingcounty.gov
Sat Oct 13 12:49:02 PDT 2012


Thanks for organizing this. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend, but having worked for East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland and with King County Wastewater in Seattle, I know the importance of GIS for advanced water and sewer network modeling. These tools help agencies manage taxpayer investment in expensive infrastructure and make cost effective decisions to reduce the impact of aging infrastructure.

I was on the Mercer Island utility board for many years, and even for an affluent community like that, the cost of replacing infrastructure that was poorly designed and cheaply built by developers in years past will be a huge burden on future taxpayers. GIS along with hydraulic modeling systems are proven tools for cost effective infrastructure management.

I don't know if you are familiar with the King County GIS ROI study (http://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/GIS/News.aspx#0DE9BFDC7485452BAEAE929DF0076115) which demonstrated $776 million in financial benefits from KCGIS over 18 years and $87-180 million in benefits just in 2010. If you read the report, for King County the departments with the highest ROI include Wastewater Treatment. Meeting like your are important for citizens and taxpayers to reap the rewards that GIS can provide.

Best regards....

Greg Babinski, MA, GISP

Finance & Marketing Manager

King County GIS Center

URISA Past-President

Summit Chief Editor

From: gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [gis_info-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] on behalf of Nooyen, Pam [Pam.Nooyen at greshamoregon.gov]
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 2:07 PM
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Subject: [gis_info] Portland Area Water/Wastewater GIS user Group

Portland Area Water/Wastewater User Group Meeting
Thursday, November 15th   9:00-10:45 a.m.

Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland OR, Room 370A
Directions/Parking information: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=3315

Please join other utility GIS staff to discuss current projects and trends.
Please forward this announcement to others that may have interest.


9:00-9:15 p.m. – Introductions

9:15-9:45 p.m. – The City of Troutdale - Christine Cooley Amedzake
“The City of Troutdale captured in an 8 hour drive”

9:45-10:15 p.m. – The City of Beaverton - Juston Manville
“GIS Centric: a Case for interoperability”

10:15 – 10:45 – What do you want from your utility user group?  Future topics and presentations? Wrap up, set date and location for next meeting

Please contact me with questions. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Pam Nooyen, GISP
GIS Technician ~ Maps and Data Program
The City of Gresham, Department of Environmental Services
1333 NW Eastman Parkway, Gresham OR 97030
(503) 618-2319[X]
New Email: Pam.Nooyen at GreshamOregon.gov<mailto:Pam.Nooyen at GreshamOregon.gov>

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