GIS eBook: GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Systems

This book has been written using the recommendations of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) of the U.S. and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) program. Both of these organizations recommend performance- (or outcome-) based learning in which the learning objectives of each lecture (or chapter) are clearly stated up front, and the learning is measured in terms of achieving these learning objectives. Each chapter of this book accordingly starts with learning objectives for that chapter and ends with a chapter summary and questions. 

Most technical books are written using the natural human teaching style called deductive, in which principles are presented before the applications. In this book, an attempt has been made to organize the material in the natural human learning style called inductive, in which examples are presented before the principles. For example, in most chapters, case studies are presented before the procedures are explained. The book has numerous maps and illustrations that should cater well to the learning styles of “visual learners” — GIS, after all is regarded as a visual language.

There are 17 chapters in this book, organized as follows:
• Chapter 1, GIS Applications: Describes why GIS applications are important and how they are created
• Chapter 2, Needs Analysis: Explains how to avoid potential pitfalls of GIS implementation by starting with a needs analysis study
The next five chapters describe four GIS-related technologies that are very beneficial in developing GIS applications:
• Chapter 3, Remote Sensing Applications: Shows how to use satellite imagery in GIS applications
• Chapter 4, DEM Applications: Describes the methods of incorporating digital elevation model (DEM) data
• Chapter 5, GPS Applications: Discusses how to benefit from global positioning system (GPS) technology
• Chapter 6, Internet Applications: Explains the applications of Internet technology in serving GIS maps on the Internet
• Chapter 7, Mobile GIS: Provides information on using GIS in the field for inspection and maintenance work
The GIS applications that are of particular importance to water industry professionals are: Mapping, Monitoring, Modeling, and Maintenance. These four Ms define some of the most important activities for efficient management of water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, and are referred to as the “4M applications” in this book.

The next ten chapters focus on these four Ms.
• Chapter 8, Mapping: Describes how to create the first M of the 4M applications
• Chapter 9, Mapping Applications: Describes examples of the first M of the 4M applications
• Chapter 10, Monitoring Applications: Describes the applications of the second M of the 4M applications
• Chapter 11, Modeling Applications: Describes the applications of the third M of the 4M applications
• Chapter 12, Water Models: Describes examples of the third M of the 4M applications for modeling water distribution systems
• Chapter 13, Sewer Models: Describes examples of the third M of the 4M applications for modeling sewage collection systems
• Chapter 14, AM/FM/GIS Applications: Describes automated mapping/facilities management/geographic information system (AM/FM/GIS) software tools for implementing the fourth M of the 4M applications
• Chapter 15, Maintenance Applications: Describes the applications of the fourth M of the 4M applications
• Chapter 16, Security Planning and Vulnerability Assessment: Discusses GIS applications for protecting water and wastewater systems against potential terrorist attacks
• Chapter 17, Applications Sampler: Presents a collection of recent case studies from around the world

Author: U.M. Shamsi.  Published: 2005.

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