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Use a GIS Enterprise Solution to Better Manage Your Independent Data Systems

by Kyle Belott 4. April 2012 10:35
Many agencies are seeking a GIS enterprise solution to manage multiple, independent data systems as a single system. One example is maintaining your infrastructure in a GIS through the use of a relational database management system (RDBMS). I have worked with several clients to develop an RDBMS whereby infrastructure assets are linked to their accounting database. This type of relational database then enables you to output metrics on the infrastructure’s life and replacement cost for capital improvement planning purposes. Converting your CAD data to GIS is typically a first step toward this goal. Contact me for more information.



Construction Survey Staking New Steel Mill

by Pete Brothers 4. April 2012 10:28

Steel making is back! My hometown Pittsburgh is popping with activity around the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom. But another big story is steel and a new $1.3 billion steel mill project just north of Pittsburgh and near our office.

I am coordinating construction staking for a portion of the massive project. I have four crews on our piece of the project which involves providing high accuracy placement of pilings and third-party as-built surveying. I am amazed at the increasing activity and the progress each week. To meet tight schedules, we are operating six days a week on site for Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, the mill owners. This will be an advanced-specialty metals, hot-rolling processing facility. 


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