Philadelphia Water Department selects GIS provider

The City of Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) selected BaySys Technologies, Inc. (BaySys), now an affiliate of Geographic Information Technology, Inc. (GeoIT), to provide GIS application software and services.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 1, 2001 -- The City of Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) selected BaySys Technologies, Inc. (BaySys), now an affiliate of Geographic Information Technology, Inc. (GeoIT), to provide GIS application software and services.

BaySys is furnishing software configuration, implementation consulting, end-user training and project management services. PWD will use BaySys' Water Network Management (WNM) and Wastewater Management System (WMS) applications to manage their digital water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer facility GIS information.

The database design for the WNM and WMS applications will be implemented in a Microsoft SQLServer environment on a Windows NT operating system.

"Philadelphia's water distribution and wastewater collection systems have been serving customers for over 200 years," said Sue Lior, Deputy Water Commissioner for Information Technology.

"PWD's Geographic Information System (GIS) program has enabled the Department to continue its long tradition of excellent customer service by maintaining accurate facilities information. PWD is using the WNM and WMS applications to maintain highly accurate maps of our water and wastewater infrastructures. The BaySys maintenance applications," she concluded, "allow PWD to keep our data current and give us the ability to make updates quickly. This timely and accurate means of doing maintenance is essential to the success of our enterprise-wide GIS."

The Philadelphia Water Department is a municipal water, wastewater and storm water utility that has been serving the City of Philadelphia metropolitan area for nearly 200 years. PWD maintains approximately 3,2000 miles of water and high pressure fire mains including 28,000 hydrants and over 86,000 valves.

In addition PWD provides collection service via 3,420 miles of wastewater and storm water pipe, 75,000 inlets and 85,000 manholes. The Water Department also provides wastewater and storm water treatment services for Philadelphia and three surrounding counties, serving almost 2.2 million people.

BaySys Technologies, Inc., an affiliate of Geographic Information Technology, Inc. (GeoIT) of Englewood, Colorado, provides ArcInfo-based solutions to the water and wastewater industry. GeoIT became a KEMA Company in September 1999, and together with KEMA Consulting, offers state-of-the-art AM/FM/GIS and IT consulting services to electric, gas, water/wastewater utilities and telecommunications companies.

GeoIT specializes in providing strategic planning and system integration services to implement GIS and other utility operating systems to optimize infrastructure/facilities management and business operations.

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