Developing a Geospatial Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Utility Management System

1 January 2010 - 5 August 2011

Status:  Finished

The main scope of the project was to collect Water Supply and Sanitation Asset data for the 6 selected cities of Georgia and organize them into a Web Based Geographic Information System for further planning and development of WSS Infrastructure.


The work was conducted in the cities of Kutaisi, Zugdidi, Poti, Anaklia, Mestia and Marneuli.

In scope of the project georeferenced basemaps for the project cities were updated; a database on water supply and sanitation (WSS) assets  including descriptive information was created; a web-based WSS utility management system on a geographic information system (GIS) domain at the service utility's head quarters for decision making was created and successfully implemented; the staff capacity was developed by specialized and on job trainings.


Collected spatial (graphical) data included:  manholes, chambers, pipes, reservoirs, pumping stations, pumps, valves, hydrants, treatment plants, water intake locations, etc.  Precise geodedic eqipment was used for the survey.  The precision coordinate measurements - 5cm;  precision of depth measurements - 1cm.

Collected attributive data included:  age, diameter, material, depth, invert levels of pipes, dimentions, asset condition, etc.  The data were collected using detailed questionnaires (data model) designed by the standards similar to the standards used in the European Uniton.  

The important components of the project was the detection of hidden manholes.  This was acomplished using specialized detection equipment.

The following licensed software was provided to the beneficiary:

- ArcGIS Server 10 Standard, Enterprise

- ArcGIS Desktop 10 Standard Edition

- SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition



Tasks Performed:
  • Providing data model and data collection forms for water supply and sanitation asset inventory
  • Conducting field works (planning, organizing and managing GPS survey and data collection)     
  • Data encoding (transferring GPS measurements into GIS, inputting attributive data from data collection forms into the geodatabase)
  • Designing maps and building desktop GIS
  • Developing custom web mapping application for accessing data from Internet
  • Map design
  • ArcGIS Desktop (ArcEditor)
  • ArcGIS Server (Enterprise, Standard)
  • MS SQL Server Enterprise Edition