March 03, 2008
How to Manage a Successful Public Utility
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Two other main goals of LVVWD: How do we get this data into the hands of lay people? How do we integrate this data into the GIS so we can make further asset information processes in the future?

Pickus and his department achieved CAD/GIS integration, which has been the envy of other utility organizations. When asked how he obtained the buy in of his organization Pickus said, “Luckily I had the support of my management. As I demonstrated our success, we became leaders in the organization and the conflict went away.”

The biggest problem has been that CAD and GIS are organized themselves as two separate bureaucratic organizations.

Secondly, Pickus said when management seeks a solution, there are layers of complexity that make it difficult to know where to start. Thirdly, the people who are responsible for implementing this technology are not technologists. “We work with a competitor’s product, as well as Autodesk, and because of my background in technology I’m able to guide the process,” Pickus explained.

The district’s biggest challenge is electrical and gas. “We have all the construction activities that are undergone by county, and the county drainage and sanitation on our portal so our engineers can look there to plan for their construction,” said Pickus. The tough part is that these other utilities don’t have the mapping systems of LVVWD and consequently no accurate data. Another concurrent challenge for LVVWD is that in working with 3D, they lack accurate representation of distribution transmission systems.

“We have to be more efficient, and this efficiency is really helping,” said Pickus. “I don’t have to hire new staff.” By demonstrating more efficiency, the district still leverages the technology to support planning for future rehabilitation of pipes, deployed leak detectors, and subsonic devices that sit on valves, among other things. They are also branching out to look at a project involving the northern counties. Other areas they see as possibilities are supporting emergency/crisis management planning.

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