October 26, 2009
Be Inspired Symposium and Awards 2009 Geospatial Report
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Benefits of the new system included:

Unified design and mapping environment –

  • Lower overhead
  • Simplified training
  • Simpler interface to work management system

  • Expert Designer
  • Fast more accurate designs
  • Repeatable results

  • Configuring Expert Designer in-house
  • get exactly what organization wants
  • can update upgrade themselves.

  • ProjectWise integrated with Expert Designer –
  • Central repository of all project related information
  • Integration with SAP
  • Using Oracle Spatial

  • The project is not yet complete, but mapping data conversion is now underway.

    Innovation in Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Networks

    In this category the Government of Maharashtra, Water Supply and Sanitation Department won. Madhuri Mulay, sub-divisional engineer-IT Cell, spoke about “Crisis Management of Water Supply in Developing Countries - Maharashtra, India.”

    Innovation in Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Networks Winner - Water Supply & Sanitation Dept., Maharashtra, India

    Innovation in Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Networks Winner - Water Supply & Sanitation Dept., Maharashtra, India

    17 million people were without water in the Mumbai metropolitan area of the state of Maharashtra, India when a Supreme Court ruling restricted water distribution from the Krishna River, thereby cutting off water supply to the region every Friday. The cities that got their water from the Ulhas River were affected. Although service was restored on Saturdays, it took up to 30 hours for water to reach some areas. This situation caused riots in 13 municipalities.

    Mulay said that besides the obvious public safety and sanitation issues, the Mumbai area is important because it generates a lot of sales tax, so they needed to develop a solution that would protect the water supply during crisis. As the situation had reached crisis proportions with rioting and vandalism, the water department developed a hydraulic model that allowed engineers to locate the problem and design a solution.

    According to Google Maps, the Krishna river rises at Mahabaleswar in Maharashtra in the west and meets the Bay of Bengal at Hamasaladeevi in Andhra Pradesh, on the east coast. It is one of the longest rivers in central-southern India. The Ulhas River, which is the local source of water for the state of Maharashtra originates near Karjat in the Western Ghats Range, and flows westward through Raigad and Thane districts of Maharashtra between Kulgaon-Badlapur, north to Ulhasnagar (to which it gives its name) and on to Kalyan, where it turns west to Thane. Near Raw water pump house of MIDC Jambhul the river meets Barvi Dam discharge water also called as Barvi River. The confluence is a
    tourist and fishing hub for villagers around. At Thane the river splits into two branches which flow west and south, respectively, around Salsette Island, on which lies Mumbai. The main branch turns northwestward to Ghodbunder, where it opens into the estuary of Vasai Creek. Thane Creek flows south to empty into Bombay Harbour. The estuary of the Ulhas is the site of the historical ports of Kalyan, Kopri (Chersonesus/Coprostaneum) and Shurparaka (now Sopara)).

    Mulay described the region as having a ridgeline separating the flow directions of naturally occurring rain water. Three hydroelectric plants at the foothill on the west branch use the water from east flowing streams. Water from the east flowing waters are flowed to the west. Bhivpuri Hydroelectric can only let out a certain amount of water from the Ulhas River.

    In this situation, water was not reaching the tail end of the system, and it took 14 hours to fill empty pipelines. 25% of the population of the region get their water from local sources.

    There was no time to conduct experiments, Mulay said, they needed a hydraulic model, so they studied the modeling of an entire pipe, simulating scenarios of the actual crisis condition, and re-engineered the network accordingly.

    By acquiring satellite images, also digitizing all roads and landmarks, they were able to use Bentley Water to simulate and export data to WaterGEMS. “Even at the farthest node sufficient water was available,” Mulay said.

    They solved the water supply problem when the valves were set, and the water started filling. Sufficient pressure was available immediately after opening the valve. Using WaterGEMS, Bentley Map, and Bentley Water, the modeling was accomplished quickly and efficiently. As a result, the 30-hour lag time was eliminated, and with it, the need to bring in water tankers. This resulted in 4.7 billion INR savings.

    Mulay said the indigenous model was prepared in-house, and a full fledged GIS model using Bentley Water was used for the first time in India. Prior to this, the pipe network resided in people’s brains, not on paper or digitally, she said. It was unclear how long it took to create the new maps using the Bentley products.

    For brief project descriptions, see

    For journalists, hotel, airfare and some meals for this event were covered by Bentley Systems.

    Top News of the Week

    ESRI now offers access to more than 40 beginning, intermediate, and advanced instructor-led GIS courses through a variety of training alternatives and venues including

    -- Video-recorded training at all ESRI learning centers in the United


    -- Video teleconferencing training at the ESRI learning centers

    -- Virtual Classroom online training delivered to students' own workplaces

    or home computers

    Global PC shipments rose 2.3% year on year in the third quarter of 2009 (3Q09). The increase is an important continuation of recovery from year-on-year declines of 6.8% in the first quarter and 2.4% in the second quarter of this year. Seeing market growth ahead of the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 7 bodes very well for the fourth quarter and next year. All regions except Japan either met or surpassed expectations. Portable PCs continue to account for the majority of volume and growth, with Mini Notebooks are still making a substantial contribution.

    Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

    ERDAS and
    Observera announce a new partnership to develop an integrated solution based on ERDAS APOLLO technology. This solution will be available to U.S. clients.

    Observera is integrating the Sensor Model-based Automatic Registration Tool (SMART) registration engine into ERDAS APOLLO, providing another option for delivering registered image products. This solution will augment ERDAS APOLLO’s data provisioning and processing workflow and provide an end-to-end solution for customers that require detailed registration of images.

    Rolta Asia Pacific is pleased to announce that Rolta’s GeoSpatial Fusion solution powered by Rolta OnPoint will be integrated with intelligent oblique aerial imagery provided by
    AAMHatch to provide oblique imagery. This new capability is enabled through spatial and imagery processing power of OnPoint and Rolta’s unique integration between OnPoint and Pictometry. The partnership with AAMHatch and the Rolta’s Geospatial Fusion engine powered by OnPoint will be used to provide new Pictometry imagery from AAMHatch for all major Australasian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Wellington and Auckland.

    NAVTEQ announced that
    Genesys International has become a reseller of NAVTEQ map data.

    NAVTEQ has signed a new global contract with
    ALK Technologies to supply map data and content for the company's CoPilot Live GPS navigation products. This new agreement reaffirms an already longstanding relationship between the two companies.

    Tele Atlas and
    DLT Solutions, a value-added reseller of industry-leading information technology (IT) products and services, announced an expanded agreement that will make Tele Atlas data and products for the Americas and Europe available to government buyers on General Services Administration (GSA) IT Schedule 70 number GS-35F-4543G.

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