Clapsaddle-Garber Associates, Inc. (CGA) is pleased to announce they received approval to begin providing GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Services to the City of Parkersburg. On Monday, July 6th, the City Council voted to move forward with the GIS proposal the CGA team provided that evening, which had been in the works for months.
CGA recently added GIS Services along with its plethora of engineering and land surveying services this year with the hiring of Micah Cutler as GIS Director. She looks forward to serving rural Iowa communities, such as Parkersburg, with valuable GIS data, tools, and training. “We want communities to be able to easily identify where they need to focus their limited resources and plan efficiently for maintenance and repair, overall saving the town money. By investing in GIS, the City will be able to make better-informed decisions and manage a wide variety of assets.” Stated Cutler.
Maps and data are part of today’s essential infrastructure. GIS services will allow the City of Parkersburg to have detailed databases and maps of their infrastructure citywide, such as underground utilities. City staff will be able to update information individually and utilize aerial photography and GPS data collection equipment to grow the system.
CGA envisions all Iowa municipalities could potentially use the technology to:
-Map Underground Utilities
-Construction Environmental Management Plan
-Land Development Analysis
-Storm Water Runoff
“I brought people back to the tornado in 2008,” stated City Administrator Chris Luhring, “where we had 460,000 gallons of water being lost every day because we couldn’t shut valves off, because we couldn’t find them, because they were buried in debris. I don’t know what money we would have saved in 2008 by having equipment to locate the valves, but it would have been many, many thousands of dollars.”