For decades, key University of Pittsburgh personnel kept the Bradford Campus facilities and construction projects running smoothly by managing and cross-referencing numerous hardcopy and electronic utility plans and maps that had been created and collected over time. With the upcoming retirement of these key staff, the University of Pittsburgh selected RETTEW to help them turn this pending loss of critical institutional knowledge into an opportunity to establish a web-based comprehensive utility plan for approximately 131 acres of its 300 acre campus.
RETTEW created a custom geodatabase and companion mobile application for the University, allowing staff to collect, store, use, and manage existing and future utility location data and attributes. The program also has the versatility to integrate with both GIS and CAD platforms, can generate mapping, and can associate photos and PDFs with any feature.
The project began by reviewing the existing public utility plans, cross-referencing them with University utility mapping records and facilities personnel expertise, and compiling this data to develop the geodatabase. Future phases are expected to include subsurface utility engineering to field-locate telephone, fiber, cable, sewer, electric, gas, water, irrigation, and storm sewer utilities. RETTEW also plans to train the University staff in the use of the mobile ArcGIS Collector App, allowing them to support design, construction, and maintenance activities across the Bradford campus — now with real-time data literally at their fingertips.