Geographic Information Systems for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Geographic Information Systems for Water and Wastewater Utilities

May 14-15, 2024 | Online :: Central Time


“John Nolte and EUCI put on a great course on Water and Wastewater Utilities. The speaker was very knowledgeable on the material on the agenda and the overall experience was of high quality.” GIS Supervisor, Sanborn

“Well presented and well-organized class.  The speaker was very experienced and the presentation and materials were relevant and easy to follow.” Engineering Tech IV, North Marin Water District

“Great information and presented in simple terms so it was not over my head.” Engineering Technician, Madera County Public Works

The use of Geographic Information Systems in utilities is becoming more and more prevalent as many companies update their CAD systems to have more functioning asset management technologies.   While GIS in utilities is similar in many of the data collection and data management functions there are some distinct differences in the water and wastewater sectors.  This course will go through the fundamentals of GIS and how it applies to the industry. 

The course will focus on the fundamentals of GIS:

  • Building the datasets for water and wastewater with emphasis on asset management and geometric networks
    • utilizing data models
    • geometric networks
    • the utility network with ESRI
  • Discussion regarding integrations with current asset management systems
  • Utilizing work orders and mobile field workforce management
  • Data analytics surrounding asset management including:
    • determining criticality
    • likelihood of failure
    • consequence of failure as it applies to GIS applications

This course will also discuss new trends in technology and how to utilize these in data collection, analytics, and data management.

Register today and take advantage of our team discounts for groups of 5 or more!

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarize basic GIS concepts in real life scenarios
  • Practice data projections and working with coordinate systems
  • Calculate grid to ground conversions
  • Demonstrate working with CAD data in GIS
  • Evaluate Geometric Networks and Utility Network Models
  • Analyze and utilize Data Collection and Field Maps
  • Explain Data Analytics and Metrics for Water and Wastewater utilities
  • Review the Operations Dashboard and Insights for ArcGIS
  • Differentiate Open-Source alternatives
  • Identify trends and next steps in technology
  • Facilitate the integration of systems
  • Plan and execute Data Management
  • Define Asset Management Fundamentals and GIS
  • Distinguish work order system versus asset management
  • Discuss Data Sharing and Cybersecurity operations


Tuesday, May 14, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Geospatial Concepts in Water/Wastewater Geographic Information Systems

  • Introduction to GIS
  • Basic Concepts in Mapping
  • Projects and Coordinate Systems
  • Mapping Standards
  • CAD Background
  • Survey Standards: Grid vs. Ground
  • Data Types
  • Data Collection Techniques
  • Publishing Data

Application of Geographic Information Systems for Water and Wastewater

  • Challenges of Various Applications
  • Open-Source Applications
  • ESRI, AutoDesk and others
  • Data Collection
  • Scripting/Customization
  • Web GIS

Water and Wastewater System Asset Management Applications

  • Work Order vs. Total Asset Management Systems
  • Field Data Collection Tools
    • ArcCollector
    • Customized
    • Built-in services
  • Database Introduction: Geodatabase File vs. SDE


  • Online Data Store
  • Versioning and Multi-user Editing
  • Editing Published Data

Applying Geographic Information Systems Concepts to Water and Wastewater

  • Collection of Assets and Infrastructure
  • Tabular Information
  • Related Tables and Data
  • Basic Analytics and Concepts
  • Geometric Networks: Utility Network


Wednesday, May 15, 2024 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Course Timing


Deeper Dive into Water and Wastewater System Asset Management

  • Understanding the Water Utility Infrastructure
  • Collections
  • Proactive vs. Reactive
  • Basic Concepts
    • Likelihood of failure/consequence of failure
    • Critical customers
    • What data should we collect?
  • Applying the Logic to GIS
  • Integrating Other Applications
    • SCADA
    • Field collection
    • Other databases
  • Vertical Assets
  • Analytics and Metrics

Future Trends in Geographic Information Systems

  • Augmented Reality
  • Terrestrial LiDAR
  • Advanced Data Collection, UAV
  • Advanced Analytics
    • Linear Regression
    • Big Data
    • Machine Learning
  • IOT


John Nolte, GIS Manager – Administrative Services, Denver Water

John M. Nolte, GISP, is the GIS Manager for Administrative Services at Denver Water in Denver, Colorado.  He is responsible for managing the spatial analytics GIS group for the utility and is working with data analytics and asset management.  John has 10 years’ experience in water and wastewater utility and was previously a state-certified water and wastewater professional.  He has extensive knowledge of asset management and the use of GIS to analyze infrastructure.  He has also been a manager in GIS for over ten years and teaches leadership and management courses specific to the GIS profession.  He currently serves on the board of directors of URISA International and is treasurer of the local Rocky Mountain Chapter of URISA.  John is also a member of the GIS Advisory team for Emily Griffiths Technical College in Denver where he helps build structures for curriculum and study goals for the certificate program.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Geographic Information Systems for Water and Wastewater Utilities

May 14-15, 2024 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before April 12, 2024 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for successful completion of program

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional methods

PowerPoint presentations and open discussion

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 11.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

Attendees should include professionals from the following industries:

  • Water Resources Management
  • Watershed Management
  • Flood Management
  • Groundwater
  • Water Quality
  • Biodiversity and Habitat
  • Pollution Prevention and Control
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Sustainable Development
  • Agencies and Organizations