In 2010 James Armstrong, Richmond County Director for Planning and GIS, who also serves as the Local Government Committee (LGC) representative to the Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC), suggested to the LGC that the Geographic Data Content Standard for Water Distribution and Sanitary Sewer Systems, originally adopted by the GICC in 1997, was out-of-date. The LGC asked James to raise the issue before the SMAC.
The SMAC established a working group to make recommendations for updating the standard. James chaired the committee, which included Chris Butts, Moore County; Jeff Cooke, City of Goldsboro; Ray Kurtiak, City of Gastonia; Rob Bailey, City of Charlotte; Mike Mull, Town of Cary; Sarah Sheldon, Town of Wake Forest; Kathryn Brewer, Metropolitan Sewage District of Buncombe County; and Trey Cleaton, City of Salisbury. In addition, CGIA received helpful comments on draft revisions from SMAC members as well as Julie Haigler Cubeta of the NC Rural Economic Development Center; Bliss Kite of the NC Public Utilities Commission; Jessica Godreau of the NC Public Water Supply Section; and Wayne Francisco, GHD Consultants.
The SMAC submitted a revised standard to the GICC, which adopted the standard on Nov 9, 2011. To read the revised standard, go here
This effort represents a wonderful example of the leadership of the LGC and the critical role that local governments play in statewide geospatial data and GIS coordination activities.
Another important outcome is that the process convinced the SMAC to establish the Working Group for Standards, a permanent committee that will guide the development of standards for adoption or endorsement by the GICC. One of the working group’s charges is to review previously adopted standards that may need updating to reflect changes in technology, methods or practices in North Carolina.
A second outcome was the recognition of the value of preparing a best practices document as a companion to adopted standards. The practices documents offer a set of recommended practices to promote consistency in geospatial representation and data content to support regional analysis and planning, and statewide data sharing.
CGIA, with support from James and the working group members, prepared the Practices for Mapping Water and Sewer Areas and Facilities. To read this document, go to the url cited above.
Additional best practices documents will be prepared at a later date.