GS&P Geographic Information Systems Specialist Tony Garcia Speaks at Esri GIS User Conference

Presentation Highlights GS&P’s Work to Confirm Environmental Compliance for BNSF Railway

August 01, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Tony Garcia, a senior geographic information systems (GIS) specialist in the firm’s Water and Environment market, presented at the Esri GIS User Conference in San Diego, California on July 11. Garcia’s presentation highlighted GS&P’s work to develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan for BNSF Railway using Esri’s Collector app to efficiently map, document and track the project within a geo-database. 

“Geographic information systems are a powerful tool for managing field data and analyzing trends over a large area,” commented Garcia. “By using the Collector app in addition to customized digital maps on iPads, the GS&P project team was able to easily map BNSF Railway’s assets, develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan, and verify the company is in compliance with environmental regulations. Utilizing a geo-database to manage such a large amount of information streamlined our process and allowed us to work more efficiently.”

A summary of the presentation follows.

Mobilizing GIS to Manage Stormwater and Potential Environmental Risks
Presentation by Tony Garcia
 
When taking inventory of assets, buildings, locations and equipment within a large network of facilities, an enormous amount of data is collected. Measurements, relationships, geographic information, photographs and assessor’s notes can easily become overwhelming. By managing the information in a well-structured geo-database, findings can be collected, stored, analyzed and shared easily. In this presentation, Garcia walked audience members through a case-study of GS&P’s work to develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan for BNSF Railway, while highlighting best practices for utilizing geographic information systems and the Esri Collector app to mitigate potential environmental risks within a large network of facilities.

“Geographic information systems are a powerful tool for managing field data and analyzing trends over a large area. By using the Collector app in addition to customized digital maps on iPads, the GS&P project team was able to easily map BNSF Railway’s assets, develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan, and verify the company is in compliance with environmental regulations.”

Tony Garcia, senior geographic information systems specialist, GS&P
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