Introduction to GIS (for Operators)
This introduction to GIS is a PaDEP approved course for Pennsylvania water and waste water system operators.
Computer technology has forever altered the way businesses operate and water and waste water utilities are no exception. Operations, engineering, finance, customer service nearly all utility jobs have been transformed in the last three decades. One of the most dramatic examples of this is the way many utilities are converting paper maps to electronic formats for use in geographic information systems, or GIS. Approximately 80 percent of all utility asset information is geographically referenced. A GIS allows utility operators and managers to determine where their assets are located for example, valves, water mains, hydrants, meters, manholes, catch basins, outfalls, etc. A GIS also lets users update, analyze, and display information about those assets. As a result, a GIS can reveal important information that leads to better decision making. For example, GIS can be used to determine which valves should be closed to isolate a broken water main for repair just by clicking on that pipe in a laptop computer in a utility truck. The main purpose of this course is to teach the meaning and power of GIS applications for water and waste water systems.
Course Level: Basic through Intermediate
Target Audience: Drinking water system operators responsible for water distribution system operation and maintenance Wastewater system operators responsible for collection system operation and maintenance
Training Format: Distance Education as a correspondence course. After registering for the course and paying the registration fee, you will be mailed the instructions, course material, quizzes, and stamped return envelope. When paying by credit card online you will receive your materials more quickly, but if the Invoice Me payment option is used, you will need to wait for your materials until we receive your payment. After you receive the materials, then begin your study, and submit the quiz answers as instructed. Those passing the quiz with 70% or higher will receive the course completion certificate. PA DEP will be notified about your course completion status and contact hours.