Nestled in the foothills below San Bernardino National Forest and the San Gorgonio Wilderness, Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD), located in Southern California, covers 100 square kilometres and has an elevation change of just over 950 metres. With hundreds of kilometres of drinking water pipelines, and over 13,000 water connections, the district uses multiple technologies to keep things moving.
Managing this scale of utilities has its challenges, and public agencies are seeking more efficient ways to manage their assets. With high-resolution, aerial imagery from Nearmap, YVWD employees can access up-to-date 2D and 3D location content on many applications and devices, whether at the office or in the field.
As GIS technology evolves over time, organisations value the ability to leverage Nearmap imagery across all of their applications, and for Yucaipa Valley Water District, that includes ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap and Elements XS.
ArcMap displaying Nearmap imagery with relevant data from Yucaipa Valley Water District
ArcGIS Pro displaying Nearmap imagery with Yucaipa Valley Water District utility network data
Nearmap’s MapBrowser using the Split View tool allows you to easily compare imagery for a location across two different survey dates
Often the district needs to view their AutoCAD drawings overlaid on Nearmap imagery to gather more specific information about a project or site. Rather than just simply viewing the drawing, the ability to lay Nearmap imagery below adds significant real-world context for the user. Below you can see an ArcGIS online map with Nearmap imagery included.
AutoCAD drawings used in ArcGIS Online with Nearmap vertical imagery
For asset management, Yucaipa Valley Water District uses Elements XS, a GIS tool from Novotx, which utilises and is built around the Geocortex platform. Integrating Nearmap with this technology was seamless, and provided a natural fit for the organisation’s needs. The district is now able to use Nearmap in Elements XS and ensure data and mapping consistency across the organisation. More importantly, it puts the most recent high-resolution imagery into the hands of those who need it so they can continue to manage the districts assets with confidence.
Elements XS using Nearmap imagery for asset management
But it doesn’t stop there. Yucaipa Valley Water District has a large workforce of field crews, and using Nearmap imagery while in the field ensures that crews can correctly identify assets for work orders quickly as imagery with the latest changes are updated for all to see — minimising room for error. With an elevation change of over 3,000 feet in the district, correctly identifying assets — like hydrants and their expected pressure — is important for ongoing maintenance of public utilities. Field crews are often on the move, and with their iPads, they can access Nearmap’s most current high-resolution imagery via the ArcGIS Online app, equipping them with the latest data at their fingertips.
iPads using ArcGIS Online with Nearmap imagery is standard for Yucaipa Valley Water District field crews
The ability to use Nearmap imagery across multiple applications is a key driver for gaining value in any imagery subscription. This ensures consistency in the type of content being viewed and minimises the risk of misidentifying assets in the field. It also ensures consistency in communication as staff across all levels share a unified view of the world and stay informed of changes to operations, maintenance and project scope and requirements — simply by updating data layers.
For Yucaipa Valley Water District, Nearmap imagery is leveraged across ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, MapBrowser and Elements XS through desktops, laptops and iPads. That’s value and versatility that keeps the organisation moving forward and transforming their workflows as they efficiently scale their maintenance and operations, remain flexible to change and ensure a high-level of data quality.