Utility Master Planning

C&S provides utility master planning including documenting and assessing the condition and capacity of utility and site assets with the consideration for the long-term addition of building assets and further infrastructure assets. This information is captured in a user friendly robust site-wide geospatial facility information and management system.

Assessment & Evaluation
A typical project includes assembling and reviewing all existing plans and information for each utility system. Survey and mapping is accomplished utilizing a variety of technologies include global positioning survey (GPS) and traditional surveying means of traversing and differential leveling to locate all at-grade or above-grade and below-grade utility and infrastructure features. Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) is used for locating and mapping subsurface infrastructures. This method uses ground penetrating radar and other location technologies to scan sites for all types of metallic/non-metallic pipes, cables, conduits, or other buried objects. C&S will provide engineering professionals to assess and evaluate the following typical utilities:

  • Stormwater
  • Low voltage security and signal
  • Gas
  • Sanitary sewer
  • Chilled water
  • Water
  • Communications
  • Concrete utility tunnels
  • High/medium/low voltage electrical
  • Lighting
  • High temperature hot water (HTHW) and steam/condensate

Electronic Information Model
In addition to georeferenced CAD drawings and spreadsheet or database programs, infrastructure asset information is entered into a spatially enabled database with a graphical user interface often referred to as a facility information management system (FIMS). The facility information management system is GIS-based. The system provides a centralized storage repository for facility related data, as well as providing facility professionals an easy way to search and retrieve information. This enables using the system for capital planning because the system holds information regarding condition assessments and helps determine the priority of future projects.

Master Planning Report

  • Condition assessment by system
  • Capacity assessment by system
  • Recommendations by system (immediate, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years)
  • Capital budget summaries and projections
  • Life expectancy
  • Total replacement costs
  • Maintenance and operations considerations
  • Upgrades/repair summary and costs
  • Sustainability plan
  • Alternative approaches, systems, and costs
  • Recommended inspection and maintenance schedules

Implementation and Training
The key to achieving a return on investment is to ensure the information model gets adopted by staff as a user friendly tool that adds value to their work life. We work with your staff throughout the project and provide hands-on training and support during implementation.