Woodard & Curran and City of Quincy, MA Win Prestigious GIS Award

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, presented Woodard & Curran with a 2023 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award. Selected from hundreds of thousands of users, the award recognizes Woodard & Curran and the City of Quincy for their innovative use of mapping, data and analytics technology to address water quality issues and improve management of stormwater and sewer infrastructure.

Quincy faced an urgent need to modernize the management of its stormwater infrastructure to better protect water quality in the city’s streams, wetlands, and beaches. Like so many communities across the country, aging infrastructure and a patchwork of legacy record-keeping practices made this extremely difficult. To address these challenges, Quincy worked with Woodard & Curran to implement ArcGIS Enterprise along with asset management platform Cityworks. The team wrote new data and record keeping standards, designed data collection best practices, and worked with City staff, vendors, and partners to implement a state-of-the-art technology stack. Together, these tools and practices saved staff significant time in preparing key compliance reports and gives Quincy the modern platform it needs to manage its infrastructure effectively.

“Quincy is leveraging the combined power of ArcGIS Enterprise and Cityworks AMS to create one trusted source of data for their water infrastructure assets that can be shared, visualized, and queried by staff, contractors, and regulatory agencies without compromising data security or integrity,” said Rachel Osborn, Technical Manager for Asset Management Technology at Woodard & Curran and leader of the technology implementation team for this project.

“This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when a forward-thinking public works department tackles a problem head-on,” said Osborn. “By collaborating with a team of asset management and technology experts, Quincy has built a robust system that consolidates essential information on its infrastructure and water quality and allows staff to manage from a position of strength.”

The award was presented at the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego, California.

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