PWD High Pressure Fire Hydrant Inventory

posted Dec 17, 2013, 6:57 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Jan 12, 2014, 1:13 PM ]
Rodriguez Consulting LLC (Rodriguez), under contract with Hatch Mott MacDonald, LLC (HMM), provided geospatial services for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) for a high pressure fire service (HPFS) asset inventory project. The PWD decommissioned the fifty-six-mile HPFS system in 2005 as the system had been rendered obsolete.  The purpose of the asset inventory was to assess the location of  existing inactive HPFS hydrants and the potential impact that removing the hydrants would have on the surrounding pavement, street furniture, and ADA ramps. 

Rodriguez Contribution
Rodriguez was responsible for providing geospatial and asset inventory services:

  • Application Design  – Rodriguez utilized the Fulcrum data collection system to store, manage, and collect hydrant data and digital photos.  A custom app was created to support the collection of hydrant location, digital photos, and attributes.  Existing HPFS GIS data was imported into Fulcrum to support data collection operations.  
  • Field Data Collection– Rodriguez utilized ArcGIS to develop work plan maps for field staff.  HPFS hydrants were located and inventoried using Apple iPads and Fulcrum.   Digital photos and attributes such as pavement type and distance to ADA ramps were collected for each hydrant.
  • Data Processing & QA/QC  – Rodriguez utilized Fulcrum and Google Earth to review and analyze the completeness and quality of the collected data.
  • Google Earth Streaming– Rodriguez utilized the Google Earth Streaming functionality of Fulcrum to view data collection operations in “real time”.  Progress of the field data collection versus the proposed work plan was reviewed throughout the day by the project manager.
For more information on Philadelphia's High Pressure Fire System go to: Hidden City Philadelphia
For more information: Download Project Abstract