Autodesk University
Lecture    GS5409
Building Better Reports and Maps Using Linear Referencing and AutoCAD Map 3D Enterprise
Deeter Smith
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, Stephen Brockwell
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Description

Learn how a Linear Referencing System (LRS) can more easily and more accurately put together reports and maps required to meet all of the new regulations for utilities. Linear referencing (also known as dynamic segmentation) can provide a means of defining a complete pipe as a collection of segments and measured distances. We can model assets and observations—such as regulator stations, leaks, and inspections—based on their distances from the start of the pipe. With the help of Brockwell IT, Okaloosa Gas District has incorporated LRS into the AutoCAD Map 3D Enterprise software Gas Data Module on Oracle Spatial. Using new and existing information in the database enables for easier changes, more accurate reporting, and much more attractive maps. Attendees should have an intermediate level of skill.

Key Learnings

  • Understand what Linear Referencing can do for the utility business
  • Understand the Linear Referencing System concepts of definition, axis, segment, asset, and route
  • Understand how to create a new Linear Referencing System definition and apply it to your business
  • Understand how to describe your utility needs to someone who has no current knowledge of your system

Speakers

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Deeter Smith has been working with geographic information systems (GIS) for 30 years. She has worked with tax mapping, transportation, electric, water sewer, and gas utilities in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. Deeter's training is in design from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she is also trained in civil engineering, paralegal studies, surveying, and GIS.
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Stephen Brockwell founded Brockwell IT Consulting to provide independent business and technical leadership for the Geospatial community. His leadership at Autodesk, where he was a Senior Business Development Manager and Director of Product Management, provided the path for advanced GIS initiatives. Before joining Autodesk, Stephen was on the team for SHL VISION* Solutions, developers of the first all-relational GIS based on Oracle. Qwest Communications and First Energy, among others, still use the underlying technology he developed. Recently, Stephen has been involved in enterprise-level projects for Nevada Energy and First Energy; field mobility projects for City of Alexandria and Welland Hydro; and product development for Autodesk. With his experience in the Geospatial industry including government and private sector, Stephen has been a regular instructor at Autodesk University. He is committed to efficient, low-cost solutions to implement GIS technology for infrastructure design.
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