Chicago GIS project goes to team of contractors

The city of Chicago has awarded the development project of a comprehensive geographic information system for its water system to a team of contractors.

Chicago has chosen GIS Solutions, a Springfield, Ill., company that provides GIS products and services to government and private-sector customers, as the prime contractor for the GIS project. Additional team members include Avineon, EMA, Electronic Knowledge Interchange and Scarfe Consulting.

According to Avineon, the contract will expand an ESRI GIS to include the city's entire water distribution system, with the exception of small services. The contractors will assist the Chicago Department of Water Management and Chicago Water Partners.

Chicago has standardized on ESRI's GIS platform, the city's Web site states. The GIS deployment began in 1998.

The latest GIS project will provide for the management of assets such as water mains, fire hydrants and valves. The city's water system encompasses about 4,200 miles of water main, 50,000 fire hydrants and 50,000 valves.

The project is scheduled for completion in December 2008, Avineon said.

John Moore is a freelance writer.

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