Wednesday 9:00 AM
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Room: Illinois

GPS-Based Maintenance and Inspection Management for Water Utilities

Water utilities have been inspecting the condition of their assets for years. Historically, this work has been labor intensive, requiring the manual recording of inspection information that most often requires duplication of effort when field notes are returned to the office. Performing routine maintenance requires detailed knowledge of when and how the water distribution system is geographically laid out. As workers begin to retire, knowledge of the system, including the condition of assets, tends to retire with them. New technologies such as GIS, GPS and wireless rugged mobile computing are being used to help bridge this gap. Trimble and Seiler Instrument will demonstrate these new technologies as they relate to water utilities maintenance and inspection management.

Moderator:  Jerry Bever


Lanny Schnipper - Seiler Instrument

Lanny Schnipper is the Mapping and CAD Manager for Seiler Instrument.  In this role, Lanny supports all sales, marketing, and technical aspects of Seiler’s Mapping/GIS and Design Software products and services.  Lanny has been with Seiler since April of 2006.  He has been involved with mapping-grade GPS since 1999, including time as Trimble’s Regional Sales Manager for their Mapping product line.  Lanny holds a Certificate in GIS from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Mark Fiorita - Trimble Utilities Field Solutions

Mark Fiorita is the Central Regional Sales Manager for Trimble Utilities Solutions.  Mark supports sales and marketing activities for Trimble Utilities Enterprise Software and works with Trimble’s Dealer network as it relates to utilities.  He has been with Trimble since Nov 2009 but has nearly 13 years experience with GPS & GIS. Mark has been involved with Trimble mapping-grade GPS since 1999 and worked with various GIS solutions over the course of his career, including 5 year stints with both UAI,  as the Director of Field Operations and Radius Technology Corporation, as the Vice President of GIS/GPS Solutions.