Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 1 and Phase 2 Improvements, Buford, Georgia
Project consisted of the construction of a new multi-compartment aerobic digester, new sludge processing building with belt thickener and belt press, demolition of existing sand drying beds, and new plant process return pump station and plant reuse water pump station as part of Phase 1 work. Phase 2 work included a new tertiary filtration system using Fuzzy Filters, new open channel ultraviolet disinfection system, and triplex submersible transfer pump station to the filters. Demolition of existing rotating drum tertiary filters and chlorine contact chamber modifications were also part of Phase 2 work.
Phase 1 Construction Cost: $3.167 million
Phase 1 Completion Date: June 2005
Phase 2 Construction Cost: $2.309 million
Phase 2 Construction Completion Date: January 2006
Client: City of Buford
Public Sewer System, Satilla Regional Water & Sewer Authority, Ware Co. Georgia
The Project consisted of creation of a network of public gravity sewers, force-mains, and pump stations in the suburban neighborhoods surrounding Waycross Georgia, eliminating problems caused by wide-spread septic tank failures. The entire project includes over 70 miles of pipelines serving more than 3,000 customers. Project funding is provided by USDA Rural Development and includes grant and loan funds. Keck & Wood, Inc. provided assistance in feasibility analysis, preliminary planning of the project, managed the environmental evaluation work, and prepared the financing package for Rural Development review and approval. Construction was begun in 2004 and will proceed in phases through 2007.
Completion Date (Design): August 2005
Client: Satilla Regional Water & Sewer Authority
Water System Model, City of Lawrenceville, Georgia, 2006
Keck & Wood developed a model of the City’s potable water distribution system using MWH Soft’s InfoWater and ESRI’s ArcGIS Software. We used data acquired from the City’s and Gwinnett County’s GIS departments as a beginning point for building the model. Keck & Wood’s GIS and engineering staff integrated and updated this information as needed in order to build the model.
We analyzed all lines 6 inch or greater in size except where specific areas of interest were identified by the City. Minor, small diameter pipelines were consolidated in the modeling for simplification where no influence on the conclusions would be expected. We used Fire Department hydrant flow data and selective flow testing to provide reasonable confidence in the model’s calibration.
Once the model was built, Keck & Wood made multiple runs to analyze several “what-if” scenarios and simulation conditions. An extended time simulation was used to evaluate the impact of the daily tank filling and drawing-down cycle on system hydraulics. Keck & Wood met with City staff after the model was developed to discuss preliminary observations. We then made additional simulations suggested by the City to further explore new issues that may be identified in the preliminary runs.
North Water Treatment Plant, Lafourche Parish Water District No. 1, Louisiana
Keck & Wood, Inc. was the design engineer for a new nominal 4.0 MGD water treatment plant located near Thibodaux, Louisiana. The plant was constructed to permit a high rate capacity of 8.0 MGD when authorized by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Facilities included raw water intake on Bayou Lafourche, 4.0 MGD storage reservoir, raw water transfer pumping station, chemical feed building, bulk chemical storage facilities, dual rapid mix units, baffle flocculators, settling basins, dual media filters, clearwell, 2.0 MGD finished water storage tank, high service pumping, laboratory and administrative functions. Plant instrumentation allows variable rate operation with automatic chemical feed adjustment and distribution system monitoring through radio linked SCADA system. This represented one of several continuing assignments for the Water District dating back to 1955 when Tom Wood designed the original system. Special problems included pile-supported foundation, corrosive soils, and high ground water.
Client: Lafourche Parish Water District No. 1, Louisiana
Elevated Water Tank, City of Cordele, Georgia, 2006
Keck & Wood, Inc. prepared plans and specifications for the 500,000 gallon elevated water tank located adjacent to the Cordele-Crisp County Cedar Creek Industrial Park. The elevated tank rises 243 feet from the top of the concrete ground footing to its overflow elevation. It is the tallest elevated tank in Georgia and one of the tallest in the Southeast. The tank is so tall that it is lighted to FAA standards. Its design features include a delayed opening altitude valve and an inlet pipe distribution manifold both of which are intended to minimize the age of the water in the tank and improve water quality
In addition to design phase services, Keck & Wood, Inc. performed construction inspection and project management services.
Client: City of Cordele, Georgia
GPS Locate Water Meters, City of Gainesville Public Utilities, Georgia 2005
This project entailed locating over 41,000 meters in the City’s water system covering most of Hall County for integration into their existing GIS. At the time of location each meter was attributed with the customer account number. This allowed the data to be linked to the billing information for that specific customer.
Keck & Wood is used GIS/mapping grade GPS for this project. We collected locations with a positional accuracy of plus or minus one meter in the field through the use of real-time correction with Coast Guard Beacon or Omnistar Satellite. That allowed our field crews to see immediately how well the data they are collecting will fit the existing information. This ensured a high level of quality. Keck & Wood’s crews were able to locate 95% of all meters in each route on the first pass with many routes coming in at 97% and 98%. This far exceeded our clients expectations.
Stormwater Utility Creation, City of Austell, Georgia, 2009
Keck & Wood assisted the City of Austell to create a Stormwater Utility which will assist the City’s efforts to comply with NPDES MS4 and Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District requirements. This utility will also give the City the resources to tackle drainage issues within the City.
To create the Storm Water Utility, Keck & Wood developed new Stormwater Management Ordinance, updated portions of the City’s development ordinance, developed a billing model and conducted a GPS inventory of all storm water structures and outfalls. Keck & Wood developed ordinances to meet the needs and goals of the City officials and staff. The billing model is based on an equivalent residential unit established by Keck & Wood using GIS and other analysis tools. Lastly we conducted a GPS inventory and inspection of all stormwater structures in the city. This included locating the structures and collecting attribute information about each structure such as type, condition, material, size, depths and a digital picture. The inventory data was then integrated in to the City’s GIS database. All of these efforts will keep the City in line with the newly updated and adopted Metro District Plans.
Stormwater Inventory and Mapping, City of Palmetto, Georgia, 2006
K&W located and performed a detailed inspection of all publicly owned stormwater facilities within the City of Palmetto. The structures were located with sub-meter GPS. The condition of each structure, the size and materials of structures and conduits, inverts, a sketch of the location and a digital picture were all collected at the time of location. This data was then integrated into the City’s existing GIS database.
K&W also provides on-going GIS data maintenance and development services to the City of Palmetto. This includes maintaining the following maps Zoning, Water System, Sanitary Sewer, Land Use, and other specialty maps as requested.
Stormwater System Mapping, City of Ringgold, Georgia, 2005
Keck & Wood located all publicly owned stormwater facilities within the City of Ringgold. The structures were located using positions indicated on color aerial orthophotography. Prior to the flight, the City of Ringgold had marked the location of various utility structures on the ground so that they would be visible from the air. These locations were integrated into the City’s existing map data to produce both a composite map and an 11x17 map booklet.
MS4 NPDES Permit & Stormwater Utility Development, Union City, Georgia, 2006
Keck & Wood, Inc. assisted the City in preparation of its original MS4 NPDES Stormwater Permit Application. Once the permit was approved by the State, we developed a Stormwater Management Plan for the City. This was also submitted to and approved by the state. As part of these efforts, Keck & Wood conducted a field inventory of the Stormwater structures located in Union City. This inventory consisted of GPS locating the structures and collecting attribute information including structure type, condition, material, size, depths and a digital picture. The inventory data was then integrated in to the City’s GIS database. Keck & Wood also prepares the Annual Stormwater Report for the City.
Keck & Wood is currently assisting the City with the creation of a Stormwater Utility.
East Cherokee Drive & Waters Road Intersection Improvements, Cherokee County Georgia, 2007
A rural intersection required a slightly different method to solve a sight distance problem. The line of sight for the northern approach to a 3 leg intersection was limited due to a crest in the road profile. Rather than reconstruct the roadway’s approach, the county requested the design to separate the right and left turning turning vehicles from the through traffic. The intersection improvements were also coordinated with the construction of new residential street across and offset from the existing intersection. The project was designed for maintenance of traffic during construction without use of detours, installation of storm drainage without impact to existing water and gas lines and the extension of an eight-inch gravity sanitary sewer line utilizing a jack and bore steel casing under East Cherokee Drive. Concrete curb and gutter and longitudinal drainage systems were also added to both sides of East Cherokee Drive to reduce right of way impacts. Design complete in February 2007. Construction Cost $400,000.
Arnold Mill Road & Neese Road Intersection Improvements, Woodstock Georgia
A local 3-leg street intersection in Woodstock Georgia had an extremely skewed angle alignment. Traffic volumes on both streets continued to increase, which made entering the intersection from the side street very difficult and dangerous. The project objective was to improve the skew, add turn lanes and a traffic signal. The newly constructed roadway consists of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, guardrail and drainage systems. Project constructed to state standards and partially funded with state aid from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Construction completed in August 2007. Cost $700,000.
Liberty Road Relocation (Villa Rica, Georgia, Douglas & Carroll Counties), Georgia DOT, 2000
Provided field surveying, construction plans, and cost estimates for a 0.8-miles of 2-lane rural roadway on new location. Project includes 285 foot bridge over U.S. 78 / S.R. 8 and 2-track railroad, a jug handle connector ramp, 0.3 miles of U.S. 78 / S.R. 8 reconstruction, and 0.4 mile of passing track extension. Project activities included concept alternate studies, field surveying, preliminary plans, right of way maps, and final construction plans. Cost: $3,600,000
Natural Gas System Engineering Report, City of Monticello, Georgia
Keck & Wood, Inc. prepared a detailed engineering report that summarized a study of the operation and possible expansion of the City’s Natural Gas System, with comments, cost estimates, conclusions and recommendations directed at defining desired system improvements.
Annual Gas Main Installation Contract, Year 2000, Commissioners of Public Works, Greenwood, South Carolina
Provided planning, detailed specifications and bid documents, bidding assistance and construction phase services for this multi-phased project. The project included 12 small projects with a total of approximately 20-miles of polyethylene gas mains.
Steel Gas Main Replacement, City of Americus, Georgia
Provided detailed design, bidding assistance and construction phase services for the replacement of approximately one mile of steel high-pressure gas mains and services at several locations within the City’s distribution system. The high-pressure facilities were replaced with low-pressure polyethylene facilities.
GIS Data Conversion & Custom software development, Austell Natural Gas, Georgia
Austell Natural Gas System is the third largest in Georgia. Due to its size, a full set of system maps stood almost eight feet tall making it impossible for field personal to carry a complete set of maps. Field crews were constantly returning to the main office to swap out map booklets. This resulted in many lost man hours and money for the Gas System. Keck & Wood fixed this problem by converting the existing gas system map digital data to ESRI’s shapefile format and developing a custom map viewing software package for crews to use in the field.
Keck & Wood developed a map viewing software package called MOSAIC MapViewer. This new software was built on ESRI’s MapObjects. Since this new system would be used by field crews with little to no mapping or computer experience, Keck & Wood developed the software to be very easy to use and made it touch screen enabled. When coupled with the Panasonic Toughbook, a field hardened laptop, MOSAIC MapViewer has proven to be a great tool for the Gas System’s crews, saving them time and money.
Digital Data Submission Standards, Fulton County Georgia - 2008-2009
Keck & Wood assisted Fulton County develope digital data submission standards and quality review software for the submission of final plats and as-builts. The purpose of the digital submission standard is to allow Fulton County to easily extract information from drawing files into their GIS database so that the County can better comply with regulatory requirements such as GASB 34, NPDES Permitting, and CMOM.
The project includes developing digital templates files in AutoCAD and Microstation format which contain all the layers and blocks/cells required within the new digital submission standard. These will be provided to firms wishing to develop property within the County to help them conform to the standard. To verify submissions meet the standard, Keck & Wood is developing software built on Safe Software’s FME product. This verification software will compare submittals to the standard and generate a report detailing any issues found in the submittal.
Keck & Wood is also developing training materials for County Staff and Developers. These will be present to County and Development staff at a series of classes and meetings.
CAD to GIS Conversion & Enterprise GIS Implementation, Houston County, Georgia - 2008
K&W teamed with ESRI to provide Houston County with a true enterprise GIS solution. The project replaced the County's exisiting AutoCAD based mapping system and was divided into multiple phases.
The first phase entailed migrating the County’s existing AutoCAD based in-house mapping system to an ESRI Enterprise GIS. The migration included replacing Autodesk Map software with ArcEditor and adding 2 new ArcGIS servers. We provided training to County staff so that they now maintain the GIS data in-house. K&W with assistance from ESRI installed the new ArcGIS Servers, centralizing the County’s GIS data. We developed a custom GIS enabled website for the COunty powered by one of the two new ArcGIS Servers. The ArcGIS servers makes use of database replication technology to stay insync.
On-site GIS Training, Glynn County, Georgia - 2007-2008
This is an ongoing project in which K&W provides on-site instructor led GIS training to Glynn County as requested. This has included a mix of official ESRI classes, Keck & Wood developed classes and personal one-on-one training to address specific issues. Glynn County opened several of the classes to other governments in the Coastal Georgia Area.
The official ESRI classes provided to date have included Introduction to ArcGIS I and II classes. These were taught K&W’s award winning ESRI Authorized Instructor, Tripp Corbin. Bob Nyers, GIS Analyst II for Glynn County attended an Introduction to ArcGIS II class and said “The course was very informative and well put together. Keck & Wood’s instructor was very knowledgeable. He was especially willing to talk and help with specific issues that were of concern on a one to one basis after class.”
The most recent class K&W held for Glynn County was ArcGIS Service Basics: Installation, Services, and Tweaks. This class was developed by K&W in response to the growing use of ESRI’s ArcGIS Server technology. The class teaches students the basic of how to install ESRI’s ArcGIS Server in a .NET environment from start to finish. According to Hunter Key, GIS Analyst for Glynn Co., “The class was ideal for the varying skill sets that we were bringing, and the desire to cover a lot of levels while giving everyone the perspective of where the dept was going.”
Tax Parcel Data Consolidation, Cleanup, Updates, & GIS Support, Elbert Co Georgia – 2008
This project entailed consolidating various date sets into a single GIS database, cleaning up the data to remove spatial errors and add new feature classes needed to produce tax maps, updating the tax parcel data with new splits and changes and providing support for the County’s in-house GIS. The County originally had GIS data in multiple formats (Shapefiles and Geodatabases) and coordinate projections. K&W consolidated all the County’s existing GIS data into a single Geodatabase and single projection. This greatly simplified the use of the information and helped remove user errors caused by using outdated information.
Once the data was consolidated, K&W used geodatabase topologies to find and correct spatial errors such as overlaps, gaps, and others. Using topologies, K&W was able to find and fix 567 overlapping parcels and 1026 parcel gaps. We also added several new layers to the County’s consolidated GIS database that were not in the County’s original GIS data. These included GMDs, property lines, lot lines, street rights-of-way, and railroad rights-of-way. These layers are very helpful for maintenance, analysis and plotting purposes. GMDs are useful if for locating a new or existing parcel in Elbert County because they do not have Land Lots or Land Districts.
K&W provides ongoing tax map maintenance and GIS support services to Elbert County’s Tax Assessors Office. New tax parcel data is delivered on a quarterly basis with new maps printed annually. GIS support includes phone, email, online and onsite assistance and training as requested.
On-site GIS Training, City of Atlanta, Georgia - 2007-2008
City of Atlanta (Georgia) On-site GIS Training – This project entailed holding several GIS classes including ESRI’s Introduction to ArcGIS I and II courses and Keck & Wood’s Using AutoCAD Data in ArcGIS course for the City of Atlanta. These classes were held on-site at the City’s Courthouse building located near City Hall and the State Capitol.
Keck & Wood conducted three (3) Introduction to ArcGIS I and II classes each for the City. These were the official classes developed by ESRI to teach new users the basic functionality found in ArcGIS Desktop Software (ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo). These classes consisted any where from 14 to 18 students from various City departments including planning, police, fire, airport, engineering, watershed management, public works, finance, economic development, and public housing. Keck & Wood provided an experienced ESRI Authorized, an assistant instructor, course materials for each student, and follow up help and support for each student.
In addition to the official ESRI developed classes, Keck & Wood held two (2) “Using AutoCAD data in ArcGIS” classes. This class was developed by Keck & Wood to show ArcGIS users how they can use data created by engineers and surveyors in AutoCAD to update their GIS database.
All classes were very successful based on the feedback we received from the students as illustrated below:
“Great instructor. Class material was educational and interesting.” Jimmy Hodges - City of Atlanta Fire Dept. – Introduction to ArcGIS I
“An outstanding course for users with an entry-level understanding of ArcGIS. The materials in this course are invaluable. The instructor demonstrated a high proficiency of teaching skills in a subject that is difficult to communicate to students.” Joseph Maxberry - Atlanta Development Authority – Introduction to ArcGIS II
Data Conversion & Model Creation, Gilmer Co. Tax Assessors Office, Georgia - 2006
Keck & Wood converted the County's existing AutoCAD tax maps to an ArcGIS personal geodatabase. We worked with the County and ESRI to develop the database design. Once the data was converted, Keck & Wood did three years worth of updates to the parcel data. When the updates were completed, we delivered three geodatabases, one covering the entire County and two representing the north and south halves of the County. The two geodatabases representing the two halves of the County were created to allow multi-user editing until the County could purchase ArcSDE.
Keck & Wood created a model using ESRI’s Model Builder that merges the two editing geodatabases into a single geodatabase with a single click of a button. The merged geodatabase is the one used for analysis, plotting and sharing with other departments.
Keck & Wood assisted County personnel in creating a County Zoning map. We also set-up a booklet plotting routine for plotting either 11x17 or 24x36 tax and zoning map booklets. In addition, Keck & Wood provided and installed two HP Color LaserJet 5550 DN printers.
Quiet Creek Subdivision, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Planning and design of a 31-lot subdivision developed for a specific builder that built Charleston style homes in the City of Rock Hill. Improvements consisted of internal road network, water system, sewer system, and storm drainage to serve the residential lots. The project is located adjacent to the flood plain of Dutchman Creek with this area being utilized as a large amenity. Walking trails picnic tables and recreational uses are contained in this unique area.
Meadow Lakes Subdivision, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Meadow Lakes Subdivision was developed by Meadow Lakes Partners, which is a partnership of Piedmont Partners and the Jack White family. This project is a long running subdivision and could be considered the premier subdivision in Rock Hill. Meadow Lakes has seven lakes and many water front lots. Finished. The project is located in the City of Rock Hill and was developed with wooded 125-foot wide or greater lots. The homes are custom built with pricing starting at $400,000.
GPS Survey Sanitary Sewer System, Town of Fort Lawn, South Carolina
This project entailed a GPS survey and detailed inspection of the sanitary sewer system serving the Town of Fort Lawn, South Carolina. Collected attributes related to manholes and pumping stations, including invert elevations and pipe sizes.
GPS Surveys Highway and Storm Drain Facilities, York County, South Carolina
This project used GPS surveys to verify construction control monuments for four separate Highway construction projects, with a combined total of 22 miles of Highway and related Storm Drainage facilities. Projects included both horizontal and vertical control, and included As-Built location and configuration confirmation for storm water facilities.
Redevelopment Plan and Tax Allocation District, City of Monroe, Georgia
Study and publication of a Redevelopment Study for the City of Monroe. The study identified the best redevelopment candidate areas meeting the requirements of The Georgia Redevelopment Powers Act for inclusion in a Tax Allocation District, along with two private developments scheduled for annexation. Growth projections were translated into anticipated incremental tax revenues for bond financing of the redevelopment projects. Concepts for redevelopment of the blighted areas of the City were developed. The consultant team facilitated cooperative efforts between the School District, the County Commission, and the City Council. Completed in 2001.
Spring Industrial Site Redevelopment, Winthrop University, South Carolina
Management of site issues and civil engineering for redevelopment of a five-acre industrial site adjacent to the campus for construction of an $18.6 million, 416 bed student housing facility (“The Courtyard at Winthrop”). The site issues included management of coal slag, old underground utilities under the site, and nebulous property lines. The entire project was completed on an aggressive time schedule and within budget.
Historic Downtown Redevelopment Project, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Redevelopment of four blocks in commercial downtown area of historic Rock Hill. Design includes roadway rehabilitation, new roadway and intersection with SC 122, adjacent street parking, 200+ commercial parking lot, and pedestrian walkway connecting new city hall complex with the downtown area. Project also includes landscaping, clearing and grading, traffic routing, new sidewalk/curb/gutter, location and mapping of existing utilities, design of storm drainage for roads, and fire protection plan. Completed in 1995. Construction cost: $1,700,000.