Transmission Main Alignment Study

Transmission Main Alignment Study

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

Client: City of Kansas City Water Services Department

Burns & McDonnell was retained to evaluate corridor options for a new water transmission main (the Arrowhead/Northeast water transmission main) for the City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department in a rapidly developing area of the city.

Burns & McDonnell geographic information system (GIS) specialists began with existing data provided by the Water Services Department in MicroStation, ArcView and Arc/Info file formats. This spatial data was updated to reflect current road, land us and utility conditions by digitizing from more current information sources and by “field truthing” locations with GPS equipment. The GIS analysis of potential corridors included consideration of zoning, land use, building density, property boundaries, utilities, road and stream crossings, FEMA 100- and 500-year flood plains, and wetlands.

Initially, the Water Services Department felt the most likely corridor would be routed around the heavily developed areas, resulting in a relatively long transmission main. However, after a complete GIS analysis of the entire study area, they received a series of relatively short alignment options saving several hundred thousand dollars in acquisition and construction costs.

  • Database management
  • Spatial database preparation
  • Spatial analysis
  • Data conversion
  • Global positioning satellite (GPS) survey

Primary technologies used:

  • ArcView
  • MicroStation
  • Submeter GPS