Version 1.0, Released October 2005


While still not the norm, municipal records about pipe infrastructures are increasingly being incorporated into GIS databases. The number of communities using GIS tools to manage infrastructure is increasing because of:

  1. General trends in using computer-based tools in the organizations that manage and maintain pipe infrastructures,
  2. Federal requirements for controlling non-point sources of water pollution,
  3. Changes in government financial accounting standards for physical assets (“GASB34”), that require communities to better account for physical assets.

This standard has five goals:

  1. Provide a flexible, yet consistent, specification for compiling the locations of pipes in geographic information systems (GIS).
  2. Providing a standard for compiling the boundaries of service territories for pipe infrastructure.
  3. Provide standardized attributes for pipe data in GIS databases.
  4. Make it possible to merge digital mapping of this type of municipal infrastructure from more than one community for regional mapping and analysis. This would most likely be achieved by developing “cross-walks” or “translations” between attributes in data sources and the attributes of this standard.
  5. Help prevent those in the process of creating these data sets from “re-inventing the wheel” by providing a standard based on generally accepted design requirements on which to base their own database designs.

The final standard will have three levels. However, because of a pressing need for standardizing pipe infrastructure data development for general planning purposes, MassGIS is releasing version one of this standard with only Levels I and II completed. The fully developed standard will have a Level III that is most suitable for supporting municipal operations.


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