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RMW - May 2017

HARD COPY DIGITAL CLOUD Treating Your Drawing Records Like an Asset By Mark Van Nostrand, P.E. MANY OF OUR WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG time. Some were founded as long as 100 years ago and have been upgraded and replaced in the years since. Some areas have newer systems, generally installed after World War II when the country saw rapid population growth. This growth underscored the need for potable water and sanitation to protect human health and to pave the way for commerce and industry. We can consider these assets as the first generation (1G) of public and private water and sewer infrastructure. A few systems have moved into their second generation (2G), but relatively speaking, these systems change and grow slowly. For comparison, look at the cellular telephone industry that saw its technology go from 1G analog to 4G digital after just roughly 30 years. 10 | ROCKY MOUNTAIN WATER MAY 2017 Some of the best representations of our water and sewer infrastructure are in the drawings that were developed so these systems could be constructed, then expanded or replaced, and repaired as needed. Early engineers and drafters started out using a linen cloth medium, then polyester (e.g., mylar), blueprints, bond paper, and now electronic digital files and images to


RMW - May 2017
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