F&V’s AMP/CIP Plan for Albion Captures Survey Award

Fleis & VandenBrink won the Honorable Award for Surveying in the 2019 American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) annual Engineering & Surveying Excellence competition.

F&V’s “Integrating Surveying: An Innovative Approach to CIP,” project was a survey for the City of Albion’s Asset Management Plan and Capital Improvement Plan. The award was announced Saturday at Sound Board in the Motor City Casino.

“Congratulations to the City of Albion for doing this project and moving their infrastructure mapping and planning light years ahead through the implementation of GIS and assessment tools,” said Paul R. Galdes, Principal and president of F&V. “Together we were able to develop an extremely valuable took that will help them better manage their storm and waste water assets for decades to come.”

F&V’s survey team creatively developed the processes and tools required to map, evaluate and organize data for the City of Albion’s AMP and CIP. The system contained 120 miles of sewer and 3,700 structures with as many as 250 data fields for each asset. The daunting task to organize, evaluate, and map the data contained over 213 GB of data.

Utilizing the power of GIS and championing its integration into engineering and survey workflows provided a comprehensive, very accurate, and easy to use analysis that prioritized the repairs and maintenance efforts for the AMP and CIP.

“The integration of survey work and GIS provided the backbone for our CIP and helped us organize and plan 40 projects by prioritization with a $5.3 million six-year budget,” said Scott Kipp, Albion’s interim city manager. “Improvements to keep our community functioning safety and efficiently wouldn’t have been possible without F&V’s help. They gave us the power to make smarter decisions regarding our community’s true needs.”

The award recognizes outstanding Michigan engineering and surveying projects from the past year, as well as engineering professionals who have significantly contributed to the profession.