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Calgary City achieves sustainable riparian asset management through our innovative GIS tool

The City of Calgary needed an asset management and decision support tool to manage their 230km of streambank and riparian areas. Our multi-disciplinary team, including water resources and geotechnical engineers, riparian area ecologists, bioengineering experts, economists, database programmers and GIS specialists, developed an innovative GIS based catalogue and design support tool to meet Calgary’s needs.

We undertook flood/erosion, geotechnical stability and riparian ecology evaluations to build up the GIS catalogue of riparian areas. Conceptual designs and cost estimates to enhance areas were established based on Triple Bottom Line (sustainability) analysis. This led to the development of design guidelines to provide guidance for the planning, analysis, configuration, specification and construction or rehabilitation of riparian areas.

The City of Calgary now has a GIS based catalogue which can be used to specify sustainable solutions for riparian asset management.

Location:Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Client:City of Calgary, Water Resources Department, Planning & Infrastructure
Scope:Developed an innovative GIS based catalogue and design support tool
Date:2012