General Civil Services:
The General Civil Services Department of K.E. McCartney & Associates, Inc. (KEM) offers the following services to public and private sector clients:
KEM's municipal engineering services are structured to improve the quality of each community we work with. Whether providing services for a single project or acting as municipal engineer, KEM strives to provide economical solutions that meet each community's vision. Understanding that each community is unique and requires different levels of service, KEM tailors our scope of work to match the effort required to get the job done.
KEM offers a comprehensive package of municipal services. Our experienced engineers can provide on-call or day to day services including planning & zoning review, technical advice, development of capital improvement programs, construction inspection, along with grant and funding assistance.
KEM has the experience and expertise to assist communities in developing plans for the mitigation of storm water problems in compliance with Federal and State regulations. From helping with the design of improvements for failing storm water infrastructure to NPDES compliance Phase II or Storm Water Utility Programs KEM can help your community effectively manage storm water.
Phase II of the National Storm Water Program has become a reality and numerous communities and other operators of Municipal Storm Water Systems are required to comply with NPDES Phase II Storm Water Regulations. At a minimum, it is necessary to develop and submit a Storm Water Management Plan and Notice of Intent to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. This plan must address the Six Minimum Control measures as defined by OEPA and be fully implemented by the end of the permit term. NPDES Regulations are unfunded mandates which create a burden on Ohio Communities. KEM can help your community develop a dedicated funding source to pay for this mandate through the creation of a storm water utility program.
KEM has extensive experience in land planning for residential, commercial and industrial type developments. The staff at KEM understands how to use the existing topography to enhance each development, saving the owner valuable time and money during the construction phase by having a balanced site. To ensure that we meet and exceed the expectations of our clients, KEM devotes a significant amount of time in the preliminary stages preparing conceptual layouts for review and approval. The design team then moves into detailed design and final plan development. Land is our only fixed resource and KEM approaches each site development project with this in mind.
KEM's site engineers work closely with architects to meet the needs of the owner which includes developers, government agencies and contractors. A successful land development project takes coordination with all stakeholders and expertise in site design, environmental and planning regulations, financing, and the plan approval process; all of which KEM personnel have.
The computer revolution has forever changed how governments and business use maps and geographic data. GIS technology has enabled the integration of maps and data on the same computer platform. This has made it much easier and more cost effective to store, access, edit, collect, process, and display geographic data. It has also given the GIS user a sophisticated set of tools for geographic and statistical analysis. Over the last decade the costs of these systems have gone down putting them within reach of most governments and business.
KEM has assembled an experienced team of GIS professionals to assist its clients. GIS services provided by KEM run the gamut from creating individual custom maps to providing a full blown GIS needs assessment and GIS system implementation. KEM GIS services are as follows:
- GIS Needs Assessment and System Design - On site needs assessment of enterprise-wide GIS needs. Design and implementation of a GIS system to meet client needs.
- Data Conversion - Conversion of geographic data between different formats such as AutoCAD, ESRI geodatabase and shape files, MapInfo, ASCII, delimited text, multiple database and raster formats.
- Data Acquisition - Identification and compilation of existing GIS layers from government agencies and other sources. Reprojection of layers as needed.
- Data Creation - Creation of digital GIS data layers from existing maps and drawings and other data sets.
- Geocoding - Creation of GIS layers through address matching of database, spreadsheet and data processing files.
- Custom Mapping - Production of single or multiple maps to meet client needs.
- Mobile Applications - Deployment of GIS data in the field.
- GIS Data Analysis - GIS analysis utilizing geoprocessing tools, geographic modeling and geostatistical techniques including network analysis, districting, utilities modeling, surface analysis, slope and aspect analysis, view shed mapping and many others.
- GPS - Collection of Field Data with GPS survey grade and mapping grade GPS, GPS Data dictionary design, GPS training.
- GIS Administrative Documents - Development of data sharing agreements, organization bylaws, data use and distribution policies, procedures and training manuals.
- GIS Software Training - Onsite training on GIS basics and hands on training for GIS software.
GIS Easy to Love... Hard to Implement
Article by: Gene Del Greco, GISP