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New technology for NID

The Nevada Irrigation District now has access to a computer program that could bring modern speed and clarity to the water agency’s records and maps system.

As part of the district’s Raw Water Master Plan process, a Davis consulting firm presented the program to NID’s engineering committee Tuesday. The database would allow NID employees to call up information, maps and even photos of its 800 miles of canals and pipelines at a moment’s notice.

Currently, NID relies on paper records and maps, what they have already scanned into their own database and human memory to recall what they have in the sprawling system.



“It’s a records collection and management system,” said NID General Manager Ron Nelson about the new program. “This really is the direction the organization should be moving in.”

“It will take a lot of work,” Chief Engineer Tim McCall admitted to committee and board member George Leipzig. That work could mean a new department for NID and would take at least two years to accomplish, McCall said.




The Davis firm of West Yost and Associates created the computer program by walking and photographing 20 miles of NID canals and folding the information into existing maps and data for its model. When it was showed to the committee, employee Manoj Desai called up a section of pipeline and within seconds had photos, work reports, exact locations of siphons and culverts and even land deed information.

“I’m impressed,” said committee and board member Nancy Weber. “Just the speed with which you can get the information and the accuracy is better than a memory.”

In other NID news, the committee approved two letters that could go out to potential customers. The letters would let them know if NID has nearby lines they can tap into or if new lines will soon be installed near them that they might choose to use.


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