Stahly Engineering was contracted to collect the City of Belgrade’s infrastructure data and assist in writing a Montana Land Information Act Grant for the city. The grant was awarded, allowing the City to create a GIS database. This project aligned with the City’s planning for digitizing infrastructure records. The use of GIS within the City opened doors for the City to implement many new projects and assisted with the planning and prioritization of current projects.
As the 11th largest city in Montana, Belgrade has an extensive network of water, sewer, storm water, and street infrastructure, as well as zoning and floodplain data. Stahly collected data to create a map of the infrastructure and associated attributes to increase the efficiency within the City, as well as to document maintenance. The collected data included points for water, sewer, storm water, and street attributes using a tablet connected to a Trimble R1 receiver using Arc Collector in order to prepare it for transfer to the City.
The MLIA Grant allowed the City of Belgrade to purchase the software and hardware to compile the collected features into a master database and obtain training for City staff. The database includes a layer for each feature type with attribute fields including air release valves, curb boxes, fire hydrants, manholes, sewer valves, storm drains, street signs, and water valves with customized attribute fields.