GIS-Based Storm Water Project Earns RPS Klotz Associates ACEC Texas 2016 Engineering Excellence Gold Medal

RPS Klotz Associates, a Houston-based civil engineering firm, has garnered a Gold Medal in the American Council of Engineering Companies 2016 Texas Engineering Excellence Awards for its work on infrastructure analytics for the City of Houston.

Earning the top award in the Surveying and Mapping Technology category was RPS Klotz Associates’ use of GIS-based modeling to more effectively and efficiently analyze the city’s storm water planning approach. The project entailed updating the city’s infrastructure analytics tool, developed by RPS Klotz Associates in 2009, to include the analysis of roadside ditches in addition to enclosed storm sewers – 675 square miles of drainage that had previously been cost prohibitive to include in the Houston storm planning picture.

RPS Klotz Associates led a team of software design, GIS technology and hydrology experts in developing, documenting and training city employees to use the latest rendition of the infrastructure analytics tool.

“This project was a major breakthrough in drainage evaluation and provides the city with critical storm water data it could not otherwise cost effectively gather,” D. Wayne Klotz, PE, D.WRE, president of RPS Klotz Associates, said. “We are honored to help revolutionize the city’s storm water planning approach, which we all can appreciate in light of flooding in recent years.”