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Drought Highlights Urgency for Understanding Current Water Volume of Lakes and Rivers

Bathymetry Study on Rivers

Widespread drought over the past couple years has resulted in many phone calls from homeowners, engineers and government agencies concerned about water levels in their lakes. Whether it be for recreation, sediment build-up or monitoring sources of drinking water, the importance of having an accurate water depth map has never been higher.

We are highlighting two recent projects involving rivers as drinking water sources. River systems are continually evolving and the need to have up-to-date bathymetry is necessary for municipalities to understand the water capacity.

The first project was for a medium size city needing to construct a new intake on the river. Engineers needed to identify the optimal location of the intake. Bathymetry of the river also gave city engineers the ability to calculate total water capacity in the river and what the capacity would be at each elevation in case of a drought.

Bathymetry survey to understand capacity for an intake.

Bathymetry survey to understand capacity for an intake.

The second project was very similar in that the municipality had three segments of a river plus a 75 acre lake that provided the city with water. The city has a large agricultural production plant that consumes a tremendous amount of water. As the recent drought has lingered, the city was concerned about providing enough water to its citizens. They needed to complete a bathymetric survey to make sure adequate water was available, so the pumps don’t run dry. If there wasn’t enough water in their current inventory the city would have to run pipe 3 miles to another water source. The resulting study indicated significantly more water was available than originally thought so for now the city will not need to implement any emergency plans.

Mapping the water depths to calculate water volume in a Kansas River

Mapping the water depths to calculate water volume in a river

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About The Mapping Network: 

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping, and recreational Real Estate listings. Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

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Bathymetry and Sediment Survey of a Lake

The Mapping Network and their nationwide group of partners receive many calls each week about sediment issues on lakes.  More often than not, these callers have a fairly good idea about the state of their lake from simply looking at if from the shore on while on the boat.  However, trying to quantify the severity of sedimentation and planning for a potential dredging project is much more difficult.  This is where our experienced teams come into play.  We have the tools, knowledge and experience to accurately survey the current lake depths along with mapping the sediment thickness in the lake.

Below is an example of a lake that had sediment accumulating in the usual spots (inflows) however there were a couple other problem areas where new homes had recently been built.  The HOA used this map to plan for dredging in the main inflow of the lake and also created a bulletin to property owners about the importance of controlling erosion into the lake – eventually this will lead to more dredging in the future.

A lake surveyed by The Mapping Network included creating a contour and 3D shaded depth map of the current lake depths.  Also a sediment thickness map of the entire lake was generated.

A lake surveyed by The Mapping Network included creating a contour and 3D shaded depth map of the current lake depths. Also a sediment thickness map of the entire lake was generated.  The client was able to visualize where dredging will take place and also quantify the amount of material needing to be removed.

The Mapping Network is instrumental in bringing GPS lake mapping technology to the recreational market.  Their experience wit the most efficient GPS and sonar technology allows their partners, like us, to offer these unique services to our clients.  Pond Medics utilizes this lake mapping technology to reveal this unseen, underwater world.  Combining sub-foot accurate equipment and depth accuracies of up to 1/10th of a foot, we can produce a picture of what few people will ever see – the bottom of your lake.

For more information on Pond Medics, Inc. please contact:

Trent Lewis

phone: (972) 334-0104

e-mail:  info@pondmedics.com

website:  www.pondmedics.com

About The Mapping Network: 

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping, and recreational Real Estate listings.   The Mapping Network is proud to announce their firm has been chosen by Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, as a Landowner Services provider for Cabela’s Trophy Properties throughout the United States.  Visit us on the Cabela’s Trophy Properties website >> click here   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

Mapping Urban Ponds for Dredging

A case study of Lakeside on Preston HOA in Plano, TX by Trent Lewis with Pond Medics, Inc. is featured in a North Texas Homeowners Association publication.

The Mapping Network is instrumental in bringing GPS lake mapping technology to the recreational market.  Their experience wit the most efficient GPS and sonar technology allows their partners, like us, to offer these unique services to our clients.  Pond Medics utilizes this lake mapping technology to reveal this unseen, underwater world.  Combining sub-foot accurate equipment and depth accuracies of up to 1/10th of a foot, we can produce a picture of what few people will ever see – the bottom of your lake.

This is a must read article for landowners, managers, or HOA/POA organizations with upcoming dredging projects.

Click here for GPS Lake Mapping Article

Various Forms of Runoff Lead to Sediment Problems for Lakes

For more information on Pond Medics, Inc. please contact:

Trent Lewis

phone: (972) 334-0104

e-mail:  info@pondmedics.com

website:  www.pondmedics.com

#hydrographicsurvey, #sedimentsurvey, #bathymetry, #lakemapping #dredging

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Quantifying Sediment in a Lake After a Flood Event

The 2013 Colorado floods were a natural disaster resulting from heavy rain and catastrophic flooding. The impact from this event was a large accumulation of sediment in the areas reservoirs.  One of these lakes near Denver had a remarkable amount of soft sediment and rock deposited into the lake.  In order to receive funding for removal of this new sediment, the ownership of the lake was required to provide quantitative proof.  Absolute Natural Resources and The Mapping Network used professional GPS and sonar equipment to survey the existing lake bottom and also locate the original lake bottom.  Our team generated current lake contour maps, sediment maps and also isolated the main problem areas.  3D models of sediment were created to calculate the amount of material needed to be removed.  The end result provided the lake owner the exact information needed to quantify the amount of sediment that needed to be removed and aid in the bid process for removal.

Having an accurate, up-to-date lake survey on file is critical to managing your resource.  Not only will it assist in making management decisions but it serves as a baseline for monitoring changes in sediment over time.

#hydrographicsurvey, #sedimentsurvey, #bathymetry, #lakemapping #dredging

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

2014 Hypack Conference

The Mapping Network attended the annual Hypack Conference in Mobile, Alabama.  The 3 Day event featured professional hydrographic surveyors from around the world sharing their expertise on data collection, processing and final map production.  The Mapping Network team was able to learn about the latest trends in bathymetry, sediment mapping and dredging projects.  Knowledge gained will be passed on to our lake mapping partner network and customers.

Hypack

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The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.

Property Owner Association Uses Hydrographic & Sediment Surveys to Create Strategic Sediment Removal Plan – Resulting in Hundreds of Thousands in Savings

The Mapping Network Hydrographic Survey Team exceeds expectations for Property Owner Association.

Overview:  A lake property association (POA) has been dealing directly with the challenges associated with sedimentation in their lakes for over 20 years.  In 2002 The Board of Directors created a 30 year sediment removal and management plan (2002-2031).  They looked at 3 different options: A) hiring a dredging professional, B) leasing dredging equipment and use current POA staff to operate, or C) purchasing a new dredge and using POA staff to operate.  They contacted two environmental consultants for cost estimates over the 30 year process.  The estimates ranged from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 which left the POA in a difficult position of trying to make a long term management decision based on wide ranging potential costs.  In the end the POA decided to purchase their own dredging equipment an utilize existing staff and volunteers to operated the equipment.

In House Accountability Challenges:  After nearly a decade of in house dredging the POA Board of Directors was unable to quantify and verify results.  When reviewing the budget requests from the lakes and dam committee, they realized they were spending a lot of resources without having clear information on how successful the sediment removal process had been over the years.

New Vision:  The POA decided they needed to quantify the sediment problem to create a sustainable sediment management plan.  The president of the board spearheaded an effort to get a hydrographic and sediment survey completed.  The president contacted several hydrographic survey companies and chose The Mapping Network to provide this service based on experience in the industry and listening to the needs of the POA.

Lake Survey Purpose:  The primary objective of the hydrographic and sediment survey was to better understand the condition of the lake by charting the existing lake contours along with mapping the sediment thickness throughout the lake.  Once the mapping process was completed the POA was able to identify areas that needed dredging and how much material was there.  This allows for much better budgeting and accountability.

Results: The POA was excited to have information based on real numbers (lake and sediment survey).  The hydrographic survey results are an essential part of the decision making process with regards to the sediment removal planning.  After 20 years of dredging and several studies performed by consultants they felt for the first time they finally understood the problem and how to manage it.  Now they have real information, which gives them a clear picture of what to do in the future.

Future: Members of the POA say they will completely change course by finishing up the current in house dredging work and then sell all dredging equipment.  They will then work with a  professional dredging contractor to clean out specified problem areas identified during the hydrographic survey process.  Understanding the true extent of the lake sediment distribution in the lake will save the POA an estimated $200,000 to $300,000 in costs by selling unnecessary equipment and strategic dredging planning.  The POA will be using the hydrographic survey information as a baseline for all future work and will adjust the map as dredging continues.

Conclusion:  In the end the primary problem facing the POA was not the sediment in the lake but rather not knowing the facts about the lake to make the best decisions.  The POA now has the facts needed to create a comprehensive plan that will accurately represent the work being completed.  Plus members have a wonderful contour map to assist with fishing!

The Mapping Network surveyed the bottom of the lake including the sediment depths. This map shows the lake water depth as blue contours lines as well as a color shaded sediment thickness. This specialized technology allows the POA to easily locate problem areas.

The Mapping Network surveyed the bottom of the lake including the sediment depths. This map shows the lake water depth as blue contours lines as well as a color shaded sediment thickness. This specialized technology allows the POA to easily locate problem areas.

The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Hydrographic Surveys, Bathymetry, Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

The Mapping Network is proud to announce their firm has been chosen by Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter, as a Landowner Services provider for Cabela’s Trophy Properties throughout the United States.  Visit us on the Cabela’s Trophy Properties website >> click here

The Mapping Network:  www.TheMappingNetwork.com

A Nationwide Network of GPS Mapping Professionals

Bathymetry and Watershed Map

The Mapping Network just completed a lake survey for a property owner association.  The lake has experienced significant sediment in the coves and main river inlet over the years.  The Mapping Network sampled the sediment structure and mapped the sludge thickness to help the client in the dredging bid process.  Part of the report included understanding sources of sediment and how activity within the watershed will ultimately affect the lake.   Below is a map showing the lake map (in blue) and it’s 2,017 acre watershed.
Watershed and lake map

A map showing the extent of the watershed for this client’s lake.  Understanding the watershed is critical for addressing issues in the lake itself.

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The Mapping Network is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems Consulting, Data Conversion, and GPS Data Collection.  We specialize in terrain and sub-surface (bathymetry) GPS mapping.   If you are serious about maintaining  a high-quality golf course, lake or pond, be sure you have the ability to make the best decisions,  get your resource mapped by the professionals at The Mapping Network.   Give us a call or send an e-mail to find out more details.

phone:  (402) 241-8177

e-mail: info@themappingnetwork.com

website: www.themappingnetwork.com

Check out The Mapping Network on Facebook for more examples and success stories!

For the best results in mapping, it’s best to consult with a lake management company equipped with the very latest in GPS mapping technology.  Along with standard contour maps, The Mapping Network creates virtual media solutions on YouTube including a fly-over video and virtual underwater virtual swim-through.  With this knowledge, you can add layers of depth to the information you seek to maintain a beautiful lake.