SLVWD Pipeline Replacement Comprehensive Survey

Over the last 10 years, forest fires have become a common occurrence, causing billions of dollars in damage to public infrastructure and private properties – ravaging towns and communities across the state. In 2020, the community of Boulder Creek was severely affected by the CZU Lightning Complex Fires which burned over 86,000 acres and destroyed over 1,490 structures and miles of infrastructure throughout the community. The fire damage resulted in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) prioritizing previously planned capital improvements to their aging infrastructure that would incorporate best practices in resiliency design. As such, the SLVWD Pipeline Replacement Project was moved to the top of the Capital Improvement Projects priority list.

SLVWD hired Kier + Wright (K+W) to provide a comprehensive, detailed land survey of all features and grades along the future watermain alignment including elevations, material changes and structures. The biggest challenge facing the K+W project team was gathering and compiling accurate survey data while navigating the rugged, mountainous terrain of the Santa Cruz mountains and the dangerous highway corridors that snake through it.

As experts in survey technology, K+W customized its approach to cost-effectively meet the needs of SLVWD and the Boulder Creek community while delivering quicker, better, and more innovative results. The K+W multi-faceted approach included seamlessly integrating traditional and new surveying methods; combining various survey technologies such as Fixed Wing and Multi-Rotor Drones, GPS Locating and 3D scanning – using the right technology and approach where applicable.

Using a mix of conventual and innovative surveying techniques that combined multiple different software platforms, K+W produced an extensive and user-friendly survey for SLVWD. The comprehensive survey was delivered on time and on budget which prevented delays in SLVWD’s capital improvement projects, by providing future engineering and architectural teams with the information they need to design solutions creating a safer and more resilient community.

Project Location

San Lorenzo Valley Water District Pipeline Replacement

Boulder Creek, CA

Market Sectors
  • Infrastructure
Recognitions
  • Provided a comprehensive, detailed land survey of all features and grades along the future watermain alignment including elevations, material changes and structures.
  • Integrated traditional and new surveying methods; combining various survey technologies such as Fixed Wing and Multi-Rotor Drones, GPS Locating and 3D scanning – using the right technology and approach where applicable.
  • Used a mix of conventual and innovative surveying techniques that combined multiple different software platforms to produce an extensive and user-friendly survey for SLVWD.