Municipal & Utilities Group

MUG is a Special Interest Group (SIG) with a goal to create more dialogue, within WLIA membership and beyond, for those working at the Municipal government level and in Utility industries. Our organizations are often tasked with the same functions, and we're creating great solutions that should be shared with others!


To increase membership, foster innovation, and facilitate collaborative relationships within the Municipal and Utility GIS community.


Joining MUG will grant you access to the e-mail list and Slack channel. In addition you will receive invites to MUG related events, such as:

  • Stand-alone MUG Meetings across the state
  • MUG Meetings associated with WLIA Conferences
  • Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting at WLIA Conferences*
  • Information on MUG Track (and related) presentations at WLIA Conferences*
How to Join

You need not be a WLIA member to join in on the conversation! As a MUG member, you will receive communications from other MUG members and information on MUG meetings. 
*Note: MUG events occurring during WLIA Conferences may require conference registration

To join the MUG Slack channel, click the link below.

To subscribe to the e-mail list serve, simply send an email by clicking the link below.

Previous Meetings
Leveraging an Enterprise Site at the City of Sun Prairie: City of Sun Prairie – Lou Rada, GIS Coordinator
The GIS Team created a maintenance schedule for all data, maps, and applications. Next, we realized a need for a centralized location which every City department could readily access. The solution was to deploy a department-based Enterprise Site. This proactive approach has empowered departments to not only access their maps and applications, but also other related departments solutions.
Best Practices for Managing Unique Asset IDs: ITpipes – Andy Bartell, Project Manager/GIS Specialist
Proper identification of infrastructure and assets is an imperative component of asset management. One essential asset type that requires appropriate asset identifiers is sewer and water infrastructure. Knowing where an asset is located, the condition of that asset, and how to uniquely identify that asset is critical to adequately managing infrastructure and assets.
Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to manage physical infrastructure assets is a popular and well-established method for asset management. Using a GIS like Esri’s products is a common and standard way to manage asset IDs for physical assets and infrastructure.
This presentation will discuss best practices for designing, creating, and managing unique asset IDs using an Esri GIS.
Temporary Construction Permits: Creating Efficiencies in Contacting Residents Using Survey123 Reports and URL Parameters: City of Waukesha – Brad Blumer, GIS Manager
The City of Waukesha Department of Public Works performs roadway and sidewalk construction on an annual basis, which often causes disturbance on resident’s parcels near the right-of-way. Due to a recent court ruling (Sojenhomer LLC vs. Village of Egg Harbor), the City determined that the best course of action was to receive written consent from property owners for the purposes of City construction projects. With a short deadline, a novel approach was needed to perform inspections, send notices, and receive approval. Survey123 was used to perform the inspections, generate mailings with unique QR codes, and send specific approvals from residents back to the city in a matter of days.
Intern Utilities Asset Management application using Field Maps and Survey 123: City of Muskego – Nick Engleman, GIS Coordinator (Map Developer) 
Showing the groundworks of our internal asset management application. The application is set so the fieldwork employees don’t have to input anything except for the issues, notetaking, and photos. Discussion of future implementations to the application.
What does catch basin cleanings and bees have in common?: City of Marshfield – David Buehler, Sr. GIS Coordinator
David Buehler, of course! Come learn about the City of Marshfield’s storm water infrastructure cleaning program, and the City of Marshfield’s No Mow May initiative. Both use Survey123 and ArcGIS Hub for well-rounded workflows, analytics, and interdepartmental cooperation. Come for one and stay for the other.
Transitioning to Experience Builder: ESRI – Jarod Fox, Solutions Engineer
ArcGIS Experience Builder is built on the latest web technologies. As more capabilities are added to Experience Builder, it might be time to consider modernizing your ArcGIS Web AppBuilder apps. In this session, you will learn how to improve your app with the most modern technology Experience Builder offers while keeping a consistent user interface and workflow to minimize the impact on your existing audience. We will talk about Experience Builder templates, building complete experiences and mobile optimization.
CCTV Inspections: ITpipes – Andy Bartell, Project Manager/GIS Specialist
Sewer infrastructure in the US is failing, and municipalities are racing to inspect their sewers to identify the most critical assets that need repair with limited budgets. The problem a lot of municipalities face is siloed pipe inspection data that doesn’t sync to their GIS or an asset management system. This presentation will highlight how municipalities can streamline their pipe inspection data management and utilize powerful reporting with dynamic mapping to take their buried infrastructure program from proactive to predictive.

“Unmanned Aircraft Systems” – Daniel Schwartz, Ruekert-Mielke

(UAS – Part 2)

“CCTV Integration w/ CityWorks using ArcServer” – Thierno Ndao, City of Racine

“Esri Capital Improvement Solution Set” – Tyler Prahl, GISInc

“Migration of Sewer Data from CAD to GIS” – Frederick Pattillo, City of Milwaukee

“How Waukesha County Partners with its Municipalities” – Kim Meinert, Waukesha County

“ArcGIS Pro 101” – Andrew Bartell, City of Sheboygan

“Marshfield’s Sidewalk Rehabilitation Program using Survey123” – David Buehler, City of Marshfield