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POWER Engineers awarded contract for Urban Forestry Management at Philadelphia

HAILEY, Idaho (November 13, 2012) - POWER Engineers announced a contract awarded by the city of Philadelphia for the implementation of Cityworks for urban forestry management. In this multi-phased project, Cityworks will provide an expandable tool for both spatial management and decision-making regarding the urban forest as well as the tracking of costs and activities per tree asset. This initiative meets a strategic objective of the Parks and Recreation Dept. to "implement a national model for Natural Resource and Urban Forest Management." As Mark Focht, First Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Recreation stated, "The department is looking forward to the benefits and efficiencies that implementing Cityworks can provide. A spatially based system that can provide real-time updates and keep staff in the field and not behind a desk is the most effective way to manage forestry assets. We're also extremely pleased to be working with a firm such as POWER Engineers on this project, a firm with quality experience implementing Cityworks for urban forestry."

POWER's Senior Project Manager located in our Philadelphia office, Peter Godfrey stated, "This effort dates back to 1999 when the former Fairmount Park Commission recognized the need for a spatially based asset management system for the city's street and park trees. Building on previously gathered information and earlier relationships established, we look forward to a truly collaborative effort between POWER, our partners on this project, and the City. We will be leveraging lessons learned and new technology to configure and deploy a system that will result in measurable operational and planning efficiencies, as well as be a model of established Urban Forestry best management practices benefitting the City and its residents."

The initial phase of the project begins with an analysis of the business workflow and definition of the functional requirements for urban tree management that includes an estimated inventory of over 1.2 million Street and Park tree assets. POWER has teamed with Azteca Systems for Cityworks software; geographIT for sub-contracting services and Photo Science for inventory capture services. POWER, an Azteca Systems Platinum Business Partner with over 30 Cityworks clients, has deep experience in developing and implementing Cityworks solutions.

POWER's team will provide the following services for the initial phase:
  • Project Management and Implementation Planning
  • Business Process Analysis and Requirements Gathering
  • Spatial Data Model
  • Inventory Capture Methodology
  • Cityworks System Configuration Specifications
  • System Architecture
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    About City of Philadelphia

    Established in 1701, the city of Philadelphia is the nation's 5th largest city and the birthplace of America. The City has a population of over 1.5 million and contains the largest managed urban park system in the world, Fairmount Park, comprising over 10% of the City's land area, a full 14 square miles. Philadelphia currently has an estimated 135,000 street trees, all managed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Moving forward with Mayor Michael Nutter's plan to make Philadelphia the greenest and most sustainable city in America, the City is currently in the process of planting 300,000 new trees by 2015 toward its goal of 30% urban tree canopy by 2025.