Porirua residents can now look inside the city's sewer, water and stormwater network using an online model that's normally reserved for the Council's internal engineers.
Core infrastructure is becoming increasingly more of a focus not just for engineers but for everyone so now you can view Porirua's underground services (works best on a desktop pc).
"This is a unique and fascinating way for the public to see what lies beneath the city in an exciting realistic view," says Water and Drainage Engineer Desmond Scrimgeour.
The service models have been combined with Google map, Google Earth, and Street View for an easy visual understanding.
- Go to Porirua Pipeviewer
- Login is PCC_001 (case sensitive)
- Password is PCC_001
- Once on the home page then click on "Modelling" icon
Once into the model, simply click on the Map Layers on the left hand side. You can turn on or off a range of interesting attributes related to the infrastructure servicing the city.
By clicking on any pipe within the network a range of options are presented in a pop up window. This includes information relating to the asset and incorporates a video showing the insides of the sewer line. Engineers use this information to assess the pipe's deterioration and structural integrity.
"This allows the public to look at and gain an understanding of the complexity of the networks beneath the city. It also gives the ability to search for any issue that may be of interest; like localised flooding or where services run underneath individual properties."
Des says the model doesn't take long to get used to and people soon pick up the abbreviations such as SS for Sewer Services or SW for Storm Water.