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Town of Castle Rock uses technology to keep up with population growth

Analyzing data to spend taxpayer dollars smarter

CASTLE ROCK,CO — When population in a once-small town skyrockets, so does the strain on that town’s resources. The population in Castle Rock, just south of Denver, has exploded in the last 25 years—growing from 8,000 people in 1990 to more than 55,000 today.

With the population on pace to hit 100,000 by 2050, town leaders are faced with an unprecedented test for municipal services to not just keep up, but also meet the needs of future residents seamlessly and efficiently. That’s where technology comes in.

Castle Rock is relying on Cartegraph—the leading provider of work, asset, resource, and request management technology for local governments—in conjunction with Esri, the world’s leading mapping technology company.

By using the two systems together to manage assets and analyze data, Castle Rock is able to make better decisions and spend taxpayer dollars smarter. That’s important when managing $516 million in water, wastewater, and storm water assets.

“When you experience explosive growth, you’re just trying to keep up with it,” says Matthew Daniels, Castle Rock’s Utilities Mapping Specialist. “Cartegraph helps us to be organized and strategic in how we tackle new assets. But it also helps us make our case for the need to hire additional staff or request funding for CIP [capital improvement planning].” 

Using Esri’s ArcGIS maps to quickly locate assets and Cartegraph to conduct on-site inspections, crews are able to complete their work more efficiently. In 2014, it took the team the entire year to inspect 930 fire hydrants. With Cartegraph, Castle Rock Water was able to inspect 831 in just six months. “That’s about a 40 to 50 percent increase in productivity,” Daniels says. 

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