Esri Global Water Practice
David Totman brings over 25 years of GIS experience in business process optimization, project analytics, and infrastructure management to Forester University. Totman is the Industry Manager of the Esri Global Water Practice providing thought leadership and market direction.
Now focused on Water, Totman previously served as the Industry Manager for Esri in the Public Works, AEC, and Survey markets. Before joining Esri, Totman served as the Manager of Asset Management for Colorado Springs Utilities, one of the largest four-service municipally-owned utilities in the United States. He was educated in chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering from Arizona State University. Graduate work at ASU included a Research Assistantship with the College of Construction and thesis development in groundwater transportation methods. Totman has served on the Arizona Geographic Information Council (AGIC) and was a member of the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) since its AM/FM International days. Totman currently manages the Esri corporate membership for the American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Public Works Association (APWA), and is a voting board member of the Open Design Alliance (ODA).
Serving the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Totman currently holds the following positions; Board of Governors of the Utility Engineering & Surveying Institute (UESI), Executive Vice-Chair of the Geomatics Division, Chairman of the Geomatics Division Spatial Data Application Committee; and Chairman of the Data Exchange Subcommittee in the ASCE 38 As-Built Standards Committee of the Construction Institute.
Previous water experience highlights:
- Groundwater Hydrologist with Arizona Department of Environmental Quality: most notably used GIS to assess N15/N14 isotope ratios as tracer to groundwater pollution from Nitrates.
- GIS Supervisor of Arizona Department of Water Resources Adjudications Division: used GIS to determine aquifer safe yield in water rights adjudication cases in the Maricopa County Water Superior Court.
- Senior Scientist for Lockheed: developed GIS-based analytical tool associating hyper-spectral imagery with GPS-located Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) readings in the Great Lakes.
- Managing Consultant for Berger & Co./Modis/Idea Integration: architected enterprise technology solution for Colorado Springs Utilities in response to their Sanitary Sewer Compliance Order on Consent.
- Manager of Asset Management at Colorado Springs Utilities: supported property acquisition and asset management program to the $1.2 Billion Southern Delivery System (SDS) water project, justified increased funding for Water Main Replacement Program (WMRP) from approximately $2 million to $8 million with asset management analytics, and operationalized a hydrant risk model for fire flow and hydrant flushing programs.