Developing an asset management GIS data maintenance methodology: Part 5 – My preparation for the way forward

(This is Part 5 of a week long series of posts on the current project I am working on, to develop a reasonable GIS data maintenance strategy for Asset Management data. Read Part 1, 2, 3, 4.)

The work I’ve done over the last few weeks (and years) is all leading to one point. A single system, with all the data topologically correct, standardised and easily accessible.

An enterprise geodatabase, with versioning enabled for the Desktop team to maintain the data without fear of conflicts. Using SDE in this manner will automatically allow for checks to be in place, for example, where I could first check the reconciled versions before moving it to default.

Archiving would be set up, and the database would be regularly backed up. Map services would be published and be made available to the non-GIS users such as the Asset team. I’d prepare the services for consumption in their app of choice: ESRI Maps for SharePoint, ArcGIS for AutoCAD, a JavaScript viewer, an Excel document with the attribute tables embedded…

The services would have the sync capability enabled, so that when they go out in the field, a Collector map could be easily configured for data capture in an offline environment. Since they visit areas which are routinely out of cell coverage, this would be ideal (and better than carrying around a printed mapbook).

While I am busy with this year’s updates, I am keeping all of this in mind. Every little bit I can do now is a little bit less that I have to do later. Once this foundation is in place, we can start looking at more advanced aspects, such as turning all this data into geometric networks, and creating custom tools which can automatically calculate the remaining useful life, asset depreciation and answer all the questions that could possibly be asked.


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