Before we dive into the in-depth specifics of AssetWorks EAM powerful integration with Esri GIS, we have to first make sure that we have a good understanding of what GIS software is and how it can assist public works departments.
So what is Esri GIS?
Esri GIS is a geographic information system that uses satellites and other imaging technology to gather and organize spatial data relating to the world around us. This sort of data could be used to identify problems, observe trends, set response priorities and much more. AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) system offers a truly compatible integration with Esri. Public works departments can appreciate custom maps and imagery that displays and provides analysis for linear, point and polygonal assets. Through EAM, this data becomes actionable, and departments can use analyzed asset data to decide how, when and where to respond to the most important situations in their communities.
Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that departments will be able to utilize with this integration. This list could be much longer, but to save you some time we’ll just look at four primary advantages!
1) Bi-Directional Integration Using Geodatabases
A geodatabase is a collection of imagery, map files and layers used for analysis within a project. In other words, instead of having a different file or folder for each aspect of a mapping project, they are all stored and organized together. A geodatabase can be used for consistency and compatibility checking – each layer and element should be able to work collaboratively together without conflicting data points. These geodatabases are bi-directional; asset information and work management activities can be created and compiled in EAM to be exported to Esri. At the same time, mapping aspects and asset attributes can be sent to EAM to update the database and await action.
2) Cost and Asset Information Updates from EAM to Esri GIS
Similar to the geodatabase integration, assets’ costs and histories can be imported directly into the Esri system. Esri GIS can use the new information to map out a variety of trends and observable data. The results could range from which regions have streets that frequently flood and need repair, to which areas have outdated utility equipment and need updating and to virtually anywhere in between. As EAM seamlessly integrates the in-depth asset information to Esri, the maps and trends will appropriately adjust to display the up-to-date actionable data.
3) Custom Esri Basemaps
An Esri basemap is a visual method for establishing the context and background of a map or image that you want to use. Each time you need to create a new map for analysis, you’ll want to ensure to have your GIS team identify what background, layout and other visuals they should be including. EAM’s integration with Esri allows for customizable basemaps instead of using preset, or predesigned, basemaps. The unique properties of each map and analysis that you are performing is important and these basemaps can help ensure that you are only seeing the information and topography that is relevant to what your teams need to be successful.
4) Compatible with Vital Esri Functions, like ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online
ArcGIS Server is the functionality built within the Esri GIS framework that allows you to create and manage GIS web services, applications and data. ArcGIS Online is a feature that allows collaboration and access to online maps and analyses between internal members of an organization or even between external organizations if desired. Information from the EAM database can be dropped in and used to create a map that is shareable with anyone you want. It also comes with cloud-based security backing to ensure your department’s data is always protected.