Intergraph shows benefits of Geospatial Integration
Mar 15, 2010

The Challenge of Isolated Data
Canadian military facilities manage their own infrastructure, utilities, and roadways, collecting data in separate databases such as the DND-standardized Realty Asset Information System (RAIS), the Canadian Forces Engineering Management System (CFEMS) and the ECONET environmental database. Data collected can include information on the base buildings; projects completed and in process on the base; water, electrical and gas distribution systems; varying sites; and more. While each database functions effectively in isolation, the systems are not designed to share data due to differences in file format, structure, and physical location within the base. In addition, customizations and improvements to the GIS structure of the systems over time were often completed using different vendor solutions and database formats. The resulting situation for many Canadian bases is isolated pockets of data, leading to efficiency and redundancy concerns that ultimately waste valuable time and resources.

Using Geospatial Technology to Integrate Data Pockets
Geospatial technology is widely recognized as an effective tool for integrating disparate defence systems and processes. As virtually every piece of information in a bases’ infrastructure grid has a spatial reference, geospatial information management can provide the “backbone” necessary to pull your operations together. Integrating geospatial data, functionality, and workflows with open and highly scalable enterprise technology, Intergraph’s GeoMedia family of geospatial software solutions have helped Canada’s military bases maximize departmental and base-wide efficiencies since the early 1990’s.

Once data pockets are able to be leveraged across military departments, resources are streamlined and redundancy eliminated. Maintenance and operations personnel are better able to locate assets and make repair/replacement decisions, and capital improvement project planning teams can quickly analyze infrastructure repair, history, age, and usage information from one location.

Selecting a Vendor to Help Your Integration Efforts
When integrating your existing defence databases, look for a vendor that provides a comprehensive infrastructure management solution. The solution should offer tools for water and wastewater asset management, roadway management, Land Information Management, a geospatial data and imagery cataloging, and the ability to expand to a Spatial Data Infrastructure. The best solutions, such as those from Intergraph’s GeoMedia software family, are able to leverage your existing database structures and technology without requiring proprietary languages or back office structures. This ensures you save money in upgrading to an integration effort for your critical geospatial data systems.

The best water and wastewater integrations reduce the time required for planning and maintenance and ensures your personnel collect information correctly the first time. Leveraging your existing databases and technology, Intergraph GeoMedia’s advanced feature modeling system ensures an accurate, connected network.

Your integrated solution must combine with your existing geospatial data to help your personnel manage the construction, inspection, and maintenance of roads, lighting, and bridges. Intergraph’s transportation tools help you manage your roads on a segmented basis or use linear referencing techniques and dynamic segmentation ­capabilities.

Land information management processes on base may include surveying, mapping, planning, addressing, and more. Intergraph’s GeoMedia product family leverages your existing technology and databases, then layer one-screen integration to provide you with access to geospatially-enabled information at desktop, Web, and field levels.

The collection, maintenance and deployment of a catalog of geospatial data resources and imagery within your military installation is an essential part of an integrated solution. Intergraph’s Geospatial Content Management application provides a single, open geospatial metadata database specifically tailored for geospatial data, so you can address your data and image management and distribution needs within a single environment.

As military installations in Canada begin to consider sharing information between them, choose a vendor who already has a geospatial solution to support future interoperability. Intergraph’s SDI application, based on GeoMedia technology using Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) and ISO Web services, offers best-in-class Web tools to build geospatially powered intranet and Internet solutions in minutes.

Your vendor of choice should also be able to demonstrate experience within the Department of National Defence, and have strong partner relationships. Intergraph has over 40 years of expertise and has been in partnership with Canada’s Department of National Defence for over twenty years. Intergraph also prides itself on strong relationships and integration with key asset management partners. The resulting solutions provide seamless, two-way integration between Intergraph technology and leading asset management solutions.

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