by Frank Misurec
Many organizations we talk to have the need to view their systems – whether electric, gas, water or fiber – for efficient and timely access. It may be that the dispatch department needs to review where a service is in an emergency or there is a safety concern for field workers. For one of our clients, the answer was found using Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server, also known as AIMS. As a small utility with a limited budget, they made the decision to implement a web based mapping system using Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server (AIMS) to control costs, improve quality and reliability of the mapping records and improve overall safety for the field workers.
All City employees, Department heads, managers, and the GIS operators can access the model. Power house operators depend heavily on the system as it is incorporated into a safety program for first responders. With the wide array of users involved with the technology, an overwhelming positive response has created a positive feedback loop that has led for request to the mapping team to add additional features and reporting functions. This has led to improved data quality which has in turn increased adoption of the system.
In addition to the electric utility, the water, waste water and land departments are all integrated into the same system so there is no need to request data from different departments. This results in improving efficiencies for the entire city. All source data is managed and maintained in Autodesk Map3D Industry Models based on SQL Server so the data connections to AIMS is real time. Changes are visible in AIMS as soon as they are made in Map3D. Integrations with other systems such as the CIS and Metering systems allow AIMS to function as a true data warehouse. Cartographic standards are enforced as map layer display styles are managed and maintained in Map3D and published to AIMS to create identical maps.
Overall the adoption of AIMS has incorporated GIS into every level of the utility. Some of the benefits realized have been improved response time for service requests, improved understanding of the outside plant, reduced trips back to the warehouse, reduced engineering costs, improved safety, reduced research time, increased accuracy in the data that is supplied to outside agencies, engineering firms and contractors.
Could you be more efficient if your entire organization had access to the same information? Let us know what you think!