Asset Management and GIS - Moving Theory into Practice via Web and Geospatial Technologies, Systems Integration and Advanced Analysis
Asset Management has become a very popular topic in many fields as budgets shrink and staff/agencies are told to do more with less. There is a wealth of literature about asset management but a relative dearth of how to guides on implementation. There is also little guidance on the role of GIS in asset management beyond a simple repository for asset inventory. This paper will focus on implementation of an asset management system with a focus on the role of GIS particularly in support of risk-based asset management approaches. The presentation will highlight some of the key elements of asset management and will include a software presentation on a custom, web-based, geospatially enabled software application that was developed for one of our clients, which reflects many of the core elements of a sustainable and scalable asset management program. The application integrates GIS, CMMS, field data collection, real-time data feeds, and probability/consequence of failure analyses using a Services Oriented Architecture approach.