Integrating GIS with Maintenance Management A GIS, or Geographic Information System, is a software based system that manages, displays, and reports on an array of physical entities based on their geographic and spatial attributes. When your Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) is integrated with GIS, it can enable more effective management of assets and physical infrastructure by incorporating spatial data. A potent tracking and utility planning tool, GIS can improve the functions of asset management and as well as increase the capabilities and accuracy of data analysis, in those environments where equipment, facilities, and overall infrastructure is widely dispersed. When integrated effectively with maintenance management, GIS effectiveness is also increased by accessing and utilizing data seamlessly from sources within the asset management system; making planning and decision making about efficient asset conditions, repairs, replacements much easier. The integration of CMMS with GIS can help the processes of work order management, asset management, parts and supplies purchasing, reporting and inventory management, function more effectively. Responding to work requests and work orders becomes easier when routes, locations, and proximities are accurately identified, therefore ensuring that any backlog of infrastructure and maintenance information is reduced drastically. The key components of this kind of integration include developing and synchronizing data, shared symbologies, and deciding upon the structure of GIS and CMMS databases. Such integration requires every enterprise to fully comprehend their business processes and operational requirements, only then will it logically and effectively migrate from a technical endeavor to a powerful operations tool. When you integrate GIS with maintenance management software, here are some of the benefits you will derive: 1.
Geographic information in the form of maps that can aid in understanding your location, facilities and also local customers. The maps also easily illustrate present and past work orders in a particular area. 2. Ability to print maps of specified areas in order to locate facilities that can be incorporated with work orders 3. Ability to identify water facilities in a selected area and also facilitate the process of hazardous materials management 4. Get assistance with the assignment of work to crews and also prepare work schedules 5. Access to any geographical information about your customers, such as street maps, property information, etc.
Integration of GIS and CMMS should strictly follow a business driven approach to ensure that the implementation supports the business requirements of the enterprise. Enterprises are making use of the integration of these two data intensive programs to achieve higher efficiency levels as far as resources are concerned. From planning of strategies to integration and implementation, enterprises have realized the potential that GIS and CMMS have for their maintenance management programs and projects.