GIS paves easier way to see data
- By Brian Robinson
- Sep 26, 2002
Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions has introduced a transportation component
for its GeoMedia-Hansen Interface, expanding the solution beyond its current
focus on water systems and other municipal assets.
The GeoMedia-Hansen Interface is jointly developed product of Intergraph
Corp. and Hansen Information Technologies that integrates tabular and spatial
The transportation interface will enable users to visualize such things
as roadway surface types, the status of pavement inspections and where on
a roadway work orders specifically apply. It is designed to help managers
organize regular maintenance work, and it should also help them to better
structure capital planning projects.
For example, Rob Gallivan, manager of program development for the Regional
Municipality of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, must monitor about 30,000 road
signs. To find out about signs that need to be replaced, staff members must
drive around and inspect them. Then, Gallivan has to determine if he has
to the right type and amount of signs in inventory to make replacements.
"An analysis could be done directly with the [alphanumeric] Hansen database
that contains this information, but you have to go into each of the data
elements and do searches on them, which is very labor-intensive and I have
to get it done with people who are not computer experts," he said.
With the GeoMedia-Hansen Interface, he is able to send a query through
the GeoMedia geographic information system to the Hansen database, he said,
and the results come back in the form of customized, graphical reports.
The interface also can help in major capital planning projects, which
are designed up to four years before they begin and include such things
as resurfacing roads, putting in drainage and upgrading traffic signs, all
at the same time. And that work has to be related to the status of other
roadway assets, utilities and development activities.
"Now we can layer all of this data through the GeoMedia-Hansen Interface
and get a preliminary design report that ties in all of these elements,"
The interface product provides introductions into new markets for both
Intergraph and Hansen Information and the companies have little overlap,
said Mark Doherty, director of Intergraph's local government solutions.
For example, he noted that Hansen has a presence in the local government
market and Intergraph is in transportation sector. Also, Hansen is on the
permitting side of the asset management market while Intergraph is focused
on geospatial solutions.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be reached
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.