Fugro EarthData serves as a distinct resource for customers wanting to integrate all of their geospatial resources into a single enterprise system. In this centralized approach to geospatial information management, all users in all departments maintain direct access to a shared geodatabase for the most current and accurate geospatial and statistical datasets. That means a user in the zoning department can access property data, a user in code enforcement can access permitting data, and a user from DMV can access police data…all working with the same, up-to-date source information.
The process of building an enterprise system begins with a needs analysis to understand how individual departments and/or agencies use GIS in their daily operations. After researching all of the customer’s existing spatial and tabular datasets, IT resources, and processes and applications, Fugro EarthData designs a GIS that consolidates these assets to meet the organization’s collective geospatial needs. The following areas are addressed:
- Source data. Data cleansing recommendations are made to reduce redundancy and compatibility issues. Compliance limits also are set to ensure that any future additions to the GIS meet data quality guidelines. If new data is required, Fugro EarthData’s mapping specialists help develop specifications that will benefit all potential users.
- IT structure. Hardware, software, and networks are reorganized for the new GIS. Data warehousing principles are used to automate processing and workflows for faster operations and minimize maintenance efforts.
- Application development. Accessed through a shared user interface, individual applications are built to serve specific department and/or agency needs. Applications are designed for ease-of-use and maximized efficiency. Where possible, code is shared among applications for simplified updates and additions.
Training and support are key components to implementing the enterprise GIS. All levels of users are provided a general overview of the enterprise system as well as in-depth instruction about the applications specific to their work. Additionally, high-level GIS and/or IT staff are educated about system operations, periodic maintenance requirements, and support options. In this way, Fugro EarthData effectively transfers both the tools and expertise required to run and maintain the GIS.