Infrastructure is a high cost investment with considerable benefits to the community that last well into the future. It is essential that infrastructure is planned so that it meets the predicted demands of the population. The planning process requires a foundation of extensive information, pulled together from a variety of different sources, and then reliably analysed as a whole to provide an accurate picture of these future demands. Similar information is also important during the construction of infrastructure.
RIA Mobile GIS develops solutions that enable infrastructure planners and developers to make the most of disparate information obtained from a variety of sources. Intelligent use of the information considerably enhances the likelihood of success on any infrastructure project.
Information is vital
Information is required to predict future demand, undertake feasibility studies and construct infrastructure. Information for infrastructure projects comes from a variety of sources including state federal and local government departments, utility companies and other infrastructure groups. No information can be overlooked as knowledge gaps can have a severe impact on a project. Ignorance in the location of threatened species or an aboriginal heritage site can later bring a project to a grinding halt and destroy budgets when a work-around is introduced.
Sometimes the information you need doesn’t exist anywhere, so you may need to capture it. Using modern GPS and mobile computer technology makes data capture an easier and faster option than it was in the past.
Allowing your field crews to take the information into the field during the construction phase ensures they have the required knowledge where and when they need it.
Information Systems know-how
Collecting and storing all the information you need for an infrastructure project is one thing, knowing how to make the most of it is another. The information comes from a large range of different organisations and there is often very little in common, making it difficult to integrate. Geographic Information Systems are the perfect data integration platform as they connect data together based on location. They are a visual and spatially aware platform which supports the interpretation of complex relationships between different information for any given region. When you have the right technology and the know-how, information can be readily imported integrated, and analysed to provide immediate benefits to your infrastructure project.
Communication and engagement
Maps and other outputs from geographic information system, such as three dimensional simulations, are an ideal way of presenting infrastructure development plans so that they can be easily understood by the majority of interest groups and stakeholders. A picture tells a thousand words and a map captures your audience’s attention more than a written report and so is a more effective means of communication. Graphical presentations are more likely to lead to engagement and allow you to more accurately present your plans whereas written reports can lead to misinterpretations and misunderstandings.
Information systems allow you to quickly make changes and adapt as new data comes to hand. This allows you to be more responsive to the ever-changing needs of your project and stay one step ahead of stakeholders and interest groups.
GIS Infrastructure Management Portfolio
Natural Gas Pipeline Construction
Duke Energy International constructed the Tasmania Natural Gas Pipeline from Victoria on the Australian mainland to Bell Bay on the island state of Tasmania. They also constructed two spurs, one to the Tasmanian capital of Hobart and the other to Port Latta, an iron ore shipping…
SAP Integration of Road Defects and GPS
RIA Mobile GIS developed a system for Transfield to record the location and extent of road defects in addition to other specific details required by the work crews before visiting the site.
State Infrastructure Planning System
RIA assisted with the establishment of the State Infrastructure Planning System (SIPS) within Tasmanian Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources (DIER). SIPS consists of a central repository of all relevant geographic and related data available in Tasmania…
Infrastructure Planning for Health and Human Services
RIA specified a system for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services that would assist the in better planning the location and allocation of physical and human resources.
Road Inventory Videos
Every 2 years the Tasmanian Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources (DIER) captures videos of all roads managed by the state. This videos support the management of the road assets and are used for a number of purposes including safety, …
Rail Maintenance Inspection
RIA Mobile GIS developed a maintenance verification system that allowed inspectors to record outcomes of maintenance activities including location, asset details, details of contractor claims and inspection results. The system supported a number of field crews and allowed…
Infrastructure Maintenance Planning
Downer Engineering was tendering for the maintenance of various Vodafone sites distributed throughout Australia. To assist with the tendering process Downer needed to be able to visualise the Vodafone sites and determine optimum service zones based on existing and proposed Downer service centres…