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Building a Seamlessly Integrated Asset Inventory

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Utilities share a need for a complete, accurate asset inventory. Historically, asset information has been captured in a number of different systems, including geographic information systems (GIS), financial information systems (FIS), computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), and customer information systems (CIS) as well as stand-alone spreadsheets, personal databases, and paper files. Data inconsistencies across the different disparate systems create real problems. The true “source” of data for a particular asset may be unclear, and data discrepancies can complicate decision-making.

Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) faced this problem for many years. While the utility had tried to link the asset data in its GIS and CMMS databases, disparities in the data sets still emerged. A recent GIS/CMMS integration project has tackled these issues head-on, delivering notable results.

Keywords: CMMS; GIS; asset management; integration; synchronization

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-01-01

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