Building GIS Relationships Spatially and Politically

by Karen J. Levy, Dep of Public Utilities - Waterworks, Newport News, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Civil Engineering Applications of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems


This paper advocates that the technological aspect of building a spatial GIS is not the critical factor for a successful multi-participant installation. Rather the political relationships of pre-sell, project management and team building make or break the project - insure success or nurture failure. Outlined in this presentation is the evolution of these critical success factors, which are often times not given enough emphasis or worse yet are overlooked in the strategic planning phase of a GIS. The Case Study of Waterworks provides a framework for analyzing the non-quantitative factors associated with mitigating short term risks and maximizing long term GIS Relationships -both spatially and politically.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Political factors | Building management | Case studies | Risk management | Project management | Human factors | Social factors

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