GIS Infrastructure Management and Maintenance Applications of the Future

by Jerry K. Utecht, RJN Computer Services, Inc, Wheaton, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The use of computer technology has had a dramatic impact on the way we plan, design and manage municipal infrastructure networks. Low cost desktop computers and workstation technology have inundated virtually every aspects of engineering and public works management. Traditional software packages have approached infrastructure management with a focus on a single, specific task such as modeling, maintenance, field inspection activities, design or automated mapping. Although an improvement over manual methods, problems of data access, database integrity and database maintenance continue to pose challenges to engineering and maintenance professionals. The purpose of this paper will be to explore the future of computer-aided support systems being pioneered across the country to provide comprehensive information management and decision support capabilities combining engineering, maintenance, accounting and automated data collection capabilities.

Subject Headings: Computer aided design | Engineering profession | Information management | Expert systems | Data collection | Geographic information systems | Public information programs | Databases

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