Local council adopts asset management

Work and Asset management software supplier SPL WorldGroup has had its first public sector win with Fairfield City Council buying a perpetual licence for 18 users.

The software, Asset and Work Management, tracks publicly owned, built and natural assets on the western Sydney suburban council's books measuring variables such as actual cost, maintenance and depreciation, and can display the information through a GIS (Geographical Information Systems)-enabled Web browser.

Eventually, according to Farifield City Council IT manager Elios Alexoulis, the general public will be able to use the mapping feature.

Alexoulis said the reason behind selecting SPL WorldGroup was chiefly to consolidate different software platforms used to track physical assets.

"We use specialized software for roads and natural assets and this goes across those and consolidates all asset management into one system," Alexoulis said.

"The good part is the GIS interface we are using (Enlighten) is browser-enabled and the integration is quite easy to do. We intend to allow residents access so they can see where things are in the suburb."

The council is still deciding if residents will be allowed access to asset-based financial information.

Brenton McPherson, SPL WorldGroup Asia Pacific vice president, said the application is replacing a bunch of disparate systems built in-house designed to track council assets such as parks, reserves, creeks, stadiums, school yards, water treatments plants and the like.

McPherson said the system is expected to go live in September 2006 after a seven-month implementation.

"Once the system goes live we (SPL WorldGroup) will move into a support role but until then implementation is our main involvement including project management, analysis and design," McPherson said.

"The asset management solution will be integrated into the PeopleSoft financial software platform. It is a product Fairfield City Council felt had the architecture to easily integrate with other systems."

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