Single source of truth for data used to manage water resources

Solution developed for members of the Geospatial Alliance Project

Goldenfields Water County Council has selected Munsys from Open Spatial Australia to better manage its water assets.

Goldenfields Water County Council provides the essential water requirements of about 40,000 people spread over an area in excess of 20,000 sq. km. between the Lachlan & Murrumbidgee Rivers in the south west of NSW.

While the operation of all systems under Goldenfields' control is being fully integrated, the infrastructure relies on five separate sources, each of which supplies into a separate area.

Munsys is an engineering solution that adds business intelligence and generally accepted best practices to maintaining and sharing engineering data for essential water and wastewater assets. Munsys ensures that engineering information is captured accurately and then shared with all traditional GIS users, allowing the entire organisation to add value to the data.

Approximately 90 percent of a water authority's data is location-based, and is usually difficult to locate underground.

Munsys boasts new technologies to determine how to isolate leaking pipes within a network so that the respective water sources can be turned off allowing field crews quick access to the affected area.

Geospatial Alliance Project manager, Michael Troth, said while the previous GIS provided an excellent platform for showcasing the value of spatial information within the organisation, the needs of Goldenfields Water have evolved.

"The need for network data integrity at point of data entry is at the core of Goldenfield Water's requirements. Munsys offers an unobtrusive and user friendly means to that end.," Troth said.

The Geospatial Alliance Project combines a number of local government areas including Bland Shire, Coolamon Shire, Goldenfields Water, Junee Shire and Temora Shire Councils.

Troth said Open Spatial Australia has provided a sensible, staged approach to achieving network integrity.

He said value will be added utilising this core data as future stages are implemented.

"This will aid in areas such as accurate asset valuation, critical incident response and dramatically improve the overall customer experience," Troth said.

"The underlying Oracle Locator database dovetails nicely within our Spatial Consortium and will provide a single manageable source of data for all participant organisations."

Open Spatial Australia managing director, Anthony Jahshan, said regional authorities are challenged with reduced budgets from governments and regulatory pressures to improve efficiency.

"This means better managing our scarce water resources," he said.

Open Spatial is an Australian company delivering geospatial solutions based on Oracle and Autodesk technologies throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Munsys Technologies is a software development company, offering spatial solutions that are specifically tailored to the growing needs of worldwide utilities and government.

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