Water company to streamline GIS

Auckland water company Metro-Water is consolidating its geographical info databases to cut duplication and better manage resources.

Auckland water company Metro-Water is consolidating its geographical info databases to cut duplication and better manage resources.

MetroWater information services manager Brent Egerton says in some cases the organisation has more than one version of the same thing.

“The aim of the project is to get one definitive set of information on one central GIS database.”

In some cases, up to five different sources of the same information exist across the utility’s various databases, he says. “It’s all spatial data.”

The consolidation of MetroWater’s GIS systems, which all come from vendor MapInfo, will take place over the next year. Egerton says the benefit to MetroWater and its customers will be that “it should enable us to manage our infrastructure assets better”.

MetroWater has been recruiting GIS data management specialists.

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