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UpKeep

UpKeep is a cloud-based integrated computerized maintenance management (CMMS) and enterprise asset management (EAM) solution that provides businesses functionalities to manage their assets and facilities. The solution is accessible... Read more

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Maintenance Connection

Maintenance Connection is a cloud-based software system for maintenance management. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes in general facilities management, healthcare, manufacturing, government, utilities, warehouses, energy development,... Read more

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ARCHIBUS

The ARCHIBUS solution contains features to support all aspects of an organization’s infrastructure and facilities: from space management with AutoCAD and Revit, conference room scheduling and hoteling, to enterprise asset management... Read more

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Axxerion CMMS

Axxerion CMMS is a cloud-based computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) suitable for any size company in different sectors including real estate, corporate, health care, education, retail, residential, manufacturing, service... Read more

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iOffice

iOFFICE is a cloud-based integrated workplace management (IWMS) and facilities management solution that helps organizations to manage their business operations and workflows. Users can choose from ten modules with management features... Read more

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Asset Essentials

Dude Solutions provides a suite of cloud-based maintenance management applications that provides businesses with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflows and reporting. Asset Essentials is suitable for manufacturers,... Read more

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ServiceChannel

ServiceChannel Service Automation is an integrated suite of cloud- and mobile-based solutions to help manage the entire process of facilities management, including finding contractors and suppliers, entering all planned and demand... Read more

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MACH Energy

MACH Energy is a modern energy management software for commercial buildings of all sizes.  The software is cloud-based (subscription) and is accessible online and via mobile devices, including native iOS/Android apps. MACH is used... Read more

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PropertyTRAK

PropertyTRAK is a cloud-based building operations CMMS software solution, designed to manage assets and buildings for sustainability; with priority-based alert notifications for those that need to know.  PropertyTRAK applications... Read more

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Transcendent

Transcendent is a maintenance management solution that caters to businesses in industries such as cable, communications, facilities management, manufacturing, utilities and more. Key features include asset management and tracking,... Read more

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Form.com

Form.com is a field service solution that provides tools that aim to optimize the workflow involved in traditional field service operations. Based on a variety of responses, the system triggers events that are situationally appropriate,... Read more

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Accruent- Connectiv

Connectiv is an Asset & Maintenance Management Software (HTM & HFM) - Designed 100% for Healthcare. Co-created with engineers, technicians, and leadership from a number of healthcare organizations, Connectiv is a mobile-enabled, cloud-based... Read more

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BradyConnect

BradyConnect Inspection Manager is an integrated asset and inspection management solution that enables organizations worldwide to efficiently manage assets, standardize inspection programs, perform inspections on-site and remotely... Read more

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IBM TRIRIGA

IBM TRIRIGA is an integrated workplace management solution (IWMS) that includes modules designed to accommodate the needs of operational, financial and environmental performance. Key features include environment and energy management,... Read more

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Maintenance Connection

Maintenance Connection is a cloud-based software system for maintenance management. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes in general facilities management, healthcare, manufacturing, government, utilities, warehouses, energy development,... Read more

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MPulse

MPulse Maintenance Software is a scalable, flexible CMMS solution that suits businesses of all sizes, from small companies with a single maintenance technician to enterprise-level maintenance operations. MPulse was founded by a group... Read more

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Samsara

Samsara is a cloud-based fleet management solution that offers features such as GPS tracking, trailer tracking, dashboard camera, routing and dispatch, reefer monitoring and more. It is designed to help small and midsize fleet business... Read more

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TOPdesk

TOPdesk is cloud-based computer-aided facility management (CAFM) and ITSM solution designed to help small and midsize businesses manage a facilities' work orders, maintenance schedules, assets and on-site guest visits. TOPdesk provides... Read more

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ROSMIMAN IWMS Global Site

ROSMIMAN IWMS Global Site is a collaborative, comprehensive and integrator system for managing real estate assets where the various roles of system users can interact and relate from anywhere and at any moment. The system can be used... Read more

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Infor EAM

Infor EAM solutions provide an enterprise asset management solution for companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, distribution, government entities, energy and service organizations. The solution helps... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 5, 2019

Managing large scale construction projects and tracking assets across multiple locations requires clear communication and accurate data. Without both, your chances of accidentally bursting a pipe or severing utility cables rises sharply.

Geographic information systems (GIS) offer the platform to collaborate with multiple workers on a map with several customizable layers and icons so users can pinpoint the exact information they need, visualized how they want.

This guide is designed to describe the capabilities and benefits of a GIS and help you determine the features you need.

Here's what we'll cover:

What Is a Geographic Information System?
Common Features of Geographic Information Systems
Common Integrations With Geographic Information Systems
Benefits of Geographic Information Systems
What Type of Buyer Are You?

What Is a Geographic Information System?

A GIS is a platform for managing and tracking information and assets spread across a geographical area. Because of its versatility, a GIS is used by several types of organizations.

The system is most valuable when used collaboratively so that multiple people can add and edit accurate asset and location details. In this way, a GIS serves as an evolving repository of asset data.

A view of underground water pipe system in ArcGIS from ESRI

A view of underground water pipe system in ArcGIS from ESRI

Utility companies, municipal and county governments, civil engineers, cartographers, health organizations and even schools are using GIS software to visualize information combined with geographic data.

Common Features of Geographic Information Systems

At its core, a GIS offers a customizable map interface to overlay assets and other details, but it also offers multiple ways to edit and manage the data. These capabilities may include:

Web mapping Create, edit and share geographic maps and add multiple unique layers, each with customizable data for a specific type of asset, such as water pump locations or linear assets. Most modern GIS products store maps in the cloud and are accessible from any web-enabled device.
Data visualization Notate maps in various ways, using icons to display different types of assets and locations, color coded areas, text labels, legends, topographical layers and more. Maps can be layered to view different kinds of data simultaneously.
Asset management Embeddable details for each asset label, including information typically stored within a maintenance-focused system: age, type, materials, repair history and remote or on-site condition readings.
Work order management Trigger work orders for assets on the map with associated location data included so field technicians know exactly where to perform the task.
Routing Fleet vehicle routing capabilities help field workers get to a job location quickly to save time and prevent more costly repairs.
Analysis and reporting Generate reports and visualize data to answer important operational questions about the health of assets, efficiency of field workers or which area generates the most work requests.

Common Integrations with Geographic Information Systems

Integrations play a big role in the value of a GIS. Whatever your specific use case, it's important to evaluate vendors by the system's ability to integrate with software you need, such as:

  • Maintenance management (CMMS), facilities management (CAFM) or enterprise asset management (EAM) systems complement your location data with the ability to track repair histories, condition-based maintenance, depreciation of assets and manage preventive maintenance.
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  • Automated vehicle location (AVL) software offers GPS capabilities to a GIS platform so users can locate and assign