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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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NETfacilities

NETfacilities' CMMS software allows companies in all industries to streamline work orders, facility, and asset management. Users can automatically track and schedule maintenance activities, allowing them to operate proactively while... 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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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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ManagerPlus

ManagerPlus is a powerful asset management solution designed with its users in mind. ManagerPlus is used in a variety of industries including manufacturing, facilities management, shipping and transportation, farming and agribusiness,... Read more

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ARCHIBUS

Empower your workforce with Archibus, a single integrated platform for managing all aspects of your organization’s facilities and infrastructure. Providing both on-premise and cloud solutions, Archibus can introduce operational efficiency... 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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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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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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Energy Manager

Energy Manager is a cloud-based energy management solution that can save your organization 15-20% on your utilities. This easy-to-use tool supports conservation and cost savings by utilizing data on current utility spend to highlight... 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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eSPACE

eSPACE is a cloud-based facilities and maintenance management suite. It caters to churches, Houses of Worship and private schools. eSPACE's SaaS based solution has a suite of offerings that include event/facility scheduling and registration,... Read more

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ResQ

ResQ is an all-in-one equipment repair and maintenance platform designed for multi-location restaurants and grocery stores. You can centralize, simplify and track equipment and facilities maintenance management all in one place on... Read more

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RFAM

RFAM is designed to track and maintain assets within facilities, parks, and open spaces. RFAM offers inventory, inspection, work order, e-warehouse, cost/risk, and smart sensor modules to help users track the condition and cost of... Read more

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Fiix

Fiix is a cloud-based computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) that helps businesses organize their maintenance departments, get on top of maintenance backlog and work towards preventive maintenance. The CMMS helps manage... 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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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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MaintainX

MaintainX is a web-based CMMS tool that can be used on mobile devices. It aims to improve workflow completion and strengthen team communication. It can be used by operational teams in small to large businesses. This solution allows... 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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EZFacility

EZFacility is a cloud-based gym and fitness center management solution that helps users track payments and automate scheduling. EZFacility caters to small to midsize clubs and multi-chain fitness centers. Key features include trainer... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: August 1, 2020

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 a task to the most properly equipped field worker to prevent a catastrophic failure.
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  • Customer information system (CIS) is software often used by utility providers to manage customer data. Pairing this with a GIS can improve accuracy of the metering and billing process.
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  • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is an industrial control protocol used in many industries, including utility production and distribution, and can be used in tandem with a GIS for remote asset monitoring capabilities.
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  • Social media integration, a newer source of data, uses mentions from social channels to identify problems. For example, if enough people tweet with a specific hashtag in a specific area, GIS users can find potholes, leaks or other issues more quickly.

Benefits of Geographic Information Systems

GIS users can experience several accuracy, efficiency and cost-saving benefits, such as:

More accurate location information. A primary benefit of using a GIS system is removing the guesswork from locating a buried asset, such as a water pipe or cable, so that crews don't accidently damage critical infrastructure.

Quicker response to failures. A GIS with GPS enabled helps governments and other organizations dispatch workers who are nearby and have the tools necessary to complete a task. Routing assistance makes sure the field worker can reach the site of a failure as soon as possible to minimize costs and damages.

Evolving platform for data. As work orders are completed and new assets are installed, data is added to the GIS platform. Over time, it becomes a valuable repository for data that can be utilized for years.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Depending on your organization's specific use of the GIS, you'll find some functionality more useful than others. Inquire about demos for these features to make sure they're easy to use and scalable for your business.

Government organizations with road crews need to identify road problems quickly. Social media integration allows the public to be your eyes and ears for roadway issues, so make sure the system can import and process various types of data to catch problems as soon as possible.

Utility companies want to track distribution infrastructure and replace pipes before a leak occurs to avoid costly damages. Evaluate asset management capabilities—they should alert companies to infrastructure that is due for inspection or repairs.

Civil engineers must use all information possible to plan new roadways or structures, and a GIS can help by displaying easements, topography details and other geographic data that could hinder construction. Ask vendors about the types of map layers available and how they interact.