Data modeling standards for developing interoperable municipal asset management systems

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ConferenceEnvironmental Informatics Conference, Environmental Informatics Archives: 01 August 2004, Regina, SK
Pages340351; # of pages: 12
Subjectmunicipal infrastructure, asset management, data modeling, data integration, data standards, interoperability, spatial data standards; Asset management
AbstractSustainable management of municipal infrastructure assets depends to a large extent on the ability toefficiently share, exchange, and manage life cycle information concerning the assets. Although software tools are used to support almost every asset management process in municipalities, data exchange is mainly done using paperbased or neutral file formats based on ad-hoc proprietary data models. The inability of municipal asset management systems to interoperate creates inefficiencies and impedes sustainability. Interoperability of various asset management systems is crucial to support better management of infrastructure data, to improve information flow and to streamline municipal workflow processes. This paper surveys a number of available data standards that can potentially be used for implementing interoperable and integrated municipal asset management systems. The paper outlines the main requirements for standard data models and highlights the importance of interoperability from an asset management perspective. The paper also discusses the role that spatial data and GIS can play in enhancing the municipal asset management processes by increasing the efficiency of managing the asset data. Relevant efforts to develop and standardize data models for municipal assets are also presented. The paper argues that using standard data models can significantly improve the availability and consistency of the asset data across different software systems and platforms, can serve to integrate data across various disciplines, and can facilitate the flow and exchange of information between various parties involved.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47664
NPARC number20377091
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