Integrating GIS and EAM in the Cloud

Introduction

Traditionally, technologies used to maintain an organization’s linear and distributed assets, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Enterprise Asset Management Systems (EAM) have been implemented on premise, but we are seeing an increasing trend to move these systems to the cloud. This trend is largely due to vendors offering attractive cloud based licensing and subscription pricing options. Esri® is a leader in cloud GIS with their ArcGIS Online platform and most all Tier 1 vendors offer a cloud EAM option. When moving to the cloud there is the added complexity of integrating with on premise legacy systems or other cloud based solutions. This article addresses integrating GIS and EAM in the Cloud using the new GeoWorx Sync for ArcGIS Online connector.

Use Case: Asset Inspection Using Collector for ArcGIS and EAM

Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS is used by many organizations to perform asset inspections and data collection in the field. Collector is available for mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets running iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. With Collector, organizations can capture the location of new assets and make attribute updates for assets that already exist in GIS. Collector may also be used to collect condition information for the assets being inspected. Collector connects seamlessly to the organizations ArcGIS Online account and updates the layers in the cloud, but how does this information get into the EAM where it can be used to support the organization asset and work management strategies? This is where GeoWorx Sync can be used to synchronize data between ArcGIS Online and EAM.

GeoWorx® Sync is commercial off the shelf (COTS) software that allows organizations to synchronize enterprise asset data between GIS and EAM. The software connects to data sources in each system, extracts and compares the common data, and makes updates where appropriate to ensure the data aligns. GeoWorx Sync supports data sources in ArcGIS on premise or in ArcGIS Online and EAM data sources in a hosted or on premise environment as long as network connectivity is available.

The following steps describe the workflow from the point of collection to the EAM:
  1. A mobile device such as an iPad is used to collect asset condition information using Collector for ArcGIS. For example, electric utility poles might be inspected for rot, insect damage, or other defects.
  2. The asset inspection data is transferred from the field to the organizations’ ArcGIS Online database.
  3. GeoWorx Sync is used to transfer the asset condition information from ArcGIS Online to the back-end EAM system which may be on premise or in the cloud.
  4. Work orders may be generated in the EAM as a result of damage discovered during the inspection process.
  5. GeoWorx Sync is used to transfer the work order back to ArcGIS Online where it can be received and used by Workforce for ArcGIS.
  6. Workforce for ArcGIS is used to assign and complete the work orders in the field
  7. After the work is complete, GeoWorx Sync updates the work order information in the back-end EAM system. Information such as failure code, work order status, and closing comments can be updated in EAM.

The picture below shows how GeoWorx Sync is used to connect the Esri ArcGIS platform with back end EAM to allow for bidirectional synchronization of work and asset information.

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Summary

The addition of ArcGIS Online as a data source in GeoWorx Sync opens the door to GIS cloud migration for organizations who may have been holding off due to the complexity of integration with their back-end EAM environment.

Learn more about GeoNexus Technologies’ cloud integration solution by watching a recent webinar, “Integrate Your ArcGIS Online Apps with IBM Maximo Using GeoWorx Sync.” Click here to watch the webinar now!

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