GIS Tools and Apps - Integration with Asset Management

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  02/18/2020

Summary:

Asset management is critical for local and state governments to not only track assets but to also plan for maintenance of assets that will provide the greatest return on investment for the agency. The use of geographic information system (GIS) applications, tools and geospatial data can provide agencies with the most accurate inventory of assets, a basis to determine and maintain condition, cost-effective mobile tracking and maintenance of assets such as signs, culverts, roads and bridges, and reporting tools to justify asset expenditures. The research team's two-part survey effort gathered information about the use of GIS mobile technology by Minnesota local agencies. A review of selected mobile technologies highlighted the specific tasks and functionality the technology provided to assist with an agency's asset-management program. Using this information and the results of extensive interviews with selected local agencies, the research team developed three case studies that offer recommendations for agencies at different stages in the use of GIS for asset management: Case Study 1: Getting Started, Case Study 2: Utilizing Mobile Technology for Asset Management, Case Study 3: Moving Beyond "What and Where" to Analysis and Forecasting.

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