In the last decade, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become prevalent and powerful tools by which humans attempt to order, navigate and relate to their spatial world. What is GIS and why is GIS technology essential for effective Infrastructure Asset Management (IAM)?
A geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends.
GIS maps are digital and interactive. They present data from a variety of sources in different layers, or themes, on a base-map built according to real-world locations, such as Cape Town or Gauteng. By interacting with the data from a variety of vantage points, users gain deeper insight into the complexities of a their surroundings 3. An accurate understanding of real geographic complexity informs better and more responsible decision-making 4.
Know where their pipes, valves, pumps, meters and facilities are located.
Locate and direct work crews in the field.
Monitor water usage in relation to customers.