How is GIS used for Grounds Maintenance
Blog: Mark Johnson
Did you know Fusion21 members can now utilise our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lot when managing large grounds projects?
As the approved supplier on our Grounds Maintenance Framework for Geographical Information Systems, Mark Johnson National Accounts Manager at CA Design Services Ltd explains how this technology can support Fusion21 members.
What is GIS ?
A Geographic Information System, commonly referred to as GIS, is the collaborative technology used for creating, collating, analysing and managing location-based information.
What does GIS do?
The GIS environment uses maps as the graphic basis on which relevant features are embedded into data layers and linked to specified information about those features held within a database.
Most asset information such as asset locations, land use or property boundaries have a geographic component which can be tagged in this way.
The data can then be interrogated or styled to reveal valuable insights, patterns, trends, and relationships that can inform smarter decision-making.
The definition of the data layers is normally specified by the client depending on their data requirements.
Benefits of using GIS for Grounds Maintenance
By integrating dimensionally accurate maps, images and other datasets in a GIS, those working in Grounds Maintenance can extract and analyse accurate information about their property assets to:
- Ensure value for money;
- Ability to easily compare tender submissions by providing accurate measured information for grounds maintenance tenders for individual features, sites or a whole estate;
- Identify maintenance responsibilities at specific locations or groups of locations;
- Calculate drive times from depots to sites;
- Improve communication and understand using map-based graphics;
- Understanding interrelated datasets by viewing multiple layers of information.
Save 20% on a Grounds Maintenance Contract
Ultimately GIS can help Housing Associations, Educational Institutions and Local Authorities achieve cost and efficiency savings in their Grounds Maintenance Programmes, by providing a central source of accurate asset-based data records. For example, since implementing GIS in 2012 one Housing Association has reported savings of 20% on their Grounds Maintenance contract.
Creating a collaborative environment with clear map-based graphics, the data can be quickly accessed by all stakeholders via a web portal and updated by authorised users using the intuitive software interface.
Delivering Efficiency Savings
The use of GIS software and datasets for Grounds Maintenance provides an opportunity to reduce errors, deliver efficiency savings whilst also improving service.
Fusion21 members who require the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will gain assistance with capturing, updating and analysing map data used to manage large grounds maintenance projects.