In the Netherlands, every municipality uses asset management software to manage public space data on green space, sewer systems, roads, playgrounds and more. But new versions of the OBSURV software from Grontmij only have a Google Maps interface, not the GIS capabilities that municipalities need to create maps and perform GIS analyses. Gemeente Bergen op Zoom needed a way to access the GIS and design data into OBSURV and make it available in MicroStation and Bentley Map in a federated database.
Using Bentley Map, and its Web Feature Service (WFS) support, along with i-models, Gemeente Bergen op Zoom created a way to import this public space data into MicroStation and Bentley Map. Now this data can now be used in engineering workflows, as well as to create thematic maps and perform GIS analyses while maintaining all attributes associated with the data.
With GIS and design data now available in the Bentley CAD/GIS environment (MicroStation and Bentley Map, respectively), this data can now be used in engineering workflows, GIS analyses, without compromising the integrity of the data. Surveying costs are substantially reduced, as asset managers can use engineering designs to make faster, more accurate and better plans for long-term asset maintenance. And projects can be delivered faster because administrators can get answers from users in a more timely and efficient manner. By federating the GIS and design data, Gemeente Bergen op Zoom soon realized the benefits of moving away from a monolithic system.
Bentley Map and i-models were used to import public space data in OBSURV into MicroStation and Bentley Map. For example, using i-models, the data is now available in Excel and in PDF documents, complete with attributes. The data is stored in Oracle Spatial and published with a webserver as WFS. The WFS is used through Bentley Map.