AUSTRALIA, Syd., Dec. 8, 2005 - Open Spatial Australia today announced that North East Water, has selected it to supply its Corporate Spatial Solutions. North East Water provides water and wastewater services to a population of 95,000 Victorians in 36 towns, localities & cities in North East Victoria.
Bridging the gap between Engineering (CAD applications) and GIS (Geographic Information
Systems) is a priority for all GIS users looking to improve productivity. Addressing the
convergence of CAD and GIS data is a key differentiator in the Open Spatial offering that will
deliver direct productivity gains for North East Water staff. As an example, the ability to
process drawings from development sub-divisions automatically (into the corporate database
for access by all staff throughout the organisation) will reduce the current time needed to
validate as-constructed drawings and incorporate them into the GIS.
The chosen solution is based on the premise of Data Quality, Accuracy, Integrity and Remote
Data Availability. Included in the offering is the popular Munsys (Spatial Data Management
Business System), and enlighten Open Spatial’s own browser based Spatial Distribution
solution. These applications are based on pervasive, risk-averse technologies from Oracle
Eamonn Tobin, Executive Manager of Information Services at North East Water commented
that; “The implementation of an Open Geospatial compliant system would pave the way for
the future, and allow for the continuation of the development of a complete business
management solution. This would allow the Open Spatial Solution to become a core interface
of the Authority’s corporate data with direct asset management integration”.
The Open Spatial solution provides a single location based user interface into the
organisation’s many corporate applications and places total emphasis on minimising and
eliminating data redundancies and data duplication experienced by traditional GIS
Michael Hardman Spatial Systems Administrator at North East Water stated that; “Open
Spatial delivers an “off-the-shelf” solution that provides all the necessary functionality
Open Spatial Australia required by a water utility. Importantly it includes the business rules that give me confidence in our data maintenance, irrespective of the operator. Open Spatial will take our Authority’s Business Management System to the next level of sophistication”.
A cornerstone technology in the Open Spatial offering is Oracle Locator/Spatial, Oracle’s
move on the established GIS vendors has created opportunities for companies, like Open
Spatial, to focus on niche markets and build business solutions that deliver fast returns on
Oracle claims that between 80 to 90 percent of what a typical GIS user needs from a GIS can
be delivered directly from the database. The power of Oracle combined with the CAD
heritage of Autodesk delivers a level of accuracy and precision that is unprecedented to the
GIS community. Open Spatial Australia is a recognised spatial data quality management
company delivering accurate spatial data management to Utilities and local government
“North East Water is a committed Microsoft SQL Server site. However we recognised that
the spatial functionality of Oracle Locator complements the information held within our
corporate databases. Our research from existing customers indicated that with Open
Spatial’s “DBA in a Box” approach to Oracle, we will have no additional maintenance impact
on what we currently have in place for Microsoft SQL Server. An important facet of the project
with Open Spatial is to seamlessly integrate our spatial and corporate applications including
integration to Gentrack Billing System, and our Asset Management and Business
Management Systems which run on Microsoft SQL Server.” added Hardman
Anthony Jahshan Managing Director of Open Spatial Australia noted that: “North East Water
is a highly respected Regional Authority in Victoria constantly looking for innovative business
solutions that improve efficiencies and meet key performance indicators. To be selected over
multi-national vendors in our industry is testament that local innovation continues to lead the
About Open Spatial
Open Spatial Australia Pty Ltd is an Australian company delivering geospatial solutions
based on Oracle and Autodesk technologies throughout the Asia Pacific region. Recognised
for delivering applications to Government and Utilities sectors throughout the region, all our
solutions are based on internationally accepted open standards and world-class best
practices. Open Spatial offers innovative spatial infrastructure solutions to managing spatial
data from Survey through to Design, Construction and Ongoing Spatial Data Management.
Munsys Technologies (Pty) Ltd is a leading software development company, offering unique
spatial solutions that are specifically tailored to the growing needs of utilities and government
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