SLOUGH -- 17th October 2011 -- SurveyDMS, a technical document management system designed to help civil engineers, surveyors, utilities and local authorities manage complex ground level and underground survey projects, is being launched today at the Infrastructure Show in Birmingham (Stand# 3A322).
SurveyDMS was designed and developed by independent British software developer Fusion242. It creates a central repository for all data and documentation, allowing users to share, collaborate and re-use document and asset information seamlessly. Users can create custom data types, enrich any document with geocoded data, draw visual relationships between different items, then search and mine data via powerful reporting tools. SurveyDMS is available either as an on-premise desktop product or as a secure cloud-based service.
SurveyDMS has been specifically designed to enable easy access, management and integration of project information and external data commonly required for projects such as land surveys, construction planning, underground discovery and infrastructure maintenance planning. SurveyDMS supports a wide range of formats including video, images, office documents and PDFs which complement traditional documentation such as plans, reports, manuals, drawings and maps. It allows integrated use of information by describing the relationship between documents visually in addition to a simple two-way link. For example, it could link a CCTV video document with a CAD plan to visualise where on that plan the camera is located as it travels along the pipe. It might link photographs or training/educational videos to documents or assets.
In addition to supporting rich media and common document formats such as PDF and MS Office files, it also supports virtual ‘asset’ objects enabling the user to define specific items required for planning. These can be physical or non-physical assets such as barriers, manhole covers, pumps, potholes, or simply locations for proposed actions. This handling of assets fits seamlessly alongside file-based documents and can also be used to give a real time view of external data feeds. For example, it may describe a pipe as an asset, with a geocoded path to describe its location, and define custom fields that show the values of various monitors. Such geocoded information can be mapped into other resources such as Google Maps to provide an alternate view of the document and related assets, as required.
Behind the document management and reporting application sits a complex data processing challenge, especially with such a broad set of data types. This required a powerful and flexible database platform. Fusion242 selected Informix from IBM for its high performance in-memory capabilities. As well as being a rapid, reliable and high availability database Informix natively manages an extended set of data types including time series and geospatial information. Informix distributor Oninit Group partnered with Fusion242 by providing technical expertise on integrating Informix to manage the assignment of assets and documents to specific and accurate geospatial locations. They worked with Vissensa VsX (Vissensa Solution Exchange)"Database as a Service" Cloud as the hosting partner, to provide flexible, secure and on-demand scalability. The unique design of Informix enables it to be deployed as a public or private cloud offering, where smaller subsets of the database can be quickly spawned and used by specific and discrete users.
Product demonstrations are available on stand 3A322 at the Infrastructure Show, NEC, Birmingham between 17-19th October. Further information about the product can be found at www.surveydms.com and the company can be reached at www.fusion242.com.
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