City of DeKalb improves public works operations using geospatial infrastructure management solution

Sept. 12, 2002
Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions recently announced that the City of DeKalb, Ill., Public Works Department, has chosen Intergraph's GeoMedia®-Hansen Interface to complete its geospatial infrastructure environment.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 12, 2002 -- Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions recently announced that the City of DeKalb, Ill., Public Works Department, has chosen Intergraph's GeoMedia®-Hansen Interface to complete its geospatial infrastructure environment.

With the GeoMedia-Hansen Interface, DeKalb has an integrated environment for its spatial and asset data that enables the public works staff to relate tabular information in the department's Hansen system to its spatial location using GeoMedia technology.

With constant upgrades to the water and sewer systems in their city of 40,000, the ability to link graphic elements in GeoMedia Professional to the database records they currently have in the Hansen system will assist water repair crews to receive and deliver accurate information.

Tighter integration of asset data led to streamlined workflows, which translated into quicker response time to customer requests and issues.

Prior to implementing Intergraph's GeoMedia-Hansen Interface, the city used the technology of both Intergraph and Hansen Information Technologies for more than 10 years. City staff can now easily switch between the map-based display in GeoMedia Professional and the detailed asset records in Hansen.

The resulting visualization means that assets can be more efficiently identified and grouped. For example, city water repair crews can easily determine which Hansen database record corresponds to a map feature. The technology also enables users to spatially access work orders, customer service requests, and asset groups.

Using the software's bi-directional interface, city staff can manage both the attribute and spatial components of water, wastewater, storm water, and other asset systems, regardless of which product - GeoMedia or Hansen V7.5 - is open on their desktop.

Kim Williams, IT director of the Public Works Department, Information and Technology Division, for DeKalb says the GeoMedia-Hansen Interface is the operational boost the city has needed because it has enabled spatial information to be truly useful in infrastructure management workflows and analysis.

DeKalb also chose Intergraph's Mapping and GIS Solutions implementation services to ensure a quick and successful deployment. "We made more progress on the city's entire mapping system in one week using Intergraph's project team than we ever believed possible," said Williams.

"At first, we were going to try to get started on our own; however, Intergraph professionals understood the unique requirements of public works infrastructure so we decided to secure Intergraph's start-up services. It was one of the best decisions we could have made."

City of DeKalb, Illinois

The City of DeKalb is the home of the Northern Illinois University Huskies and is situated about one hour west of downtown Chicago. In spite of DeKalb's proximity to larger cities, it has maintained its unique small town charm and character as a rapidly growing university community with its roots firmly planted in both the urban and rural lifestyle. The city has a population of almost 40,000 and is the birthplace of barbed wire, which was the foundation for the growth and prosperity of the city.

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions brings together geospatial and information technology to help customers achieve their business goals. A technology innovator with more than 30 years of market leadership, Intergraph serves government agencies and commercial enterprises worldwide with end-to-end geospatial solutions for cartography and map production and enterprisewide mapping and GIS. The company provides superior customer support and services ranging from project implementation to production.

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions is a division of Intergraph Corporation (NASDAQ: INGR), Huntsville, Ala., and does business in more than 60 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and global distributor and partner network. For more information, visit

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