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Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners

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Presented by Krischelle Love, San Jose Water Company

Presented by Krischelle Love, San Jose Water Company
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    Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners Presentation Transcript

    • CONNECT. TRANSFORM. AUTOMATE. Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners Krischelle Love, GIS Technician San Jose Water Company
    • The Bridge San Jose Water Company  140-mi2service area  2774 miles of water main  230,000 connections  350 employees Canyon Lake Water Service Company  240-mi2 service area  532 miles of water main  10,000 connections  40 employees
    • The Gap
    • Beware the Bridge Troll He’s demanding! If you want use of the bridge, you must have…  enterprise GIS data maintained in an Oracle Spatial DB in California  a viewing application for everyone in Texas  a cloak of invisibility (a secure internal network for two-way data transfer) Photo Credit: "Troll Under the Bridge" by keystricken http://www.flickr.com/photos/keystricken/183187363/ ©Attribution-ShareAlikeLicense
    • Danger: Bridge Out Ahead Limitations  $$$  COTS unaffordable  computers old & underpowered  Rural area with slow/limited internet connectivity  Security precautions further hamper our network connection (invisibility cloaks are heavy!) You Shall Not Pass Gandalf Vinyl Decal Sticker by Vinyl Decal Stickers www.amazon.com/Gandalf-Vinyl-Decal-Includes-Squeegee/dp/B00AQL4E7S
    • Bridge Over Troubled Water Google Earth + FME
    •  Oracle to KML  KMLStyler  LabelPointReplacer  custom attribute display  Advantages  Free viewer  Street View available  Automated with FME Server Building the Bridge
    • Bridge to Nowhere  Disadvantages  Flat file  unmet need  No base map (parcels and subdivisions)  Secure file transfers failed often  stale data  Interface less than ideal  frustrating experience  County GIS was gold standard  Unable to query our facilities  Google Earth bulky and unreliable  few users  Time for a new direction
    • Bridge of the Future QGIS + PostGIS + FME Server The future is all about free & open source! (Plus, nobody needs money in the 24th century.)
    • Making it so  Add other sources  Join customer database  Add fields  Hyperlinks (site specific)  Symbol rotations  Beautify line geometry  Generalizer  Appealing look  Faster loading Adds value without clutter in the enterprise database! Still automated with FME Server!
    • Engage! Oracle (enterprise data) Customized interface with a single plugin FME Server PostGIS (CA copy) PostGIS (TX copy) Free viewer! AUTOMATED. LOCAL. FAST.
    •  Users get access to…  Engineering as-builts  Tax assessor data  Quick customer info  Added value for users without ever leaving the map All at virtually no cost! Bridging the Gap
    • We’ll Cross That Bridge When it Comes  The future is full of possibilities…  Interface can evolve with users’ needs  Data from other sources can be added  Other business needs can be met  e.g., data entry directly by CLWSC staff to track leak reports, customer complaints, and more  Growing staff ≠ growing expense  Future unknowns are no sweat with FME
    • Water Under the Bridge  In summary…  Google Earth was the right solution for a while, now it’s QGIS/PostGIS  FOSS is unpredictable  Business needs maywill change  FME is the key that unlocks whatever the future may hold  FME Server is the caretaker that lets us pay attention to other things!
    • Thank You!  Questions or comments? Requests for more bridge sayings? Another Star Trek or Tolkien reference?  For more information:  Krischelle_Love@sjwater.com  Quantum GIS: qgis.org  PostGIS: postgis.net  Google Earth: earth.google.com