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Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners


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

  1. 1. CONNECT. TRANSFORM. AUTOMATE. Bridging the Gap Between Unequal Partners Krischelle Love, GIS Technician San Jose Water Company
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. The Gap
  4. 4. 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 ©Attribution-ShareAlikeLicense
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Bridge Over Troubled Water Google Earth + FME
  7. 7.  Oracle to KML  KMLStyler  LabelPointReplacer  custom attribute display  Advantages  Free viewer  Street View available  Automated with FME Server Building the Bridge
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Bridge of the Future QGIS + PostGIS + FME Server The future is all about free & open source! (Plus, nobody needs money in the 24th century.)
  10. 10. 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!
  11. 11. Engage! Oracle (enterprise data) Customized interface with a single plugin FME Server PostGIS (CA copy) PostGIS (TX copy) Free viewer! AUTOMATED. LOCAL. FAST.
  12. 12.  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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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!
  15. 15. Thank You!  Questions or comments? Requests for more bridge sayings? Another Star Trek or Tolkien reference?  For more information:   Quantum GIS:  PostGIS:  Google Earth: