New Ontario Asset Database Will Offer 3-Dimensional Views
September 4, 2013
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
Municipal planners and managers in Ontario will
soon have access to three-dimensional views of their roads, bridges and other
assets by means of a shared database, the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA)
Through the Municipal Lighthouse
Partnership, OGRA is joining forces with Autodesk Inc. and Marmak Information
Technologies to offer OGRA member municipalities access to the enhanced
Municipal DataWorks solution.
Municipal DataWorks (MDW) was developed as
a member service by OGRA in 2005 to give municipalities a standard,
comprehensive view of the condition of their roads and bridges. About 400 municipalities now use the service
to assist with managing their capital assets and preparing financial accounting
information required by federal law.
The integration of 3D software with MDW
will give municipalities much greater capabilities for programs such as
sustainable asset management and emergency management, officials say.
Creation of the Municipal Lighthouse
Partnership was first announced during a session at the MISA Ontario 2013
Annual Conference in June in Waterloo
by Joe Tiernay, OGRA executive director.
Tiernay says that, by the end of 2013,
users of MDW will be able to see the data represented visually in three
dimensions, using software that will simulate the views so they can be examined
from different perspectives and in relation to real-world situations, such as
the addition of a proposed building.
The 3D software will be supplied by
Autodesk. Gord McElravy, a national manager
with Autodesk Sales
Development, says the Municipal Lighthouse Partnership will
"change the whole perspective on municipal asset management.”
"The enhanced database will bring
traditional two-dimensional data from GIS (geographic information systems) into
a 3D collaboration environment,” McElravy says.
John Tarantino, vice president of Marmak, a
systems integrator and Autodesk distributor, adds, "The objective will be to have
road data, infrastructure data and traffic data all stored in Municipal
DataWorks. Then, when municipalities set
out to create and build asset management plans, capital plans and so on, they
will be getting true integrated data.”
Further information about the partnership
is available from Tarantino at email@example.com.