Since assets occupy a location and interconnectivity to other assets, maps provide a superb method for cataloging an organization’s assets. However, modern “mapping systems” like Esri’s ArcGIS provide far more than graphical representations of data. The ArcGIS geodatabase is a database system with all the typical data assessment tools to categorize, classify, diagram, index, order, schematize, sort, and tabulate. In addition, it is able to render data as maps; analyze interconnectivity, proximity, and other complex spatial relationships; and model the physical world.

This advanced database structure is inherently location-aware, providing far more power for managing assets than traditional non-location-aware database systems. Dispersed and networked assets (e.g., roads, signs, trees, water and wastewater networks, etc.) are easily modeled, but many Cityworks clients are discovering that concentrated assets (e.g., treatment plants, pumps, buildings, etc.) equally benefit from the power of the geodatabase, including three-dimensional facilities modeling. The ability to build an asset registry based on feature locations with multiple levels of related objects assures all of an organization’s assets are maintained in one asset data management repository. Linking Cityworks permits, licenses, code enforcement, and other land cases to a geospatial reference, like parcels, buildings, or facilities, empowers the GIS in managing these additional work processes.

Cityworks does not contain separate asset tables that have to be integrated, synchronized or linked to the GIS. The Cityworks approach is cleaner, more powerful and inherently simpler. The GIS offers a robust and accurate representation of assets the way you want them – modeled as they are in the real world. Data models are user definable and non-proprietary, making this information usable with other applications.

Cityworks was the first system to implement non-proprietary asset models for common infrastructure, including water, sewer, stormwater, streets, traffic, parks, facilities, and other models. These can be used by the customers as templates to develop a geodatabase design. These models can also be modified for user-specific needs, or a customer may decide to use a model of their own design.

Cityworks can utilize geodatabase models created for any feature type. As a result, Cityworks is easily deployed in a wide variety of other assets including, airports, buildings, treatment plants, electric networks, recreation equipment, marinas and other uses.