GIS Software in Asset Management of Road Infrastructure

Divyansh Rajput

Divyansh Rajput , Evangelist at Indshine

May 14, 2020


Asset management is a systematic process of developing, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets in the most cost-effective manner (including all costs, risks, and performance attributes). Asset management systems offer the prospect of significantly improving road management outcomes. The way in which road organizations collect, store, and analyze data has evolved along with advances in technology, such as mobile computing and spatial technologies such as GPS and GIS.

The three fundamental steps in improving your asset management outcomes using GIS involves :

Know your data ——> Gather your data ——> Analyze your data using GIS Software

GIS Software in Asset Management of Road Infrastructure

Know your data

The asset management data includes both non-spatial information as well as their spatial information which can be broadly classified in the following forms.

  • Inventory data : Data that is static in nature and describes the physical elements of the road network assets, along with their geographic locations.
  • Conditional data : Data that describe the real-life condition of the assets which typically change over time.
  • Operational data: Data linked or generated by the operation of the road, which may change over time, concerning traffic; collisions; environmental impact (e.g. noise, pollution generated by road traffic); financial; asset management activities; and resource allocation.

GIS Software in Asset Management of Road Infrastructure

Here shown an excel sheet of assets involved in road infrastructure.

Gather your data

Traditional methods employed for the collection of Asset Management data include manual, automated, semi-automated, and remote collection methods.

  • For manual collection, the data are documented either with pen and paper or with handheld computers equipped with GPS.
  • The automated collection involves the use of road sensors with a vehicle equipped with a position/navigation system (e.g. distance-measuring device and GPS antennas), a combination of different sensing technologies (e.g. video cameras, gyroscopes, laser sensors, etc.) as well as computer hardware in order to capture, store, and process the collected data.
  • Semi-automated methods involve similar practice as the completely automated method but with a lesser degree of automation.
  • Remote Collection method pertains to the use of high-resolution satellite imagery and remote sensing applications like aerial surveying using drones.

Analyze your data using GIS Software

The most important objective of using GIS Software is visualization which is achieved through maps.

At Indshine, we provide a collaborative GIS platform to develop maps, which can be accessed from anywhere and anytime. Asset managers and transport planners can easily identify potential issues and address them efficiently in real-time.

Through visualizations and GIS maps developed the information can be easily conveyed to decision-makers and the public.

The following visualization shows different elements of a road section, created using our GIS platform. Hop on and have a look.

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