GIS professionals – helping organisations to “Think Spatial”


Think Spatial

I wanted to follow on from my post looking at GIS in the context of BIM projects by now taking a look at spatial data in the wider organisational information structure. To support both OPEX and CAPEX activities I want to talk about encouraging a philosophy of “Think Spatial”. Read the rest of this entry »

Do you know where your swans are?


People often use the analogy of a swan gliding gracefully over the water whilst its feet are frantically paddling below the water as a way of encouraging people to make things look effortless and not to distract people with all the hard work going on.

However, in business, is this necessarily a good thing?

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IBIMt is a fairly common sight to see a BIM architecture which places GIS outside the Common Data Environment (CDE). Is this correct? Well, I think it depends on what you mean by GIS. I want to reflect on this question more in later blogs. But for the purpose of this blog, let us focus on GIS and BIM.
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BIM is for an asset’s life, not just for Christmas


OK, a slightly tongue in cheek title, but an important point to consider. For many people BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a discipline that you utilise during a capital project – and whilst we are on that topic, any construction project can benefit from BIM, not just a ‘building’. This is the approach defined in PAS 1192-2. Read the rest of this entry »

The journey to wisdom from data



It will be no surprise that data on its own has little value, it’s the meaning of that data that brings any kind of benefit. But what value does it bring us? Read the rest of this entry »

If data is an asset, what type of asset is it?


We are often reminded to treat data as an asset, in fact this is something I do quite regularly with my work frequently covering both data and asset management. Thinking of data as an asset helps people to think about data having value and needing to be cared for. This then leads to the question:

What type of asset is data?

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More than just good governance: Who is actually managing your data?



You may have good governance practises and robust data management processes in place but who is actually keeping your data updated; or in some cases not? Whilst most organisations agree that having a data quality framework in place is the right thing to do, are those same organisations putting enough effort into understanding what really happens in the processes around data operations? Read the rest of this entry »


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