Infrastructure managers are increasingly subject to tight financial controls, pressure on existing infrastructure and the challenge of comprehending huge volumes of data across different asset classes.
IMQS, or Infrastructure Management Query Software, has risen to the challenge of integrating the different assets layers with the associated layers of information. This proudly South Africa company has more than 80 clients around the world, including six of South Africa’s eight metros.IMQS has released Version 8 of its groundbreakingsoftware, which provides a holistic view of various types of assets and information that are graphically represented in an integrated asset management, GIS-based system.
The big 6 principle
IMQS has introduced the big 6 principle which incorporates an integrated infrastructure asset register based on data that is built from the ground up. Itdefines the big 6 infrastructures as:water, sewer, roads, stormwater, electricity (power), and property and buildings.
IMQS provides web-based spatially enabled Pavement Management System, Stormwater Management System and Waste Management Service Infrastructure applications that contribute to its integrated Asset Management and Asset Registering suite of products.
Road Maintenance Management System
A Pavement Management System is a clearly defined set of procedures for collecting relevant pavement condition data and the analysis thereof to identify, quantify and prioritise maintenance and rehabilitation needs of an entire road network. The system allows the user to prepare budgets and work programmes (proactive maintenance prioritisation), which in turn allows decision makers to provide the optimum solutions for the funds available. Further, the system allows the user to analyse and model the condition of road segments and to report the conclusions in a variety of formats for different levels of management.
These formats include the presentation of results by way of reports, graphs and maps. The entire road network is defined geospatially and displayed through the spatial map viewer. This network forms the basis of the roads infrastructure asset inventory in the municipal’s infrastructure asset register.
The Pavement Management System is essential for monitoring road networks and for communicating information and maintenance needs. It ensures that the available funds are spent in the right place at the right time with the effect of restricting the future reconstruction of roads to a minimum. The management process is changed from a usually subjective method to a formalised scientific method, thereby ensuring that the total road network is maintained at an acceptable standard in an optimised manner.
Stormwater is a strategic challenge to any authority. It rains anywhere, regardless of the land authority, and the resolution of these challenges can appeal to farmers, road authorities, municipal authorities and developers alike.
Rainfall cannot be managed; it can, at best, be predicted. Run off can, however,be managed. Management includes infiltration, attenuation, evaporation and conveyance. Creative sustainable management remains a challenge, whether to create an attractive source of fresh water or to minimise disasters.
In managing stormwater, extensive infrastructure is required to address the diverse management needs of, for example, floodplains adjacent to rivers, dams, wetlands, pipes, culverts or canals. Providing the services and the maintenance thereof is therefore a major challenge. Management systems should therefore also allow the user to define the stormwater infrastructure asset inventory that will form the basis of the stormwater assets in the authority’s asset register.
The system provides a facility whereby the Stormwater Management Service Department would be able to:
- define the stormwater infrastructure asset inventory
- minimise disruptions and damage
- ensure residents are safe at all times
- utilise the benefits of rainfall run-off
- optimise the funding towards stormwater management.
The system provides the following features:
- the stormwater infrastructure inventory defined for asset register purposes
- the capacity of the stormwater network, run-off peaks and volumes
- the effect of simulated high flows
- the magnitude and locality of problem areas
- the priorities of the different problem areas
- the budget needed to solve the identified problem areas
- the maintenance needs of the stormwater infrastructure.
Solid Waste Management
The Waste Management Service Infrastructure system provides a facility whereby the Waste Management Service Department would be able to capture base data related to Waste Management Service infrastructure sites. The Waste Management Service Department would also be able to view fixed assets contained within the Waste Management Service infrastructure sites. Additionally, a document linking facility would be provided in order to spatially link, search and retrieve documents.
The system provides the following features:
- view a list of all fixed asset-components from the IMQS Valuation Asset Register as a snapshot-in-time.
- provide a standard capturing input form whereby Waste Management Services would capture the minimum required data, pertaining to waste management service sites, in order to
- establish base data for the MIS
- establish a process whereby new asset data would be captured
- ensure extensive reporting over the data captured in the Waste Management Service Infrastructure MIS as a snapshot-in-time
- ensure the ability for document linking, searching and retrieval through spatial and logical, text-search functions.
Pipe integrity inspections
The pipe integrity inspection module provides the end user with the capability to navigate through countless hours of CCTV footage of underground pipe networks within a geo referenced environment.
The ability to visually assess underground pipe networks for their condition, capacity and utilisation opens up a total new meaning to integrated infrastructure asset management, seeing that these attributes can be transferred seamlessly to the component of that specific infrastructure element in the financial asset register.
Asset management/compliant asset register
The Accounting Standards Board is required in terms of thePublic Finance Management Actto determine generally recognised accounting practice referred to as Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP). IMQS’s geospatially based GRAP compliant asset management modules render asset information across more than 80 metropolitan, local and district municipalities in South Africa.
IMQS understands that the minimum compliance requirement now is a GIS=enabled GRAP compliant asset register.
IMQS is an easy-to-use reporting and querying application. Reporting is done in the form alphanumeric reports, graphs and GIS-type maps Because reporting is done per infrastructure or asset type, the user can choose to obtain reports or perform queries for a single asset type (e.g. water distribution or road system) only, or for multiple asset types simultaneously. The data hierarchy also allows for reporting at different levels of detail.
The total IMQS reporting functionality and data warehouse structure allows for comprehensive reporting on strategic, management and operational level.