The GIS Water User Group recently held its 40th meeting. The purpose of the User Group is to assist water authorities to leverage their investment in spatial information and technology to support improved planning and managing of assets. Meetings are generally held in Melbourne and attended by water authorities responsible for delivery of urban and rural services.
Spatial Vision has increasingly recognised the potential of cloud GIS services for our clients and has recently carried out a client survey on cloud GIS use and presented webinar on the topic.
To help our staff develop a very practical understanding of cloud GIS, Spatial Vision hosted the company’s first map hack challenge, splitting the company into six teams, each with just a day to conceive and deploy a cloud based GIS solution.
In 2002, Spatial Vision completed the first GIS Benchmark Survey of Water Authorities in Victoria. Spatial Vision has since followed this up with national surveys in 2006 and 2009. The purpose for the surveys is to enable each authority to benchmark their operational deployment of this technology against their industry counterparts.
Water authorities first started using GIS or spatial information technologies in the early 1980s. However, as evident by Google Earth, the technology has rapidly evolved in recent years and become far more accessible. By 2009, 100% of authorities surveyed operated web-based spatial systems available enterprise-wide, a huge shift from 40% in 2002.