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The Government decided to cancel the contract that has already been awarded related to the Bandaranaike International Airport runway, overlay and related works, the Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today. He made this announcement while addressing the weekly cabinet briefing held at the Government Information Department today (19). The Cabinet of Ministers took this decision after considering a proposal made by the Minister of Ports, Naval and Aviation Arjuna Ranatunga. Official Mistakenly Addresses Sirisena As Rajapaksa07-03-2016Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture B. Become a part of the Houma community by signing up to learn about news, events and special offers. The Bureau of Indian Affairs uses GIS to help manage assets such as the Colorado River Irrigation Project in Arizona. With 100,000 assets such as dams and irrigation ditches dotting a vast landscape, the BIA Division of Irrigation, Power, and Safety of Dams (IPSOD) field crews face the challenge of simply finding assets.
To help crews locate assets easily, IPSOD decided to use GIS software to create a system that would help workers in the field find the assets, access all open work orders, and update information.
IPSOD had been using IBM's Maximo asset management software to schedule and view work orders and tasks.
Water flow at the Colorado River Irrigation Project in Arizona is controlled by head gates on main laterals, servicing farmland from the main irrigation channel. The bureau created a software solution called the BIA IPSOD Asset Map Viewer, a customized interface to ArcGIS Desktop, which functions as a master asset repository.
Workers already familiar with the BIA computer network easily understand the system because the interface was created to look similar to other popular Web applications. The Bureau of Indian Affairs uses ArcGIS Server from Esri to provide the information that's used to locate and maintain more than 100,000 assets for 16 irrigation projects and 100 smaller systems on tribal lands. Once in the system, workers can apply the map viewer to zoom to the assets that they select.
With these successes in mind, the BIA is now upgrading to ArcGIS Server from ArcGIS Desktop to take advantage of the geodatabase for storing the bureau's large volume of infrastructure and asset data. The NPS's Resource Information Management Division (RIMD) has been working with the Park Facilities Management Division (PFMD) to collect geospatial and digital image data of NPS facilities since 1999.
Collaborating made sense between the BIA and NPS since both organizations maintain a vast infrastructure on millions of acres. NPS and the BIA representatives met at the 2008 Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California, and began to talk about how their respective workflows could benefit each other. While NPS has developed and implemented a solution using the latest Esri server and Web technology, the BIA IPSOD has successfully integrated ArcGIS with Maximo.
Since first collecting geospatial data five years ago, the BIA has benefited from integrating GIS into its asset management software.
The gatehouse containing controls and power sources at the Jocko Lake, Flathead Irrigation Project in Montana. Workers accessing open work orders and updating data in the field have not only increased the efficiency of the organization but the accuracy of the data.


Maps for the IPSOD crew, either printed or loaded on personal digital assistants, show optimized routes to the day's work and display any safety or hazardous material locations or concerns within a certain proximity of the assets. Baldy View Chapter President Ali Sahabi and CEO Carlos Rodriguez commend the city for adopting an online service that boosts transparency, improves communication and enhances efficiency.
BIA Baldy View President Ali Sahabi and CEO Carlos Rodriguez presented the award to the City Council, commending the city for implementing a new online service that boosts transparency, improves communication and enhances efficiency and accountability. Sahabi, president of Optimum Group LLC, said the time savings will translate to lower overhead costs. This year’s Good Government Award was also given to the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, a regional wastewater facility and wholesale supplemental water supplier. The BIA Southern California Baldy View Chapter oversees the San Bernardino County region, serving alongside three unified chapters within the BIA Southern California. Senaratne stated that the decision was made since it has been confirmed that the award of this contract to the relevant company has been made without following a competitive tender procedure and without transparency.
Dispatching crews across these regions and not knowing the exact location of each asset can pose a real problem. Maximo lets users see resource requirements in a Gantt chart, a type of bar chart used in many organizations to illustrate project schedules and ensure efficient work planning. In 1999, IPSOD started to send workers out to the field with Global Positioning System (GPS) units to collect each structure's location data. This was an easy and economical decision for the federal bureau, since the BIA had an enterprise license agreement (ELA) for Esri software. NPS created an application called NPMap that overlays NPS geospatial data and imagery, roads, and cultural basemaps. As an added bonus, the organizations' GIS groups are located in the same city: Denver, Colorado. Working together, the DOI departments can help bridge gaps in software integration and realize benefits across the organizations.
The ability to query work orders on a map and return lists of required equipment that are near each other saves time and money when dispatching crews.
Using GIS in the field allows service crews to record new repair needs that are seen in the field. The service, called Accelerate, allows builders to complete tasks online, including: applying for permits and plan checks, requesting inspections, paying fees and checking on the status of development and construction projects. Past recipients of the award have included the cities of Upland, Fontana, Hesperia, and County of San Bernardino. It provides leadership on public policy issues that promote building quality communities for the region’s growing population, to increase the public appreciation of the importance of the building industry and to facilitate improved business opportunities for its members. Locating each structure can be time-consuming, turning into a bigger expense than originally planned. This decision ensured IPSOD would be able to interface with other systems throughout its own organization as well as federal organizations that also use Esri technology.
Along with providing maps to crews dispatched in the field, Asset Map Viewer serves as a central integration point to other systems at the BIA.


No login is required since security is integrated with Active Directory, a Microsoft networking service that allows the BIA administrators to manage the system and various levels of security. Buttons on the map are used to easily display information from all the integrated applications. That data and other information is now available to about 200 BIA employees through the BIA IPSOD Asset Map Viewer. Relying on each other's technical capabilities, both organizations benefit from the integration of ArcGIS Server and Maximo for managing their infrastructure assets. Being able to query and see location, type, status, history, and concentration of work orders on a map makes management easier.
The BIA maintains 16 irrigation projects and 100 smaller systems on tribal lands spread across 66 million acres in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains as well as in the northwest, western, and southwestern regions of the United States. Although it was a significant investment of time and money in the beginning, the data now only needs to be maintained and updated during the life of each asset. This makes the preparation of federally required documents needed for managing assets much easier.
An access control list (ACL) notes locations of sites and the assets IPSOD manages that are available to each user.
From this map viewer, workers can access photos, deferred maintenance data, and Maximo information including work orders. Department of the Interior (DOI), uses Esri's ArcGIS Server to map and maintain assets on its lands. By creating the IPSOD Asset Map Viewer, the BIA has saved money that would otherwise have been spent on upgrading the department's infrastructure such as adding more and new computers and external disk drives to house the vast amount of data and images at each desktop. Time-stamped images can be linked to asset locations to better evaluate repairs and current conditions without repeated and expensive field visits. Data can be accessed and used for the deferred maintenance report, an annual disclosure required by a nine-member board established by the U.S. Adding maps to Maximo with ArcGIS has resulted in dispatching field-workers more efficiently and ensuring supplies are available for infrastructure maintenance.
With the IPSOD Asset Map Viewer, staff members only need to log on to the Intranet from their existing computers to access and use asset information. Service schedules are more efficiently prioritized by the ability to query the inventory database and see the assets.
Less time and fewer resources are required to find assets across the various regions, resulting in saving money on maintenance project work. Visualizing data across the department has standardized the information and makes annual and comprehensive five-year reporting more accurate.



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