Many utilities or infrastructure departments do not have full knowledge of the systems and resources which they are managing. Geospatial asset management would combine engineering technical aspects of building, operating, and maintaining civil infrastructure systems with building organizational capacity for utilities or governmental departments to better manage infrastructure and other resources. For example, in Sudan, a coordinating group of NGOs worked together with the Department of Rural Water to establish an asset database which used GPS to establish spatial data for wells and pumping/distribution equipment covering a very wide geographical area. The Department of Rural Water was then provided with computers and training in order to manage the maintenance of those assets as well as to help minimize material losses from within the department.
Idea No. 33