With 1 month of the New Year under our belt, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at the state of the GIS community. From my perspective, and I think many of you would agree, it’s easy to see the current state is change. The multidisciplinary nature of GIS has always made it a dynamic industry. Today we are seeing greater change, at a more rapid pace. There are 3 main areas where change will provide the greatest impact to a GIS professionals day-to-day activities.
In the third installment of our series, How to Spot an Expert, we’re focusing on folks that offer web GIS services for pipeline operators. We’ve shared our feedback on evaluating compliance consultants and what to look for in a risk analyst, but this week, we’re shifting gears to an ever-expanding market within web GIS.
With the upcoming Advanced Pipeline Referencing solution from Esri and the UPDM data model, we think you’ll be seeing a lot more options for GIS implementations and greater variety in vendors who can offer services in the pipeline space. However, not everyone understands the complexities of the pipeline industry. So, we’ve identified three key elements that your web GIS vendor should be able to offer to ensure a successful implementation for pipeline operators.
The pipeline GIS user community has experienced significant disruption over the years with rapid advances in technology, ever-evolving data models, and the increasingly important integration between systems. However, I feel the most notable and impactful change to hit our niche sector is the use of web GIS.