GEONIS Blaeu, the next-generation GIS solution for the Water Boards in the Netherlands
With the decision to use GEONIS, the four Water Boards selected Esri Netherlands, Royal HaskoningDHV and MUG Engineering Company as collaboration partners for deployment, maintenance and future operation of the solution.
The first increment of GEONIS Blaeu, the successor solution to IRIS, has now been finalized. With that step, the four Water Boards now have a sustainable, modern and flexible environment that enables them to support their primary business processes, now and in the future. To conclude a European tender process, the four cooperating Water Boards Rijn Oost (consisting of Water Boards Vechtstromen, Rijn and IJssel, Reest and Wieden and Groot Salland) selected GEONIS as the basis for the new geoinformation system.
The project so far
Having decided for GEONIS, the four Water Boards selected Esri Netherlands, Royal HaskoningDHV and MUG Engineering Company as the collaboration partners for deploying, maintaining and future operation of the solution. The project will be implemented in five blocks (increments) according to the Scrum method of agile development. Three days a week the project team, consisting of Water Board Staff and GEONIS experts meet in Zwolle, Netherlands. The solution will be implemented in cooperation with the Water Board staff, which is very important to making sure that the solution supports their business processes. Meanwhile the first increment has been finalized in just five weeks. During the first increment, functionality has been configured for managing, analyzing and retrieving information from various sources. These functions are not only available for the desktop user, but also through GeoWeb and mobile solutions by using server technology. Using server technology via GeoWeb and mobile solutions.
Cooperation is key
Next steps in the project
At the start of the project, the companies involved also invested in arranging social working agreements and collaboration with the Water Boards for facilitating workshops. Currently, half way through the project, everybody is enthusiastic about what has been realized and all project targets are met.
After the summer break, all the functionality for maintaining water technical construction, sewer pipelines and inspection procedures will be finished. In October 2014, the new information system will be finalized and put into production at the Water Boards. With that same step, GEONIS Blaeu will also become available for other Water Boards.
The name ”Blaeu” has been chosen because of the association with the color of water and named after the world famous cartographer Willem Blaeu (The Netherlands, 1571 – 1638), who made beautiful innovative and high quality maps, still inspiring the geo-world.