Incorporation of GIS Into Infrastructure Management; challenges and Benefits

Incorporation of GIS Into Infrastructure Management; challenges and Benefits

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Abstract

Mostafa M. S. El-Hawwary
GIS Expert
WS ATKINS
Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Mostafa A. Abo-Hashema
Pavement Maintenance Expert, Associate Professor of Highway Engineering,
Cairo University-Fayoum, Egypt
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Nasser Al-Ariani
Head of Roads Maintenance Section, AL-Ain Municipality, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Essam A. Sharaf
Professor of Highway Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt
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Alaa Marouf Abdel Samad
Pavement Consultant, AL-Ain Municipality, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Abstract
Adding a technological geographic element to infrastructure management has been a vital step in supporting and improving decision-making. While one part is for instant decision support through the spatially visualization and analyzing of data, other part is through the rigid archiving of actions for future decisions. The implementation of such exertion faces number of challenges towards an efficient use of geographic based technologies. One clear challenge is furnishing inclusive wide-vision for diverse stick-holders; also interconnectivity of system depending parties is a hoist. This paper presents the efforts made so far implementing the geographic technological concepts into pavement maintenance activities, as a result of Al Ain Municipality’s act for incorporating geographic information technology through the current project “Maintenance of Roads and Bridges in Al-Ain Region”. During the first phase of needs exploration challenges were clear, while along the path onto analysis and design new confronts were raised. The paper also presents some of the late mentioned defies and Future plans for fully functionality of GIS technology, which was found to be an accurate supportive tool in infrastructure procedures management.