Is Waze considered a geographic information system

Using the example of the rmdata product family, we will show you what is important when it comes to making geographic information more flexible and how it works.

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1 In this issue: Flexible geoinformation GeoNews software magazine for surveying and GeoInformation No. 2/2014, September Flexibility is a MUST What is important when it comes to making geoinformation more flexible and how it works, we will show you using the example of the rmdata product family. Österreichische Post AG company newspaper No. 09Z038005F In 1994 I worked with GIS for the first time: a UNIX workstation with the aptly named Atlas and a software controlled via the command line, of course, not for myself, but shared with several colleagues. Driven by the rapid development of end devices, the advent of the Internet and the meteoric rise of global geodata providers such as Google, geographic information has opened up many new opportunities since then: geodata is easily and freely available! For a long time, geospatial data was a luxury good and often the cost driver when a GIS was introduced, today it is a matter of course. Almost everyone today uses IT systems with geodata! Geographic information systems have long been the privilege of experts. Today, IT systems with geospatial data are a mass product when I think of Google or widespread when I think of employees in municipalities or with line operators. The geographic information is mobile! It is no longer enough that IT systems with geospatial data are used in the office or at home. The expectations are very clear: access to geographic information anytime, anywhere. I am convinced that the developments are far from over. Access to geodata is child's play, thanks to flexible geographic information systems! Continued on page 2 Photo: bowie15, istockphoto.com rmdata Geoinformation Tel:, Fax: DW

2 editorial desktop-gis Continued from page 1 The science article in this issue risks a glimpse into the future of GIS. Due to this dynamic, flexibilization is a great challenge for geographic information and an absolute MUST for software houses such as rmdata, which specialize in geoinformatics. Editorial Consistently simple A geographic information system (GIS) helps with daily work in cities and municipalities, with property managers and line operators alike. If different contents are presented geographically together, circumstances can be recognized more easily and decisions can be made better, which saves money. The possibilities of GIS are not fully used by many users today. On the one hand, this is due to the lack of clarity of the GIS software used and, on the other hand, the non-existent or non-existent the rmdata Geoinformation team has been doing for many years. With independent products The independent rmdata product family is a prerequisite for greater flexibility. Independent means that the entire software is in the hands of rmdata. There is no dependency on commercial basic software. The rmdata product family includes: rmdata GeoDesktop, the desktop GIS for information and editing, rmdata GeoWeb, the web GIS as an information system in the web browser, rmdata GeoMobile for data acquisition in the field and rmdata GeoCloud for individual, interactive maps on the Internet. The product family enables the optimal flow of data and seamless interaction between the applications. Consistently simple with intelligent software The motto of rmdata stands for maximum ease of use. This results from intelligent software and a wide range of options for configuring and customizing the products. The intelligence is shown, for example, with rmdata GeoDesktop, where you only have those functions to choose from when editing that are applicable to the selected object or with rmdata GeoWeb, current GIS data. The many opportunities that geographic information systems offer companies are therefore often missed. The rmdata offer takes this into account. Our GIS software is easy to use and adapted to the experience of the users (beginners, advanced and experts). In addition, we take into account the various types of content through predefined industry models and modules. The users benefit from flexible GIS software adapted to customer requirements in accordance with our motto: Intelligent software, consistently simple. In addition to our software, we adapt the GIS services flexibly to the individual requirements of the users. where the maps are automatically transferred from the Austrian national coordinate system to the Google coordinate system when Google is switched on. With services Since geographic information is being used in more and more areas, it is often the case that the customer is of course an expert in his domain, but has little know-how in GIS, CAD and surveying. No problem rmdata supports him in these areas. Please also read the article on page 13. With new offers, software no longer has to be purchased from us. Subscribe to software for an appropriate usage fee and reduce your initial investment. And we also operate the software for you in our infrastructure. Thanks to the independent products, we can also be commercially flexible. What are the opportunities for geoinformation in the next 20 years? This can hardly be estimated seriously today. But I am convinced of one thing: that, together with rmdata Geoinformation, you will be well equipped for the coming years thanks to consistently flexible products! Dr. Martin Galanda Sales Manager, rmdata Geoinformation From installation and training to complete GIS solutions, we offer everything from a single source. You choose the desired scope of our services and together with our software you will receive the right GIS specifically for your requirements. Of course, when it comes to complete solutions, our experts also make sure that you always have the best and up-to-date GIS data available. And all at a fair price! With best regards, Jürgen Beiglböck, managing director of rmdata A GIS with 3 x more possibilities 3 examples of how you can solve your tasks better with rmdata GeoDesktop. The GIS rmdata GeoDesktop supports you optimally when working with geographical data and is easier to use than any comparable product. With this GIS, displaying, analyzing and editing geodata can be done easily and in just a few steps. Below you will find three examples of how rmdata GeoDesktop is used in practice and the advantages that result from it. Information PLUS Nowadays, more and more geographic information is provided online via web services and web GIS, and many users use this standard offer. However, if higher demands are made, web solutions reach their limits. In a municipality, the workflow is as follows: Search for a property number, the orthophoto is stored and the property is marked. Of interest are the length of the property lines and the dedication and owner information. A printout is given to the customer with further comments. Similar processes are carried out many times and require simple handling as well as high availability and performance. In addition to managing the geospatial data in their own IT system, it is particularly important for many customers to have other local data such as B. Division plans, line cadastre, power lines and much more. m. to be integrated in the GIS. This creates a comprehensive information system with which you can competently answer a large number of questions from your customers. Editing in the GIS You are not yet using any editing functions in the GIS? GIS and editing in the database are not a contradiction, but are intelligently combined in rmdata GeoDesktop. Simply switch to editing in the information provision, record the GIS objects, save them and immediately continue working with the new data, also ideally suited for GIS applications in forestry: rmdata GeoDesktop. For example, line operators rely on rmdata GeoDesktop. House connections, shafts, gate valves, etc. are drawn on the map in next to no time and provided with factual data. The processing takes place directly in the GIS. Basic data from a survey or the natural stock are added via import functions. Sketches are incorporated with the construction functions. After the necessary factual data has been entered, the processing is completed, the labels for the lines and manholes are created automatically. The advantage: Processing is very easy, users use software that combines CAD and GIS, and the data can be used immediately. More flexible in the field service Whenever information is required directly on site, the question arises whether data should be available locally or whether it can be obtained online at any time via a data connection. Is the online connection good enough to be able to call up all information anytime and anywhere? The experience of many users shows that absolutely reliable information on site can only be guaranteed with local data on a notebook or tablet PC. For example, in the forest management of the Fürst Esterházy private foundation Lockenhaus, age groups, growth flexibility and their required characteristics are The current challenges for flexible geographic information systems are: 1. Adaptation to the customer: Depending on the wishes and the possibilities, the optimal solution must be implemented. It is obvious that customers of different sizes and from different industries cannot work efficiently with the same system. 2. Help users: Geographic information must enable simple and efficient work as well as well-founded decisions. The expertise of the user, the task to be solved, the end device, etc. must be irrelevant. This applies equally to CAD / GIS experts, office managers, line technicians, citizens / customers, etc. 3. Use of heterogeneous spatial data: CAD and GIS data must be mastered in all formats as well as the integration of free and commercial spatial data services. Assess the implementation of the flexibilization or document the tree species distributions and update the results of the forest inventory in the GIS. This data is required on site in the forest and is made available via a tablet PC together with the property cadastre (DKM) or orthophotos. rmdata GeoDesktop optimally fulfills the requirements set out in the examples: simple operation, local data management, display of different CAD / GIS data as well as extensive editing directly in the GIS with factual data and intelligent drawing functions. These are the essential properties that bring users to their goals easier, faster and better. Dipl.-Ing. Volker aus der Schmitten, Product Manager rmdata Geoinformation With GeoDesktop we get a quick overview of our forest area. We record forest geodata such as growth classes, distribution of tree species, etc. directly in the GIS. It just works, saves external costs and we keep our database up to date. Dipl.-Ing. Martin Pollak, Fürst Esterházy'sche Private Foundation Lockenhaus Photo: ariwari, fotolia.com; 2 GeoNews 2/2014 2/2014 GeoNews 3

3 Web-GIS cloud solution Web-GIS very flexible Make the daily work in your company more efficient with rmdata GeoWeb. In order to provide geodata to a large group of users, a GIS solution on the web is very often used. Web GIS solutions have a reduced range of functions compared to full GIS workstations, but due to the simplicity of the solution and availability via the web browser, they reach a larger group of users. With rm-DATA GeoWeb you get a flexible and easy to use web GIS, which can be used in the browser without additional installation. rmdata GeoWeb is a standard product from rmdata. The configurability of the product means that it can be quickly and easily adapted to your needs and integrated into your IT. Flexible with the data When introducing a web GIS solution, the first question that always arises is how to get from one or many existing data sources (Autodesk DWG, scanned plans, Esri Shape, Microsoft Excel, raster data, Oracle, SQL Server, Post - GIS,) can derive a suitable structure for a high-performance web GIS. rmdata GeoWeb can read a large part of the named data sources directly using the basic MapGuide software. If the existing data structure is not suitable, the data must be prepared before it can be used. We at rmdata Use rmdata GeoWeb free geodata such as basemap.at as a background map. rely on FME as a data preparation tool. Safe Software's FME provides easy ways to convert records between formats and optimize them for display. Data can only be used meaningfully if it is up-to-date. FME also helps you with the daily automatic loading of your web GIS. We have built up a lot of know-how in numerous GIS projects in the field of data preparation and, in addition to FME, can also support you with other raster and vector conversion tools. Thanks to the support of map services via the Internet (WMS and WMTS services), you already have With rmdata GeoWeb we have all the properties that are managed by the property management of the Graz-Seckau diocese available in an IT system. Through the interaction of rmdata GeoWeb with our property management in rminfo / gdb and the connection of the already existing document archive, our daily work processes are now optimally supported. Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Böheim Diocese Graz Seckau the opportunity to use geodata from other institutions in your web GIS. In the public environment in particular, there is a very large range of freely available spatial data stocks. A very good example is the recently available basemap.at, which can be used as a background map in rmdata GeoWeb. Flexible in display and functionality With the basic MapGuide software, rmdata relies on a flexible, powerful map server. This gives you many options for displaying your geodata on the map. In addition to the map display, the range of functions can also be specified. Each user group thus receives exactly the set of commands that is required for daily work. Print layouts are adapted to the company design and you control who is allowed to access your sensitive data via the user administration. Flexible integration A major concern for us is the seamless flow of data between the rmdata products. If you use rmdata GeoDesktop as a data acquisition tool, in future you can use this data in rmdata GeoWeb without any special processing. In addition to supporting additional data sources, we are also constantly adding to our program interface. If you have already created a GeoWeb map, you can easily integrate it into your existing system landscape using the rmdata GeoWeb API. With rmdata GeoWeb, rmdata offers you a high degree of flexibility. Both in the presentation of your geodata and in the compilation of your GeoWeb project. Do you not have a web GIS yet or are you about to replace an existing system? We support you in introducing your web GIS solution. Stefan Gamperl MSc, Product Manager, rmdata Geoinformation With rmdata GeoCloud you have your geodata with you as individual, interactive maps anytime, anywhere. A finished map in 5 minutes With rmdata GeoCloud, you can offer your individual, interactive maps on the Internet in a simple, secure and versatile manner! Today, geodata is used intensively and in a variety of ways. In companies, web GIS solutions have resulted in geodata supporting many work processes. In order to operate a web GIS solution in a company, however, an infrastructure must first be set up and the GIS administrator must provide the necessary content. Many steps are usually necessary before the end user can use the geodata. With rmdata GeoCloud we simplify the use of geodata enormously. In just a few minutes, users can put their individually designed, interactive map on the Internet - simply, securely and in a variety of ways! SIMPLE: in a few clicks to the map With rmdata GeoCloud you get a tool with which you can merge any data sources into an interactive map. Record your geodata with rmdata GeoDesktop or rmdata GeoMapper and then use them in an interactive map without publication. Your own data can be combined with available base maps such as Google Maps, OpenStreetMap or basemap.at. SECURE: with a transparent usage model rmdata GeoCloud is operated by rmdata and the map tools are always available in the web browser. This means that we provide the infrastructure and guarantee secure access to your cards on the Internet. And the whole thing packaged in an attractive and transparent price and usage model. VERSATILE: Can be used anywhere Whether you are sitting in front of your computer in the office or standing in the field and looking at your tablet, you always have your cards with you. All that is required is access to the Internet. A finished card in 5 minutes As a new customer, we will register you in the system and you will immediately receive your login information. This will take you to the protected rmdata GeoCloud area and load the data sources rmdata geodatabases and Autodesk DXF / DWG files into your personal data pool via a clear administration interface. If you wish, you can combine this data with predefined basic maps to create an interactive map. You decide who can use your new card.In addition to public use, the card can also be released for individual users. Your employees or customers can then easily use the maps provided via desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. A universal map tool The areas of application of rmdata GeoCloud are diverse. With rmdata GeoDesktop, our desktop GIS, or with rmdata GeoMapper, our geodetic plan creation software, you have perfect tools for capturing data at hand. Since our acquisition tools are flexible and freely configurable, you control which data you want to provide in which form. A community can e.g. B. apply for free commercial areas using an open space cadastre. Of course, she can also easily visualize a tourist map of her most beautiful viewpoints in the local area. Line operators use rmdaTA GeoCloud as a simple information tool and emergency plans help emergency services to locate important facilities within the local area. Since rmdata GeoCloud can also display Autodesk DXF / DWG data in full, you can easily use your site plans without AutoCAD. Under you always have your geodata with you as individual, interactive maps. Stefan Gamperl MSc, Product Manager, rmdata Geoinformation Photos: fotolia.com, istockphoto.com 4 GeoNews 2/2014 2/2014 GeoNews 5

4 science science Ubiquitous access to GIS Ubiquitous public access to GIS, UPA-to-GI for short, is a new, innovative topic for geographic information companies and research. biquitous public access to GIS U (UPA-to-GI) is a GIS trend that is still in the starting blocks, but due to its high innovation potential, it could, on the one hand, enable new business fields for GI companies and, on the other hand, raise numerous exciting research questions. The working group WG10 of ISO / TC211 is dedicated to this trend, whose task it is to develop standards that enable a connection between the concept of ubiquitous computing and traditional geographic information (GI) services. But what is really behind the acronym of UPA-to-GI? The term ubiquitous computing was first coined by Mark Welser in his 1991 essay Computer for the 21st Century. According to his vision, the computer and the Internet will no longer be perceived as real objects, but will be replaced by an Internet of Things that supports people in their daily activities unnoticed. In the context of GI services, ubiquitous computing can be viewed as an extended form of traditional interoperability in terms of location-dependent, mobile, participatory and context-dependent information. Practical examples are modern navigation systems in cars as well as in mobile devices, which calculate an optimized route for road users taking into account the current traffic situation. The road user himself is also increasingly becoming a data producer. For example, the GPS-based navigation program and traffic information system WAZE, which is free of charge for all common smartphone operating systems, collects anonymized data on the location and speed of users and makes this information on the traffic image available to other users. Furthermore, the road data on which the routing is based are edited exclusively by the user. The user can consciously post traffic accidents, points of interest (POI), increased traffic volume and much more to a server and share this information with other users. The user is on the one hand a consumer of location-dependent, context-related information and on the other hand a producer within the framework of a participatory process for updating the traffic image. WAZE thus has both properties of a typical UPA-to-GI application. Ubiquity of GI Ubiquity in the GI context means that geographic information (GI) is available at any location at any time for any device. In a UPA-to-GI infrastructure, the end user is offered GI without explicitly requesting it. The location data largely decide which GI is relevant to the user. This characteristic property of a UPA-to-GI infrastructure can be summarized under the term ambient intelligence. In order to enable this ambient intelligence, Fig.1: The driving forces behind UPA-to-GI must be guaranteed the basic principles of seamless mobility, context awareness and public access. Seamless mobility (roaming in the broadest sense) means seamless, intuitive access to sources and services, regardless of hardware, protocols, networks, bandwidth or environment. Context awareness, on the other hand, takes into account the identity of users, time, place, activity and boundary conditions of a static nature (terrain) and dynamic nature (weather, traffic). This should not only be usable for humans, but also automatically for agent software and devices. Public access means simple and open access to GI sources and / or services by the general public and professional users. Graphic: ISO / PRF 19154 / Geographic information / ubiquitous public access / reference model (in print) ISO / PRF Ubiquitous public access Reference model To understand the cross-domain interactions that exist between traditional GI services and ubiquitous computing technologies, To be able to use them profitably, these must be linked. The ISO Ubiquitous public access reference model, which is about to be completed, addresses this issue. Linking traditional GI services with UPA services via service-oriented interfaces creates a new ecosystem of ICT information and communication technologies. Figure 1 shows the two driving forces behind UPA-to-GI: on the one hand the standardization of GIS services and on the other hand the advances in ubiquitous computing, which are leading to an expanded and intelligent information infrastructure. Roles and actors for UPA-to-GI The reference model is specified using the (ISO) Reference Model for Open Distributed Processing (RM-ODP). The roles and actors for UPA-to-GI specified in the Enterprise Viewpoint of the RM-ODP appear to be of particular interest, as on the one hand new business areas for GI companies can be derived from them and on the other hand the entire system can be easily represented. The following roles and actors were specified: A user is a person or device that can communicate with GI application providers via seamless public access mechanisms, which enable this user to access GI applications via network infrastructures from to be able to access it from anywhere and anytime. In UPA-to-GI there are two types of users, a GI consumer and a GI producer. A GI consumer is a public participant who requests GI from application providers either through explicit requests or by means of push / pull mechanisms via the user's mobile device, if this is triggered by the geo-context. In relation to the GI consumer, three types of geo-context can be derived from the GI context producer, a location context, a geospatial (geospatial) context and a geosemantic context. In addition, a GI consumer can use Linked Geo Data to access publicly available, open spatial data and information sources. A GI producer is a public participant who generates geodata and / or geographic information and shares them via application providers by seamlessly uses public access mechanisms. The geo-context can be derived for a GI producer through a well-defined set of geo-context-sensitive processes of a geo-context producer. A GI producer creates well-defined features that uniquely represent all types of GI universally. In addition, these features can be publicly accessible via linked spatial data mechanisms. A UPA service provider enables different application objects in a UPA-to-GI environment to seamlessly communicate with one another via open interfaces between different components and GI applications in a ubiquitous GI infrastructure. The mechanism for seamless public access to GI should also have standardized interfaces to various ubiquitous computer infrastructures such as sensor networks. A geo-context producer is a new type of GI service provider that extracts context information via various processes and can result in three types of geo-contexts, namely location-based, geospatial and geosemantic. A geo-context producer plays an important role in GI services by making them intelligent and ubiquitous by introducing the context. A geo-context producer implements the mechanism of the seamless connection between UPA services and the traditional GI services in order to extract spatially relevant contexts of the users (GI consumers and GI producers). In particular, the role of the UPA service provider and the geo-context producer seem to offer GI companies interesting opportunities for new innovative services. In general, UPA can also be seen as an answer to the challenges of Web 2.0, to developments around the Semantic Web and Volunteered Geographic Information. In addition to new business ideas, UPA-to-GI also offers an exciting field of research for the next few years due to the complexity of the processes and the challenges to be overcome, which one should not lose sight of. Univ. Prof. Dr. phil. Norbert Bartelme Institute for Geoinformation, Graz University of Technology Dipl.-Ing. Roland Grillmayer FB Geoinformatik, FH Wiener Neustadt Graphic: ISO / PRF 19154 / Geographic information / ubiquitous public access / Reference model (in print) 6 GeoNews 2/2014 2/2014 GeoNews 7

5 mobile application Leica Nova MS50 The right decision Mobile capture of GIS objects Capture your own GIS objects quickly, easily and independently on site. By processing these directly in the GIS, completely new possibilities open up. Electronic targeting aid (EGL) de galledia Angle measuring system (V) Glass pitch circle Telescope camera coaxial Distance measuring system (EDM) Angle measuring system (Hz) Glass pitch circle Laser plummet Automatic target acquisition (ATR) Overview camera PowerSearch Automatic target acquisition (ATR) Compensator Oil surface Direct drive Piezo ceramic Ceramic cylinder Ring Leica Nova MS50 The worldwide First MultiStation Do you want to document the location of the underground infrastructure objects immediately in the event of a fault? Your GIS should be expanded with your own data such as street lights or trees in order to optimize the maintenance of these? Would you like to record them immediately on site and forward them to the office staff so that defects can be remedied more quickly? The ideas and areas of application for the mobile acquisition of GIS objects are diverse. The benefit for you as well: You can quickly obtain an expanded GIS database at low costs. This enables you to make better decisions and optimize workflows. Flexibility is an important factor here: different end devices and operating systems (from smartphones to tablets); different accuracies (from cell phone GPS to GNSS with correction signal); Easiest operation by laypeople (with finger control and through predefined objects) and, finally, the immediate use of the recorded objects (in rmdata-gis or as data delivery) through a secure data flow between field and office staff. The rmdata GeoMobile product family provides exactly this flexibility. Immediately record defects in the municipality The mayor walks through the municipality on Sunday. Noted here Our goal is to manage as much geospatial data as possible in the GIS. Because that's how we make better decisions. In order to achieve this goal, the mobile detection of objects makes a significant contribution. The solutions from rmdata are ideally suited for this. Mayor Georg Rosner, municipality of Oberwart he found a broken curb and a blocked gully. He picks up his smartphone and starts rmdata GeoMobile Help !. He documents the deficiencies with a short description, a photo and the GPS position. After a few seconds he continues his walk. On Monday morning, the deficiencies are immediately visible in the community GIS (rmdata GeoDesktop). The community worker sees there that there are still other activities pending in the area. The rectification of defects is initiated and documented in the GIS. In the evening, the mayor checks his cell phone: the deficiencies have been fixed. Documenting the pipeline network on your own With a pipeline operator, the documentation of the pipeline network is not complete. This fact should be improved with every activity with an open tray (malfunctions, connections,). The line technicians are equipped with a GNSS antenna for positioning using satellites, with a robust outdoor tablet and the rmdaTA GeoMobile software. The equipment is ready to go straight away and overview maps enable quick orientation. Sub-meter accuracy is required of the company. Capture objects! is configured for this and only allows acquisition when this has been reached. The line objects (slide, sleeve, line, cable, etc.) are preconfigured in their representation and in the attributes. Operation with finger control as you are used to from smartphones, selection lists and a surface optimized for this enable objects to be captured quickly and these are immediately saved online. Photos complement the documentation. After a few minutes, the process is complete and the trench is filled in. In the office, the new objects are immediately in the GIS from rmdata. Use the latest satellite technology to record GIS objects yourself. visibly with the same representation and the desired attributes. With a few clicks, the editor connects the new objects to the existing pipeline network and the documentation is one step better again. The rmdata GeoMobile product family offers flexible application options, extremely simple operation and direct use of the recorded objects in the GIS. See for yourself! Jürgen Strobl, Sales Manager, rmdata Geoinformation Photo: kalasek, istockphoto.com Leica Geosystems Austria GmbH Gudrunstraße 179, 1100 Vienna / 2014 GeoNews 9

6 interview interview Photo: Stadtwerke Klagenfurt Gruppe / KK There is no time to get bored! From energy to water, mobility, telecommunications and leisure: Klaus Steinberger is in charge of the geographic information system of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt. Everything from a single source is the slogan of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt. Everything is under one roof in the Geoinformation department: From data acquisition to data information. GeoNews: Mr. Steinberger, Stadtwerke Klagenfurt (STW) cover many areas of public supply. You yourself lead the Geoinformation department in the Energy Klagenfurt division (EKG). What exactly are your tasks in the company? Klaus Steinberger: Our primary task is to look after the geographic information system within STW Klagenfurt AG and to coordinate the various areas. This begins with the recording of the data in the field by GPS and total station recordings for the line documentation, continues with the recording of the complete line data in the system and ends with the provision of this data in the internal web GIS. In addition, there are various evaluations, data export and data import as well as various data management tasks for internal and external customers. All in all, a very diverse, varied and exciting task. The EKG have been using rmdata software for years. Which products are used for which areas of application? We use the products VALIS and rmgeo for data acquisition as well as Geo-Discoverer with a central property database for all matters relating to the land register and data queries from the BEV. rmdata GeoDesktop is used in the area of ​​project planning and rmdata GeoWeb as a web GIS solution in the internal area of ​​the entire STW group. All spatial data is held in a central Oracle spatial database, which is the heart of the NIS. Can you give us a few numbers to illustrate the amount of data in the Network Information System (NIS) of the EKG that you are managing? Overall, we manage approx. Fixtures and approx. House connections, divided between the individual trades (1,700 km of lines for electricity, km for water, 175 km for heat, 150 km for gas and 560 km for STW Telekom). The natural resources required for this as well as the digital cadastral map are also managed in the system. You have your own surveying department. Can you describe the workflow from data acquisition to data management in the NIS to the provision of the data in the information system to the readers? Via our project management in Geo-Web, we receive the order to measure newly laid or repaired lines. After the terrestrial or GPS-based data acquisition on site, the recorded points are calculated with rmgeo, checked and then semi-automatically imported into VALIS. Then we work in the graphic data, such as lines, fixtures, all necessary dimensions and the corresponding factual data. This work is also carried out in VALIS. All this data is then available in a completely open data structure based on Oracle for all further tasks. All employees of the STW group access this data with the web GIS rmdata GeoWeb. What role does FME play in the workflow? FME plays a very important role. It always runs in the background, but many automated processes would not be possible without FME. In the first phase, FME helped us to implement an interim solution, the so-called Plan B.This enabled us to transfer our VALIS data to the open Oracle Spatial platform. This plan B was necessary because the implementation of the VALIS on ORACLE solution originally agreed with rmdata took a much longer period of time than previously planned. Today, FME, also as an FME server, is primarily used for many tasks in the area of ​​data management and of course for all conversions in the context of the necessary data import and export. Flexibility and independence are important characteristics in connection with software and data. To what extent does the rmdata solution guarantee this? Thanks to the open data structure that we use in the Oracle Spatial database, we achieve this flexibility and independence. rmdata supports us with the way we work together. Even if we did not always agree at the beginning, we have achieved a status of cooperation that is actually a cooperation and not a pure client-contractor relationship. That was and always has been our goal. The information system is currently being converted to the rmdata GeoWeb web solution. What are the advantages? We want to make full use of the extended functionalities and possibilities of data processing in rmdata GeoWeb. We use it to carry out simple data manipulations directly in the web GIS. The integrated, renewed project management should help us to support the new processes and requirements accordingly. The necessary documents are stored centrally on the platform. Due to the geo-referenced assignment of the required documents, this provides an ideal overview for all planning and project planning employees. The EKG also use the GIS software rmdata GeoDesktop. What tasks are done with it? rmdata GeoDesktop is currently in an introductory phase. We use it on the one hand for internal further development, on the other hand as software for information and data acquisition for external customers. The ready-supplied applications for sewer and water pipe registers are used intensively and the data is processed for the projects funded by external customers. You used to have other systems in use and have also been evaluating competitor systems on an ongoing basis. Why did you choose a solution from rmdata? In my experience, the maintenance and operation of a GIS is a long-term process. The systems are of course a very important basis, but the continuous data management is much more important. We started operating a GIS in the company back in 1985. The then current versions of SICAD were used. After 10 years, we carried out a data and system migration to VALIS, because VALIS was one of the few real client-server solutions on the market at that time and we were able to cover the diversity that was already necessary with VALIS. An internal organizational change was intended to achieve a continuous transition from the former proprietary data storage to an open data structure based on OGC. Rmdata was able to offer us this transition in a credible manner and the specific prospect of cooperation was the reason why we opted for this solution. What steps are you planning in the near future? Where is the NIS going? The next declared goal is to complete all the necessary issues relating to the connection from GIS to the equipment information system. The internal processes are to be further optimized through even more intensive use of the existing systems with a focus on mobile data information and data acquisition. I don't have the feeling that somehow boredom will arise! Mr Steinberger, I would like to ask myself a personal question: With so much IT and geography in your professional life, where are you looking for a private balance? I like going to the golf course. Unfortunately very seldom at the moment, as golfing is a very time-consuming pleasure. Since I've been a grandfather for a few years, my grandchild Raphaela has a very important place in my private life. The hours with her are invaluable to me, as I can switch off completely and relax excellently. Thank you for the interview! (Interview conducted by Susanne Friedl-Steiner) Ing.Klaus Steinberger Geografisches Informationssystem, Energie Klagenfurt GmbH Geodaesie AUSTRIA TRIMBLE R10 GNSS SYSTEM Trimble HD-GNSS Trimble SurePoint Trimble xfill Trimble 360- technology More information at: GEODAESIE AUSTRIA FERDINAND GRAF GmbH Ennser Straße 83 / A-4407 Steyr / Gleink Tel: +43 (0) GeoNews 2/2014 2/2014 GeoNews 11

7 EXPERT TIPS complete solutions Use building addresses from GWR-Online Use address data from GWR-Online together with orthophotos or the DKM directly in the GIS. Address data are recorded and maintained by each municipality directly in the GWR-Online. So that you can also use this data in rmdata GeoDesktop, basemap.at Use the administrative map of Austria in rmdata GeoDesktop. Do you need an always up-to-date, official geodata-based basemap of Austria as an overview and with pinpoint accuracy? With rmdata GeoDesktop, you can manage and edit your databases according to your individual needs, easily and in just a few steps. For the best possible orientation on your map, you can now also use the basemap. at, the basemap of Austria, with extended tooltips in rmdata GeoWeb With the extended tooltip function, you can easily define jump labels in other applications or even integrate images ad hoc. If the mouse cursor is moved over an object on the map, the brief information about partial areas of land is easily determined in rmdata GeoDesktop. proceed as follows: Log in at or portal.lfrz.at with your user data. In the portal network tools, select Address, Building and Apartment Register and then Administration Report Address (CSV). Download the report to your hard drive. Open your project in rmdata GeoDesktop. Using the command Import data (menu Data) and import address data from GWR-Online, numerous information such as streets, street names, forest or settlement areas, buildings, and even house numbers are displayed. The map covers the entire Austrian national territory homogeneously and comprehensively and is updated fully automatically every 2 months on the basis of the original geodata available from the partners. Basemap.at is integrated into GeoDesktop as a WMTS data source (Web Map Tile Service). Open the data source manager in your GeoDocument (menu Data) and add a Web Map Tile Service data source there. Used to display important information about the object below it. This can be a unique number or any combination of the object attributes. In rmdata GeoWeb you have an additional option: You can define the tooltip as an HTML fragment. As a result, it is no longer just a pure display of important attributes. Via you, you can use rmdata GeoDesktop as an information system in your community and have integrated the digital cadastral map (DKM) and the zoning plan into the map as the data basis. Now a certain plot of land is partly dedicated to building land and partly to grassland and you would like to show the area sizes of the building land and grassland separately. With the comprehensive analysis functions you can accomplish this task very easily: Select the desired property and then call up the command Create objects via intersection in the Analysis menu. In the following dialog, enter the layer for the zoning plan. You will now receive two new marking areas, which are dedicated to different areas. Select the report for import. In the Geodatabase selection tab, select the option Import into existing geodatabase and the existing geodatabase from the combo box. When done, all old address data will be deleted from the geodatabase and the new addresses will be imported. Now you have the new addresses immediately available in the graphic and you can easily search for addresses and house numbers. Select basemap from the list of pre-defined and saved services. at off. After completion, the basemap.at is immediately displayed together with your other data, and you can switch the map on and off in the display manager as you wish. Do not forget to save your geospatial document, then the new settings will be kept permanently! For example, insert HTML links into another application. Of course, you can make this link dependent on the selected object, so that you can jump to an object in the third-party application. Images are also very easy to integrate using the HTML tooltip. You only have to be reachable on the intranet or internet. We will help you if you need assistance in defining your extended tooltip. Easily determine partial areas correspond to partial areas of the property. With the command Show object information (F4) you can immediately see the area values ​​in the table view. We offer complete solutions We want your work! Geographic information and spatial data are omnipresent today, so that geographic information systems are used as a tool to support business processes in companies of different sizes and industries. The main interest naturally lies in one's own core business (e.g. managing properties, carrying out basic transfers, informing citizens, planning network expansion) and not so much in the GIS environment. Meanwhile, there is a lack of staff, know-how and time to set up and operate a GIS. rmdata Geoinformation closes this gap by offering our customers complete solutions. Complete solution = standard products + services A complete solution is the combination of rmdata standard products and a tailor-made service package. In addition to installation and training, examples of such services are the acquisition, processing and refining of geospatial data as well as the operation and administration of a GIS. The services are provided by rmdata experts in cooperation with rmdata partners (e.g. engineering offices, surveyors). This means that rmdata remains your central contact and contractual partner, i. In other words, rmdata is responsible for the agreed and complete processing. A complete solution is always individual. The customer defines his requirements and wishes, rmdata experts use their many years of experience and industry knowledge to lean back and breathe deeply: We support you with a complete solution in the area of ​​GIS. Concentrate on your core business and we'll take care of the rest! Complete solution around. In addition to the appropriate tools, this consists of a tailor-made service package. After commissioning and training, the customer can start productive immediately. Rmdata experts continue to support the customer in operation and for ongoing activities (e.g. data updates). For the service package during system implementation and operation, the customer alone decides which services are provided and which are carried out by rmdata. rmdata has already implemented a large number of complete solutions, for example: Communal GIS market community Zillingdorf In 2013 rmdata implemented a new GIS for the community administration for the market community Zillingdorf. The complete solution consisted of: rmdata GeoDesktop with the specialist models Tasks & Documents and Editing as well as the interface to the municipal software ÖKOM Update sewer cadastre Digitize Zoning plan Digitize zoning plan Installation and training Property management Schwarzenberg family In the Fürstlich Schwarzenberg family foundation, the estate and all land have been owned for several years (more than hectares and approx. plots of land) managed by rmdata in a complete solution. In addition to the installation and training of the rmdaTA standard products (GIS, property management), rmdata experts also order data from the property cadastre (due date data) from the BEV and incorporate the data into property management. Further examples are the implementation and operation of individual software solutions in customer data centers, among others. at A1 Telekom Austria AG and Gas Connect Austria AG, and the adaptation of rmdata standard products and their commissioning, including Graz-Seckau diocese and crude oil exploration society. A real win-win situation From rmdata's point of view, the complete solution represents a solid partnership with a customer, in which rmdata experts complement the customer's staff and know-how and both are successful together in the long term. From the customer's point of view, the complete solution is an all-round carefree package, because rmdata is responsible for setting up and operating the GIS solution while the customer concentrates on his core business. A classic win-win situation! Dr. Martin Galanda, Sales Manager, rmdata Geoinformation Photo: GloablStock, istockphoto.com 12 GeoNews 2/2014 2/2014 GeoNews 13

8 news in brief New version 2.3 of rmdata GeoDesktop From A as in AutoCAD exporting 3D objects to W as in using WMTS data: Version 2.3 offers many great innovations CAD & GIS News 2014 At 4 locations in Austria you can experience our new products in the area of ​​plan creation and Geographic information. They open up new possibilities and opportunities for your company! Property management for the Zwettl Monastery GeoDesktop offers the monastery an overview of scattered properties. The majority of the properties of the direct import of points from rm-GEO is interesting for companies that carry out precise measurements for their GIS. You can transfer data from the geodesy software rmgeo or the CodeGrafik module to rmdata GeoDesktop with a click of the mouse: The direct import also includes the comparison of surveying points. Conversely, you export points from the GIS software directly to rmgeo (e.g. for precise staking out). Use the free and free WMTS data sources such as basemap. at the Austrian federal states as well as those of the city of Vienna as background data for your projects! Regardless of whether you work in municipalities, in engineering offices or in property management: The geodata is up-to-date and is largely based on official data. They provide a good overview of the entire project area as well as detailed information including building numbers available throughout Austria. Are you planning a line route and want to incorporate lines or parts of them from a DWG drawing into your planning? Simply select the element from the data source (dwg, dxf, shp etc.), transfer it to the configuration and continue drawing. You save yourself having to import the entire file! By the way: We have greatly expanded the object catches for editing: You can now easily catch end, middle, intersection or plumb points from background data, comparable to CAD software! This ensures more efficiency when processing your data! Store non-geo-referenced raster data (e.g. scanned sketches or historical plans) in various formats (tif, sid, ecw, jpg,) and adapt them yourself. Export the database from rmdata GeoDesktop as AutoCAD 3D objects in DWG / DXF files and use the 3D visualization options in AutoCAD! Anyone who creates plans, collects GIS data and makes them available to the end user in various ways should not miss our series of events! With rmdata GeoMapper, rmdata GeoDesktop and rmdata Geo Cloud (NEW!) We present CAD & GIS software from data acquisition and updates to provision via the web. Find out firsthand how efficient planning is done in surveying with rmdata GeoMapper. Thanks to the simple integration of digital terrain models and laser scan data in rm-DATA GeoMapper, you can go in completely new and even more efficient ways when creating your plans. In addition to classic location and elevation plans, GIS topics are a growing area in the surveying office. This is exactly why rmdata offers an attractive GIS partner model and flexible GIS products. Your GIS orders for digital line cadastre, areas for hunting or forest, traffic signs, tree cadastre, etc. can be completed in next to no time. The direct transfer of the measurement data in rmdata GeoDesktop and the same operating concept as in rmdata GeoMapper pen, especially forest, is in the greater Zwettl area. With 14 incorporated parishes in the Wald and Weinviertel, there are also scattered areas with many small properties. In order to have a better overview, rmdata GeoDesktop supports the pen management in documenting and graphically managing the properties and provides you with optimal support. Your customers are not neglected either: Supply your clients (municipalities, line operators, property managers) with the right GIS product. Or provide your customers with GIS data in interactive maps via rmdata GeoCloud in just a few minutes. They thus derive greater benefit from the data. Go to News / Events and register for CAD & GIS News 2014! When & Where Events Symposium on Service-Oriented Mapping October 2014, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany 2nd EUROGI imagine Conference 2014 GI Expertise: Made in Europe October 2014 Berlin, Germany INTERGEO October 2014 Berlin, Germany 3rd National INSPIRE- Conference 2014 as part of INTERGEO October 7th: 12:00 AM GEOMATIK-News November 12th, 2014 Technopark Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland 18th International Geodetic Week Obergurgl February 2015 Obergurgl in Ötztal, Tyrol October 30th, 9:00 am-4:00pm in Graz 4.November, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Vienna November 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Innsbruck November 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Linz forest areas. On the basis of a map of Austria, the cadastre including owner data of the cadastral communities in which the monastery owns properties is displayed. In the area of ​​property, lease and forest management, property inquiries, area calculations and neighborhood analyzes are carried out. GeoDesktop for preservation of evidence in the BBT The desktop GIS from rmdata supports the civil engineering office PCD ZT GmbH in the preservation of evidence in the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) project. Objects that are in the area of ​​the planned railway line of the BBT are provided by an all-round package for the community of Zillingdorf. Together with local partners, we support communities in collecting and integrating data, as the example of Zillingdorf shows. We offer much more than just software for municipalities: In a cooperation with local partners, we take over the overall support for municipalities when it comes to advising and supporting with data acquisition, digitization and delivery according to standards. Our partners are B. Surveyors, engineering offices and others Michael Reithofer “I would describe myself as ambitious, enterprising and interested in many things,” says Michael Reithofer. Mr. Reithofer is our new sales representative at rmdata Geoinformation and has recently started looking after customers in the field of property and forest management. He completed the course in business consulting and corporate management at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. And because he has always had a weakness for geography, he started another master’s course in geoinformatics at the university of applied sciences. Documented in his new role as customer advisor at PCD ZT GmbH in the course of securing evidence. This results in extensive data stocks for each object, consisting of documents, photos, owner data, sketches, plans and measurement results. With the help of rmdaTA GeoDesktop, the collected object data are stored in a structured manner, documented and clearly displayed in the site plan. At the beginning of the project, the GIS identified the service providers for the tunnel axis who have to do with data management. rmdata ensures the transfer and quality of the delivered geodata into the software system and the municipality can work with the data immediately. In the market town of Zillingdorf, near Wiener Neustadt, we have successfully implemented such an all-round package. The analog zoning and development plan was digitized and the municipal canal cadastre revised. The zoning plan was delivered in the form of vector data and made available as a layer in rmdata GeoDesktop. The development plan was recorded directly in the GIS on the basis of a configuration. rmdata closes the circle for him: the connection between geography and economy. His great passion is playing hockey. It all began at the village pond near his home town Bad Schönau with homemade goals and wooden clubs. The hobby soon turned into a passion and he ended up with the clubs Wiener Neustadt and Ternitz, with which he is also involved in Styria. Where and how do you actually practice ice hockey in summer, the question arises to me? With inline skates on asphalt! I find out, and not without pride, he reports on the recently acquired affected objects, depending on the cadastral community and the evidence-preservation corridor. The extensive analysis and blending functions of the program were very helpful. With the Editing industry model, additional information was added and the data optimally prepared for the preservation of evidence on site. In daily use rmdata GeoDesktop guarantees quick access to all data. Zillingdorf's head of department, Mag. Christian Eiböck, is enthusiastic: rmdata is a competent and reliable partner. The employees gave us good advice and supported us professionally in the implementation of the project. A lantern cadastre is currently being implemented in the community with the help of the rmdata GeoDesktop Editieren industry model. The all-round package for the community also includes digitizing the Fläwi. Championship title of his team in the national league. Michael Reithofer also likes to ride his mountain bike. He finds ideal conditions for this sport in his home region, the Bucklige Welt. Soon he would like to conquer the Großglockner by bike. You have to be up there once in your life, he says with a wink. DI Susanne Friedl-Steiner Imprint: Owner, editor, publisher: rmdata GmbH Editing: Jürgen Beiglböck Design, coordination and advertising management: DI Susanne Friedl-Steiner Employees for this number: DI V. from Schmitten, Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. N. Bartelme, J. Beiglböck, M. Fink, DI S. Friedl-Steiner, Dr. M. Galanda, S. Gamperl MSc, DI R. Grillmayer, J. Strobl: all: Technologiezentrum Pinkafeld, Industriestraße 6, 7423 Pinkafeld, Austria Tel Fax ext 76 Production support: Mag.Margit Nöhrer Manufacturer: Gröbner Druck, Oberwart Purpose of the medium: Dissemination of information about software products for surveying and geographic information, notes to the editors: Edition: year, note in terms of the Equal Treatment Act: For reasons of easier readability, a gender-specific differentiation, such as B. surveyors or users, waived. Corresponding terms apply in the sense of equal treatment for both genders. 14 GeoNews 2/2014 2/2014 GeoNews 15

9 We offer the most efficient GIS solution for your requirements! Photo Andi Bruckner Jürgen Strobl, Sales Manager You can find more information about the most efficient GIS at rmdata Geoinformation Intelligent software consistently simple Technologiezentrum Pinkafeld, Industriestraße 6, 7423 Pinkafeld Tel: +43 (0), Fax: -76,