We’ve successfully eliminated the financial and technical barrier for small municipalities to implement a sophisticated asset management solution through a shared service model. Our model is open source driven, so there is no restrictions on the number of copies or users that can utilize the system. A large number of users can access our enterprise class, cloud hosted database without incurring any licence costs. The reporting uses PowerBI from Microsoft whose desktop download is free while pro edition is reasonably priced. Alternative open source BI solutions are also in development using R, JS and Metabase all we move towards offering a full open-source stack to those that desire it.

Software Stack

GIS softwareFree
Asset Management SoftwareFree
Web mapping softwareFree
App Server Admin & updates Free
Database Server Admin & updatesFree
BI software Free or Minimal
Analytics softwareFree

Setup & Training

As a shared service the training requirements for inside and outside public works staff are minimal, but we offer online or in-person training. For in-person training , municipalities are asked to reimburse travel and time.

Fee for Service – Pay for shared service, not for software

This is structured to minimally to reimburse time & overhead as software is free. This includes:

  1. BI expertise for financial statements & asset reports for council & for public
  2. GIS expertise and support
  3. Quarterly/monthly or more frequent parcel downloads and integration
  4. Annual tax & utility uploads and integration with mapping
  5. Year end financial uploads
  6. Database administration, updates and backup
  7. Data uploads & maintenance
  8. Support for BI, GIS, Data Collect App & Asset Management
  9. Training & public works field application support
Business Intelligence for Financials & Asset Management Shared Service
Financial& AM App or web reports for councilIncl.
Public BI Financial reportsIncl.
Live Asset Management PlansIncl.
Cloud hosted, multi-year financial cubeIncl.
Amortization report & working paper exportIncl.
New LGDE Report & Stat Can reportsIncl.
Setup & TrainingIncl.
AM, GIS, Web Mapping Shared Service
Financial uploadsIncl.
Public GIS MapsIncl.
Field data collect appIncl.
QGIS SupportIncl.
Tourism & Trails Interactive MapIncl.
Setup & TrainingIncl.
Cadaster & Utility Integration Shared ServiceIncl.
Parcel Map BC IntegrationIncl.
Quarterly PMBC downloads & ETLIncl.
Tax & Utility data integrationIncl.
Planning draw toolIncl.
Supplementary Apps/Services
Cemetery Mgmt App
More frequent monthly or weekly cadaster updates
Museum Mgmt App

This approach fits in with our philosophy of inclusiveness and saves a small municipality the entirety of software fees and more significantly the cost of hiring a GIS professional to provide the level of service demanded by our communities and senior levels of government. The cloud allows small municipalities to share the cost AM, GIS & BI expertise across multiple municipalities reducing it to a fraction of the cost of hiring staff in-house.

How do we do this when any alternatives cost many tens of thousands of dollars more? We use open source extensively, leverage the cloud and offer a tightly integrated solution. The tight integration keeps things simple and the cloud hosting eliminates worries about software updates & administration. Our data frameworks reflect our philosophy to keep things simple and real. Your outside crew will appreciate the simplicity of our field app which won’t get in the way of doing their job while providing them easy access to notes, documents and images to help with their work. We emphasize decisions base on factual information not on dubious and costly optimizations.

We operate extremely frugally in line with our philosophy in order to keep costs low, allow provision of free software for municipalities and contribute to community groups. We do not have marketing budget nor any marketing associates and rely on the word-of-mouth based on the quality of work. If you’re a municipality interested in further information or would like demo email me.