We’ve successfully eliminated the financial and technical barrier for small municipalities to implement a sophisticated asset management solution. The software is primarily open source so you can download and use as many copies for free as you desire without any restrictions. Also any number of users can access the enterprise class, cloud hosted database without any licence cost. The reporting uses PowerBI from Microsoft and the desktop download is free while pro edition is reasonably priced. Alternative open source BI solutions are also in development using R, JS and Metabase for communities that would like to implement a full free and open source stack.
After 2 years of work, by which time the additional work on setup, mapping and training is complete, we begin donating a half of our annual AM& BI fees back to the municipality to be utilized as a grant-in-aid for deserving local community groups. That is $3,500 for grass-roots organizations every year.
|Asset Management Software||Free|
|Web mapping software||Free|
|App Server Admin & updates||Free|
|Database Server Admin & updates||Free|
|BI software||Free or Minimal|
Setup & Training
I would like to encourage online training where possible, although some municipalities have indicated a preference for in-person training. For in-person training , municipalities are asked to reimburse travel and time.
Fee for Service
This is structured to minimally to reimburse time & cover overhead. It provides:
- BI expertise for financial statements & asset reports for council & for public
- GIS expertise, regular parcel downloads, tax & utility integration
- Database administration, updates and backup
- Data uploads & maintenance
- Support for BI, GIS, Data Collect App & database etc
|BI Support Package||$1,500|
|Financial & AM App or web reports for council||Incl.|
|Public BI Financial reports||Incl.|
|Live Asset Management Plans||Incl.|
|Cloud hosted, multi-year financial cube||Incl.|
|Amortization report & working paper export||Incl.|
|New LGDE Report & Stat Can reports||Incl.|
|Setup & Training||Incl.|
|Asset Management, GIS, Web App Support&Data Update Package||$5,500|
|Parcel Map BC Integration||Incl.|
|Quarterly PMBC downloads & ETL||Incl.|
|Financial, tax and utility uploads||Incl.|
|Public GIS Maps||Incl.|
|Cell phone data collect app||Incl.|
|Planning app w draw tool||Incl.|
|Tax & Utility data integration||Incl.|
|Tourism & Trails Interactive Map||Incl.|
|Setup & Training||Incl.|
|Cemetery Mgmt App||$500|
|Museum Mgmt App||$500|
|More frequent monthly or weekly cadaster updates||$500|
|3D Virtual Reality – in development|
|Lower Drone based sensing & images & orthophotos – developing|
This approach fits in with our philosophy of inclusiveness and saves small municipalities a minimum of $35K in just annual software fees. The service allows small municipalities to share AM, GIS & BI expertise through the cloud at a fraction of the cost of hiring staff in-house. This saves a small municipality in excess of $90K to hire a qualified asset/gis manager.
How do we do this when alternatives cost many tens of thousands of dollars? 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 images and procedures 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 access to free software for municipalities and contribute to community groups. We do not have marketing budget nor any marketing associates and instead redirect those costs to local community groups as donations. We rely on word-of-mouth based on the value and quality of our work. If you’re a municipality interested in further information or would like demo email me.