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Performance-Based Asset Management Best Practices – Making Your Data Work for You with Dashboards

Stefano February 7, 2017
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VUEWorksWe are all familiar with the day-to-day activities happening throughout our organization. Lots of things are happening and this information is being captured in our Asset Management System throughout the day, week, month and year. Information is an asset in and of itself, but it is neglected at many organizations because of the focus on “today’s” activities.

Dashboards can provide a passive way of visualizing data so that Performance Metrics can be monitored (e.g. How many Issues are older than 24 hours?). It can also provide Insights into your data that are not easily seen in tabular layouts of data Filters and Reports. This information should be presented to the Asset Management user in a way that is relevant to their day-to-day activities and should be interactive, giving the user control over the information in front of them.

VUEWorks set out to create this exact user experience when we decided to overhaul our Dashboard tools. The following goals were presented to the Development team along with their associated User Stories. This process would focus on the User, so we also enlisted many key clients from our customer base to provide the guidance necessary to achieve these goals:

  • Provide a Unique User Experience, focused on the Individual User as well as Groups of Users who share the same, common information
  • Provide a Wizard-driven User Interface (UI) to make it easy for anyone to author their own Dashboard Widgets
  • Expose all Data Sources and GIS Layers to allow for ANY type of Dashboard to be created
  • Provide a series of commonly used Dashboard Widget Types and share them among users within the organization

  • Integrate with / Leverage Existing Filters throughout the VUEWorks interface to make it easy for users to get their specific data delivered to their Dashboard without having to re-create anything.

  • Provide a series of Mathematical Functions (e.g. Count, Average, Min, Max, Sum) that can be organized by Values (Good, Fair, Poor) or Ranges of Values (Bins).

  • Allow the user to change the Appearance (2D or 3D), Legend Settings (Marker Types, Position) or General Settings (Labels, Font and Margins) related to the Widget.

  • Integrate with Existing User and Role-based Security found throughout VUEWorks.

  • Provide easy to use Help and Online resources to help train users and expose them to new functionality.

DTS will be hosting a webinar on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST to more fully review the dashboard functionality with our VUEWorks User Community. If you are interested in learning more, please register for the webinar on the events page of our website.
 

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Data Transfer Solutions is pleased to welcome Adam to the team!

Stefano February 1, 2017
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Orlando, Florida – Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) is pleased to welcome Mr. Adam Goodnoe to the growing team.

Mr. Goodnoe will primarily support the VUEWorks enterprise asset management application, including software/web development, testing and quality control. He will also work with the support team to assist in troubleshooting issues from a development/software perspective. Mr. Goodnoe has 6 years of web application development experience.

“We are excited to have Adam join our team in Manchester and are looking forward to many great things from him,” said Dave Paine, VUEWorks’ Chief Technology Officer.

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During his leisure time, Adam likes spending time with his daughter, as seen in the picture. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hiking, canoeing, camping, gardening and yard work. He loves writing, cooking, baking and pickling. He has two dogs, Shadow and Angel.


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions.

To welcome Adam to the team or get in touch with DTS, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with the DTS team!

DTS’s Director of Asset Management Operations – Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP, PMP – Named URISA’s Young Professional of the Year

Stefano January 24, 2017
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Orlando, Florida – Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) congratulates Daniel Behnke, GISP, AICP, PMP on being named the Urban and Regional Information System Association’s (URISA) Young Professional of the Year.

As part of his service over the past two years, Mr. Behnke served as a member of the Vanguard Cabinet. The Vanguard Cabinet is an advisory board made up of passionate, young geospatial professionals who strive to engage young practitioners and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the geospatial community.

The Vanguard Cabinet’s mission is to create programs and policies that benefit young professionals and enhance overall innovation, collaboration, networking and professional development opportunities. Mr. Behnke is also actively involved in the Florida Planning and Zoning Association as well as a host of other civic initiatives.

At DTS, Mr. Behnke oversees all facets of the firm’s asset management data collection operations including its fleet of collection vehicles, production and project delivery across DTS’s portfolio of projects. “We couldn’t be more proud of Daniel. This recognition is a testament to his work ethic and passion for his profession,” said A.M. “Trey” Fragala, III, AICP, PMP, DTS’s Chief Operating Officer.


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions.

To welcome Scot to the team or get in touch with DTS, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with the DTS team!

Scot Gordon Joins DTS and Brings Expert Experience in Pavement Management

Stefano October 31, 2016
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Orlando, Florida – Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) is pleased to welcome Mr. Scot Gordon to the team. Scot has a proven record of leading numerous pavement design projects where he has lead teams on large Design/Build projects.

He is also well known for the provision of consulting services on numerous transportation projects that include highways, heavy rail, airports, and large private toll roads. Scot gained valuable experience in pavement management and maintenance while performing research for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Oakland at Texas A&M and has worked in various phases of transportation infrastructure maintenance. Scot’s explicit experience with soil conditions and design practices includes a wide regional coverage the United States.

“With pavement being a critical asset for many VUEWorks customers, Scot adds grounded subject matter expertise for true Performance-based Asset Management”, stated Allen Ibaugh, CEO of DTS.

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On a personal note; Scot enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters and enjoying their musical talents. Scot’s hobbies include working with wood and building rustic coolers and small furniture. I’m a big sports fan and enjoy attending college football games especially to support the Texas A&M Aggies.


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions.

To welcome Scot to the team or get in touch with DTS, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with the DTS team!

A Warm Welcome to Michelle M. Martel, CSM

Stefano October 25, 2016
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Orlando, Florida – Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) is pleased to welcome Ms. Michelle Martel to the growing team. Ms. Martel’s background includes database management and advanced analytics with relational data.

DTS recognizes that VUEWorks is relied upon as a system of record and integration platform for performance-based asset management. Having support for implementations and platform enhancements, advanced database skills are required.

From day one, Ms. Martel’s role includes extending report design and database manipulation for fast and accurate VUEWorks performance. In addition to creating many new standard reports, she is also working to extend the software’s dashboarding.

Michelle’s efforts are designed to help customers better engage with their data. As a Certified Scrum Master, Michelle has immediately fit in with the DTS / VUEWorks approach to software development – agile.

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In the agile process, teams work in sprints (typically 2 weeks each) to develop new software features and improve existing ones. Daily stand-up meetings are also held where team members provide updates on what they have accomplished, what they plan to accomplish that day and any impediments they have encountered.

Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys photography, hiking, boating, swimming, reading, and cooking.


Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions.

To welcome Michelle to the team or get in touch with DTS, just drop us a line as we look forward to hearing from you. Get in touch with the DTS team!

DTS and SmarterBetterCities Partnership Extends 3D to Asset Management

Stefano October 4, 2016
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VUEWorks and CloudCities bring powerful 3D mobile tools to asset management

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San Francisco, Calif. – October 4, 2016. DTS and SmarterBetterCities are pleased to announce a partnership that brings 3D tools and sharing to asset management.

The world is not flat. Why run an asset management system that only allows you to track work management, perform condition assessments and generate projects for a capital improvement plan in the second dimension? This partnership will make the interaction with VUEWorks both richer and more intuitive.

Using VUEWorks and CloudCities together brings many benefits to organizations. Seeing assets in 3D provides operational context that speeds up the understanding of important issues. Tying together the planning and management of assets means lower costs and better results. More effective actions planned in 3D make fixing and managing assets easier.

Many types of organizations will benefit from the ability of VUEWorks and CloudCities to combine existing asset data and BIM, CAD and GIS data with reality data (e.g. 3D photo meshes from drones.) Transportation agencies can use it to provide insights using realistic and thematic 3D visualizations of infrastructure and blend reality data with asset data to compare existing and planned scenarios. Facility managers can use it to leverage 3D dashboards that show key performance indicators (KPIs) such as occupancy, space costs, renewal rate and energy use costs ratios per space unit.

In addition, campus planners benefit from having an interactive 3D inventory of buildings and campus assets as well as planned changes to the campus. Public works officials can combine and convert existing data from AutoCAD, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, ArcGIS and Microstation into 3D for a real life integrated view of campus infrastructure.

VUEWorks and CloudCities work via the desktop or web so users can get access to their information on any device, anytime, anywhere. “The partnership with DTS brings to CloudCities powerful tools for asset management,” comments Jan Halatsch, Chief Product Officer of SmarterBetterCities. “In turn, seeing assets in 3D brings a whole new level of reality for asset managers using CloudCities.”

Facilities and fixed assets require a system of record and attention to their full life cycle. Work management, risk, condition and valuation and also the generation of capital improvement plans are enhanced when tied to GIS. This partnership takes the next logical step to model the real world in 3D.

More information

SmarterBetterCities: SmarterBetterCities is a fast growing 3D web startup based in Walnut Creek, CA, and Zurich, Switzerland founded in December 2012. They offer business-to-business solutions for decision makers, urban planners, municipalities, local governments, consultants, architect offices, real estate agencies, construction companies and more. http://www.smarterbettercities.com

CloudCities: CloudCities is an online application for hosting, sharing and visualizing smart 3D city models. It is designed to be incredibly easy to share 3D content on websites, blogs, social media and mobile devices. Users just upload their 3D content to a server where it is securely stored. Various internal and external data sources can be integrated into the visualizations. With a few mouse clicks, users can add stunning dashboard visualizations and layer controls. After it is saved, users can easily link it to their social media accounts or embed it directly into their website. https://cloudcities.io

Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), Makers of VUEWorks, is the leader in performance-based asset management. DTS provides mobile asset collection, work and asset management and custom geographic information system solutions. https://www.dtsgis.com/

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