GIS Consultancy

Geographical Information Systems can assist businessmen to municipalities, an average computer user to a technician who executes complex spatial analysis for decision support systems. The variety of users complicates implementation and application of GIS. Naturally, GIS is a multidisciplinary concept. Multiple disciplines must be applied together to achieve integrated information systems.

The multidisciplinary nature of GIS results in a diversity of fields where GIS is applicable. Production of digital maps related to a specific “place” enables us to provide “smart” responses to queries related to this “place.” In other words, production of spatial data about a place helps us determine spatial relationship among the other entities in the same place; for example, measuring the distance between these entities accurately. Furthermore, incidents around that specific place can be interpreted and according to the results of analyses, forecasting and planning can be performed more precisely. GIS and its components enable all of these functions.

As you may have already noticed, all of the functionality depends on the data. Therefore, we can achieve correct results if and only if the data is accurate and correct. In order to have correct data, we have to collect and survey it right, process it precisely and present it as wanted. If the data is not collected properly, it is nothing more than a bunch of useless bytes. If not processed properly, spatial data is totally useless; it must be adjusted according to the application that will use it.

UCI steps in at this critical point and starts from the beginning by analysing required data to be collected. Modification of data for better and easier use, different functions for different user levels and similar tasks which require experience will be performed by UCI. In addition to these, UCI supports you through the whole project – from the concept to the final delivery with its experience and know-how. During the operation, UCI will always be with you for technical and other kinds of support. Providing support is a vital component of our business approach.

UCI is also providing field surveying services to its clients through its partners. Complete project management, follow up and quality control processes are performed by UCI in order to make sure that we deliver the right solution.

Case Study: Municipalities

Municipalities and similar government organizations need GIS more than other clients and they are easier to provide with GIS solutions than most. Municipalities always work on spatial data and geographical attributes of the areas for which they are responsible. Municipalities are closer to the public and therefore probably need to be more proactive than other government bodies.

There are various fields where GIS is applicable in the context of municipalities. In addition to regional and city planning tasks, business process modelling, presenting local information to the residents, establishing the infrastructure for touristic, cultural and other social activities, establishment of a smart geographical information system about the whole city to provide users with functions like finding the nearest pharmacy, address queries at the street level, and so on.

 

The following are samples of applications that can be provided to municipalities.

*      Modelling the change in the city between dates (number of new establishments, direction of expansion/contraction of municipal boundaries, etc.)

*      Public awareness of the information related to the city.

*      Increasing residents’ awareness of the city by providing an integrated geographical information system

*      Providing a new method of promotion of new developments in the city, supported by the place of development and other applications, such as live video streaming, etc.

*      Management of the municipality’s fleet of vehicles through an integrated vehicle tracking system so that misuse, diversions from the planned route can be detected or better routing alternatives can be suggested.

*      Intelligent transportation solutions can be built on top of an established geographical information system and as a result traffic flow can be controlled and commanded from the centre.

*      Building command and control centre at the municipal building to monitor, command and control all integrated municipal systems.

Case Study: Incident Management/Emergency Response Systems/Emergency Aid for Healthcare

Disaster management, crisis management, emergency response, incident management and other terminologies aim to address a single issue: helping people when they are in trouble. Therefore, we prefer giving them a single name: Incident Management. This term is applicable to:

1.       People who have health problems and who need immediate attention

2.       People who are involved in a traffic accident

3.       People who are caught by fire

4.       People who need to be rescued from flooding, earthquake, snow storm, sand storm, hill, lake, mountain, river or who are lost in their way

5.       People who are involved in some or all of the above

Incident management systems are very important in our daily lives. They must be operated on 7/24 basis and they have to respond quickly. In addition, all procedures must be well defined so that whoever is attending the incident would follow the same steps to help people get rid of their unfortunate situation.

Incident management systems have different components. The most important components and their explanations are summarized below.

*      Human – the most critical aspect of the system. The system is designed for humans and is operated by humans. This makes it complicated and smarter – and error-prone, unfortunately. Therefore, the whole system must be designed in a way that reduces the potential errors before they happen.

*      Incident Registry – all incident details are registered in the database and they can be queried by date, time, person, name, keywords, etc. This helps analysing the current incident.

GIS – the authorities must be able to pin point the location of the incident with the help of the descriptions of victims, or by the phone number, or some other information. Not only

*      pinpointing the location, but also finding the shortest and the quickest way to reach the incident location are very important. In addition, GIS will help locating the best suitable resource for the type of incident – for example, if this is a big accident, ambulance and fire brigades, or civil defence may be required.

*      Vehicle tracking systems makes all the mobile and stationary units be visible to the system.

*      The system must be integrated so that the incident is handled properly by the most proper agencies. All of the nearest and best available resources can be directed to the incident location. Here,

o   Incident management system finds the proper agency, equipment and materials.

o   GIS finds the most suitable units according to their locations. For example, some of them might be already patrolling around the incident location and these units can be directed to the new incident if they possess the right equipment.

o   Vehicle tracking system assists GIS to access locations of the mobile units.

o   Mobile units will be notified by the navigation devices or radio. They can be tracked en route to make sure that they reach the incident location properly.

*      The incident management system can be monitored and all actions of the officers can be tracked real time at the command and control centre. Therefore, command and control centre must be designed very carefully. There are a lot of aspects that affect the design of a command and control centre. The figure below shows a sample command and control centre design by UCI.

*      UCI can provide, install, integrate, operate and training for the all systems listed above.

     

Samples of GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM services that UCI can provide for you

*      UCI is an authorized reseller of ESRI and therefore is authorized to sell all products in ArcGIS product family.

*      GIS Centre Design

*      Customized applications

*      Command and control centre design, implementation and integration that uses GIS and other systems to help public safety, security and emergency handling (incident management)

*      Location based services

*      Planning information systems

*      Cadastre Information Systems

*      Web-based mapping and geographical information systems

*      Training on the developed software

*      Full documentation of the services and the software

*      Field Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Activities

Samples of Recent GIS services provided by UCI

Enterprise GIS Centre (Municipal, at the Ministry Level)

*      Participate in preparing and delivering of the technical and financial specifications, reports, presentations, designs, RFPs, questionnaires, and all related issues concerning the project.

*      Participate in preparing and delivering the technical and financial specifications of database design of Enterprise GIS Centre.

*      Participate in preparing and delivering the technical and financial specifications of RFP of Enterprise GIS Centre.

*      Participate in preparing the technical presentations and workshop for Enterprise GIS Centre.

GIS Centre Design and Establishment

*      Turn-key GIS Centre Establishment has various activities in different fields. The client just specifies his/her requirements, and these requirements are refined through several presentations and brain storming sessions.

*      Analyse and identify requirements of the GIS Centre, in terms seating capacity, different roles, functions of the centre, logistic requirements, infrastructure requirements, etc.

*      Prepare conceptual and 3D, near-realistic designs for customer approval, change designs according to actual physical space provided or instructions of the client.

 

*      Contact with required vendors for different components of the GIS Centre, procure required hardware, software, furniture, establish infrastructure and integrate all systems.

 

GIS Software Development Services

*      Please refer to Software DevelopmentSection of this document.

GIS Data Services

*      Analysis of existing spatial data

*      Editing and digitizing services

*      Creation of special-purpose data. For example,

o   Road network for navigation data

o   Utility network for network analysis

o   3D data for planning or illustration purposes

o   Tabular data for decision support systems

*      Preparation, refinement and performing data migration, acquisition and maintenance frameworks and workflows

*      Fully documented geodatabase

o   Data dictionary and data catalogue preparation at the enterprise level

o   Illustrations and documentation of tables, relationships, stereotypes, domains and all other specific information related with geodatabase

*      Preparation of cartographic and thematic map templates

Consultancy Services for Private Companies

*      GIS database and geo-information data structure design

*      GIS Centre Design, including roles and responsibilities

*      GIS Project Management, Team Formation

 

*      GIS Roadmap Planning

Training

UCI also provides training on information systems and project management.

1.       Project Management: Training according to PMI standards.

2.       GIS Training: Provided as basic and advanced. There are two types of training available:

a.       No platform required, general geographical information systems knowledge will be transferred. The main purpose is to establish the general understanding of geographical information systems. After completing this course, the user will be able to evaluate and select its own GIS platform.

b.      On a specific platform, specialization on specific software is the target. This group of users will be capable of performing operations professionally on that software.

3.       Information Systems Training

a.       Operating System Training

b.      Microsoft Office Software Training

c.       Basic computer usage training

 

Our training programs are regularly reviewed and restructured according to the latest technologies and demands. In order to obtain up-to-date information about our training programs, please contact Uz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Distance Learning Portal prepared to provide service for more than 4000 users

 

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System Integration

The latest developments in the computer and associated industry resulted in very well developed and prepared systems which are available at affordable prices. Therefore, clients often request COTS systems to be supplied. It is quite difficult, if not impossible, to match all the needs of clients. COTS systems are proven, error-free or at least fault-tolerant; however they were built for generic purposes. Furthermore, in any size of IT project, you may find different COTS systems required. Supplying different systems for the different parts of a project cannot work unless you make them communicate with each other. In other words, all the COTS systems you acquire will be totally useless if you don’t integrate and make them work together. Here’s where UCI comes into the picture. With years of multidiscipline project expertise, UCI will help you make the most of your investment. Not only computer hardware and software, but also internetworking, performance optimization, testing and documentation are the key parameters addressed by UCI during systems integration.

The following summarizes our services in this regard:

1.       Analysing, evaluating and reporting candidate systems that you wish to purchase. Reporting includes the compatibility degrees of the new system components; partial compatibility and full compatibility will be reported. Incompatible parts will be reported as well. Possible modifications will be listed, and the best suitable among the candidate systems will be suggested.

2.               2.    Integration of new systems will be planned and the whole process will be defined so that the integration will be flawless.

3.               3.    If a new system or systems are to be established or acquired, requirements of your organization will be listed, compatible systems will be selected and upon your approval, systems will be purchased, installed, and a turn-key solution will be provided to you. All the technical responsibility will be on us and you will simply (and virtually) “turn the key” to start working.

Case Study:

 

1)      1) As “SeekingASolution Group LLC.”, you are seeking for Vehicle Tracking Systems and Accounting Software. You already have a geographical information system in place. At UCI, we analyse your existing GIS and based on our findings, we locate the best Vehicle Tracking System to serve as many of your needs as possible while staying within your budget and at maximum warranty period. At the same time, we look for the accounting system software through other firms that we are in touch with, because accounting software is not our primary field of expertise. Our findings will result in a report that suggests all the possible alternatives. After your acquisition, we develop a small software application that retrieves the results of the vehicle tracking system and transfers it to the accounting software as per your approval. We also provide you with full support during the usage of this program. In the end, you have a new vehicle tracking system and new accounting software, which are fully integrated with your existing geographical information system.

1)      2) "SeekingASolution Group LLC.” is extremely happy with the system integration performed as explained above. Costs are being tracked better, minimized and future planning results are better. The company has grown more than expected and it seeks a transition to Enterprise Resource Planning. This is a very important and sensitive process that may be long lasting. UCI is still here during this process. First of all, existing workflows will be modelled, components of each step will be identified, new software systems will be installed and training will be delivered. At the same time, the customer should never or minimally notice “the big change.” Full support from “SeekingASolution Group LLC” executives and employees, developing small software applications for a smoother integration, customizing new forms according to new standards of the company will be performed by UCI. “SeekingASolution Group LLC” will utilize the benefits at the maximum while feeling the pains of transition at the minimum. Customer’s satisfaction built on efficient solution remains the signature of UCI.

 Samples of SYSTEMS INTEGRATION services that UCI can provide for you

*      Analysis of your existing systems, assessment of your current systems

*      Developing small software applications that will help you integrate your existing systems

*      Providing turn-key IT solutions where you don’t (need to) have expertise or you have never implemented before, selecting the best solutions, implementing them for you, training your users, and supporting your organization until your organization reaches a certain experience level

*      Transition planning for migration of your existing data to a new platform, training your users and handing over your system to its actual users

*      Full documentation of the services and modifications during the integration

 

Samples of Recent Systems Integration services provided by UCI

*      Integration of different distance learning systems as one seamlessly integrated system. The system is developed for one of our clients and it is now capable of providing distance learning system to more than 4500 students.

*      Integration of different IT systems in a command and control centre where UCI members have taken part in management and technical supervision. Command and Control Centre establishment needs special expertise which UCI has. 

 

 

Information Systems Consultancy

 

Being in the business for many years, we are ready to share our expertise, ready to transfer our knowledge to help the community develop, and ready to help people do a better and more effective business.

Before you fall into trouble, before you are faced with problems, even before you buy any hardware, contact us for consultation – many of the hardware systems are capable to run almost all software, but we know of a few which can give you a lot of problems and therefore can increase costs.

Looking at a solution from a broader angle, foreseeing possible problems and preparing solutions for them, selecting the method of implementation, and finally handing over your system requires expertise – that UCI has.

 

Please note that information systems are usually composed of multiple subsystems and each subsystem requires a different specialization.

Information Systems Consultancy

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Geographical Information Systems

Geographical Information Systems can assist businessmen to municipalities, an average computer user to a technician who executes complex spatial analysis for decision support systems. The variety of users complicates implementation and application of GIS. Naturally, GIS is a multidisciplinary concept. Multiple disciplines must be applied together to achieve integrated information systems.

The multidisciplinary nature of GIS results in a diversity of fields where GIS is applicable. Production of digital maps related to a specific “place” enables us to provide “smart” responses to queries related to this “place.” In other words, production of spatial data about a place helps us determine spatial relationship among the other entities in the same place; for example, measuring the distance between these entities accurately. Furthermore, incidents around that specific place can be interpreted and according to the results of analyses, forecasting and planning can be performed more precisely. GIS and its components enable all of these functions.

As you may have already noticed, all of the functionality depends on the data. Therefore, we can achieve correct results if and only if the data is accurate and correct. In order to have correct data, we have to collect and survey it right, process it precisely and present it as wanted. If the data is not collected properly, it is nothing more than a bunch of useless bytes. If not processed properly, spatial data is totally useless; it must be adjusted according to the application that will use it.

UCI steps in at this critical point and starts from the beginning by analysing required data to be collected. Modification of data for better and easier use, different functions for different user levels and similar tasks which require experience will be performed by UCI. In addition to these, UCI supports you through the whole project – from the concept to the final delivery with its experience and know-how. During the operation, UCI will always be with you for technical and other kinds of support. Providing support is a vital component of our business approach.

UCI is also providing field surveying services to its clients through its partners. Complete project management, follow up and quality control processes are performed by UCI in order to make sure that we deliver the right solution.

Case Study: Municipalities

Municipalities and similar government organizations need GIS more than other clients and they are easier to provide with GIS solutions than most. Municipalities always work on spatial data and geographical attributes of the areas for which they are responsible. Municipalities are closer to the public and therefore probably need to be more proactive than other government bodies.

There are various fields where GIS is applicable in the context of municipalities. In addition to regional and city planning tasks, business process modelling, presenting local information to the residents, establishing the infrastructure for touristic, cultural and other social activities, establishment of a smart geographical information system about the whole city to provide users with functions like finding the nearest pharmacy, address queries at the street level, and so on. 

The following are samples of applications that can be provided to municipalities.

Modelling the change in the city between dates (number of new establishments, direction of expansion/contraction of municipal boundaries, etc.)

Public awareness of the information related to the city.

Increasing residents’ awareness of the city by providing an integrated geographical information system

*      Providing a new method of promotion of new developments in the city, supported by the place of development and other applications, such as live video streaming, etc.

*      Management of the municipality’s fleet of vehicles through an integrated vehicle tracking system so that misuse, diversions from the planned route can be detected or better routing alternatives can be suggested.

*      Intelligent transportation solutions can be built on top of an established geographical information system and as a result traffic flow can be controlled and commanded from the centre.

*      Building command and control centre at the municipal building to monitor, command and control all integrated municipal systems.

Case Study: Incident Management/Emergency Response Systems/Emergency Aid for Healthcare

Disaster management, crisis management, emergency response, incident management and other terminologies aim to address a single issue: helping people when they are in trouble. Therefore, we prefer giving them a single name: Incident Management. This term is applicable to:

1.       People who have health problems and who need immediate attention

2.       People who are involved in a traffic accident

3.       People who are caught by fire

4.       People who need to be rescued from flooding, earthquake, snow storm, sand storm, hill, lake, mountain, river or who are lost in their way

5.       People who are involved in some or all of the above

Incident management systems are very important in our daily lives. They must be operated on 7/24 basis and they have to respond quickly. In addition, all procedures must be well defined so that whoever is attending the incident would follow the same steps to help people get rid of their unfortunate situation.

Incident management systems have different components. The most important components and their explanations are summarized below.

*      Human – the most critical aspect of the system. The system is designed for humans and is operated by humans. This makes it complicated and smarter – and error-prone, unfortunately. Therefore, the whole system must be designed in a way that reduces the potential errors before they happen.

*      Incident Registry – all incident details are registered in the database and they can be queried by date, time, person, name, keywords, etc. This helps analysing the current incident.

GIS – the authorities must be able to pin point the location of the incident with the help of the descriptions of victims, or by the phone number, or some other information. Not only

*      pinpointing the location, but also finding the shortest and the quickest way to reach the incident location are very important. In addition, GIS will help locating the best suitable resource for the type of incident – for example, if this is a big accident, ambulance and fire brigades, or civil defence may be required.

*      Vehicle tracking systems makes all the mobile and stationary units be visible to the system.

*      The system must be integrated so that the incident is handled properly by the most proper agencies. All of the nearest and best available resources can be directed to the incident location. Here,

o   Incident management system finds the proper agency, equipment and materials.

o   GIS finds the most suitable units according to their locations. For example, some of them might be already patrolling around the incident location and these units can be directed to the new incident if they possess the right equipment.

o   Vehicle tracking system assists GIS to access locations of the mobile units.

o   Mobile units will be notified by the navigation devices or radio. They can be tracked en route to make sure that they reach the incident location properly.

*      The incident management system can be monitored and all actions of the officers can be tracked real time at the command and control centre. Therefore, command and control centre must be designed very carefully. There are a lot of aspects that affect the design of a command and control centre. The figure below shows a sample command and control centre design by UCI.

*      UCI can provide, install, integrate, operate and training for the all systems listed above.

     

Samples of GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM services that UCI can provide for you

*      UCI is an authorized reseller of ESRI and therefore is authorized to sell all products in ArcGIS product family.

*      GIS Centre Design

*      Customized applications

*      Command and control centre design, implementation and integration that uses GIS and other systems to help public safety, security and emergency handling (incident management)

*      Location based services

*      Planning information systems

*      Cadastre Information Systems

*      Web-based mapping and geographical information systems

*      Training on the developed software

*      Full documentation of the services and the software

*      Field Surveying and Geomatics Engineering Activities

Samples of Recent GIS services provided by UCI

Enterprise GIS Centre (Municipal, at the Ministry Level)

*      Participate in preparing and delivering of the technical and financial specifications, reports, presentations, designs, RFPs, questionnaires, and all related issues concerning the project.

*      Participate in preparing and delivering the technical and financial specifications of database design of Enterprise GIS Centre.

*      Participate in preparing and delivering the technical and financial specifications of RFP of Enterprise GIS Centre.

*      Participate in preparing the technical presentations and workshop for Enterprise GIS Centre.

GIS Centre Design and Establishment

*      Turn-key GIS Centre Establishment has various activities in different fields. The client just specifies his/her requirements, and these requirements are refined through several presentations and brain storming sessions.

*      Analyse and identify requirements of the GIS Centre, in terms seating capacity, different roles, functions of the centre, logistic requirements, infrastructure requirements, etc.

*      Prepare conceptual and 3D, near-realistic designs for customer approval, change designs according to actual physical space provided or instructions of the client.

 

*      Contact with required vendors for different components of the GIS Centre, procure required hardware, software, furniture, establish infrastructure and integrate all systems.

 

GIS Software Development Services

*      Please refer to Software DevelopmentSection of this document.

GIS Data Services

*      Analysis of existing spatial data

*      Editing and digitizing services

*      Creation of special-purpose data. For example,

o   Road network for navigation data

o   Utility network for network analysis

o   3D data for planning or illustration purposes

o   Tabular data for decision support systems

*      Preparation, refinement and performing data migration, acquisition and maintenance frameworks and workflows

*      Fully documented geodatabase

o   Data dictionary and data catalogue preparation at the enterprise level

o   Illustrations and documentation of tables, relationships, stereotypes, domains and all other specific information related with geodatabase

*      Preparation of cartographic and thematic map templates

Consultancy Services for Private Companies

*      GIS database and geo-information data structure design

*      GIS Centre Design, including roles and responsibilities

*      GIS Project Management, Team Formation

 

*      GIS Roadmap Planning