This category applies to projects where users have taken core Bentley
technology and extended or customized the technology in order to support
an organizational workflow, resulting in quantifiable productivity improvements.
Geospatially Enabling the Dutch Ministry of Finance dutch ministry of finance WINNER
The goal of the Dutch Ministry of Finance’s project
was to create an integrated GIS-SAP solution that
would provide administrative and geospatial data
in one user interface. The solution would streamline
the maintenance and retrieval of all geospatially
enabled real estate information and, with the push
of a button, all business entities in SAP could be
visualized on the fly in a highly detailed map in
the SAP browser.
The solution, which was implemented using Bentley
Geospatial Server, means that all of the Ministry’s
user rights and legal documents, including adjacent
properties, are spatially enabled and accessible
by all users. For instance, all information about
vacancy of the properties and conflicting contracts
is easily accessible.
The project’s net ROI is $100,000 to $150,000
a year, achieved by reducing labor costs and
increasing revenues. For example, a random check
of 30 percent of the first transactions processed
by the system showed that the property areas
calculated by the GIS system were 3 to 5 percent
bigger than the values put down in the contracts.
The centralized geospatial server now stores 2.5
million cadastral parcels in vector format, raster
basemaps in three different scales, more than
60,000 real estate properties, and 20,000 user
rights. The 250 users can access geospatial data
via thematic layers such as property, cadastral,
and user rights as well as applicable administrative
data, and users can use redlining tools to request
modifications to existing geospatial data or ask
for new data to be gathered.
Because the GIS solution adheres to industry
standards and uses open data formats, Web
services, and a service-oriented architecture, the
State Property Service can exchange geospatial
data with other organizations and information
systems. Future development goals include shifting
from paper distribution of maps and documents
to digital exchange of information via intranet or
the Internet. The Ministry eventually plans to add
all cadastral parcels in the Netherlands and
several new thematic layers to support political
decision making and management of real estate.