geospatiaL distriButed enterprise
This category is for projects that demonstrate the benefits resulting from the successful
implementation of an information management and work collaboration environment
that supports the need for access to project data in distributed organizations.
Power Through Integration sandia national Laboratories WINNER
Sandia National Laboratories, a subsidiary of
Lockheed-Martin Corporation, is contracted by
the Department of Energy to operate and maintain
a laboratory in New Mexico. The laboratory operates about 1,000 facilities/structures/buildings
and all associated utilities/infrastructure, including
gas, electric, water, sewer, roadway, sidewalks,
parking, permitted areas, storm, fences, and
Maintenance requires accurate and up-to-date
documents that reflect current conditions for interior
and exterior interfaces to the structures, as well
as surface and buried utilities covering 9,000
acres. Sandia National Laboratories maintains
more than 400,000 facilities record documents.
When it used a variety of software tools from
different vendors to manage the facility, Sandia
National Laboratories faced long delays in updating its facilities GIS system with as-built data.
Many projects would require up to 18 months
for construction, then another six months for the
changes to appear in the record documents.
Only one copy of a record document could be
checked out at a time, which meant that many
projects were using unauthorized copies. This
made it difficult to ensure that all changes were
reflected in the record documents.
To address these issues, Sandia National Laboratories decided to standardize its workspace,
geospatial tools, CADD drawings, and workflow
processes. Using Project Wise and Bentley
GeoGraphics, Sandia National Laboratories
maintains current and accurate as-built drawings
for both geospatial and building data. Record
documents are now updated within five days of
project completion. Damages to utilities caused
by inaccurate permit information have been
Project-tracking capabilities enable Sandia
National Laboratories to monitor construction
projects to make sure they are completed on
schedule. The document management system
provides the stringent security features needed
to control access to facility information. Sandia
National Laboratories has also implemented
mobile tools that allow its engineers and inspectors to redline documents from the field.
The mobile tools also make it easier for workers
to locate shutoff valves, drains, and other items.