Cohga wins Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards

Successful Partnership wins Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards

Cohga (www.cohga.com) in partnership with Iconyx (www.iconyx.com) was recently presented with three awards for spatial excellence at the Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards (QSEA) 2013. Cohga and Iconyx collaborated on a joint submission to the QSEA 2013 Industry Awards for two categories – Spatial Enablement and Technical Excellence. The Cohga/Iconyx partnership was rewarded for their effort with the following awards:
  • 2013 Industry Award for Spatial Enablement
  • 2013 Industry Award HIGHLY COMMENDED for Technical Excellence
  • 2013 Industry Award – JM ‘Mac’ Serisier Award – for Overall Excellence.
The J M (Mac) Serisier Award is the ultimate award and is conferred, by consensus of the Judging Panel, for the highest level of attainment in the Industry Awards nominations. The J M ‘Mac’ Serisier Award recognizes Mac Serisier’s enormous contribution to the professional and business communities in spatial information, surveying and mapping. Cohga and Iconyx have developed a strong working relationship over the years and these awards highlight the effectiveness of bringing together the products and services of two organisations to create an outcome that fully satisfies a client’s needs.

Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards

Celebrating Queensland’s Excellence in Spatial Information, QSEA is an annual event presented by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) and the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA), the QSEA are unique to the Queensland surveying and spatial industry. As the only introduction into the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA), the QSEA are widely recognised and participated in by public, private and academic sectors.

QSEA key principles

  • Recognise and acknowledge excellence in the spatial information industry;
  • Celebrate excellence before an audience of industry peers;
  • Encourage activities that create a stronger, larger and more relevant industry;
  • Embrace the achievements of the industry and its related industries and professions;
  • See the industry as a whole grow and mature through its achievements in innovation, business and in project management and professional practice.

What does QSEA achieve?

Recognising excellence is an important marketing tool for both individuals and organisations in every sphere. Celebrating that excellence in full view of peers and colleagues encourages activities and behaviours that make the industry stronger, bigger and more relevant. Participants and observers alike can see the industry as a whole, understand its strength and potential, see it as a growing and maturing sector proficient at key business and management competencies – as an innovative and exciting prospect for future investment.

Councils are benefitting by moving from EView to Weave

Cohga’s Weave business integration framework is proving to be a very cost effective replacement for Australia’s ageing EView system with a number of Australian councils making the change so far and many others are considering changing. While EView was a great product in its day the technology and architecture of the product is old and no longer fits a modern council’s need for systems integration and web mapping. In addition their supplier no longer develops EView which puts organisations at risk and increases the costs of running an ageing system.

The architects and developers of EView are those who left to become the core of Cohga and who built a second generation system in the form of Weave, which means the upgrade from EView to Weave is an easy and quick process. “We have been able to migrate client configurations from EView to Weave in as little as one day” said Shaun Forbes, one of the architects. “Having a deep knowledge of the EView architecture has allowed us to develop a set of tools to transfer the significant investment our clients made in the configuration of EView into Weave in a very rapid and cost effective manner.”

Aaron van Herk, the other key architect, says “Our experience with clients that migrate from EView to Weave is that they are happier as they now have a modern, open and flexible technology solution with a lower cost of ownership.” Aaron goes on to say “We are continually excited and encouraged by the innovative solutions our clients develop once they have the means to do so. Given that we have a client driven road map for Weave we are happy to include client innovations into the core Weave product thus making them available to the whole Weave community.”

Examples of the Councils that have upgraded from EView to Weave to date include the large councils of City of Melbourne and City of Greater Geelong.

Please contact Cohga for more information on how your organisation can benefit from moving to Weave.

Benefits of Weave

Increased return on investment in data

With a short implementation cycle, Weave provides online access to spatial and other database content to all authorised users (role based access control). As a result, the information can be quickly made available to a wide range of staff without significantly increasing the administrative overhead, and with an improvement of the return obtained from the data.

The powerful database integration capabilities provide the foundation for the creation of value added information products, enhancing the use of the data, and the value of that data to the organisation.

Increased revenue generation

Rapid visualisation and the cross-linking of data means that existing corporate data stores can be tested for accuracy and compatibility. Each individual database can be validated against others. More reliable data leads to improved quality of service and better client satisfaction, which can result in higher revenue generation.

Spatial data can be made accessible to other stakeholders such as customers, business partners and suppliers, featuring in visually compelling e-commerce applications.

Capital cost savings

The utilisation of a development environment well accepted in the IT world (OSGi, J2EE, Ajax, JSON, SQL, XML) allows the IT group to administer the system without the need for specialised knowledge, leading to overall capital cost savings.

The use of free Web browsers as the interface to the integrated data allows organisations to deliver the information to a wider range of staff without additional costs. The cost per seat is kept low and the system is extensible.

The Weave server supports internal users as well as users or customers on the Internet. Another licence to support such separated activity does not need to be purchased. In addition the Weave server is not licensed per user, and can be used to the maximum activity that the infrastructure can support.

Further savings can be achieved by minimising the number of applications required throughout the organisation. This is typical of places using desktop applications for inquiry and reporting, which Weave replaces with a web browser, saving maintenance dollars.

Increased productivity

The easily configurable SQL/XML interface facilitates the rapid fulfilment of “change requests”, e.g. change a search; integrate more databases, create new reports, etc. This reduces IT staff workload and enables improved productivity in the broader workforce.

The facility provided to all users for the generation of reports relieves specialist staff of the associated workload. This allows the specialist staff to focus their activities on tasks more aligned with their business objectives such as data maintenance and improvement that are likely to benefit a wider audience.

Users only require a web browser for accessing Weave, while providing significant introductory and analytical GIS capabilities (e.g. buffer, geographic feature selection, reporting), which can significantly increase staff productivity.

Output from Weave can be easily incorporated into company documents. It takes little time to implement a user-specified search, report, or map, thereby significantly improving staff productivity and the effectiveness of presentation material.

Managers are provided with a much improved view of the organisation’s corporate data, as Weave makes the key elements of the business visible through a more integrated view of the business information. This results in faster and better informed decision making.

Operational cost savings

New users are productive using the default Weave client interface within minutes, as it is highly intuitive. This represents a major cost saving compared with the training required to use traditional desktop applications provided by the decision support systems currently in use.

Staff qualified through a three-day training course can administer Weave. This enables organisations to avoid the outsourcing of this activity if desired. This can lead to operational cost savings through reduced system administration costs.

By encapsulating the linkages between various corporate datasets in a simple, open SQL/XML system, business rules are captured and preserved, holding business knowledge openly within the application itself, not fractured by groups or personalities, and helping to minimise retraining costs in the case of staff loss or transfer.


City of Melbourne City Discovery site


The Municipal authorities conducted extensive market research to understand the needs and expectations of the community leading to the design of the new online mapping system, which offers a rich set of information integrated from multiple corporate data sources.

You can watch the market research video here: City Melbourne market research – YouTube

The site, powered by Weave and built for the City of Melbourne by Cohga is available to the public at http://maps.melbourne.vic.gov.au


City of Manningham

The City of Manningham have replaced legacy technology, implementing, testing and rolling out Weave in rapid time.

The Weave system delivers all their existing functionality along with new capability and the integration of enterprise systems for Property and electronic document management (EDM), with the additional benefit of an open systems platform that underpins the integration of future corporate information systems.


Utility expands use of Weave

Gävle Energi will release the use of the Weave iPad client to its field workforce after a successful pilot. The municipal energy utility also has plans to connect the Operations and Network Departments in order to share real time and historical outage, infrastructure and maintenance information.

In addition, the company will increase the service delivery capabilities offered to its customers by replacing the static customer information interface used since 2008 with a dynamic interface backed by Weave.


Gävle Kommun rolls out Weave

Gävle Kommun is a municipality in east central Sweden with a leading role in renewable energy and land information, being the home to Lantmäteriet, the Swedish National Land Administration and mapping agency.

Closely related to Gavle Energi, The municipality has adopted Weave for the integration of several IT systems and the dissemination of their information.

The City started its Weave deployment by with property, population and address information (the basedata used by all users) and with the first users being the building permit area, where new functions and custom reports were rapidly configured to satisfy immediate business demands.

The next step in the system rollout is to replace a legacy system.

Gävle Kommun is closely related to Gävle Energi, the local energy provider, and has also built a modular configuration in Weave, so Gävle Energi can just plug in their specific configuration and use the same infrastructure for its needs. A common hierarchical security strategy in four levels 1)Public, 2)domain 3)department and 4)sub department was implemented to support all components of the municipal organisation.

The City is implementing the Weave technology through Cohga’s business partner Viamap.


Gävle Energi goes mobile with iPad

Gävle Energi, a regional electrical utility north of Stockholm uses Weave to provide its mobile workforce with information on demand from centralised systems through the use of Weave in iPad devices.

The mobile users have direct access to ArcGIS services to trace faults and identify affected customers. In addition, the use of WeaveLink to integrate the Weave interface with other applications has proven to be a significant advantage.


Weave Data Editing Extension now available

The Weave data editing extension enables end users to add, edit and delete records (entities) in their corporate spatial system, including snapping to existing features.

This capability is ideal for staff in the field, where a browser-based interface with focused functionality can increase productivity while saving the costs associated with licensing desktop spatial applications.

For more information on the Weave Data Edit Extension, read the full story.


Swedish Transport Authority receives two Australian awards

Trafikverket, the Swedish road and rail transport authority, uses the Weave data editing extension to enable inspectors in the field to add, edit and delete information from their central systems on demand. In 2011, the Stigfinnaren project won the Victorian Spatial Industry Award in the category of Spatial Export Award and the Victorian Government Award for Spatial Excellence.

On 1 April 2010, the Swedish national roads and railway authorities were merged into a single organisation called Trafikverket.

Weave was chosen for two roles in the administration of Trafikverket. Initially, to implement a true national portal called “Stigfinnaren” (Pathfinder), based on a prototype previously tried in the Stockholm region, followed in 2012 by the enhancement and replacement of some 15 individual web-based applications.

One of the web applications recently implemented is the use of the Weave Data Edit extension to provide inspectors in the field with the capacity to add, edit and delete information from their central systems in real time.

This project won the Victorian Spatial Industry Award for 2011 in the category of Spatial Export Award. The judges commented “This project clearly demonstrates that through clever and innovative strategies, soundly based local products can successfully compete in a marketplace on the other side of world. It combines innovative approaches to communication and product support with clever marketing and collaboration strategies“.

At the same function, the Stigfinnaren project won the Victorian Government Award for Spatial Excellence, with the citation “Judges were impressed by the success of this project in a competitive overseas environment and by the project planning and support that allows very complex and disparate systems to be integrated and presented through a single portal. All remotely controlled from Melbourne. It clearly demonstrates a local product that has achieved world best practice“.

For more information on the project, read the full story.


Cohga wins Victorian Government and Asia Pacific Spatial Industry Award

Aboriginal Affairs Victoria, a unit of the Department of Planning and Community Development has won first the Victorian and subsequently the Australian Spatial Excellence 2011 awards in the category Community Service for the ACHRIS system based on Weave.

The award recognises the efforts of the Department of Planning and Community Development and particularly its Aboriginal Affairs Victoria section for the efforts in improving the services to Aboriginal communities through the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Register and Information System (ACHRIS) system.

At the time, the judges commented “In another very closely fought category, ACHRIS addresses a community based problem with wide ranging impacts. The system has garnered strong support from the Aboriginal community as a key stakeholder, while at the same time streamlining the business processes that support the management and protection of our Aboriginal Cultural Heritage“.

Graeme Taylor with the national award at the APSEA function in Canberra for the ACHRIS system presented by Ed Garvin Director SIBA (Right). With him are two other representatives of the ACHRIS team, Peter Hodder, Director of Tekbase (Left) and Shannon Whitty from Aboriginal Affairs (Second from Right).

For more information on the ACHRIS system, read the full story.