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Low Cost Information Integration – a case study from the NRM sector

Milos Pelikan, Senior Consultant & Technical Lead Spatial| ANZ Infrastructure & Environment – Jacobs


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Things You Will Learn

  1. End user corporate systems are increasing complex
  2. End users are looking for integrated data not complex systems to maintain
  3. Fast data development approaches are critical
  4. Putting the data together can be cost effective
  5. Emphasis on accessibility of the data is a critical design principle

Target Audience

Decision-makers – illustrate the possibility of lower cost and fast turnarounds by focusing on integrated data rather than integrated systems. Gain the knowledge to pose the right questions to their solution providers.

Information managers / developers – consider/ offer a different paradigm that focuses on data-centric processes and accessibility.

Researchers – provide a focus for innovation into data integration toolkits and accessibility.

Audience type: Policy makers, Government, Planners, Resource Managers, Scientists, Data Scientists, Big Data analysts, Insurance

Presentation Overview

The impact of climate change raises perhaps the most critical sustainability questions facing the NRM sector. Integrating multiple, disparate and complex information sources is critical to addressing these questions. The management questions require multiple information source, in essence integration creates accessibility for problem solving.

Systems solutions have been the accepted paradigm to information integration to date. These approaches are complex, costly and, in general, of mixed success. The acceleration of technology, reduced budgets, and componentization of spatial technologies make complex systems integration projects problematic. Additionally, end users increasingly solutions to dovetail into existing systems and for fast-track development that accommodate decision-making processes.

The thesis of this presentation is that information integration as defined by development of databases using scripting techniques for fast turnaround is an emerging trend with increasing savvy end users. These approaches place an emphasis on both the database as the critical output and fast development times. It is the integrated database that is of value to end users. It is that database that they wish to interact with, include in their decision making processes and incorporate into their corporate data spaces. This type of data integration is also been driven by the emergence of data science (data analysis and mining) and its demands for accessible multi-dimensional databases.

A project undertaken for the Goulburn Broken and North East Catchment Management Authorities is presented as a case study. This project required the integration of some 30 odd spatial information sources to undertake a vulnerability assessment and supply accessible outputs stored in a single spatial database. Pleasingly, a database approach has provided a highly accessible and flexible basis for a multitude of management questions to be investigated beyond the original scope of the project. These multi-dimensional databases are currently used within the CMA’s existing information systems for strategic decision-making.



Milos’ experience, personality and communication style enable him to be an effective conduit between clients and technical solutions. As such he enjoys working with clients to develop solutions to business problems using spatial information and associated systems.

Milos’ focus is prompting information accessibility and integration as a driver for innovation, productivity and enhancement of an organization’s strategic advantage. Milos has particular interest in the use of multi-dimensional data in decision-making, visualization and storytelling as tools to explore and the complex questions fundamental to client’s business processes.

Milos is the author of the Spatial Logic workflow (Define, Collate, Integrate, Assess, Communicate). This framework provides a guide for technical implementation and, at the same time, a clear framework for clients to implement information development programs.

Milos’ sectoral interests lie in information management, strategic planning, open data, resource / asset management, water and risk.