Singleton Council’s Upgrade from          Geocortex Essentials to VertiGIS Studio 
Fri, 31 May 2024

Singleton Council’s Upgrade from Geocortex Essentials to VertiGIS Studio 

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Local government area in New South Wales, Australia works collaboratively to expand GIS capabilities  

Singleton Council governs a sizeable Local Government Area (LGA), nestled in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. Spanning over 4,893 square kilometers, with a township of just over 23,000 people, the LGA encompasses residential, employment, rural, environmental protection, waterways, mining and exploration, and recreation zoned land. A key part of the Land and Asset Management Systems Business Unit, Council’s GIS systems underpin wide-ranging corporate commercial services that serve the community.  

The Challenge: 

Singleton Council’s GIS team required upgrades to their Geocortex Series 4.13 system, while also progressing their Esri ArcGIS Server upgrades and launch of the associated ArcGIS portal environment. With the impending retirement of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.x that would no longer support associated applications, the transition to another third-party web mapping software was imminent. Council’s Geocortex system had a lot of added functionality, crucial to day-to-day operations, while mobile app use and 3D data was an area to expand moving forward. At a fundamental level, the GIS team were looking for a solution that could be use with ease to effectively build HTML based web viewers and mobile applications to meet current and expected internal and external customer needs. 

The Solution:

Following considerable research, and conversations with other GIS users, VertiGIS Studio was the obvious choice. Not only did the software deliver the necessary functionality, but the development roadmap aligned with Singleton Council’s GIS goals. Working with Woolpert, Singleton Council deployed a mixed approach for implementation. Software was used to build and replicate the existing Geocortex environment, maintaining both systems to minimize any impact on day-to-day operations. Woolpert managed the licensing of VertiGIS Studio software, providing training and support, and developing more complex templates and workflows. Staff from different Business Units participated in a testing phase of the new VertiGIS Studio map viewer site, and following this, the Geocortex site was decommissioned

The Result: 

Since Singleton Council transitioned to VertiGIS Studio, benefits to council and community have not gone unnoticed. The implementation of the software has assisted in staff productivity and automated processes, through a broad range of spatial and other data, made accessible through the HTML web-map viewers. Additional benefits include:  

  • Collaboration with Woolpert experts and a mixed approach to implementation delivered training, problem-solving, and custom workflows.
  • Quick and easy to build, with basic SQL and JavaScript knowledge delivering powerful applications to Singleton Council.
  • Standout configurability and data integration, with software updates made relatively simple, hosted in portal.
  • Focus on experience at the forefront of design and functionality.

The platform design with drag and drop capability makes building powerful applications quick and easy. VertiGIS mobile applications have enabled improved communication across teams, for example, asset updates from staff working out in the field.

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