GIS Asset Inventory Positively Impacts Operations for Georgia Army National Guard

by Jose Carvalho

By investing in GIS, the Georgia Army National Guard, transformed their understanding of their utility assets, expanding their asset quantity capture by 169%.

For virtually any facilities manager – whether for a municipality, private, public business, or other organization – the balance of maintaining assets, managing maintenance budgets, and demonstrating both sustainment needs and (ROI) Return on Investment is a top priority. While various types of data bases have long served as repositories for asset inventory lists, their usefulness has greatly been enhanced spatially with GIS integration. Leveraging geospatial technology to accurately identify asset feature attributes, has giving real world insight into the assets themselves and how they relate to one another. With a full grasp of understanding your assets, it’s possible to forecast future needs and budget effectively.

Enter the GIS solution. In the case of the Georgia Army National Guard, their investment in GIS transformed a scarce understanding of their current utility assets to a complete geometric comprehension of all their existing utilities, both overhead and underground. Joel Eastman, was appointed as Director of Planning, Programming, and Real Property for the Georgia Department of Defense. Soon after accepting his position, Eastman acknowledged an absence in existing utility data, and began to champion an initiative for change in handling his operations belonging to the Army National Guard in Georgia. Through his awareness on the importance of quantifying utility assets, this GIS project was created. The project resulted in an increase in their asset data capture by 169 percent in a duration of one year, collected from 49 GAARNG sites. This effort included a comprehensive assessment and accounting of all their utility assets and incorporated common connections between overhead and underground utilities. The intelligence rich data delivered, fundamentally empowering Eastman and his team with the necessary information to solicit for an increase in sustainment dollars, driven by the data that supported it.

GIS-Driven Facility Management Process

The resulting increase in asset data was dramatic, growing the National Guard’s understanding of their utility assets by more than 160 percent and ultimately driving a 51 percent increase in their projected budget for infrastructure sustaining through reinvestment. The integration of geospatial technology into the asset management world translates into key business benefits, improving efficiency, accountability, productivity, and baselines; providing greater visibility of assets and maintenance operations; and enhancing customer service through the ability to plan more effectively. By supporting better, proactive decision making, its value can positively impact any organization’s operation.

Jose Carvalho, CDT, is a project manager for our Infrastructure market, bringing more than 40 years of experience to his role. In addition to specializations in the management of civil and GIS projects, Jose has extensive construction management experience in industries ranging from education, to healthcare, to commercial and industrial. To speak with Jose or learn more about how the GIS asset inventory can offer benefits, please call 757.455.5800 or email

Photo: U.S. Army photo by Ashley Cross