We’ve successfully eliminated the financial and technical barrier for small municipalities to implement a sophisticated asset management solution. The software is primarily open source so you can download and use as many copies for free as you desire without any restrictions. Also any number of users can access the enterprise class, cloud hosted database without any licence cost. The reporting uses PowerBI from Microsoft and the desktop download is free while pro edition is reasonably priced. Alternative open source BI solutions are also in development using R, JS and Metabase for communities that would like to implement a full free and open source stack.
Funding Community Groups
After the first year, by which time the additional work on setup, mapping and training is complete, we begin donating a quarter of our annual AM& BI fees back to the municipality to be utilized as a grant-in-aid for deserving local community groups. That is approx. $1,750 for community groups every year for your council to distribute.
|Asset Management Software||Free|
|Web mapping software||Free|
|App Server Admin & updates||Free|
|Database Server Admin & updates||Free|
|BI software||Free or Minimal|
Setup & Training
We would like to encourage online training where possible, although some municipalities have indicated a preference for in-person training. For in-person training , municipalities are asked to reimburse travel and time.
Fee for Service – Pay for service, not for software
This is structured to minimally to reimburse time & overhead as software is free. This includes:
- BI expertise for financial statements & asset reports for council & for public
- GIS expertise and support
- Quarterly/monthly or more frequent parcel downloads and integration
- Annual tax & utility uploads and integration with maping
- Year end financial uploads
- Database administration, updates and backup
- Data uploads & maintenance
- Support for BI, GIS, Data Collect App & Asset Management.
|BI Support Package $1,500 ( $1,125 after 1st year)|
|Financial & AM App or web reports for council||Incl.|
|Public BI Financial reports||Incl.|
|Live Asset Management Plans||Incl.|
|Cloud hosted, multi-year financial cube||Incl.|
|Amortization report & working paper export||Incl.|
|New LGDE Report & Stat Can reports||Incl.|
|Setup & Training||Incl.|
|Basic AM, GIS, Web App Package $2,500 ($1,875 after 1st year)|
|Public GIS Maps||Incl.|
|Field data collect app||Incl.|
|Tourism & Trails Interactive Map||Incl.|
|Setup & Training||Incl.|
|Cadaster & Utility Integration $3,000 ($2,250 after 1st year)|
|Parcel Map BC Integration||Incl.|
|Quarterly PMBC downloads & ETL||Incl.|
|Tax & Utility data integration||Incl.|
|Planning draw tool||Incl.|
|Cemetery Mgmt App||$500|
|Museum Mgmt App||$500|
|More frequent monthly or weekly cadaster updates||$500|
|3D Virtual Reality – in development|
This approach fits in with our philosophy of inclusiveness and saves a small municipality the entirety of software fees and more significantly the cost of hiring a GIS professional to provide the level of service demanded by our communities and senior levels of government. The cloud allows small municipalities to share the cost AM, GIS & BI expertise across multiple municipalities reducing it to a fraction of the cost of hiring staff in-house.
How do we do this when any alternatives cost many tens of thousands of dollars more? We use open source extensively, leverage the cloud and offer a tightly integrated solution. The tight integration keeps things simple and the cloud hosting eliminates worries about software updates & administration. Our data frameworks reflect our philosophy to keep things simple and real. Your outside crew will appreciate the simplicity of our field app which won’t get in the way of doing their job while providing them easy access to notes, documents and images to help with their work. We emphasize decisions base on factual information not on dubious and costly optimizations.
We operate extremely frugally in line with our philosophy in order to keep costs low, allow provision of free software for municipalities and contribute to community groups. We do not have marketing budget nor any marketing associates and rely on the word-of-mouth based on the quality of work. If you’re a municipality interested in further information or would like demo email me.