The partnership offers source holders the best of two worlds. Fugro is an expert in the field of creating and maintaining geospatial databases. Geodan is a supplier of the infrastructure that converts raw data into solutions for source holders, and makes these accessible using web services and through web based and mobile applications.
Fugro and Geodan combined provide a great deal of expertise and experience in the field of information management and structuring. They support an entire spectrum of services from data gathering to primary process usage, as well as assisting with policymaking and generating greater awareness within organizations.
Source Holder Infrastructure
The basis for the partnership is a jointly developed platform called VISOR, which in Dutch stands for Voorziening van actuele Informatie Stroom van de Openbare Ruimte and in English roughly translates as the ‘Flow of Up-to Date Civic Space Related Information’. VISOR is an open, flexible and modular system that addresses all of the source holders’ specific information requirements.
Fugro and Geodan also supply a range of special purpose software modules for the VISOR platform that allow source holders to utilize underlying databases to the fullest extent possible.
The Large Scale Topography Database (LSTD) is a detailed digital map of the Netherlands. It stores data for all physical objects in a clear and highly structured fashion, including buildings, roads, waterways, railway lines and terrains.
In addition to its ‘political owner’, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, and its ‘data provider’, the Dutch Land Registry Office (Kadaster), the LSTD also has a number of source holders. These are the bodies and organizations that are tasked with entering data into the central database. They include local authorities, provincial government bodies, water boards, the Directorate General for Public Works and Water Management (RWS), ProRail and the Ministries of Defence and Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.