The IKIS sewer information system provides support for network operators and service providers in their oversight of sewerage systems. The software is specialised in sewer operations and provides current information at all times on the state of the sewer network on the basis of sewer inspections, cleaning operations and assessments that have already been completed.
The basic functions of IKIS include data settings for TV inspections, cleaning and renovation tasks, reading, saving and evaluating operational data, photos, films and documents, documentation of work completed and graphic display of the position and condition of the sewerage network.
The sewer database offers easy access to all saved data and comes ready equipped with an easy-to-read sewer network graphic, which shows sewer objects with the aid of background plans and aerial views on the basis of vector and grid files. All the detailed data belonging to a sewer object can be viewed on the graphical user interface with a few simple mouse clicks, and can then be edited where required.
Easily understood statistics and reports document the current status of the individual sewer objects and support the user when evaluating, monitoring and checking the whole sewer network. For analyses affecting multiple sewer networks, IKIS produces a data transfer file for geo-information systems. IKIS can be installed either locally using a single workstation license on a desktop PC or on a multiple-workstation client-server environment. Its network architecture facilitates access from several workstations at a time. Each IKIS workstation can be adjusted to suit its individual operational requirements. Data are managed within a high-performance SQL Server system. Thus IKIS can be used as a video server, for example.
Viewing and managing data is very easy using IKIS. A topic-related network graphic is created on the basis of request filters with very freely configurable settings; for example, sections according to material, year of construction, defect classes or need for renovation. Geo-referenced DXF, TIF or JPG maps can be used for background plans and aerial views.
By clicking on the sewer object you need in the network graphic, you can directly access the relevant inspection photos and films (in MPEG or PANORAMO format), metrics, such as tilt and data entry dialogs for detailed base and inspection data on the sewer. Additional documents, such as PDFs or JPG images, can be easily assigned to the relevant sewer object using drag and drop.
In order to ascertain inspection requirements, a request for the next inspection interval is initiated and the channel objects are displayed in the IKIS network graphical display. Then selected objects (sections, laterals, manholes) are exported along with all data required for inspection (master data, background plans, aerial views, etc.) and passed to the inspector. The data export function informs IKIS when and if a data export has taken place.
If the task has been completed, the newly created inspection data are assigned and archived automatically in IKIS with the help of the Import Wizard. This closed data cycle guarantees that IKIS provides consistently high-quality data.
Coding and reference tables (e.g. ISYBAU XML) are set out precisely by IKIS. Thus master data such as section numbers or materials no longer have to be entered manually for TV inspections. The whole work process is thus faster, and possible sources of error are eliminated at an early stage.