The basic philosophy behind the design process, as well as the requirements of the methods developed for the TUBIS system is to work with the data that a utility has collected in the past, while allowing it to learn from future data as it becomes available. Thus, the data needs of the system are rather modest, in addition to being consistent with regulatory requirements.
Even if the leak repair records of a client utility are not in computerized form, the interactive screens of the client's customized interface module will allow for fast input of the essential information into the system. Optima can also assist the client with this data entry process if requested.
TUBIS can be used directly and immediately by any utility, which has divided its network into segments. However, if such a database is not readily available, Optima can implement the necessary tools to accommodate this function in a cost effective and intelligent manner. Optima has developed and widely implemented several sophisticated and user friendly systems which can:
- Assist in segmenting networks
- Attach pipe leak addresses and geographical data
- Automatically extract the needed information from the utility's GIS
- Automatically extract the needed information from systems developed by other vendors
In other words, Optima's systems can prepare, transform and link your data in a manner so that TUBIS can perform its functions. While some other infrastructure management systems require a GIS, Optima's systems can segment the pipe without a GIS by deriving the needed information from the utility's databases and updating this information on a continual basis. If the utility prefers to use a GIS, TUBIS can work seamlessly with this GIS as well.