In the Emscher and Lippe region, the requirements of man and nature are in constant competition with each other. It is the job of the Emschergenossenschaft (EG) and the Lippeverband (LV) to achieve an equilibrium between these needs. These two public bodies have been cooperating for more than 85 years as the biggest sewage disposal providers and operators of wastewater treatment plants in Germany.
Together, the EG/LV serve an area of 4,000 square kilometres and operate 58 wastewater treatment plants plus over 180 drainage pump works and more than 300km of sewage canals. Around 3.7 million people live in the service area of the Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband.
Whether climate change, transformations on the energy market, or water pollution – a modern water industry is constantly called upon to find innovative solutions to a variety of challenges.
The purpose of the OMS is to plan and process service orders and reports in the SAP-ERP. The integrated map service enables the intuitive visualisation, localisation and allocation of operating materials (such as fixings, shafts, etc.). The intuitive map service was developed with ESRI Flex API for ArcGIS Server, and can be integrated extremely flexibly with any other services in the SAP portal. The SAP-ERP and ArcGIS Server backend systems are connected via web services in an SOA reference architecture. This won the ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award in San Diego in 2009.
The operations management system enables an integrated view of the GIS and SAP-ERP applications systems and supports operative personnel in processing and monitoring orders, reports and maintenance plans. In so doing, it creates automatic references between the map and the operating resources selected in SAPERP. Objects can be selected in the map and the maintenance plans added in SAP. The geographical reference makes it considerably easier for users to search for and determine selected objects and offers a completely new and intuitive way of accessing operations information in SAP-ERP.
With the OMS, the core of a modern IT infrastructure was established in the Emschergenossenschaft and Lippeverband on the basis of an SOA. This allows the flexible incorporation of further operational data via web services and the company-wide provision of services providing IT-supported implementations of business processes.