Richmond, VA (PRWEB) May 05, 2013
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has regulatory and compliance authority for the Commonwealth of Virginia including Land, Air and Water resource media types. To meet these current and ever-increasing environmental demands, DEQ leverages GIS as a core tool for tracking permitted and regulated facilities, compliance issues, and other data sources to support business workflows. In an effort to continually improve their workflows and maximize their returns-on-investment (ROI) – DEQ hired Timmons Group to assist in the development of a GIS RoadMap.
Timmons Group was contracted to partner with DEQ in the development of a GIS RoadMap. The project involved heavy business and technical stakeholder engagement and initial discovery efforts in key functional areas including Governance, Data Management, Systems and Staffing. DEQ’s current state was ranked against a GIS Maturity Model during this initial “Health Check” phase. Timmons Group then worked with DEQ to develop a strategic “RoadMap” to systematically increase GIS program maturity in a managed way. Individual projects were created to address opportunities for improvement uncovered during the Health Check phase. Projects spanned from core Governance and organizational structure changes to improved technology used to manage data workflows in remote offices. All projects were placed in a project timeline creating a sense of order and priority to work efforts.
“DEQ was a great partner in the RoadMap process. They have an extremely talented staff and a great desire to move their GIS program closer to Enterprise Maturity. I think one of the greatest things about working with DEQ is their openness to new ideas and approaches to doing business. They are driven to improve and provide the best possible customer service possible. Looking for creative ways to integrate spatial capabilities into that process is a key to their growth and continued success.” Lowell Ballard – Director of Geospatial Solutions for Timmons Group.
“DEQ is a complex organization with critical demands for high-quality data. Almost all responsibilities under DEQ, including regulation and compliance for land, air and water resources are managed on-the-ground. It is critical that DEQ fully understands its data governance and has high-quality data to support the business, decision-making and reporting. This plan allows DEQ to capitalize on past successes, understand fully what has worked well for us in the past, and on future opportunities for growth and improvement. As an agency, we continually must look for efficiencies and do more with less. We’re proud that we have already begun to execute on the plan and develop mobile tools for our field inspectors allowing them to do more and maximize our time in the field.” – David Paylor, Director of the Virginia Department of Quality
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