We will most likely start with a single workstation installation but will be working towards providing data tables to clilents.
In short here is the vision:
We use ultrasonics to measure the thickness of pipes/vessels/tanks primarily for the petroleum industry. (this is state mandated/regulated work) We know that our clients, mainly large oil companies, are working on GIS systems for their regulated equipment. If we can gather the GPS data (thinking of using Trimble devices with error correction) while we are performing the inspections we can build our models of the pipelines and other equipment and then supply the same to the clients systems.
The area would be roughly 60x30 miles square. There will be 5 or 6 areas inside this area where most of the data will be congregated.
Extensions = huh?
I see the backend database as having the following fields associated with each data point.
allowable corrosion rate
Unique ID reference
Thickness remaining (calculated)
Other fields and/or table will surely be added to make the data easier to migrate/incorporate into existing, or future, client systems.
There may be a CMMS tie in (Maximo, or MP2) and possible connections to other databases.)
I am already on the ESRI newsletter list and will be attending a user group meeting in Southern California next month. I am also considering the self paced training provided by ESRI and/or the instructor lead training in Sacramento CA or Redlands CA.