Real-world applications for Geospatial data and GIS. Where is the Coronavirus now?

Geospatial information is going viral.

With the Coronavirus at the top of everyone’s minds, Johns Hopkins University Center for Science and Systems Engineering developed an interactive web-based dashboard using Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) mapping to track reported cases in real-time. The tool is available to the public and allows researchers, health authorities, and the people like you and me to track the virus in a user-friendly manner.

The Coronavirus Dashboard, shown below, is enabled by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping. GIS evaluates location data and organizes it into layers of information to generate visualizations of where things are located.

This has applications in Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) as well. How would it help you if you knew exactly where your products were performing best in the marketplace at a glance, or if you could visualize the conditions and issues with your assets over time?  Having precise geolocation information can be vital to a business where an emergency response is required or where route optimization can better allocate human resources.


Here at Rizing’s EAM line of business, we have also begun to leverage similar geospatial technologies to track work order geographic location and associated attributes. Below are examples of dashboards Rizing EAM has developed in cooperation with Esri, our industry partner in the Geospatial field. This technology is referred to as an Operations Dashboard, and it is meant to present multiple sources of spatially enabled data in a summary format that is easy to consume.



At Norfolk Southern, Rizing EAM in cooperation with Rizing’s newly acquired Geospatial business, Transcend Spatial Solutions, demonstrated SAP HANA integration with Esri products to display Railroad Work Orders and the various associated data in an easy to consume format.

The Operations Dashboard allows users to not only visualize but also to interact with the data.  For example, clicking on a specific graph category will filter the Dashboard to only that data and zoom to those features on the map.  Each Work Order entry also contains a dynamic link to launch Rizing’s Rail Analyzer.  product in a separate window to gain further insights on that data in a straight-line diagram context.

A similar Operations Dashboard was developed for a demonstration at North Carolina’s State Department of Transportation. The power of these dashboards is the ability to integrate results from Geospatial software, Esri’s ArcGIS Pro combined with SAP HANA.


SAP HANA is designed to replicate and ingest structured data from SAP and non-SAP relational databases, applications, and other systems quickly. Esri’s ArcGIS Pro provides the 2D and 3D mapping capabilities. Rizing’s expertise with geospatial information systems creates an interactive diagramming environment and displays data on the screen using basic linear referencing methods.


The Dashboards shown above create meaningful content that is engaging and quickly understood. This technology sets the stage for meaningful analysis and rapid response to potential issues as easily as you can see the spread of the Coronavirus or progress of work orders across a state, businesses can now see their assets and materials in the same way. When the data is well-mapped to geography with a Geospatial Information System, issues can be rapidly identified, enterprises can respond to events, trends can be understood, and forecasting can be improved.

GIS is the future of tracking and managing people, products, and assets in the modern workplace.

To read more about SAP’s compatibility with Geospatial Information Systems, read SAP Compatible Unit Integration with GIS.