FME User Conference 2023: our presentations

The FME User Conference in Bonn is getting closer and closer. FME Specialists from all over the world will gather between Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 September to share knowledge. Tensing is the proud Gold Sponsor of this event! In this blog, we share the presentations given by our GIS specialists.

Azure DevOps: deployment from test to production

Have you ever pressed the blue ‘pipelines’ button in Azure DevOps thinking: I’m curious to see what happens? In this case, Geospatial Evangelist Martin Koch‘s presentation is cut out for you. Azure Devops can help you roll out your latest customisations from your test to your production environment. Martin Koch shows you that deploying FME Components from a GIT repository to your server is actually not that difficult at all.

More efficient data management at ProRail

The use of dynamic workspaces, custom transformers and automations in FME has resulted in a more generic and modular process at ProRail. The Geoprocessing as a Service project has taken the process of managing and maintaining data related to the Dutch railways (rail assets, for example) to the next level. FME is the backbone of this project. During the project, Azure DevOps was deployed for automated deployment and OTAP for testing. FME Technical Lead Cynthia de Vos will tell you more during her presentation.

Analysis fire hydrants for the Utrecht Safety Region

A fire hydrant with a shortage of water supply is a risk. But a surplus of fire hydrants in places where they are not used is not ideal either. Tensing produced a comprehensive fire hydrant analysis for Safety Risk Utrecht. This analysis shows how the water supply is for fire hydrants and buildings in the immediate vicinity, whether the hydrants are placed close enough to the road and which buildings are too far away from a working hydrant. FME Technology Specialist Anne-Jop de Jong will discuss this project in detail at the FME User Conference.

Automatic implementation and testing at ProRail

The FME REST API is a powerful tool for automatic deployment. Tensing set up a process at ProRail to automatically up- and download content to an FME Server. Workspaces, linked custom transformers and project files, for example. These project files can include automations, diagrams and FME Server topics, for example. The FME REST API is called from an in script in the Azure DevOps release pipeline, which in turn takes care of installing all this content on the FME Server. This is done on both the test, acceptance and production environments. Maarten van Doornik (GIS Consultant at Tensing) goes into more detail during his presentation.

Automatic check of road noise legislation

Noise pollution from traffic has a negative impact on the quality of life. That is why Rijkswaterstaat maps the impact on the environment with every motorway modification. Using an FME Flow process, the backend analyses whether the road modification meets noise standards. Officials can then see the outcome in the frontend. Based on this, they determine whether the plan should be revised. Vince Doelman (FME Technology Specialist at Tensing) will brief you on the technical details at the FME User Conference.

Merging asset datasets at Rijkswaterstaat

Everyone who works with data knows that one data source with one truth is ideal. In practice, this is often easier said than done. Tensing helped Rijkswaterstaat create one truth in terms of geographic data. At Rijkswaterstaat, they have two asset management systems and additionally one topographic system to manage assets. As a result, objects are often present in multiple systems and are processed by different internal and external employees. Tensing took on the geometric challenges of merging these different datasets. Geospatial Data Engineer Jeroen van de Voort goes into more detail during his presentation.

Data harmony at ProRail

During the project aptly named Harmony, various data sources and guidelines were unified. Before the start of the project, asset data at ProRail often came from multiple sources, which were also used by external stakeholders. This did not improve data quality. ProRail therefore developed one new data model for all its assets and Tensing helped the organisation unify all geographic data. FME Technology Specialist Stefan van den Berg tells you more about Harmony during his FME User Conference presentation.

Large-scale agricultural analysis

Subsidies for sustainable use of land building are part of EU policy. Dutch landowners can get subsidies to maintain hedges, trees, grass edges and other green elements on their land. Tensing used FME Form to determine which landscape elements meet the subsidy criteria. By dividing the land into tiles, large amounts of green elements can be analysed quickly. Antria Christodoulou (Geospatial Data Scientist at Tensing) elaborates on the main challenges of this project during her presentation.

Clean drinking water in Amsterdam

Tensing, in close cooperation with GeoWeb, contributed to clean drinking water supply for Waternet, responsible for the municipality of Amsterdam and the Amstel, Gooi and Vecht Water Board. The presentation by Bryan Burgemeestre (FME Technology Specialist at Tensing) goes into detail on the two main goals of this collaboration:

  1. Keeping drinking water clean and automatically generating warning letters to polluters;
  2. Simplifying the process for new connections;

FME Flow, VertiGIS, Geoweb and MS Word all play a role in this process. An interesting combination about which you will hear more at the FME User Conference in Bonn!

North Sea Transition Authority: Using FME to Regulate and Influence in the Energy Transition

The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) regulates and influence the oil, gas and carbon storage industries. They help to drive the North Sea energy transition, realising the significant potential of the UK Continental Shelf as a critical energy and carbon abatement resource. We hold industry to account on halving upstream emissions by 2030, working with government, industry and other regulators to accelerate the move to net zero while meeting the UK’s energy demand and security. The NSTA aims to be a value creator in everything they do, encouraging and enabling economic benefit and job creation across the UK. We drive greater efficiency through inclusive leadership, data, analysis, stewardship and the use of our powers. Digital and data has a central role in the NSTA, which has been underpinned by the digital people, skills and platform at NSTA.

The NSTA use FME (Form and Flow) to power its digital platform with updates to APIs that reach thousands of users every month and automating the quality checking of regulatory data submissions from 50+ distinct industry organisations. In our session we’ll appeal to you whether you’re focussed on business benefits, or more comfortable with the technical aspects of a project, because we’ll highlight the power that FME gives to NSTA and highlight why we can’t now do without it! We’ll then dive into the detail, with some specific examples of a few of our key production FME workspaces, and the transformers that add us our “special sauce”. These workspaces collate and quality check the submission of offshore infrastructure datasets, datasets which have been identified as holding key information for the UK energy transition. FME is one of the key tools to facilitate our digital future and we’d like to show you how.

You can register for the presentations after you have registered for the conference.

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We look forward to speaking to you in Bonn. See you there!

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