Who is inspiring us, what are we doing better
HgIS is an EDMS – Environmental Data Management Software. Such software is being developed by many companies:
Major EDMS produced by those companies are:
Other EDMS are: Hydstra (Kisters), Project Portal (ddms), gINT (Bentley), EPIPHINY (Summit Envirosolutions), Virtual Observatory and Ecological Informatics System (VOEIS), eRAMS (Colorado State University), eSymon, SIS (developed by adiNET for AQUATEST or Photon Water Technology s.r.o.), H+ (Réseau National de Sites Hydrogéologiques), GWSDAT (Wayne Jones), MIKE INFO – former IMS – Information Management System (DHI), DataSight (Seveno), Geological Data Management Software (Datamine), Visual Site Manager (GeoAnalysis), GEMS (GEOVIA), Enterprise Integration (MineRP), Water Resources Database, EQWin (EQWin® Software Inc.) and ChemPoint (Starpoint Software). Some of those do not have geology. gdBase from GD Software is mostly used in the Czech Republic.
Those tools usually have an excellent graphical user interface and are able to import dozens of data exchange formats. But they are not flexible enough to create new data imports because they do not contain an easy to use highly adaptable ETL (extract, transform and load) module. Some existing EDMS contain some reporting engine (e.g. SSRS, Telerik or Crystal Reports) to create high-quality reports. Without an ETL module, they cannot efficiently combine data operations (e.g. aggregation), analyses and simple visualization (reporting).
HgIS overcomes those shortcomings. It's main competitive advantages are: HgIS is easily extensible (automated data import of new formats) and focused on data analysis and modelling.