How IFS Applications integrate with ArcGIS

Blog Post created by jlunse on Mar 25, 2015

This article is a brief introduction to how IFS Applications integrates with ArcGIS system. The integration was first releasd in end of 2013 as part of an extension called UEE (Utility and EAM Enhancements). GIS integration was also implemeted in core for IFS Applications 9 RTM and released during spring 2015. GIS integration was then further developed and released in After 9 Update 1 and where we started with investigating a list of wanted GIS specific functionality, from customers. These requests was mostly about improving functionality on how to work with GIS integration towards ArcGIS system.

IFS Application’s GIS integration enables easy access to business information in a map.

Business objects in IFS Applications such as equipment objects, work orders and linear assets could be presented as graphical items (points, lines and areas) on a map. For example, connect a business object of type linear asset to a pipeline in the map. Click on the pipeline and it shows business information from IFS and it enables actions to be performed. GIS Map also enables incident reporting by using fault reports and cases. It could be created directly on a free space in the map or on an existing object in the map. It is possible to connect an IFS business object to one or many geographical features on the map. For example, one work order can be connected to several geographical features on the map.


An established connection between a graphical item and a business object enables the following:

  • Perform business actions in GIS Map, like create incident reports e.g. fault reports or navigate to its main window.
  • Find business objects locations by navigating from business object's main window to GIS Map.
  • Read business information in GIS Map by using tooltip or object information dialog.
  • Search on business objects in IFS windows and navigate with them to GIS Map.
  • Search using business object key information in GIS Map and navigate to IFS.
  • Search by using GIS attributes and navigate with the result into IFS.
  • Search using proximity and navigate to IFS.
  • Manually select GIS objects and navigate to IFS.


Possible actions and business information shown are controlled by basic data configuration in IFS Applications. The graphical information shown in the map is controlled by services published on ArcGIS.


Examples of some GIS related operations (tools and widgets) in GIS Map:

  • Monitor GIS attributes by using attribute table or attribute inspector dialog.
  • Edit GIS attributes.
  • Add, Move and Delete graphical items.
  • Measure distances, area and get coordinate information.
  • Search on locations, like coordinates, postal codes, street, city, country names etc.


More information is found here:



GIS integration added with shortcuts and new panels.



First version of GIS integration.