CMSi Site Management

Overview
Description: 

CMSi is a comprehensive, map-based solution for the management of protected areas and other important sites. CMSi is built around the concept of Adaptive Management: Planning, Management, Monitoring and Review. A process that recognises the fundamental complexities and uncertainties of conservation management and aims for constant improvement. Many flavours and variations of adaptive management exist and CMSi offers sufficient flexibility to allow implementation of most. CMSi recognises that good site management is a holistic process. The management of buildings, property agreements, cultural heritage, budgets and other resources can be as central to achieving good conservation outcomes as the management and monitoring of habitat and species. This is why CMSi covers all these aspects of site management.

Input: 

It is largely up to users how much or how little data is entered. However CMSi is designed to allow Adaptive Management Planning to be implemented. Making decisions regarding whether or in what way management may needed to be adapted depends upon having the correct information to hand. So this would include a record of management carried-out and resources utilised along with the results of monitoring of the condition of the features for which you are managing and the factors that are operating upon those features. If these three data are recorded adaptive management planning is achievable.

Output: 
Guidance
Maps
GIS databases
Tables / statistics / reports
Environmental asset portfolio
Cost-benefit assessment
Scale: 
Site scale
Local scale
Landscape scale
Regional scale
National scale
Multi-scale
Cost of the tool (and guidance): 
Open access (free)
Fee (consultancy service)
Context: 
A range of land-uses. The modular approach taken in the design to CMSi means that the application is suitable for the management of almost any type of site. Indeed CMSi can be used to manage all site assets including heritage, buildings and infrastructure, as well as features of scientific interest.
Resource requirement (software): 
It is possible to install CMSi Desktop locally on a PC so even an internet connection is not essential. If web and/or mobile options are used an internet connection would be needed then.
Level of technical expertise required: 
Basic – intermediate GIS skills
Types of ecosystem service included: 
Regulating
Provisioning
Supporting
Cultural
Habitat type (UK NEA habitats): 
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Enclosed farmland
Woodland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Urban
Marine
Coastal margins
How does it work?: 

At a technical level CMSi is a dot net application, a web site and a mobile app. Data, including mapping, is stored in a SQL Server database.

Mapping is a key part of CMSi. The application has its own built-in mapping tools but we can also integrate with your own GIS applications.

To the user data is entered by a series of forms including those for Sites, Features, Compartments, Projects, Agreements Ownership, Assets, Surveys, Observations and Vegetation etc. Relationships are established between these entities so a Site has one or more Features and a Feature may have one or more projects to manage and monitor it.

Users can assign resources (Staff, Expenditure etc) to projects and generate individual work plans as well as whole site management plans. There are tools to help you manage the data as a whole e.g. planning budgets across multiple sites, rolling projects forward into future years. Powerful reporting tools allow you to summarise resource use across multiple projects and/or sites.

Asset Management Planning tools allow you to meet your inspection and maintenance responsibilities across your sites.

Surveying and Monitoring modules allow you schedule and design all types of surveys from one-off building inspections to regular monitoring programmes requiring multiple visits.

Regular webinars and training events allow you and your users to stay abreast of new features in the application as well as providing networking opportunities with other users.