RFAM is powered by Municipal DataWorks* (MDW). MDW is a web-based application built on the Municipal Infrastructure Data Standard (MIDS) a recognized database standard that has a long history in Ontario. Originally MIDS was developed by the Province of Ontario and municipal practitioners. The standard has been used since the demise of the conditional grant program by consulting engineers and some municipalities to develop new applications. MDW is built on a Microsoft SQL platform.
MDW provides a relational non-proprietary data repository upon which a municipality can build and update their asset management plan. MDW gets your asset data off paper and out of excel spreadsheets and other data silos that may exist within individual departments and into a single relational database. Data can be collected and stored for over 120 different asset types including buildings, parks, transportation, sewer and water network assets.
Asset Management includes the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, renewal and replacement of all municipal assets used to provide services to municipal customers while, at the same time, carefully managing the scarce financial and human resources needed to achieve the goals and objectives of an asset management plan.
*Municipal DataWorks is owned by 1894 Inc., a wholly own subsidiary of the Ontario Good Roads Association.