I am looking for open source GIS software which can be used for utility management (like water, gas, electricity, road, etc.).

I have done this in ArcMap 10.1 but am now looking for open source GIS software.

Can anyone suggest to me any open source GIS software for the same?

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  • Does it need to provide same capabilities that are provided by geometric networks? – Kirk Kuykendall May 19 '13 at 19:52
  • yes as same function is needed. – Pari May 22 '13 at 6:46

I am not aware of any and alternativeTo ArcFM offers only commercial alternatives.

Search the same site for ArcGIS alternatives and you are offered Open Source options.


As far as I know, there is not a full-fledged package for utility management in the open source domain. This is party because utility management has many facets such as material administration (closely tied with ERP systems), their role in the topological network and their behavior in specific circumstances.

You can find bits and pieces for each of these facets in the open source world (ex: for network topology, you can use PostGIS) however you need to wrap up and tie the blocks manually.


There are commercial QGIS extensions/addons for use cases such as water and electricity utility management, e.g. by German developers norBIT who are also heavily involved in QGIS development.


If it's just ArcMap that you are using then you could try QGIS, for the basic drawing of pipes and lines etc it's fine, I used to swap between ArcFM at work and QGIS at home for basic drawing, importing and exporting to Mapinfo Tab files and selecting, disolving and buffering the whole network, you did need to swap everything to a personal DB file (mdb) but that may have changed now that file databases have become an open standard(?), but the fancy ArcFM stuff, it doesn't do. I like Balkan's idea of using a PostGIS backend but haven't tried that, so can't really comment.

It really depends on what your needs are? if you have some developers and DB administrators who are prepared to put time into setting up a postgis database and do a cost benefit analysis if it's worth spending the time and development cost compared to the cost of commercial software.

  • QGIS with a POSTGIS database and Pentaho Open BI Suite 1.0 as the ETL software ? I was just browsing OSalt.org, I haven't heard of the software before but it might work – Banger May 19 '13 at 6:45

I know EPANET for water management. You can combine gis with it using GHydralics plugin or giswater.

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