Prairie Home Cemetery
Prairie Home Cemetery had been using a paper-based system for managing their cemetery records for many years, but knew there had to be a better way to manage their operations. After researching their software options, the City of Waukesha knew that CIMS was the right choice for their cemetery.
Their cemetery information was in a cumbersome format that wasn't suiting their needs and they wanted to streamline their records. After creating their new digital map, Ramaker & Associates assisted the cemetery by migrating all historic cemetery data into the CIMS database.
Reidsville, North Carolina
CIMS was installed for Wilkerson Funeral Service's 16-acre cemetery and mausoleum. Custom marker types were also added to their system. They then entered their historical data and were impressed with the speed and ease in which they were able to complete the task.
Extra time and consideration was given when Ramaker & Associates developed CIMS to make mass historical data entry a smooth and efficient process for our clients.
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
The US Naval Academy Cemetery had been using a combination of paper maps, AutoCAD files, and an Access Database to track burials within their cemetery. This process had become cumbersome and it was difficult to keep this information up to date with their limited staff.
Ramaker & Associates assisted in the implementation of CIMS Cemetery software at the cemetery. Although this cemetery is quite different from "traditional" cemeteries, CIMS is flexible enough to work for their operations.
Rockton Township Cemetery
Rockton Township, Illinois
Rockton Cemetery had been using a combination of paper maps and cards as well as ArcView GIS software to manage their cemetery operations. This had been cumbersome to maintain and was prone to data entry errors.
In 2002, the cemetery hired Ramaker & Associates to take their existing data and integrate it into CIMS. Information from the paper maps and from the ESRI shapefiles was all integrated into the program and the cemetery manager was easily trained in the use of the now streamlined software program.
City of Bedford, VA
The City of Bedford has four cemeteries totaling more than 40 acres, and their records consisted of a variety of paper cards. Ramaker & Associates converted all their maps to a GIS data format and scanned all their cemetery records.
The scanned records were entered into a database and linked to the image files through CIMS. This created a completely usable system with all cemetery information beginning on the day it was installed. Ramaker & Associates provided implementation and training services as well. The data is accessed from three different locations via the city's fiber network.
City of Boise Cemeteries
The City of Boise has three cemeteries totaling 73 acres, and was maintaining records for each cemetery on paper and in Excel files. Our team worked with the City to develop more standardized Excel files, and helped them to incorporate their paper records into these Excel files. Based on our team's suggestions, the City was able to get all of their burial and owner information down to one manageable file which included customized fields specific to each cemetery. This file was then migrated into a custom CIMS system for the City, which now has a complete usable system.
Along with data migration services, Ramaker also converted all of the cemetery’s paper maps into the GIS format used by CIMS, taking into account the special needs of many burials with unknown locations. In addition, our team completed on-site installation and training services for the City.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, manages more than 1,000 acres in eight cemeteries. Two years ago, this organization implemented CIMS for all of its operating cemeteries and mausoleums. The initial project was to migrate all historic data from the Legacy database, and develop a user-friendly system to manage this data. All eight cemeteries have access to CIMS through a dial-up connection with a centralized server. CIMS has had a substantial impact on sales and management operations for the Diocese.
The Archdiocese is currently in Phase II of CIMS development. This involves mapping all cemetery and mausoleum spaces and linking them to the database. So far, nearly 200 acres of cemetery and more than 25,000 mausoleum spaces have been mapped.
City of Lee's Summit, MO
Lee's Summit, Missouri
The City of Lee's Summit was using an ArcView based system to manage it's cemetery data. This system was difficult for cemetery staff to use and required assistance from the city's GIS staff.
Ramaker & Associates migrated the data to the CIMS database and is also hosting the data on a website. This created a completely usable system with all cemetery information beginning on the day it was installed. Ramaker & Associates provided implementation and training services as well.
Memorial Cemetery Association
Memorial Cemetery had previously been using another software package to manage their data. Unfortunately, this package did not meet the needs of the cemetery and had very high maintenance fees.
The cemetery switched to CIMS in 2002. Ramaker & Associates migrated the data from the Legacy system so the software would be usable without additional data entry. CIMS Light has proven to be an excellent tool for managing this cemetery's data.
Roselawn Cemetery has 110 acres and their records consisted of a variety of paper documents and maps. Our team converted all their maps to a GIS data format and matched the data from their lot cards to the map. The scanned records were entered into a database and linked to the image files through CIMS. This created a completely usable system with all cemetery information beginning on the day it was installed.
Our team provided implementation and training services as well. The data is accessed from a server within the cemetery