CIMS Cemetery Software Project Summaries
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 discovered 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 assisted the cemetery by migrating all historic cemetery data into the CIMS database. Ramaker is currently assisting Prairie Home Cemetery in the development of their natural burial section.
Prairie Mound Cemetery
The Village of Oregon has one cemetery approximately 11.5 acres it size. It was maintaining records for the cemetery on paper and in Excel files. For this project, the city chose to “re-enter” the burial and owner information into CIMS Cloud. Ramaker was able to incorporate high resolution drone imagery for this cemetery which proves to be a very valuable tool for managing the cemetery data.
Rockton Township Cemetery
Rockton Township, IL
Rockton Township, IL
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 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 Boise Cemeteries
The City of Boise has three cemeteries totaling 73 acres, and was maintaining records on paper and Excel files. Ramaker worked with the City to develop standardized Excel files, and helped them incorporate their paper records into these Excel files. Based on Ramaker’s suggestions, the City was able to get all burial and owner information down to one manageable file which included customized fields specific to each cemetery. This file was migrated into a custom CIMS system for the City. 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. Ramaker also completed on-site installation and training services for the City.
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 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.
St. Aloysius Cemetery – Divine Mercy Parish
Sauk City, WI
Sauk City, WI
St. Aloysius Cemetery totals 8 acres in size and has been maintained for many years using paper records and maps. Ramaker worked with the cemetery to develop an accurate GIS map of every space in the cemetery. After mapping was complete, the cemetery went live with CIMS Cloud and began entering their data into the software.
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 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.
Town of Bedford Cemeteries
The Town of Bedford has four cemeteries totaling more than 40 acres and their records consisted of a variety of paper cards. Ramaker 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 provided implementation and training services as well.
City of Lee’s Summit, MO
Lee’s Summit, MO
Lee’s Summit, MO
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 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 provided implementation and training services as well.
Roselawn Cemetery has 110 acres and their records consisted of a variety of paper documents and maps. Ramaker 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. Ramaker provided implementation and training services as well.