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New installations can only be done with IMSMA NG, due to the close dependence of the Legacy Systems on Microsoft Office Suite and Windows [[operating system]]s. Read more on [[Upgrading to IMSMA NG]].
Legacy Systems requires a highly standardised and linear [[workflow]]. The workflow is started by the [[Impact Survey]] or other [[Level 1 Survey]], which can produce [[mined area]] reports. [[Technical Survey]] or [[Level 2 Survey]] follows. This produces a [[minefield]] which is addressed by a [[clearance]] which may have associated [[progress report]]s. The process is concluded with a [[Completion report]].
[[IMSMA V3]] was released in 2002 and followed by regular updates over the next couple of years. It presented a complete new software architecture and each update contributed substantially with new added functionalities and greater flexibility. This was a first attempt to move from the original repository database into a more operational management tool for the mine action programmes. The task tracking tool allowed information managers to account for the work accomplished by each organization.
In addition, IMSMA V3 started embracing professional database platforms such as [[Microsoft SQL Server]] for its technical development. This software improved numerous aspects, from data handling being facilitated through the design of database queries, to installations into a networked environment, with an increased number of simultaneous users.