management pipeline RUMBLES SEPTEMBER 2015 | 27 and tracking tens of thousands of assets became much more efficient. Bulky paper forms were replaced with a sim-plified mobile interface, while dots on map books became information-rich pinpoints integrated into GIS mapping. Captured photos were automatically associated with their corresponding assets, eliminating the laborious process of uploading and identifying tens of thousands of photos. By taking advan-tage of offline data collection and sync-ing capabilities, crews could work unin-terrupted in the absence of connectivity. Eliminating paper forms significantly reduced fiscal and environmental waste. It also reduced the possibility for errors by eliminating the need for data transcription and better enabling knowledge management. Most impor-tant, however, was the introduction of a unified real-time system—data stored in a single location, accessible to the entire project team. When an inspection crew updates manhole locations on the digital map, everyone in the team can see the most accurate, updated map. Tangible Results By comparing the effort required to col-lect data from two similarly sized catch-ments before and after adoption of the new technology platform, it was discov-ered that nearly 30% fewer hours were needed to manage quality assurance and the data. Adoption of the mobile data collection has translated to lower costs for the county, accelerated delivery schedules, and a streamlined workflow. Touchscreens, embedded GPSs, and cameras are evolving into indispens-able tools, and mobile apps and devices are proving particularly effective in streamlining the location, inspection, and assessment of wastewater collec-tion systems. Utilities now have the opportunity to implement mobile tech-nology that drastically increases their productivity, saying goodbye to the days of cumbersome binders and out-of- date maps. Elton DeSouza is a Project Manager and Infrastructure Engineering Lead at Brown and Caldwell’s Lakewood, Colo-rado, office. He can be reached at EDe- Souza@brwncald.com or 303.239.5487. Sean Kilpatrick, P.E., leads many of Brown and Caldwell’s condition assess-ment programs using mobile data col-lection for wastewater collection, water treatment electrical and mechanical equipment for potable water distribution, and storm drainage systems. He can be reached at SKilpatrick@brwncald.com or 770.673.3603.
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