Inspection

Inspection

The City of Sebring used GeoPDF and TerraGo Edge to make CAD diagrams available to mobile workers on iPads, so they could identify and locate valves and other assets in the field. In the past, they relied on printing CAD drawings. but needless to say that was cumbersome and costly. Plus, if they were working on a leak, time was of the essence so they wanted on-demand access on their mobile devices. TerraGo’s mobile CAD solution saves them time and money while improving customer service and response times.

In the past, field inspections traditionally meant binders of forms and paper maps. For utilities, water authorities and many types of engineering inspections, it also meant GPS handhelds and base stations to capture the required GPS-tagged position reports and data. It was cumbersome to carry everything in challenging terrain and required a great deal of manual work to record site observations and measurements at thousands of positions, only needing to later re-enter data and write up inspection reports. When teams encountered bad weather, it was even more frustrating dealing with wet maps and forms. With the GPS handhelds, inspectors typically needed to return to the hotel and manually transfer data from handhelds to laptop computers. Then they would get on the WiFi to upload files for next-day post-processing and further preparation of files and field reports by support staff.

Today, more and more companies are choosing TerraGo Edge and TerraGo Magic to go paperless and take advantage of a modern, mobile, open GPS solution. Open GPS means the app can be paired via Bluetooth with any number of GPS receivers that supply the requisite level of accuracy for inspections, from 1 meter to sub-meter to centimeter, and supports all the leading manufacturers, such as Trimble or EOS. For some inspections, say locating an above ground valve, the on-board GPS is sufficient which means tremendous savings over handhelds for these types of inspections. Plus, the native iOS and Android inspection forms mean inspections get completed in a fraction of the time compared to outdated user interfaces and cumbersome data dictionaries.

Beyond the hardware savings, improved efficiency and lower cost of operations, TerraGo inspections mean real-time customer access to data. This can accelerate turning inspections into approvals and ultimately faster repairs and less outages - and that translates directly into superior customer service and more profitable operations.