Asset data capture is at the heart of everything we do. Without reliable, comprehensive data it is impossible to fully understand risk, to plan, to model scenarios, to analyse, to optimise your delivery and effectively run a business.
A prime example of this is a task B&V undertook to support UK Power Networks (UKPN) is a risk management exercise focusing on explosion mitigation.
Need: To fully understand the scale of the issue there was a need to inspect every electricity cable pit in London.
Challenge: With 47,000 pits known only by historic paper records a data verification and cleansing exercise was required. This was required as a matter of urgency because of the potential risk to life of street based assets failing. After initial verification 30,000 pits needed visiting in a short time period.
Solution: An integrated online mapping and survey platform was created using enterprise tools and apps. The platform meant pits could be allocated directly to users tablets with results fed back to the cloud live via 3G. As well as enabling the capturing of data the platform used a dashboard to monitor survey team locations and progress.
Benefits: Digital capture allowed inputs to be validated in the field and pushed back into the central dataset; no data entry required. Photographs were taken at every location and automatically tagged to assets. This created a detailed asset record for the client which supported later stages of the work including site planning. Asset photos were not a requirement initially, largely due to the difficultly in capturing thousands of photographs using traditional methods. Digital capture makes this simple and has now created an invaluable resource.
A dashboard allowed progress to be monitored in real time allowing management of the survey team in real time. Survey teams were tracked at all times ensuring they could be located should anything go wrong. The dashboard and tracking also allowed detailed reporting of the number of assets surveyed daily, an important metric in planing an billing.
The integrated platform meant all 30,000 locations were visited in under 6 weeks with no revisits required.The project was awarded an ESRI UK Customer Success Award at the 2016 Annual Conference