If you’ve lodged an enquiry through Dial Before You Dig recently you may have received a response including links to display the assets directly on a web map or allowing you to download the spatial data. These links offer alternative ways of looking at the underground assets other than the standard PDF.
With more than forty Dial Before You Dig members (utilities and local governments) now using SmarterWX Automate for response automation, many organisations are now returning emails containing links to an interactive web map or to a data download form allowing you to extract the asset information for your dig site and load it into your mapping applications.
Last year we were accepted in to the Esri Emerging Partner program enabling us to add multiple integration points between Esri’s GIS software and the SmarterWX product portfolio.
Just recently the team added a connection between SmarterWX Automate and Esri’s mobile workforce management tool – “Workforce for ArcGIS” – allowing you to automatically assign locate requests to your locators in the field.
Part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, Workforce for ArcGIS is a mobile app solution that uses the power of location to coordinate your field workforce. It integrates work management to reduce reliance on paper and provides everyone with access to the authoritative data they need. Workforce for ArcGIS is designed to help you reduce errors, boost productivity, and save money.
The SmarterWX Automate rule studio allows you to create a work assignment in Workforce for ArcGIS whenever a locate request is received matching your business rules. Your dispatcher is then able to pass work to your mobile workers in the field in real-time.
The combination of Workforce for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS allows your locator to (i) receive a work assignment, (ii) get turn-by-turn directions to the dig site and (iii) capture information and photos from the dig site straight back to the dispatcher.
Linking SmarterWX Automate to Workforce for ArcGIS
The steps for connecting SmarterWX Automate and Workforce for ArcGIS are pretty straightforward: –
1) Create a new Project in Workforce for ArcGIS for locate requests.
2) Create a rule in the SmarterWX Automate Rule Studio with the action “Write feature to GIS”.
3) When asked to select the Feature Layer to write to, choose the newly created Locate Requests Assignment layer. This allows SmarterWX Automate to write new work assignments to Workforce for ArcGIS.
A key aspect of managing your locate requests is to provide a “positive response” back to the one-call provider indicating the action taken and details of risks at the dig site. The good news is that the team is working on integration from the locator in the field back through SmarterWX Automate to submit the correct positive response codes automatically.
Last year, we were asked to work with the Dial Before You Dig (South Australia/Northern Territory) association to come up with a vision for the future of underground asset damage prevention.
In this post I focus on some of the opportunities made available through taking a geospatial approach to asset protection and the technical challenges we addressed through the pilot. Moving to a solution that builds on the concepts of spatial data discovery and sharing whilst maintaining the integrity of an enquiry-first service will have relevance for anyone looking to expose your spatial data to a wider audience.
SmarterWX continues to grow. We’re excited to announce that the SmarterWX portfolio now has three complementary solutions for all of your capital works planning and street works needs – Collaborate, Locate and Automate.
A collaborative technology platform that is bridging communication barriers between agencies, saving millions of dollars through minimising roadworks disruption – Smarter Planning Perth – has been awarded the prestigious regional Spatial Enablement Award at the 2018 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards as part of Locate & GeoSmart Asia held in Adelaide this week.
Less than a year after the release of SmarterWX in May 2017, thirty organisations use the game-changing platform to manage 11,000+ projects across Australia. The SmarterWX Collaborate – March 2018 release incorporates user feedback to provide enhanced capabilities for public works planning. Continue reading →