Spatial Data a Catch for Pierce County

In 2009 in Washington State, Pierce County Road Operations staff conducted an inspection of drainage features. To remedy this, the county staff increased assessments and cleanings. However, by 2010, the cost of assessing and cleaning peaked at $120 per catch basin. In 2013, seeking ways to increase efficiency, Road Operations staff replaced laptops and a manual database-reconcile process with iPads using Esri® ArcGIS® Online.

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n 2009 in Washington state, Pierce County Road Operations staff conducted an inspection of drainage features. The inspections showed that a lack of field access to map data had left some catch basins in need of cleaning. To remedy this, the county staff increased assessments and cleanings. However, by 2010, the cost of assessing and cleaning peaked at $120 per catch basin.

What did they do?

In 2013, seeking ways to increase efficiency, Road Operations staff replaced laptops and a manual database-reconcile process with iPads using Esri® ArcGISSM Online. Staff deployed the Collector for ArcGIS® app for field workers and over a dozen operational dashboards for supervisors. Now, teams can access over 200,000 drainage features via ArcGIS Online.

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Road Operations staff replaced laptops with iPads running ArcGIS Online.

Do I need this?

Achieve greater field efficiency by making your GIS accessible through online and offline mobile applications. By 2013, Pierce County's cleaning and assessment costs associated with regulation compliance dropped to $60 per catch basin. Field teams now complete more basins per day, at lower cost. Field GIS access saves costly travel time getting crews to the office, as staff no longer need to reconcile data manually each day. In Pierce County, over 35 Road Operations workers and supervisors access the mobile and dashboard GIS.

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Greater field efficiency can be achieved by making GIS accessible through online and offline mobile applications.

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