The Future of City Inspections Using Mobile GIS and Smart Form Surveys
Commercial and Industrial inspections are an integral component of the Riverside County Santa Ana Region MS4 NPDES Permit. Initially, the County’s Department of Environmental Health provided inspection services to comply with program requirements. In 2015, the individual Co-Permittees became responsible to develop and maintain the commercial and industrial inspection program within their respective jurisdiction.
Since assuming responsibility for implementation of the Commercial and Industrial inspection program, the City of Hemet, like many other cities, has worked through the challenges of developing a compliant and timely Commercial and Industrial inspection program while adhering to budgetary constraints. When Hemet took over the inspection program, the inspections were documented on paper forms and then data was manually transferred into the City’s database. Hemet envisioned that the future of their Commercial and Industrial inspection program would need to be more efficient with enhanced documentation, and that the program would also need to facilitate reporting and information sharing. Hemet’s NPDES program manager determined that a more streamlined approach to the program was needed.
Hemet found their solution through the use of ArcGIS applications such as Survey123 and Collector for their inspection reports and tracking program. SMART apps have elevated the City’s ability to instantly share important inspection data and results. Customized mobile GPS apps and smart-form capabilities provide field inspectors with an interactive tool to track and schedule inspections. Form-centric surveys have been developed to collect data that can be easily exported and uploaded to the City’s asset management database. What used to take extensive time and effort to produce each year, the City is now able to chart required annual reporting data with just a click of the mouse.
The City of Hemet’s presentation will provide useful information and cost-effective solutions on how other municipalities can develop and effectively manage a Commercial and Industrial inspection program using cutting edge, Mobile GIS based technologies.