Council is currently subscribed to the Dial Before You Dig (DBYD) service and receives up to 140 enquiries each week for information regarding locations of underground infrastructure. This information is provided to ensure the safety and awareness of council owned buried assets for anyone working within the vicinity of these assets. Council owns and maintains over 300 kilometres of undergrounds assets (approx. $200 million worth of underground assets) such as Fibre Optic Cables, Stormwater and Recycled Water infrastructure. The workload to provide DBYD responses manually has accumulated over the past few years to a point where it is no longer sustainable to undertake manual responses.
SmarterWX Automate system offered a solution to automatically respond to enquirers by providing a map of any underground assets owned by The City of Marion within the proposed dig site. Multiple teams across the City of Marion came together to develop the map templates and develop rules and guidelines for safe excavation around the City of Marion underground assets. The automated system went live early February 2020.
The Project Outcomes
The Automation process has
The route optimisation tool has the ability to take a team’s job sites across the City and create the most efficient route to travel. These routes can be created daily and distributed to the teams through the OptimoRoute application on a smart device.
This innovation is scalable across other departments eg Community Safety Team and Facilities Maintenance.
Across, the city there are a number of agencies and utilities, as well as Council that plan and deliver capital works and infrastructure projects. Often, due to lack of visibility and collaboration, efforts can be duplicated and works repeated unnecessarily. Due to the scale of these projects, this duplication can result in significant additional costs being incurred not to mention the increased inconvenience to the community.
The Smarterwx platform is an online collaboration tool for council, utilities, telecommunications providers and transport authorities to share project information well in advance of the works being undertaken. Opportunities for projects to be coordinated based on time and location are then identified and the relevant project managers alerted. The project managers can then work together to determine the appropriate way forward for the projects for the benefit of the organisations involved, the impacted residents and the broader community.
The council projects included are:
As well as sharing project information, the solution allows the council to identify areas and time periods where works cannot be carried out. The platform also enables higher internal visibility of projects across departments in council.
The implementation of this solution has: