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As-built Update Backlog Challenge Addressed by SSP Innovations

Where there is a challenge, there is a solution.

On March 23, 2022, Peter Batty, Chief Research Officer at SSP Innovations, gave a live stream presentation at SUMSF (The Subsurface Utility Mapping Strategy Forum), on eliminating the as-built update backlogs by automating field data capture.

Batty expertly explained the challenges of as-built update backlogs and said they apply to both above and below ground assets. The as-built update challenge is the time of installing something, a piece of equipment, in the field, to getting a record of backend GIS or systems. This is usually measured in months, with 85% taking one month or more, and 53% taking three months or more. This is because those who install and construct equipment in the field find the data capture too complex and time-consuming. The process becomes costly and lengthy when someone else is needed to come and document the data.

Peter Batty, Chief Research Officer at SSP Innovations, LLC

Solutions need to be automated for speed and accuracy. Crowdsourcing, or “field sourcing,” as Batty calls it, would get updates from those who are doing the work right at that time.

Batty also spoke about technology enablers that can help the situation. These enablers include: reality capture, Voice interaction, machine learning (ML), Augmented Reality (AR), and computer vision.

There were demonstrations of work done with the SSP Vision product and its impact on mobile data capture.
Batty continued the presentation on location accuracy, the key requirements, and how AR gives greater accuracy than GPS in phones. He discussed key elements of AR and potential business scenarios, examples of GeoAnchor testing, and the long-term vision.

The long-term vision is automation.

Batty said improving the as-built update process is crucial to maintaining accurate underground, and above, asset records. Field sourcing is key, and with new technologies, there are exciting possibilities.

A deep, heartfelt thank you to SSP Innovations, a Gold Sponsor for SUMSF, 2022.

An informative Q and A session followed the presentation. You can watch the live-streamed presentation on Youtube below.

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