Working With InspectTech SaaS, App Empowers ‘Interactive Inspection’ Combining Mobile Devices, Photos, Videos, and More to Enhance Productivity
Exton, Pa., U.S.A. – March 7, 2013 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the immediate availability of InspectTech Collector Mobile for use initially on the iPad. This new iWare app underscores Bentley’s commitment to providing a broad range of apps for mobile devices that increase information mobility with integrity across engineering disciplines and the infrastructure lifecycle. InspectTech Collector Mobile works with Bentley’s InspectTech software-as-a-service offering, which helps asset owners streamline the process of planning inspections, collecting and managing inspection data, and complying with government reporting requirements – reducing inspection times by up to 25 percent. The new app empowers inspectors of transportation and infrastructure assets – from bridges and culverts to signs, light poles, antenna towers, storm water networks, and more – to quickly and effectively collect a range of inspection information, including photos and audio, in the field on their iPads. By expediting these inspections, InspectTech Collector Mobile enhances inspector productivity and saves owner-operators time and money.
Through the app users simply sign in to their InspectTech system, and anyone can try the app’s capabilities with access to sample data via Bentley’s new “Explore” trial services program. The app is available for download at no additional charge at www.Bentley.com/InspectTechCollectorMobile.
The key advantages of InspectTech Collector Mobile include:
• enhanced inspection efficiency – A streamlined interface delivers valid fields and drop-down boxes as the inspector works through a logical and thorough collection of inspection data;
· • improved inspection quality – Inspectors enhance inspections with the ability to capture photos, audio, and video as they inspect individual assets;
· • reduced inspection costs – Inspectors need no longer travel back to the main office to upload reports, and they enjoy the efficiency associated with the use of a single inspection device that takes the place of multiple inspection tools, including paper and pen, GPS, camera, and audio recorder;
· • increased productivity and reduced errors – Inspectors create comprehensive reports, working quickly and accurately with agency-specific forms and historical asset information;
· • enhanced inspection flexibility – Like all Bentley apps, InspectTech Collector Mobile enables inspectors to work with or without an Internet connection;
· • inspection compliance – Calculations are performed based on National Bridge Inventory (NBI) and other inspection standards;
· • enhanced accuracy – InspectTech Collector Mobile rapidly pinpoints assets using GPS technology;
· • time savings – Synchronization with the organization’s home InspectTech solution via cloud services and automatic generation of high-quality reports speed inspection completion;
· • powerful support for analysis and planning – Inspection data can be provided for planning, performance monitoring, and risk-based analysis and decision making.
Lee Floyd, PE, State Bridge Maintenance Engineer, South Carolina Department of Transportation, said, “SCDOT is excited to be testing InspectTech Collector Mobile for bridge inspection data collection. The Department’s Director of Maintenance Office has been pushing the use of iPads for some time now. We believe that the iPad hardware, along with its stable environment, is an excellent choice for bridge inspection applications. Our early indications are that the InspectTech Collector Mobile software from Bentley is easy to use and will improve our bridge inspection workflow.”
Jeremy Shaffer, Bentley Director of Transportation Asset Management, said, “InspectTech provides a secure and managed shared source of information for the inspection, inventory, maintenance, and management of transportation physical assets. It generates savings through better efficiency – from capturing and reviewing inspection data to turning needs into actionable plans – and empowers maintenance management to make the best use of asset inspection information for maintenance planning, prioritization, scheduling, and capital-project decision making. Our new InspectTech Collector Mobile further enhances the flexibility of InspectTech, advancing information mobility within inspection workflows and giving inspectors yet another way to conveniently gather their crucial asset inspection information in the field. This app will also be available to all InspectTech users as an optional data collection add-on for use with the AASHTO Pontis Bridge Management transportation asset management system – as part of the Bentley and AASHTO ongoing partnership.”
For additional information about InspectTech Collector Mobile or to download and explore it, visit www.Bentley.com/InspectTechCollectorMobile. For additional information about InspectTech, visit www.Bentley.com/InspectTech. For information on all of Bentley’s iWare apps, visit www.Bentley.com/iWare.
About the Bentley and AASHTO Strategic Alliance
In November 2012 Bentley Systems announced its signing of a memorandum of understanding with AASHTO, an association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The MOU provides a framework for the incorporation of Bentley’s integrated InspectTech modules for advanced bridge inspections, mobile applications, and 3D
models with AASHTOWare Bridge Management (BrM) software (formerly Pontis). With InspectTech software modules offered through the AASHTOWare catalog, transportation agencies will have access to a comprehensive system providing options that span advanced bridge inspection to capital planning, and featuring an unprecedented level of information mobility and integrity across the bridge management solution. The MOU also establishes Bentley as the contract developer of a substantially enhanced version of AASHTOWare BrM (Pontis 5.2), and lays the groundwork for Bentley’s further support of this new end-to-end transportation asset management system with options for training, customization, and software-as-a-service hosting. For additional information about this strategic alliance, click here.
About Bentley Systems, Incorporated
Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2003 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. Additional information about Bentley is available at www.bentley.com and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities. To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit www.bentley.com/500.