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Oct 11

Baselines are Critical for Asset Management Solutions

Jason Krueger, manager Ayres Associates Geospatial Division, catches up with Jake Schneider, President and CEO of Cartegraph

Jason Krueger, manager Ayres Associates Geospatial Division, catches up with Jake Schneider, President and CEO of Cartegraph

Ayres Associates is excited to be sponsoring and attending the Cartegraph National Conference in Denver, Colorado, this week.

We partnered with Cartegraph earlier this year to bring our clients improved asset management solutions and offer the best outcomes possible to our many municipal and private clients around the country. While at the conference, we’re among the more than 300 attendees who are networking with and receiving training from industry experts on a wide range of topics, from organizational productivity and field time maximization to best practices and performance-driven decision-making. We’re hearing real-life examples, tips, tricks and more – all of which will help us better help our valued clients.

DSC_9123One of the aspects of this conference that piqued my attention is the wide range of backgrounds and job responsibilities amongst the users here. it ranged from administrators of holistic Cartegraph solutions within large cities to folks that have just launched their early implementation to solve very discreet issues within smaller communities.

The theme of several of today’s breakout discussions was a high-level look at analyzing the effectiveness of asset management solutions within organizations. The ability to easily and effectively manage assets and their attributes is changing the way local government services operate. However, simply implementing an asset management solution may not go far enough in determining if it’s being used effectively. Analysis starts with establishing a baseline level of information from which future decision-making is founded upon.

To help reinforce the importance of these baselines, an attendee in the session from Lone Tree, Colorado, shared their approach. They started with establishing their road network and conditional analysis using geospatial technology and well-established processes for rating condition. All maintenance and repairs to their City’s road networks going forward will now be informed by the data they collected and built into their Cartegraph OMS (operations management system) platform.

Cartegraph graphicAyres Associates can provide the key expertise needed to establish these baselines for municipalities. The first step in building the baseline in many cases starts with spatially locating above-ground assets such as road networks, water utilities, signs, and trees, as well as below-ground assets. Ayres offers a robust suite of survey services using aerial, mobile, and ground-based technology in addition to subsurface locational equipment. We also have expertise in providing municipalities with inspection services, which is critical for the initial attribution of the condition of the located assets.

Quint Pertzsch, Cartegraph Sales Engineer Manager,  highlights some of the report data displayed within OMS

Quint Pertzsch, Cartegraph Sales Engineer Manager, highlights some of the report data displayed within OMS

The powerful tools within Cartegraph OMS permits comparative analysis throughout the organization to measure efficiency and effectiveness against quantitative baselines. The dashboard applications of OMS provide a range of measurable analytics, such as expenditures, material costs, labor hours, labor costs, budgets, and schedules. Customized reports within Cartegraph can be prepared for key decision-makers and the greater public to help make informed decisions about investments and prioritization.

Together with Cartegraph, we’re continually working to bring our clients comprehensive, well-designed asset management solutions. Attending the national conference this week is allowing us to exchange ideas and further pursue these initiatives.

Ayres Associates, founded in 1959 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is a nationwide professional consulting firm providing services in transportation, civil, structural, river, utility, and water resources engineering; aerial mapping and land surveying; environmental science; planning; architecture; and landscape architecture. Ayres Associates provides services from a network of 12 offices across the country

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