When is automation the answer?

Managing large infrastructure asset databases can be time and resource intensive.

But is automation the answer?

Automation is best done for tasks that are:

  1. Manual

  2. Repetitive

  3. High frequency

These types of tasks have ongoing implications for operational expenditure if not automated.

What are some real-world applications for automation in your water business?

If your business manages underground stormwater or sewer pipes, there is now a product to automate the condition assessment and mapping from inspection footage - learn more.

CCTV review - what is it currently costing me?

Engineers spend hundreds of hours a year reviewing, interpreting and creating work orders from the inspection footage results.

The workflow is manual, repetitive and (depending on level of compliance to best practice asset management standards) is done at a high frequency.

After the pipe CCTV inspection footage is captured, our research shows that water utilities and local councils are spending on average $1.50 per metre to review, interpret and report on the information in the footage.

The cost per metre is related to the internal operational costs for reviewing the footage, extracting the key data and adding the information to various enterprise databases (like GIS, ERP systems, etc).

This number is relatively small compared to the $7-12 per metre that water utilities and councils are currently paying to capture just the CCTV inspection footage.

If the inspection footage is reviewed, interpreted and recorded in a timely manner then there are further savings and benefits in terms of:

  • Identification and verification of defects that operators miss - picking up issues before they become more serious (and expensive!) problems.

  • Better forecasting in long term financial budgets for maintenance based on actual, unbiased existing asset condition.

  • Better planning of workforce requirements for short term and long term maintenance.

Is there an automated solution for this work?

Yes! Now there is finally a way to review, interpret and record the condition of underground pipes, based on the CCTV inspection footage. It's all done through a web platform.

Find out more about the web platform and pricing here.

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