Introducing the New and Improved Manhole Overview Screen

SurvAid started life as a tool for surveyors who need to create PDF witness diagrams for PGMs installed in a control network, and is still used daily for exactly that purpose.

Over time though, we added more functionality so utility surveyors can also take advantage of the time savings and data standardisation of SurvAid. The popularity of these features has grown, and after evaluating user feedback it became apparent that there was even more we could do to increase productivity and provide some useful tools to manage and organise the data coming back from site.

It’s not uncommon for some utility surveys to span large sites, with hundreds or even thousands of manholes and inspection chambers to lift and trace. With multiple teams on-site, often at night, a lot of data flows into SurvAid and generally there’s somebody back in the office with the job of collating and managing all this information.

Up until now, survey managers or office based staff have been able to see all the manholes that have been uploaded immediately, edit individual details, import CSV files with the surveyed-in coordinates from total stations and create PDF manholes with the click of a mouse, all providing a major improvement on processing hand-written notes.

However, with large utility surveys come additional challenges:

  • Some covers may not be able to be lifted, requiring further work.
  • Another trip to site may be required with additional equipment, e.g. to carry out a sonde
  • Deliverables for the client may be produced in stages
  • Datasets in the hundreds or thousands can be difficult to keep track of in terms of what’s been checked and exported

Just having a list of manholes to work through isn’t enough – surveyors need to be able to filter and search through that list to get the information they need to manage the completion of the job.

In light of this, we’ve given the Manhole Overview Screen an overhaul and added some filters so users can now narrow down the list of manholes to identify just the ones they’re interested in.

Available filters are:

  • Date – show manhole data created within a date range
  • Not Lifted – show all manholes where the cover wasn’t able to be removed
  • Not Checked – show all manholes that have not been manually updated to show that somebody has checked and verified the data
  • Not Exported – show all manholes that have not had their data exported
  • Sonde Required – show all manholes where the surveyor has indicated in the app that a sonde survey is needed

These filters are all interchangeable and can be used in parallel, so if you want to see all the manholes from a certain week that haven’t been checked yet – no problem. Covers that couldn’t be lifted that need a sonde?  A couple of clicks.

And once the list (or map) of manholes contains just the items you’re interested in, they can all be exported as a batch by clicking one button giving fine-grain control over deliverable generation and making processing the job data much more manageable.

To see a full walkthrough of the filters in action, check out this YouTube video:

We’d love to hear what you think so if you have any comments, questions or suggestions for even more filters that could improve your workflow, please get in touch.  We’d love to hear from you!