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Leadership in Normal 2.0

  The Herman Trend Alert

October 24, 2018

Managing Infrastructure Better

Imagine being able to see the entire utility and facility infrastructure on a platform that enables making better design, plan, and build decisions. Fortunately, that vision is no longer a dream, but a reality made possible by a newly enhanced platform (now called UVARA) from BetterGIS. Formerly known as UndergroundGIS, BetterGIS offers a streamlined Geographic Information System (GIS) that appears to be the easiest and most cost-effective way to design, plan, build, and operate assets currently available. This recently updated technology has many benefits:

Enables better forecasting and budgeting
Seeing the utility and facility infrastructure (below and above ground) enables owners, operators, and third parties to make smarter decisions.

Empowers better design and construction
Planners, designers, and construction managers can properly locate new assets the first time with spatially accurate data about important infrastructure at hand.

Facilitates coordination between construction teams
With a common set of plans, all sub-contractors are able to work from a single source, so construction outcomes are naturally better.

Saves time
All maps, data, and other information are accessible to multiple users on a centralized, secure platform, so there's no wasted time with trips to the plan room; and best of all, there is less worry about losing documents.

Identifies high-risk information gaps
By field checking the information uploaded into UVARA, BetterGIS can fills the holes in the data. When design, construction, and maintenance teams can easily identify missing information, confidence grows.

Continuously refreshes maps and data
As new information from the field becomes available, maps, data, and archives may be instantly updated.

Preserves institutional knowledge
One of the biggest problems facilities have faced is the retirement of their leaders, because institutional knowledge walked out the door. UVARA helps preserve that intellectual capital and enables the next generation of managers to benefit from the insights and experience of the current team---mitigating the pain of long-tenured managers' retirements.

Reduces risk
Finally, by keeping all of the relevant information in one place including insights about installation and life-expectancy, UVARA improves risk management throughout the lifecycle of the asset. It reduces the risks of costly upfront mistakes and empowers master and capital planners to better allocate resources and control costs.

Already discovered by a variety of facilities
To date, UVARA has supported teams managing educational facilities, healthcare facilities, commercial real estate, and municipalities.

Helping facilities managers move into the future
The power of this software platform to support facilities managers with all the information they need in one place is extraordinary. With the current and intensifying skilled workforce shortages, this kind of tool will be critical in helping facilities managers to stay sane and be effective decision-makers and leaders.

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