The application will allow departments/agencies to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve public safety through streamlined management and analysis of bridges, structures, signs, roadways, field personnel and more.
SADA Systems is excited to join forces with Collins Engineers, provider of engineering services to the transportation sector, to create an new asset and resource management application named Atom, a cloud-based application for managing regional transportation-specific assets. SADA and Collins will demonstrate Atom this week at the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Attendees can see the demo in booth #1237.
City and state transportation departments are charged with overseeing and maintaining tens of thousands of regional assets, ranging from bridges, signs and walkways to highways, speed bumps and bike racks. California alone has over 13,000 bridges, the annual maintenance and repair of which costs the state more than $400 million annually. California also employs over 18,000 full-time workers through Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, including almost 5,000 maintenance workers as of 2015.
“There are a lot of inefficiencies in asset management and we saw an opportunity to help not only government agencies, but any related organization that needs to manage large volumes of dynamic assets and keep them well-maintained,” says Tony Safoian, CEO at SADA Systems. “With Atom, clients will not only realize a significant cost savings from streamlined processes, but more efficient spending from risk-based prioritization of work orders.”
Most transportation departments don’t have a single solution for managing structural assets and field staff, which limits the ability of supervisors and dispatchers to monitor asset status, oversee projects, assign personnel and analyze risk. Atom solves this problem by aggregating data on assets and resources in a SaaS application that includes analytics and reporting tools. Using Google Maps technology, supervisors/dispatchers can visualize location data across departments simultaneously, helping them make smart, real-time decisions on things like scheduling, routing, budget allocation and asset viability.
These are the primary components of the Atom application:
- Inventory – The Inventory portal allows users to quickly and easily view items associated with their inventories. Customizable lists and filtering allow users to set default layouts displaying the inventories that are relevant to their fields of work.
- Maps – Atom allows agencies to access and visualize data including assets, staff and projects across multiple departments using a customizable and interactive map via the Maps portal. Existing LRS or other mapping tools such as ESRI ArcGIS can be implemented to seamlessly map already existing data points.
- Work Order – The Work Order portal creates transparency through the lifecycle of a project by managing work orders and tasks assigned to individuals or teams. Atom is designed to manage multiple projects throughout their entire lifecycle beginning with asset planning, through inspections or maintenance, and ultimately asset removal.
- Risk – The Risk portal enables a centralized location where critical risk factors of assets can be displayed simplifying the decision process by reducing the need of multiple sources of data reports for various factors. Predicting the occurrence of failures through the lifecycle of an asset is a key element in implementing a strategic application like Atom.
- Analytics – The Analytics portal in Atom empowers users to make decisions by viewing the massive amounts of data across multiple platforms into one single display.
- Schedule – Straightforward approaches to searching for team members, inventory and work orders based on a date and time have been integrated into the application via the Schedule portal. Cost-effective schedule optimization using the advanced auto assignment, location and route management decisions to schedule workplaces and field workers reduces idle time of people, equipment and vehicles.
- Teams – Managing people is just as important as managing assets. The Teams portal of Atom displays filtered information regarding employees, including their associated activities, teams, divisions, status and other background information. An understanding of each team member’s workload, location and schedule is necessary in order to maximize their effectiveness. Tools allow administrators to easily control user and team access to the system with permission controls granting or limiting access to application features.
- Public Usage – Interacting with the public is a necessity for some organizations. Atom’s public portal allows for real-time information to be seamlessly shared with the public through a direct access URL. Organizations have the ability to custom tailor the information shared with the public in order to fit their specific needs. Atom enables public interaction to encourage feedback for asset management. The public has the ability to report items such as asset conditions as well as request items such as permits for specific areas and events.