As with anything else in today’s era of expansive technology – public works is also adapting and changing at an impressive rate. To get a quick recap of how far public works has come already, check out the short video below!
As you can see, the development and advancement of public works is not exactly a new topic. That being said, it’s never too late to learn where it might go. If you’re interested in the emerging, relevant trends in public works, then you’re in the right place.
Let’s take a quick look at the 4 major trends for the future of public works:
Embrace Public Works Practices in Real-Time
If you asked someone in your department for information about your assets, when would you want it? The next day? The next week? What about right this second? A truly comprehensive asset management system would be able to update you with all of the information you need in real-time.
Is your field crew updating your system from another location with Internet? Can you run analyses and reports in your office with that information right away? You’re going to want to be able to! With the rise of smart cities, advancements in mobile technology and connectivity and a younger generation entering the workforce, data is expected to be accessible at all times and in all places. And what good is that data if it isn’t accurate and up-to-date? Real-time decisions by your department, city or county may be influenced by your important data!
Fit Field Mobility into your Operations
If your department is capable of maintaining a strong presence in the field, your department will likely excel overall. As briefly mentioned above, up-to-date information from your field crews can make a big difference for you and your department. So then the question is: how do you fit mobility into your operations?
In the future of public works, there are four primary aspects of field crew mobile technology that you will have to consider if you are upgrading. These aspects are connectivity, devices, deployment and total cost. Without considering these options, you may find yourself with inoperable devices, an unsuccessful transition to mobility or even a noticeable budget deficit! For more information about the specifics of these four aspects, check out this more detailed blog at the button below:
Adjust and Analyze your Actions with Advanced Data
Advanced data can do a lot for your organization and your asset/capital planning. In order for your plan to be as accurate as possible, you need to calculate your assets’ entire life-cycle costs, not just how much they cost at initial purchase. During an average asset’s life, there are many opportunities for added costs – like maintenance, capital, condition and performance modeling and even disposal costs. Remember: your asset management plan is only as accurate as your life-cycle costs.
Before you think we’re done, there’s so much more that advanced data can tell you! For example, are you managing your assets in a proactive or reactive manner? In most cases, proactive management is more cost-effective in the long-run than reactive management. You’re practicing cost-effective management when you do the most cost-effective maintenance, repair or replacement at the right time during the entire asset life-cycle.
Your asset management should naturally translate into long-term financial planning. A long-term financial plan will help you determine which of your objectives are feasible, which are important and which can maintain your priority assets in this bright future of public works.
Wouldn’t it be incredible if you could purchase an asset management system that offered you everything above? Well then here’s a little more good news: AssetWorks Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software can equip you with everything above. In addition, EAM integrates efficiently with Esri GIS for a truly robust public works asset management solution.
Today is the first day of the future of public works. Want to come along?