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:
Connect with your Community through Civic Engagement
In the modern age, the most efficient way to connect with your community is through the use of mobile technology. A 311-style citizen engagement app will allow your citizens to stay connected with your department at all times, offering them an avenue to report issues, submit suggestions and stay up-to-date on local information. This encourages submissions to be entered accurately and promptly, and they will be distributed to the team that can work on the issue immediately.
As a result of streamlined and accessible citizen engagement, your department may notice quicker response times to community issues and more up-to-date maintenance on assets that may have otherwise gone unreported for some time. If you want to read an in-depth article about all the benefits of a 311 citizen engagement app, check out our blog 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.