The Challenge

The Ports of Auckland undertake regular inspections of assets to ensure operations continue to run smoothly and to optimise operational efficiency, it’s crucial that the impact of asset management assessments on day to day activities is minimised. One good example of this is bollard inspections, which requires more than 400 bollards to be independently assessed by a qualified engineer – a time consuming process.

The Solution

Interpret developed a 2-step verification, asset management system using Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS. All 442 bollards across the Ports were preloaded into a webmap, which an engineer can navigate through on a mobile device using the Collector for ArcGIS app. Tapping on a bollard from within the app brings up a pre-built collector form, allowing the engineer to assign quality ratings, add comments and attach images to each bollard. Behind the scenes all this data is synchronized with a hosted server. From the comfort of their office, a qualified engineer can view all the recently submitted inspection reports and approve or modify the overall bollard condition rating. As new inspection reports are created each year, historical reports are archived into a database and the Ports of Auckland Asset Management team can view previous inspection results for each individual bollard.

The Outcome

The bollard application has been running smoothly for the last 6 months and has seen numerous bollard inspections. For safety reasons, inspections cannot be carried out while a wharf is operational and this paperless system significantly reduces the length of time wharfs are out of action. The cloud-hosted database supports querying, report making and data visualisation all which help improve the operational efficiency of the Ports. Ultimately, this kind of intelligent asset management reduces the frequency of future defects and minimises the negative impact they have on economic activity.