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DTS starts work on drone mapping and data collection contract in Houston

April 5, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston, Texas, USA: April 5, 2021 – Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was awarded a $3.8 million, three-year contract with a two-year extension option by the City of Houston to provide aerial mapping, imagery and condition data collection using drones. Under the contract, the Company is using the technology to capture 2D and 3D images to produce enhanced large-scale mapping and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and imagery to assist the City in asset planning, scheduling and maintenance.

“Using drones equipped with technology like high-resolution cameras, LiDAR and multi-spectral imagers, we can capture data at a high resolution, with greater accuracy and at a lower cost than conventional airborne sensors,” said Allen Ibaugh, President, DTS business unit. “Our reports will support data-driven decision-making regarding the City’s infrastructure. They will also help the City make the best use of its financial resources by providing faster data collection and processing, reducing the required man-hours for ground inspections and reducing risk to field personnel.”

DTS provides drone data collection and mapping for geographical and topographic mapping, as well as disaster damage assessment, extracted resource and construction asset management, infrastructure corridor surveys and vertical structure inspections.

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About Data Transfer Solutions
DTS (www.dtsgis.com) is a leader in asset management, geographic information systems and transportation solutions. From geospatial development on the Esri platform to cutting-edge .NET and Javascript techniques, we create customized technology and provide our clients solutions that automate their worlds and organize their data. DTS is a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group.

About SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. SNC-Lavalin connects people, technology and data to help shape and deliver world-leading concepts and projects, while offering comprehensive innovative solutions across the asset lifecycle. Our expertise is wide-ranging — consulting & advisory, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and sustaining capital – and delivered to clients in four strategic sectors: EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear and Resources, supported by Capital. People. Drive. Results. www.snclavalin.com

For more information:
Media
Maureen Nayowith
VP, Communications
U.S. & Latin America
+1 303.214.0840
Maureen.Nayowith@atkinsglobal.com

Data Governance: Helping Save Lives and Money

March 11, 2021

State departments of transportation (DOTs) spend large sums of money creating, managing, analyzing and reporting on disparate data in their effort to maintain their transportation networks. At the same time, they struggle to use assimilated data to improve asset performance and public safety.

A well-defined data governance framework with data standards tailored to an organization and its business drivers will bring efficiencies in data management, data analysis and regular reporting, which, in turn, allows for timely and accurate decision making impacting public safety. Data governance improves data management—utilizing the data as an asset in a continuous effort to save lives and money.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recognized the need for an enterprise-wide approach to data governance in its effort to streamline the process of consolidating disparate sets of data from different business units within the organization. Even after standardizing certain data elements, complications in geospatially aligning the roadway inventory, right-of-way asset data, key performance data and project resource and cost data persisted. ODOT needed a structured, tailored data governance program to address existing issues and deficiencies.

Like all state DOTs, ODOT is required to provide extensive data sets to the United States Department of Transportation for key certification reports such as the Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP), Model Inventory Roadway Elements (MIRE) and Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS). ODOT invested much time and money developing data warehouses and reporting systems for trend analysis, annual work planning and project reporting that drew solutions from many of the same sources. However, ODOT’s IT staff still spends time scrubbing the data to meet the federal reporting requirements. Recognizing that data, and all the information technologies and labor supporting it, is arguably the third most expensive asset a DOT maintains after roads and bridges, ODOT decided to address many of the issues and inefficiencies, and resulting skepticism in some data, by developing a data governance program.

ODOT contracted Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, to tailor and implement an enterprise data governance program that consists of:

  • A DOT-wide data governance committee co-chaired by two deputy directors and a chief data officer
  • A top-down, bottom-up data governance framework that defines the organizational business drivers such as critical success factors and regulatory reporting requirements; enterprise data governance policy, standards and procedures; and best management practices and standard operating procedures for each stage of the DOT’s defined data life cycle
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ODOT Tailored Data Governance Framework

  • Creation of an Office of Data Governance, including the creation of a chief data officer and a data analyst position
  • Development of a Data Governance Strategic Plan that provides a roadmap for objectives and guidelines to support the program
  • A data normalization proof of concept that implements data governance standards at the source systems as much as technologies will permit; develop standardized application programming interfaces (API), representational state transfer (REST) services, and data extract, transform, load (ETL) routines into a new data warehouse using the newly defined enterprise data element standards; and developing standardized report formats with business intelligence (BI) queries for data analysis, data visualization and reporting
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To support and guide data governance, DTS developed and continues to implement a tailored data governance framework and program with ODOT. The framework establishes guidelines and rules of engagement for business and management activities related to enterprise data, and formalizes data life cycle interactions between people, processes and technologies to support positive outcomes.

Applying data standards throughout the data life cycle creates consistencies and improves data quality, as well as reduces the amount of time and effort required to assimilate data for a report or simple analysis—providing higher confidence in the results the data suggests. Data business owners normalize their data sets and develop standard procedures for ensuring data quality throughout the data life cycle. These efforts will allow efficient and consistent data creation and assimilation, enabling decision-makers to make timely, data-driven decisions that impact public safety and the public treasury, helping save lives and money in Ohio.

Listen to find out what steps you need to take to ensure efficient and consistent data creation and assimilation, and then discover the benefits and impact of making timely, data-driven decisions.

For more information, contact:
John Pregler, Management Solutions Consultant, Orlando, Florida. Email T: +1.407.587.4054
Soraya Saflicki, Sr Business Analyst, Orlando, Florida. Email T: +1.407.587.4060

How good partnerships impact implementations

January 25, 2021

The Village of Huntley is a growing community on the northwest periphery of Chicago’s suburbs. After substantial population growth over the last few decades, the Village management needed to develop and implement some creative tactics to ensure the quality of life for the residents in the retirement community.

With a knack for change and the ability to adapt and continue their forward-thinking mindset, the Village creatively partnered with consultants and incorporated new technology to support their CIP projects, communication and operations management. Among those partnerships was Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. (R/M), whom the Village worked with for many years building their GIS system. Part of this project included a phased transition from a standard GIS system into VUEWorks with the assistance of Data Transfer Solutions (DTS). DTS has been a partner and supporter of R/M technology services since 2009. Staff attributes the success of the VUEWorks implementation to the trifecta relationship between DTS, R/M and the Village.

Many factors impact the success of software implementation. One major component often overlooked is getting “buy-in” from the staff at all levels. In the Village’s case, R/M tributes the success of this project to the public works director and assistant director’s ability to prioritize their staff’s needs by involving them in the preliminary planning processes during the VUEWorks implementation. Having staff attend workshops together to talk through their duties, workflows and naming conventions, established the buy-in the Village needed to make this a successful project. It also instilled trust between staff and management, staff and the consultant, and comradery among each another.

The configurability of VUEWorks software played a major role in the Village’s success, benefitting all parties involved. VUEWorks configurability allows the Village to easily replicate the existing naming conventions and workflows for each department, making the transition a less disruptive experience and more intuitive for staff. The ease of use when configuring the application made it easy for R/M to quickly set up and adjust the application’s structure when needed. Once the application was set up to capture all of the departments’ activities and implemented into staff operations, the public works managers worked with R/M to refine the application’s structure to report on the information they needed.

Fine-tuning the Village’s VUEWorks application is an ongoing process that involves developing new reports, detail forms and dashboards to better capture and display current and historic information for management’s use for analysis and informed decision making. VUEWorks presents many opportunities for the Village. This has led to so many initiatives across departments that they are working with R/M on a five-year technology plan to continue to phase out their goals at a pace manageable for their staff and budget. As R/M continues to assist Huntley down this road, they have witnessed the interest and ownership of the project grow within the Village.

“DTS has been a valuable behind-the-scenes asset. Their quick responsiveness with customer support, documents portal, informational webinars and training opportunities helped ensure a smooth transition into VUEWorks asset management software for our client.”

  • Village of Huntley population 29,305
  • R/M implemented GIS in 2012
  • 2014 – 2017 integrating asset management processes into daily operations
  • 2018 R/M started VUEWorks implementation workshops and site development
  • 2019 Village’s site went live for three of their five departments
  • 2020 R/M continues to support Village site configurations and workflow consulting

Data Transfer Solutions awarded contract to provide Computerized Maintenance Management System software at Port of Long Beach

July 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Long Beach, CA: July 14, 2020 – Data Transfer Solutions (DTS), a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was selected to provide and implement VUEWorks as the Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software to the Port of Long Beach, replacing the current system and meeting its future business and technology needs. This contract is within SNCL Engineering Services, the cornerstone of our strategy moving forward to greater growth and profitability.

“Maintaining assets at peak performance is key to growing operations and managing the Port efficiently,” said Allen Ibaugh, President, SNC-Lavalin’s DTS business. “Increasingly, port customers have a need for CMMS software to manage their large, complex facilities. Not only are they facing growing volume demands, but also challenges with sea-level rise from a resiliency perspective. We are excited to support the Port of Long Beach with this progressive step in their asset management strategy.”

Under the contract, DTS will implement VUEWorks as the off-the-shelf system to support detailed planning, scheduling, implementation, monitoring and communication regarding work tasks. VUEWorks allows graphical and tabular benchmarking of work by activity, asset, location, unit price, scheduled vs. actual time and cost. As the Port’s asset management strategy evolves, VUEWorks can be leveraged for work program optimization, risk management and integration with capital project design data.

The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a gateway for trans-Pacific trade. It encompasses 3,200 acres with 31 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 62 berths and 68 post-Panamax gantry cranes. The Port ranks as the second busiest container port in the U.S., receiving more than 2,000 vessel calls and moving approximately $180 billion in goods annually.

Port of Long Beach, California

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About Data Transfer Solutions
Data Transfer Solutions LLC (DTS) is a leader in asset management and geographic information systems within the North American market. As the creator of VUEWorks®, a comprehensive enterprise asset management software solution, DTS provides state-of-the-art tools and solutions to clients with large, complex infrastructure assets. These solutions help to inventory, manage and optimize physical assets across their life cycle. SNC-Lavalin acquired DTS in 2017, adding to the capabilities of SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins sector and enhancing service offerings in digital asset management for clients.

About SNC-Lavalin
Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. SNC-Lavalin connects people, technology and data to help shape and deliver world-leading concepts and projects, while offering comprehensive innovative solutions across the asset lifecycle. Our expertise is wide-ranging — consulting & advisory, intelligent networks & cybersecurity, design & engineering, procurement, project & construction management, operations & maintenance, decommissioning and sustaining capital – and delivered to clients in four strategic sectors: EDPM (engineering, design and project management), Infrastructure, Nuclear and Resources, supported by Capital. People. Drive. Results. www.snclavalin.com

For more information:
Media
Maureen Nayowith
VP, Communications
U.S. & Latin America
+1 303.214.0840
Maureen.Nayowith@atkinsglobal.com

Citizens Unite!

September 29, 2019

Welcome to a request portal for the people.
A community connection can be an invaluable resource, when leveraged properly. Now agencies with a strong community focus have a sleek, mobile platform to share with residents to gain valuable insight into local service and maintenance requests.

Residents can log in with ease, snap a geo-tagged photo of the issue, add a comment or details, submit their request, and receive tracking notifications by email (if desired). Sometimes the best “VUE’s” are those seen from a resident’s perspective.

Engage your community and see what they see with CitizenVUE.

 

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OverIT partners with Data Transfer Solutions (USA)

June 1, 2018

This collaboration will deliver the latest in next-level GIS tools to the growing DTS client base across North America: http://www.overit.it/en/news/overit-partner-di-data-transfer-solutions-usa/

June 1, 2018 – It’s no secret that technology moves fast. That’s why OverIT has partnered with DTS, a leader in asset management, Geographic Information Systems, and transportation planning.

Headquartered in Orlando, DTS specializes in creating solutions to help clients automate their worlds, reduce their workload, and organize their data through customized technology. DTS staff understands technology like no other firm. Through the years they have built an interdisciplinary staff who are experts in their fields and cross trained for responsiveness and adaptability.

By integrating DTS expertise with our Space 1 AR solution, we will bring together the digital geospatial world and 3D virtual holographic images. This space-age technology will allow field workers the ability to complete maintenance work, repairs, and more with the assistance of a virtual assistant; screencaps and step-by-step instructions are displayed alongside their “real” equipment and operations. Kryptonian-like vision allows users to “see” hidden building specs, such as water lines, pipes, and electrical components, normally invisible to the naked eye. All of this means more efficient and accurate work with fewer errors. If you still don’t think the solution will apply to your organization, perhaps it’s time to start thinking outside the box…

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Space 1: An Augmented Reality product, a powerful solution, easily accessible to different kinds of businesses:

  • Applicable to all industries and companies of all sizes
  • A sound and scalable investment with minimum deployment and adoption burden
  • Flexible configuration settings
  • Works offline and syncs without compromising data
  • Powerful integration with DTS’s VUEWorks® and other industry leading third party systems
  • Intuitive: it’s easy to use and manage
  • Multi-device, multi mobile platform: already available on HoloLens, ODG, RealWear, EPSON Moverio, Android and iOS Tablets, and compatible with devices that will be launched on the market in the following months
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