Melton City Council taps Open Spatial's ACDC to ensure design data stands the test of time
The City of Melton in Victoria is about 40 kilometers west of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The city grew 4.6 percent in 2019-2020 becoming the second fastest growing municipality in Victoria with a current population of 180,636. *Melton’s mix of urban and rural lifestyles contributes to its potential, and the city council has outlined key priorities including the Melton Hospital, a new western freight precinct and electrification of the Melton railway line, as well as progress on multiple new housing projects.
*Australian Bureau of Statistics, Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2019–20 (released 30 March 2021)
Capturing accurate digital asset data at the source rather than manually extracting data from paper plans
Automating the submission, validation and processing of As-Constructed data
Ensuring data quality and consistency
Reducing the time and resources required to create asset data
ACDC portal runs on a cutting-edge platform allowing 24/7 online data validation and cloud-based convenience
Automated checking of As-Constructed data against standards such as A-SPEC
The ACDC portal automatically validates all As-Constructed submissions and provides instant feedback to engineers and consultants
Only fully validated As-Constructed data is allowed to pass through the portal to the city’s asset department
Drawing tools, templates and documents are readily available from the ACDC Portal
Asset data is automatically transformed for loading into GIS and AMS systems
The City of Melton is transforming the accuracy and clarity of construction documents on hundreds of development projects using Open Spatial’s As-Constructed Design Certification (ACDC) solution. ACDC allows the city a new level of data validation and efficiency via its As-Constructed Portal service, which accommodates multiple users at once and is available 24/7.
ACDC delivers easy validation of As-Constructed asset data including roads, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and other essential information stored in construction drawings and converts it to GIS and Asset Management Systems without recapturing the data. Data management is automated with ACDC, and quality is checked against organizational and industry standards, such as A-SPEC. The process minimally disrupts current workflow while errors and inconsistencies are immediately flagged before plans are submitted. As one of the fastest growing urban areas in Australia, Melton City Council is working to upgrade business processes and reduce errors.
"We don’t have to worry about the validation of submissions and time-consuming rejection and resubmission of As-Constructed documents. Developers are generally happy to try something that makes life easier and allows for timely submission of data."
Using ACDC and the online portal enables the city to receive prechecked asset information supplied by developers who have uploaded and validated drawings and data for compliance.
“We have started using the ACDC portal for data submission, and it’s going quite well,” said Johanna Botman, Assets/GIS Officer with Melton City Council. “We don’t have to worry about the validation of submissions and time-consuming rejection and resubmission of As-Constructed documents. Developers are generally happy to try something that makes life easier and allows for timely submission of data."
"ACDC is easy to use, and Open Spatial staff has been helpful and responsive every step of the way."
“ACDC is easy to use, and Open Spatial staff has been helpful and responsive every step of the way,” Botman noted. “The technical support has helped us work around issues and opened up a range of discussions about data quality. I’ve heard engineers and developers say it’s about time we have a process like this to pre-validate submissions.” Botman added that Open Spatial’s service includes keeping up with changes to A-SPEC data specifications and extends to setting up user groups so Melton City Council can collaborate with other councils and organisations such as water and sewer utilities.
With confidence that data is complete, correct and in a consistent format, Melton City Council can focus on other compliance standards and perform valuable analysis work.
Botman says working with project managers to get accurate data is an important part of the city’s commitment to use public money responsibly. “We know we have data that will stand the test of time.”
Validate and Automate Electronic Design Submittals
With ACDC you can easily validate and transform design information stored in As-Constructed drawings to GIS and Enterprise Asset Management information without capturing the data.
ACDC manages submitted data, validates its quality against organizational and industry standards and transforms it into geospatial and asset management information which can be automatically loaded into GIS and CMMS/AMS systems with minimum disruption to current workflows.