Intelligent Gully Cleaning
InTouch have been leading research and development funded by the government through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) on a project called ‘Faith’ which aims to deliver improved service and savings through trusted data. One of the areas we have been looking at is the impact for local authorities of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.
To this end we have developed a web based solution for the office and a purpose built hand held software solution for the operatives. The objective of the project was firstly to get accurate trusted information of the location and the condition of the gullies and then to use that information to empower the operatives through the hand held solution to intelligently cleanse gullies.
The InTouch Gully Data System provides :-
The system runs as an application on an Apple iphone or ipad device and is supported by a web based portal (the asset data collected can also be exported for use by your own management software system if specified). Our mapping is the best in the business, we hold an Ordnance Survey license to deliver topographic layer mastermap data for our handheld device and web portal.
Our cost effective system could deliver efficiency savings straight away by reducing paper based reporting by gully crews.
Each time a gully is cleaned its history is built up creating an invaluable database of your assets. Targeting problem gullies and adjusting cleansing cycles on gullies which are constantly clean and running will facilitate a reduction in the overall cleansing whilst improving the quality of service by targeting problem areas.
Our results to date show that a potential 30% efficiency gain can be achieved through this approach.
Flood Risk Management
Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Flood Risk Regulations (2009), all upper tier and unitary authorities are now the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for their area. This includes the responsibility for implementing a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) and co-ordinating the activities of other risk management authorities, including highway authorities.
There is a close link between surface water flood risk and the effectiveness of highway drainage. It is essential therefore that highway authorities fully understand the role they play in managing flood risk on a strategic level and place increasing emphasis on the importance of maintaining and improving highway drainage. This also means that maintenance programmes need to reflect the wider aims of the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and be targeted at problem areas where necessary.
A video overview of the Intouch Gully Data System