The monitoring of damage and repairs on the Brooks Aqueduct has, from its very inception, been an arduous task. Previously, this has involved recording the damages and repairs variously on schematics, notebooks, and spreadsheets. This disparate method of recording has caused a number of problems with location of damage/repairs at the Aqueduct, changes in construction/engineering terminology and technologies, and the ability to consolidate over 100 years of records. The EverSite Snap-Inspect applications has the ability to overcome these issues and identify trends and patterns in damage and repairs to provide assistance in creating pro-active management strategies.
EverSite consulted with heritage managers and engineers at the Brooks Aqueduct regarding how the structure could best be divided into sections and analytical compenents, creating the backbone of the database. A list of damages and repairs was also created from both historic records and interviews with heritage managers and engineers to standardise terminology with the database.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
The addition of current damages and repairs at the aqueduct was done through the Snap-Inspect mobile app. Firstly though, to overcome the potential issue of mislocating damages or repairs at the aqueduct, a LiDAR scan of the entire structure was completed. The 3D locational information was extracted from the scan for each section of the aqueduct and incorporated into the database. This information can now used by the mobile app to accurately geolocate oneself along the aqueduct.
The sheer scale and longevity of the aqueduct has produced a monumental amount information regarding damages and repairs over its life span. EverSite provides the capabilities to compile all that information into a single location and stanadardise terms to ensure a comprehensive data set that can be used for analysis. The EverSite system also allows for this data set to continue to grow with the Snap-Inspect mobile app to understand the process of decay and compentency of repairs.
The ability to interrogate the data within the Snap-Inspect cloud database has allowed for the identifcation of patterns and trends of damage and the tracking of efficiency of repair types. This filtered data can then be exported to a variety of file formats for deeper analysis and illustration.