CASE STUDY: City of Portland leverages Asset Management Software to perform data-driven budget planning and prioritization
With a population of about 66,500, Portland is Maine’s largest city and a buzzing tourist destination. The historic coastal city is known for its 19th century architecture, active waterfront and amazing food.
Like many communities throughout the United States, Portland faced limited staff time, resources, and labor-intensive procedures to manage and process incoming city-wide roadway data. The City searched for a new, innovative and automated approach to analyze road conditions, as well as other city-owned assets within the right of way.Among various capabilities, the solution had to allow City Staff to:
- track and maintain many of their assets within the right of way;
- view the City’s right of way assets on one accessible platform and;
- integrate asset management tools and applications into current workflows and procedures.
To fulfill its asset management needs, the City of Portland selected Streetlogix, a highly customizable, web-based asset management software that enables municipalities to optimize road budgets within a user-friendly GIS environment. The software allows users to view the current state of their infrastructure and makes maintenance and repair recommendations, including prioritizing roadway projects. Streetlogix’s intuitive analysis and decision-making tools improve decision making, estimate budget requirements and create capital improvement plans to optimize every dollar invested.
With Streetlogix, City Staff has gained a better understanding and knowledge of the City’s assets and where to target roadwork investment.
“Streetlogix’s platform allowed for a seamless transition and integration of Portland’s existing databases and schemas, while providing fewer intensive procedures in maintaining and updating copious amounts of data within the platform, and further integrating asset management processes and procedures into everyday work,” explained Christopher Branch, Portland’s Director of Public Works.
Staff is now able to interactively share, edit, and view right-of-way assets and historic right-of-way datasets on a common platform, as well as perform budget planning and estimate future maintenance and repair costs.
“Streetlogix’s budget planning and estimator tools have brought value to the City by closely monitoring and prioritizing its current and future work,” continued Branch.
Whether it’s conducting a reconstruction of a sidewalk or doing a mill and fill on a particular segment of road, these tools have provided the ability to further manage transportation and construction projects city-wide.
The software’s charting and dashboards widget has been extremely informative and most popular to Portland’s users. This widget has allowed Portland to bring a clear illustration of the data being represented in Streetlogix while providing additional information that can be passed on to city leaders and decision-makers. City Staff has also benefitted from the interactive web viewer, its powerful visualizations of data and its capabilities to extract and download various amounts of data in a variety of formats.
“Streetlogix has enabled the City to target spending by using the information to identify the streets, sidewalks, and other assets, that will give us the “best bang for the buck’,” added Branch.
Furthermore, it has proven to be a critical tool in explaining to elected officials the condition of these assets and allow them to make data-based decisions on how to invest in road infrastructure.