[teaser]With a shortage of water in many parts of the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has brought a tremendous amount of awareness about water quality and consumption.[/teaser] Polluted waters have a serious impact on all living creatures and plants. Contaminated waters can negatively affect the use of water for drinking, household needs, recreation, fishing, transportation, and commerce. While thereare a multitude of ways that every individual can cut down on water consumption, there are many ways that organizations can do their part to ensure water quality exceeds standards. Using iFormBuilder mobile data collection platform can drastically improve quality assurance at a water treatment plants.
Did you know that a typical city block generates more than five times as much rainwater runoff as a forested area of the same size? This is because rooftops and pavements don’t allow water to soak into the ground like forests, wetlands and grasslands do. Instead, rainwater runs off of pavements into the nearest storm drain, where it’s transported to local streams, rivers and eventually the ocean. On its way to the storm drain, rainwater picks up pollutants like oil, motor vehicle fluids, pet waste, fertilizers, sediment, and pesticides.
If we take the diagram above as an example, water that is pulled from the lake will go through fourteen steps before it is distributed to communities for consumption. At any given step, there can be large pieces of infrastructure and pipes. To maintain a clean and functioning treatment plant, the pipes and infrastructure must be routinely inspected. While there are many ways to complete an inspection, iFormBuilder is the most dynamic and robust data collection platform.
iFormBuilder boasts over 40 element input types which means inspections have never been easier. Customized inspection forms can include a variety of element types that allow you to integrate hardware devices into the form, feed the collected data into any backend database, and rest assured that field teams are collecting good data.
A water facility monitor must have the tools to identify where problems are in the system and how it can be improved. Inspectors use iFormBuilder to keep an inventory of resources and using a combination of text-based forms, supplemental documents, and images. By building dynamic forms, teams can keep all of the necessary information in one location. Supplemental information such as images or notes can be incorporated directly into the form, eliminating the need for extensive post-processing.
Some data collection apps require you to know exactly how many times you will need to collect information before you are in the field. What happens when you realize that you have five spaces for images but actually need to take six pictures? Or, perhaps a water quality inspector needs to respond to the same questions multiple times at the same site. iFormBuilder’s subforms are what make the platform user-friendly and more robust than any other data collection platform. The one-to-many relationship allows data collectors to take as many pictures or fill out as many forms as necessary without having to determine the need in advance.
When inspection teams need to capture GPS information, sensory data, or scan barcode information, iFormBuilder is there. Easily integrate with devices like SXBlue, BadElf, and Dual GPS devices to improve the location accuracy of your mobile devices, NODE for various types of sensory data, and Socket Mobile for 1D and 2D barcode scanners.
Integrating with ArcGIS Collector enhances the mapping aspect of your mobile data collection projects. You can build a custom solution using the Esri ArcGIS Collector App, the iFormBuilder Esri Connector, and the Esri widget in Form Builder. However, visualizing the mapping information is just the first step. Watch this video to see a custom workflow and the power of iFormBuilder and ArcGIS Collector.
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MJ Nesgoda is an Inside Sales Engineer at iFormBuilder. He enjoys working on cars and spending time at the beach. If you have any questions about getting started with iFormBuilder he is here to help! Email MJ at email@example.com.