As an example, a HVAC contractor from Nanaimo needed some information, and saved a site visit by viewing the iGUIDE data, Koster said.
In the end, the city asked Koster to photograph 55 structures, ranging from large buildings such as City Hall and a 35,000 sq. ft. recreation recreation complex, “down to a 100 sq. ft. public bathroom in a park.” He had three months to complete the work, some of which had to be done after hours to avoid disrupting building operations.
Thompson said the city’s only concern with iGUIDE was that the floor plans and images could be too detailed and accurate for public consumption when security is an issue, such as within the city’s computer server room. However, he said Planitar quickly resolved the issue by explaining how to apply privacy settings to restrict public access to specific buildings.
Koster says he expects Courtenay will call him back for further work as buildings are renovated or new structures are constructed, though he doesn’t expect to be needed that often because the data collected is so easy to use and readily acceptable.
However, there are plenty of opportunities for him in surrounding municipalities. The cost is so low and the value-added benefits are so high that he expects other communities and public agencies will appreciate the system’s effectiveness and economic advantages.
We’re very happy with the floor plans and images,” said Courtenay’s Thompson. “It’s just the information we need to understand the plans and pass on information to contractors doing work in the buildings. A picture says 1,000 words.”
Thompson’s views are shared by the David Allen, the city’s chief administrative officer.
“I support a corporate culture that includes innovation and a team approach to problem solving, and the iGUIDE is a great example and outcome of this approach,” he said.
“Having easier access to detailed imagery and data for our facilities will improve efficiency in our organization, as well as make this information more accessible for the public. It’s a big step forward and I think the benefits will continue to increase over time as the system becomes embedded throughout the city’s operations.”