Abstract: Session B  10:30 am (Back to Session B)
Integrating 360 Degree Technology and ArcGIS to Improve Construction Monitoring and Project Resiliency 

Kerry Bray, PE
Hazen and Sawyer
Raleigh, NC

Authors:  Kerry Bray, PE and Joseph Arizzi, PE, Hazen and Sawyer

The resiliency of stream restoration designs is a function of both the quality of the original design and the accuracy of its construction. As the frequency of these types of projects increases, the number of contractors whom are interested in pursuing this work has also grown. While a larger number of contractors trying to gain qualification in stream construction is a benefit to the industry, it also presents its own unique set of challenges. Construction monitoring and post-construction evaluation of stream restoration sites is a critical part of ensuring that these projects are successful. Traditional site visits relied on photographs to capture construction progress and to monitor a streams condition over time, but advancements in technology have provided us with new tools that can change the effectiveness of our assessments.

360 degree technology and ArcGIS can be used in tandem to improve the transfer of information between the Designer, the Client, and the Contractor. Advancements in photo capturing software have made virtual, 360 degree tours a viable means of monitoring active construction and completed project sites. The completeness of 360 imagery reduces the need for additional site visits and provides a more robust representation of the stream’s condition from the onset of construction and throughout its life. Similarly, the evolution of the ESRI suite package into ArcGIS Online has provided a unique opportunity to capture and visualize data in new ways. The integrated package allows data collection through Survey 1,2,3 to be uploaded and stored on the cloud where users can manipulate it through ArcGIS Pro. The capabilities of Survey 1,2,3 provide unique ways to collect data with quality control measures built in to minimize user error in the field. It can provide real-time feedback, reducing the lag-time in communicating a variance between design and construction.  This reduces the costs associated with project delay and the rebuilding of completed stream structures. By utilizing both technologies, we can improve the quality of our constructed stream projects while saving all parties both time and resources.