Katapult Pro Post-Construction Workflow
As we discussed before, post-construction inspections are a great way to ensure that the third-party attachments process leaves each pole in a condition that meets the pole owners' distribution standards.
For the past few months, we've been developing tools to make the post-construction inspection workflow as seamless as possible in the Katapult Pro platform. Here is a brief outline of the new process, which will be available to Katapult Pro users in the coming months.
PLEASE NOTE: THE PCI AND TRANSFER HEIGHTS ROUTINE ONLY WORK IF THE ORIGINAL COLLECTION WAS PERFORMED IN KATAPULT PRO*
1. Prep Job For PCI
In your office tools, press the "prep job" button in your Office Tools. This will remove the "field_completed" and "done" attributes from the job and place watermarks on the pre-construction photos. Now, field crews can return to the field to take as-built photos of the job. The former third-party attachments application will be saved and archived as "jobname_preconstruction."
2. Field Collection
The beauty of collecting as-built photos is that your team already has a record of the heights on the pole and the make ready plan. This means that no height stick is required to re-measure the new build, except in the cases of pole replacements. Additionally, no special lens is required to accurately measure the new photos, so teams can use a phone, tablet, or a variety of SLR zoom lenses. For our workflow, we have been using a Canon M50 with an 18-150mm lens.
*For pole replacements, you will still need to use a Katapult-approved camera or lens and a height stick with known heights.*
The field workflow is much simpler than standard 3PA data collection. The workflow can be performed by either a single or team of two field technicians equipped with a camera and mobile device. A single technician would navigate to site and take a new height photo of each pole, marking each location as "done" on the mobile interface for auto-association back in the office. A team of two would have one driver and one photographer, and there are a few mobile tools that make navigation and rapid collection from the vehicle safe and smooth.
3. Back-Office Workflow
Once the new photos have been uploaded to the system, users can enter three-panel view and turn on Make Ready. In the photo chooser, select "Transfer Wires To A New Photo." This will begin a routine that allows you to place calibration points on the new photo using measurements from the pre-construction photo. Once your photo has been calibrated, you can transfer proposed heights to the new photo and call any new make ready for deficiencies discovered in the post-construction photo.
Check out this brief tutorial on the new workflow. Questions or comments? Contact us at email@example.com!