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  • Adam Schmehl

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.


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!

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