Home' Position : Position Apl May 2015 Contents New Zealand's Wellington City
Council was the first to go live
with the new ACDC Portal for its 3
Wellington City Council (WCC)
identified Open Spatial's 'As Constructed
Design Certification' (ACDC) product as
the platform of choice to validate and
load as-constructed submittals according
to council's attribution standards 'A-SPEC'
for the 3 Waters Project. The ACDC Portal
added the ability for external parties to
validate submittals online.
Complementing the internal ACDC
deployment, the ACDC Portal went live
in March 2015. The online portal enables
third-party developers to easily upload,
validate and supply pre-checked asset
information to WCC. Drawings can now
be remotely validated for compliance
to council's standard, via the web and
24x7, prior to submitting to council. Any
deviations from the standard including
naming, attribute, spatial and topological
issues are highlighted with error markers
and annotations in the drawing, and
returned to the developer for correction
Councils and utilities have the problem
of getting the right 'as constructed'
information into their corporate systems,
at the right quality and completeness, and
without having to recapture the data. In
order to ensure the success of the as-
constructed process, it is important to take
the development community of consultants
and surveyors along with them in this
process. It is not good enough to just solve
only the council's and utility's problem.
The ACDC Portal automatically
validates submittals for completeness and
correctness within defined or acceptable
tolerances, and also checks whether
data is on the correct layers and that
nodes are correctly snapped on lines, as
per the documented A-SPEC standards.
Additional checks include verifying
drawings are submitted in the correct
geographical location, rather than at (0,0),
and in the correct dimensions and that
asset attributes are entered and valid.
Once passed, the 'validated' drawing is
submitted in a machine-readable format to
WCC from the ACDC portal (or direct from
the developer), as the process requires.
WCC can then focus on compliance
to its engineering standards, with the
confidence that data is complete, correct
and in a unified format. In the final step,
conversion of the asset information in
the submittal is automated by ACDC
to populate both the GIS with spatial
and related attributes, and asset
management system (AMS) with selected
attribution. Title block or 'common
block' information, like contractor's
name, date, project number and title, are
automatically assigned to each and every
asset, but only captured once.
ACDC and the ACDC portal deliver
significant process improvements to the
The system enables submittals to be
validated prior to acceptance, avoids
altogether the need to re-capture or
double-enter digital data from one system
to another that would otherwise be neces-
sitated if drawings were submitted in pdf
or paper format. In addition, qualified
staff are alleviated of manual entry tasks
to perform more valuable analysis tasks.
Fully documented and automated
checking against standards ensures
immediate confidence in the data
provided by industry and surety of
the new data being loaded into WCC's
corporate systems with a commensurate
reduction in risk associated with poor
data quality. Providing a fully documented
template gives developers a mechanism to
supply the as-constructed data in a way
that is similar to their existing processes.
The ACDC Portal (www.asconstructed.
com) gives the third-party developer or
engineering surveyor the ability to pre-
validate their submission. This ensures
the council and utility receives valid
information and eliminates unnecessary
rejection of the as-constructed drawing.
Both parties will save time and gain
efficiency in the process (i.e. eliminating
re-work), and the refunding of developer
deposits may be expedited.
ACDC Portal goes live
Left: The ACDC portal
splash screen at www.
Below: Uploading an as-
con submission via the
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