ACT takes out top Esri award for compliance app

By on 14 July, 2020

The ACT government has received Esri’s coveted Special Achievement in GIS award at Esri’s User Conference in the US.

The ACT was chosen for the accolade from a pool of over 400,000 organisations, for an app to streamline compliance and auditing of construction work.

The Survey123 risk based audit system automates a formerly manual, paper based process to automatically identify active building projects and record inspection and audit data against the territory’s construction standards.

Commenting on the award, Minister for Building Quality Improvement Gordon Ramsay said the project demonstrated the ACT government’s commitment to ensuring safer, more sustainable communities.

“This project is helping the ACT Government strengthen the integrity of the building industry in Canberra by giving our inspectors more tools at their fingertips when they are carrying out inspections on apartments and commercial building sites,” he said.

“This is just one of the many steps the ACT Government has taken in its comprehensive building reform program so that the Canberra community can have confidence in the industry.”

The app a positive development at a time when a range of compliance and certifying issues have created serious problems for construction’s credibility in neighbouring NSW and Victoria.

Esri Australia National Business Manager Lisa Dykes said the app could form a blueprint for other Australian agencies seeking to reduce risks around new building work.

“The ACT Government’s innovative use of GIS technology to create this world-first solution has direct transferable benefits for every government agency, council and construction firm across the country and around the world,” she said.

“We congratulate the ACT Government for their meaningful achievements in this field, which will make a significant difference to the inspection and regulation of building work in the ACT – and potentially for communities across Australia and around the world.”

See a video of the Survey123 app produced by Esri below.

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