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Can Local and State Government Agencies Capitalize on Obama’s “Shovel Ready” Initiative with Advanced ECM Viewing Technology?

by | Jun 29, 2009

On June 8th, the White House announced the Administration’s economic recovery plans for the next 100 days. Dubbed the “Roadmap to Recovery,” it builds on the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” by continuing financial support for a number of programs which include “shovel-ready” projects intended to bolster the nation’s economy through infrastructure projects.

Earlier in the year some economists expressed concern over whether the nation had enough “shovel-ready” projects to quickly ramp up contracts and jobs. But recently NPR reported that AutoDesk, a California-based engineering software company, is having a difficult time keeping up with the demand from the stimulus-plan-funded projects.

AutoDesk designs 3D construction software that transforms old construction plans into digital blueprints, making for example, a 700-page document containing permits, blue prints and change notices into one searchable electronic file.

Managing these documents electronically is especially important for municipalities and states that are launching shovel ready projects. Proposals that receive funding are obligated to begin construction within 90 days after the contract has been awarded. Providing secure, yet accessible electronic documents can be complicated by incompatible systems or unreadable documents.

Snowbound Software focuses on how contractors, suppliers, and municipal leaders can leverage technology in order to meet the 90-day deadline for breaking ground. This includes maximizing the efficiency of all projects by using technology that allows different stakeholders to review and communicate through an application for a universal document and image viewer.

Quality viewing technology should ensure that critical content – from project proposals and change notices to approvals, schematics and blue prints – are accessible to the entire project team. A browser-based viewing solution, for example, would enable team members to easily access images and documents through devices that connect to the web.

This includes portable devices like the iPhone or a BlackBerry which would enable busy contractors and project managers to view documents from the office, airport, or construction site. Quality document viewers should also provide annotation and redaction which enable reviewers to comment on information, approve a proposal or block out sensitive information. And it should support the user-permissions set up initially in the document management application.

These are just a few of the benefits offered by feature-rich imaging technology. Snowbound’s document and image viewing solutions ensure community development departments, zoning board review teams, and more, the ability to access virtually any electronic proposal, plot plan or blue print, whether in the office, on the road, or at a construction site.

Learn more about Snowbound’s viewing solutions for shovel-ready projects and other industry applications.