Newsletter: New Data Collection App Saves Time and Money

Electronic devices are replacing clipboards and improving the way Michigan communities do their business.

A smart phone or an iPad, combined with an innovative online app, is an example of applying low cost software with electronics to collect data on lead and copper service inventories that must be completed by January 1, 2025.

“The survey app we’re using is very convenient, very user-friendly,” said Lance Cherven, Village of Roscommon Public Works Director. “The guys that are using it in the field really like it.”

Roscommon, like every water supplier in the state, is required by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) to complete a comprehensive distribution system materials inventory under the state’s new lead and copper regulations.

Using the new app, Roscommon’s DPW staff is efficiently collecting the data to meet this unfunded mandate. The app saves time which enables staff to work on other department needs.

The app is a complete, customizable solution for creating, sharing, and analyzing information collected in the field. Features include:

  • Minimizes paper handling – reducing filing, organizing and compiling handwritten notes
  • Utilizes existing technology and replaces the clipboard
  • Is easily customized to meet specific project needs – from zoning/assessing to water services
  • Allows for photos or other document attachments
  • Form-based entry – with drop down menus or fill in submission
  • Integrates with external GPS unit for increased accuracy
  • Creates reports and provides data for maps


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