US field and mobile workforce software company Trimble launched the latest version of its smart water infrastructure mapping and work management software –Trimble Connect – this week as local Californian wastewater utility commits to using the solution.

Trimble Connect is designed to automate water and wastewater industry field workflows through individual apps offered within the solution.

The updated cloud-based, geographic information system (GIS)-centric software includes a suite of applications that allow water, wastewater and storm water utilities to visualise their networks to better manage network maintenance and data collection.

The software uses Trimble’s GNSS mobile devices and Esri’s GIS technologies to map, locate and assess the condition of critical infrastructure assets, such as manholes, allowing utilities to keep field data up-to-date and accurate.

Mobile field devices

Trimble Connect version 1.8 can be configured and deployed on Trimble and non-Trimble mobile devices, laptops, tablets and smartphones, including Apple iPads, iPhones, Android, Windows and Windows Mobile devices to automate field workflows and eliminate paper-based maps. It also offers full offline mobile support including GIS data for Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and Windows 7/8 platforms.

The new version provides standard core apps including Map Book, Manhole Inspector, Leak Repair, Hydrant Inspector, Valve Inspector, Meter Changeout, Incident Repair, Water Mapper, Wastewater Mapper and Stormwater Mapper.

Trimble Connect version 1.8 is expected to available in August 2014

US utility deal

California’s Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) announced this week its plan to deploy Trimble Connect software in combination with Trimble Android mobile devices in a bid to automate utility manhole maintenance, mapping and inspection.

OCSD is responsible for wastewater services for 2.5 million people and the inspection of more than 8,000 manholes.

The utility was seeking a way to “eliminate paper-based data collection and move to a centralised GIS-based electronic repository for all manhole asset and maintenance records on the sewer network”, Trimble said.