Caltrans enlists mobile system for highway inspection
- By Derek Major
- May 03, 2016
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will use the Pavia Headlight mobile inspection system to collect real-time data on construction work as the agency widens a section of state route 84 east of San Francisco.
Rather than writing notes in the field and entering them into a computer in the office, on-site construction inspectors can use HeadLight to take and annotate photos or video, generate QR codes for tracking materials, flag problems, record weather observations and apply e-signatures when needed. All the information put into the application by tablet or mobile device will automatically populate daily reports and be uploaded in real-time to office managers and engineers. Additionally, project specs, manuals and change orders can be made available on each inspector’s device.
Caltrans’ partnership with Pavia Systems is designed to increase efficiency and limit data entry errors by improving the data collection process.
“We are excited to work with Pavia Systems to incorporate their innovative HeadLight software into our e-Construction pilot initiative,” Caltrans Construction Innovation Chief John Hancock said. “We have more than 600 construction projects ongoing in the state and we are hopeful we can use technology such as HeadLight on future California road projects to enhance our project inspection process.”
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.