Online works tool aids earthquake recovery

Summary:The Forward Works Tool is poised to deliver NZ$20 million in savings, says agency.

An online tool is helping to coordinate the reconstruction of earthquake devastated Christchurch and other affected areas.

Called the Forward Works Viewer, it has exceeded expectations in generating more than NZ$4 million in cost-savings, government agency Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) said today. That is set to grow to more than NZ$20 million in coming years.

The tool gives recovery agencies, public and private sector users a shared online view of horizontal infrastructure repair, planned buildings and other construction.

“The Viewer is a great example of how location information can benefit the people of Canterbury in real terms,” said LINZ chief executive Peter Mersi.

It is helping rebuild agencies avoid costs caused by unforeseen variations and programme delays, he said.

The tool includes a time-slider feature to allow organisations involved in the rebuild to see when and where work that may clash with their own projects is scheduled.

“The Viewer will go from strength to strength, especially as private companies share more of their information – resulting in further benefits to the Canterbury rebuild.”

The Viewer was developed in partnership between the agencies coordinating the Canterbury rebuild: LINZ, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), Christchurch City Council (CCC), Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC), the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), and the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) – a part of CERA.

Topics: Disaster Recovery, Government, New Zealand, Software

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