4 Ways to Manage SWPPP More Effectively

Leveraging technology to collaborate with your team saves time and money on SWPPP management and materials.
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Reduce Waste in your SWPPP Budget

SWPPP is a major source of concern for site development projects during rainy months. Each jurisdiction has its own regulations, but the primary objective is to prevent project pollution from contaminating stormwater runoff. Non-compliance with SWPPP regulations can be expensive due to fines and legally risky if major contamination occurs. As projects and environmental conditions are always changing, it's easy to overspend on materials to minimize runoff due to inaccurate calculations. There are a few things project teams can do to manage their SWPPP programs more efficiently and effectively using technology.

1. Minimize trips to the project site

On-site visual inspections are time consuming, not to mention costly, especially if owners are using consultants to manage SWPPP. Frequent revisions to plans (and subsequent inspections) are required to ensure environmental compliance, which can increase costs for owners. By minimizing or eliminating trips to the project site to perform visual inspections, owners can realize significant savings. Using drones to capture regular 3D topographical site surveys provides accurate and cost-effective information to project teams, allowing them to perform SWPPP inspections remotely and reducing the number of required on-site visits.

2. Use accurate measurements to avoid overpurchasing

Land developers estimate that about 20% of their SWPPP budget is spent on wasted materials due to poor planning. One of the simplest ways to eliminate or minimize waste is to obtain regular, accurate measurements of critical project areas. Using regularly captured drone scans of your project, coupled with precise measurement tools allow you to correctly calculate coverage areas and order the exact amount needed.

3. Communicate clearly and effectively with your team

Between the owner, contractors, consultants, and public agencies, there is a lot of back-and-forth communication among the project team, especially when it comes to something that changes as often as SWPPP. Providing clear, visual communication in one place allows teams to be more effective. Collaborative site development platforms consolidate ever-changing SWPPP and environmental plans into one place so project teams can spend less time marking up and emailing PDFs and more time managing their projects. When the entire team adds comments and markups in one place, there is less risk of miscommunication and more time is saved.

Evaluating plans using collaborative technology tools saves valuable time and reduces billable consultant hours.

4. Reduce billable consultant hours

When projects need SWPPP developed, the traditional process looks somewhat like this:

  • Consultants spend time developing a few options using 2D project plans, adding up to a few billable hours
  • The project team meets to discuss the plans, adding more billable hours
  • Consultants incorporate feedback and revise the plans, again increasing the number of billable hours
  • The cycle continues until the project team is satisfied with the results
  • As the plan is implemented, the site superintendent is responsible to maintain SWPPP and track progress with installers, requiring hours of time
  • Continuous inspections and maintenance installations are required between superintendents, consultants, and/or installers, occupying more of the superintendent's valuable time

Instead of using 2D project plans with manual or electronic annotations, teams can use accurate 3D topographic and measurable scans in a collaborative platform to review the options together during the planning phase. Using technology, teams can easily measure slopes, areas, and evaluate current site conditions visually, minimizing the time consultants spend developing plans and revising the options. This method can cut billable time in half, saving the owner thousands of dollars for each occurrence.

During the maintenance phase, site superintendents can spend less time performing visual inspections and marking up project documents to communicate with consultants and installers by using technology. This allows superintendents to focus on critical grading operations and spend less time on SWPPP.

The Bottom Line

In order to maximize efficiency in managing SWPPP on site development projects, teams need a collaborative platform that incorporates accurate 3D topographical project data and precise measurement and markup tools. TraceAir is a user-friendly, collaborative platform that provides visual and volumetric site intelligence to the entire project team. We take topographical survey images captured by drones (ours or yours) and process the data overnight. Our team integrates your project documents (all formats, including CAD, PDF, vector, and raster) to check against the most recent as-builts to ensure no errors. The entire project team can access TraceAir from anywhere. No app needed, TraceAir works flawlessly from any smartphone or laptop.

Reach out to our team to learn more about how TraceAir can help your team accelerate site work on your projects.

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