Externiture were awarded the contract to supply bus stop flags to Connect Tees Valley (CTV).
But for Tees Valley, there was a problem. They had over 3000 bus stops and wanted to change approximately 2500 bus stop flags. A huge administrational and logistical challenge.
"How were they to accurately and consistently produce these new bus stop flags and get the right ones, with the right information into the right locations."
CTV did not have the capability of implementing this project themselves, so they turned to Externiture. We have many years of experience in managing data, managing infrastructure and managing locations. And we knew our in-house surveying and works-management software could handle it.
Using our survey software, "Buildbox", and our work management software "Mission", (which can show every bus stop in the country) CTV invited us to examine how we could put up 2500 bus stop flags each with a unique stand reference unique, destination and (often) unique route number grids into the five boroughs that make up Connect Tees Valley.
We started by extensively surveying the 3000 bus stops. One of the clever things about Buildbox is that it can be configured uniquely to each client and to each survey scenario. So, if you have a series of 10 or 15 questions that logs information about bus shelters but you are attending a bus stop which only has a post, you will not have to fill in all 15 shelter questions. You can also ask "what if" style questions which are conditional on the answers made to previous questions. So, if the survey found that there was no post and no shelter at a bus stop, a new question could appear based on the results of those two questions. E.g. Asking what location would be suitable to fit a bus stop flag.
This smart capability was crucial to the CTV challenge. Which was that they needed a lot of smart information collected in order to then execute the bus stop flags project successfully.
Over a period of three months, we surveyed each area, reviewing data as it was gathered. Over 20,000 images were collected and each was renamed with the Atco code and bus stop name - plus a description of the type of photograph so that it could easily be referenced later. The results of this survey were used by CTV to determine where each bus stop flank should go. It also enabled CTV to create additional work lists for other contractors who were installing posts and repairing shelters.
For Externiture the next stage was to plan how we were going to install 2500 bus stop flags. i.e.to make sure each flag, with the right information, went in the right location. This needs a lot of planning. But, once again, we have the expertise and in-house software to handle such a large task.
With the capability of mapping every single location and putting it into a logical order, our software can also produce thousands of unique graphics required to be generated for each bus stop flag.
When our installation teams headed on their long journey north, they were armed with an accurate geo-location pinpointed map and works schedule that would take them to each site in exactly the right pre-determined order of execution. And, in the back of the vans were boxes of flags all set up in a prearranged order to match their installation order and minimise the opportunity for an error. Each week after 300 bus stop flags were installed, every one was photographed after installation and sent to Connect Tees Valley to sign off.
There aren't many companies who have the capability and the understanding of how to manage this level of complexity and this amount of data.
Thankfully for Connect Tess Valley, they chose Externiture.
Our data expertise.