October 18, 2018
NOVATO, CA–BetterGIS, formerly known as UndergroundGIS, announced the nationwide availability of a newly enhanced platform that offers greater capabilities to manage utility and facility infrastructure.
The expanded features in UVARA, the new name of the company’s cloud-based solution, provide owners, operators and third-parties with a streamlined, simplified GIS that maps a wide range of underground, surface and above ground assets, including pipes, lines, conduits, and structures. Previously available only in California, UVARA is now available nationwide.
In conjunction with the nationwide launch of UVARA and its corporate rebranding, BetterGIS also announced a special partner program for architects, engineers and contractors.
BetterGIS CEO Michael London said, “Our new company name better reflects the expanded value proposition to all those assigned the complex task of managing utility and facilities infrastructure. UVARA’s powerful visualization, analytics and archival technology addresses the $1 trillion challenge of managing aging infrastructure and the costly, unforeseen problems that arise when there is no visual understanding of where assets are located.”
With implementations at 20 facilities in California, UVARA has mapped more than 25,000 structures, $200 million in replacement cost value and almost 3 million linear feet of assets – more than the distance between San Francisco and San Diego.
Chief Operating Officer Charlie Rudkin said, “UVARA is the simplest and easiest to use GIS on the market today. UVARA promotes collaboration throughout the lifecycle of the asset with your entire team, including capital and master planners, architects, engineers, construction teams, facilities operations and maintenance teams, and public safety and disaster preparedness professionals. UVARA is also an opportunity to preserve and centralize your knowledge as the current generation of infrastructure professionals begins to retire.”
UVARA supports teams managing healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers; educational facilities, such as colleges and high schools; commercial real estate, including retail centers, office complexes, and industrial buildings; utilities, such as water and sewer, power and electric systems, and communications assets; and municipalities managing public works, storm sewer systems, convention centers and parks.
UVARA delivers the following benefits:
- Better forecasting and budgeting—Seeing the big picture below and above ground enables owners, operators and third parties to make smarter decisions throughout the lifecycle of the asset.
- Better design and construction—With spatially accurate data about important infrastructure in hand, planners, designers and construction managers can properly locate new assets in the right place the first time.
- Better coordination among construction teams—When all sub-contractors work from a common set of plans – a single source of truth – construction outcomes are better.
- Fewer trips to the plan room—With maps, data and other information accessible by multiple users from a centralized, secure platform, there’s no more wasted time with trips to the plan room and less worry about losing documents.
- Identify high-risk information—BetterGIS field checks information uploaded into UVARA and fills the holes in your data. Confidence grows when design, construction and maintenance teams can easily identify missing information.
- Continuously refreshed maps and data—When new information from the field becomes known, maps, data and archives can be instantly updated.
- Preserve institutional knowledge—As a generation of professionals begins to retire, UVARA helps preserve institutional knowledge and enables the next generation of managers to benefit from the insight and experience of your current team.
- Better risk management—UVARA improves risk management throughout the lifecycle of the asset by reducing costly mistakes upfront and by empowering master and capital planners to better allocate resources and control costs.
BetterGIS was founded in 2015 by a team engineers and utility infrastructure professionals seeking to address the industry’s No. 1 problem: Managing out-of-sight, out-of-mind utility and facilities infrastructure. BetterGIS is focused on the $1 trillion challenge of managing infrastructure operated by municipalities, colleges and schools, water and sewer districts, hospitals and medical centers, and commercial real estate companies.
UVARA, the firm’s easy-to-use Geographic Information System (GIS), provides digital mapping of underground, surface and overhead assets with decision-support tools that reduce cost overruns, accelerate construction and design, improve risk management and facilitate smarter maintenance decisions.