Efficient Inspections and Rapid Report Times

MEET JOHN VAN DYK, P.ENG., owner and inspector of Canadian Cutting & Scanning. He has decades of experience in structural engineering and general contracting and has owned Concrete Cutting for 20 years.

In addition to concrete cutting and GPR scanning services, he provides specialized engineering services. Most of his work as a consulting engineer focuses on seismic restraints for electrical equipment in Vancouver.

John’s Challenge

All assets John inspects need detailed documentation, including notes and images from every inspection. Traditionally, John would conduct onsite inspections with paper, pen, and a digital camera. After completing the onsite visit, he would take his notes and photos back to his office and spend several hours, or even days, compiling an inspection report for the asset owner.

This was not ideal for John, as many of his asset owners demand the report as soon as possible. Further complicating the process is a lack of historical data to reference when planning an inspection, leaving him to start from scratch each time an inspection is due.

To improve performance, John used a software designed to record findings, create instant inspection reports, and develop a “health” record of the assets for two very different inspections.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Inspection

The McLoughlin wastewater treatment plant is one of John’s bigger sites. He took about 30 minutes prior to the inspection to set up his inspection report template within the software app, uploading seven drawings into the 2D view, and customizing the data fields he was going to need to collect when onsite.

While onsite, he used the app on his iPad, allowing him to take images and record any defects found throughout the building and surrounding area. Through the Screening Eagle Inspect app, all his data was instantly saved in the cloud.

Once the inspection was complete, he spent only five minutes selecting the spots on the drawings to include in his report to the owner and generating the report using his electrical report template.

Hockey Grandstand Inspection

The second location John inspected was the hockey grandstand at Tamanawis Park. For smaller inspections like this, John did not need to do any prep work. Throughout his inspection, John took photos of defects found and annotated them within the app.

For example, a drain was placed incorrectly near the grandstand and the asphalt was not sloped properly. These issues were quickly noted in the app to be easily referenced later when generating the report. After setting up the report within the app using his documentation, John generated a report for his customer the same day.

The Benefits

With the data collected on the app for each asset, John now has a historic record he can bring to the owner next year when the inspection is due. He will be able to show where defects have gotten worse, stayed the same, or improved. He will be able to track the progress annually. This increases John’s opportunity for potential repeat business and gives owners a more comprehensive record of their assets over time, saving time and money on repairs and inspections.

 “The owners were impressed that I was able to get them a report on the same day, on Friday.”

With the saved time, plus the opportunity for regular inspections, the app has given John the ability to take on more clients and complete inspections in less time, helping their business grow exponentially.

Jay Powell is the Screening Eagle Vice President of Sales. Learn more about the INSPECT App at screeningeagle.com 

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