For the past few years, I have been trying to convince my company to move away from the Tape Measure, Pen and Paper style of doing Utility As-Builts (Electric and Water) and move to collecting GPS points for new infrastructure and service(s) that we install using a GPS receiver and our current Trimble Nomad field data collection device. As of now, I have had very little luck in convincing them that this would be a benefit to our company and my GIS database.
What I would like is to see if there are other companies out there that are using a GPS Receiver and some kind of mobile hardware to collect Field As-Builts, specifically in the electric and water utility industry that I could get some advice and feedback on how it has benefited their field As-Built collection workflow. My goal is to be able to collect new infrastructure installation data (Valves, meters, end-points of mainlines, building corners, etc) via GPS coordinates at a very high accuracy and append the newly collected data into my overall dataset. However, as I mentioned before, convincing the decision makers is becoming a challenge and I need some assistance.
Any advice or assistance in helping me achieve my goal(s), would be great.
In the Survey123 context, Field Technology magazine published an article on San Francisco's Public Utilities- https://community.esri.com/groups/mobile-gis/blog/2017/03/30/mobilizing-inspections-saves-40000 . I'd also recommend looking at some of the case studies available at Field Operations | Field Apps to Optimize Efficiency , such as GIS Field Apps Keep Public Works Department Running Smoothly