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.