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Importing Searchable Legacy Documents and Drawings into PMWeb

CBA helps PMWeb import Legacy Documents into PMWeb

On October 29th, 2012 Superstorm Sandy hit the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission facility in New Jersey causing a complete plant shutdown for the first time in the facilities’ 108-year history. In the aftermath, a ten-year, $2 billion program was initiated to upgrade and build new wastewater treatment facilities. The challenge of building new and upgrading existing facilities, increasing capacity, meeting increased regulatory requirements and improving the resiliency of the plant to avoid Superstorm Sandy level damage was daunting. The project demanded a solution for the management of records for hundreds of projects and hundreds of thousands of files, as well as, mitigating the possibility of paper files being destroyed. The solution also needed to be able to quickly search and find the files by building, project, location, or other criteria. PVSC’s project team, as well as, FEMA required quick access to detailed and accurate information from paper legacy records in PMWeb Document Manager.


CBA was able to provide PVSC with a powerful tool called Extract IQ that utilizes natural language processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to recognize the required metadata from the various digitally scanned file types, organizes the metadata and bulk loads the records into PMWeb Document Manager (physical scanning of paper files was provided by a local record conversion contractor). Not only can this software help organize and create searchable digital files for legacy documents, it also provides the same quick, detailed access to newly created documents and project drawings.

Project Breakdown
  1. PVSC Engineering and Operations personnel worked with CBA to identify indexes (metadata) for the records that are migrated to PMWeb, to allow the users to quickly identify and access all aspects of the required records.
  2. PVSC provided the business DNA for PVSC, identifying all terms and actions such as building name, contract number, date, project name, etc. These are being used to create consistent search and filter capability.
  3. Extract IQ is then utilized to process legacy files including record drawings, submittals, and photos. Extract IQ creates the proper metadata and, utilizing the Extract IQ bulk loader, uploads the files directly into PMWeb.

During the first phase of this project, over 30,000 records were processed and uploaded in 60 days. Over 300,000 legacy records will eventually be loaded in PMWeb.  Measurable reductions in existing Engineering and Project Management time, currently spent in researching for the proper records, is projected to result in a 20% bottom line savings in project costs.  

Contact CBA for more information on PMWeb and Extract IQ.

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