Skip to main content

Smart Mobile Tools for Field Inspectors supports inspection planning and management, field data collection, and evidence management, all within an integrated suite of digital tools to improve the quality and consistency of inspections.

CHALLENGE

Environmental inspections are largely paper-based processes requiring hours of preparation and post-inspection work. Smart Mobile Tools for Field Inspectors bring environmental inspections into the 21st century by streamlining operations and improving quality of information.

BENEFITS

Smart Mobile Tools for Field Inspectors (Smart Tools) will fundamentally improve the operation and management of environmental inspection programs by providing digital assistance to inspectors and their management during each stage of the inspection process.

Smart Tools will:

  • Improve communication and clarity of information
  • Optimize inspection resources
  • Improve field inspection quality and efficiency

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In May 2018, The Smart Tools Project Team held two project kickoff and software demonstration meetings. The first was primarily for the members of the Smart Tools Program Management Team, which includes U.S. EPA, state, and state association representatives, and the leads of the Smart Tools workgroups. The second was for the Inspection Process Workgroup, staffed with EPA and state inspectors.

Since June 2018, the Smart Tools Inspection Processes Focus Group (IPFG) began biweekly meetings to define the Smart Tools Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Those meetings, with state and federal RCRA inspectors, have resulted in a defined MVP that the Smart Tools contractor is using to customize its software for EPA/state use. MVP development officially launches in October 2018, although the work began earlier due to the good progress made by the IPFG.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

In Fall 2018, the Smart Mobile Tools team will compete the MVP version of the Smart Tools software and provide it to selected federal and state inspectors for initial testing.