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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. The Smart Tools Inspection Processes Focus Group (IPFG) worked with inspectors and a contractor to define and develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Smart Tools for RCRA software. State and Federal RCRA inspectors are currently in the process of testing the Smart Tools product (both software and ruggedized hardware) in the field.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

A full national rollout of Smart Tools for RCRA is expected for late 2019-early 2020, complete with a training course for potential users. The Smart Tools team is also beginning work on a product for use in Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elminination System (NPDES) inspections.