InfoMaster 8.5: Rehab Actions and Costs Interface

One of the biggest upgrades to InfoMaster 8.5 is the new and improved interface for Rehab Actions, Methods, and Cost.  The new Rehab Actions and Costs window contains the same functionality as in previous InfoMaster versions, removes some of the confusion of having four separate but related tables, and adds increased flexibility.

The Rehab Actions and Costs interface can be found in the same place as the previous CapPlan Tables.

Opening this window reveals the following interface.  The overall look and feel will be identical no matter if the user is opening Rehab Actions and Costs for gravity or pressurized mains, laterals, or manholes.

The default tab to open up is the Rehab Method/Cost Component tab.  Here users can create and edit Rehab Methods and their associated costs.  In the top-left corner of this tab, users can view, edit, create, bulk import from .csv, and delete from their list of available Rehab Methods.  After selecting a particular Method, users can edit the properties and costs for the selected Method.

The properties window in the bottom left corner operates just like in previous InfoMaster versions.  Users can specify whether the method should be applied to the full pipe or not, give it a rehab buffer to increase it’s size, and/or define how identical Rehab Methods on the same pipe should be merged.

On the right-side of this tab, users can set how costs are calculated.  Costs can be set in two ways.  Static costs only change based on the unit applied to the static cost.  Static costs do not rely of user variable inputs; instead the pipe or other facility cost will only change as a function of the unit selected.  In comparison, the Cost by look up option can be a more flexible option allowing users to specify any number of variables which may change the Rehab Method cost.

Users can specify unique costs based on the proximity to critical infrastructure, pipe material, pipe size, a set likelihood of failure, service request data, etc.  Simply add an additional parameter ,  set the desired combination of asset qualities, and assign a cost and unit for assets which fall into that particular category. For example, the screenshot below shows that the cost of pipe replacement.  In this case, the cost is not only based on diameter, but also the speed limit of the intersecting road.  So although the 45″ pipe is larger, this table has been customized so that the  6″ pipe underneath a more major road is just as costly to replace and a 12″ pipe is even more costly.

Also note that block editing is possible for quick edits in this interface and InfoMaster can import/export from .csv files.

All this flexibility allows for all InfoMaster cost information to be stored in one place.  This means that for users with the Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) extension, your analysis just became much  simpler!

Finally, once the Rehab Method/Cost Component tab is set, users can switch to the Rehab Action tab to associate the Rehab Methods to Rehab Actions.  Rehab Actions combine multiple Rehab Methods so pipe rehab can be analyzed on a pipe-by-pipe basis instead of defect-by-defect. Users can quickly add  or delete  Rehab Actions and associate any of the Rehab Methods to a Rehab Action .

With this new interface, InfoMaster’s rehab structure has become more flexible, user-friendly, and intuitive.  The same powerful basic principles apply as in previous InfoMaster updates, but the formatting and interface has been refined to provide a better overall user experience.  Now who’s excited to do some capital planning??


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