Introduction to D-SPEC
The D-SPEC standard was developed to streamline the processes undertaken to display all new drainage assets and telecommunication conduits within each D-SPEC member’s GIS.
A common specification for the supply of digital drainage data was identified as a major opportunity for the consortia members to achieve efficiency and cost savings in the process of maintaining their corporate geographic information systems (GIS) and asset management systems (AMS). Moreover, a common specification shared between Councils would also provide efficiencies to the Land Development Industry by removing the need to maintain separate processes, standards and software tools for numerous Councils.
The key objectives of the D-SPEC consortium is to streamline stake holders’ (local government/utilities) processes for receiving, handling and storing of underground infrastructure related to subdivision developments in their GIS. This process increases the efficiency of information access and results in greater customer satisfaction when dealing with inquiries from consultants, developers and prospective residents.
- Eliminate duplication of effort. Significant duplication of effort exists in the digitising of as constructed drainage information. This duplication exists between the private sector (who capture as constructed information), and council staff (who may digitise that information from paper plans);
- improve process efficiency, in the process of accepting and processing lodgements, and in checking existing data against design criteria and/or design plans;
- improve customer service to both internal and external customers of asset information; improve the quality of drainage information held in council systems for audit and financial requirements, as well as operational and business requirements;
- and ultimately manage drainage assets better to reduce the need for capital works and/or to reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
D-Spec specification and documentation are available from the D-Spec website.