Burns & McDonnell to Unveil Tool to Facilitate KC Sewer Overhaul Project
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Burns & McDonnell to Unveil Tool to Facilitate KC Sewer Overhaul Project
11/27/2012 2 minute read

Burns & McDonnell will be unveiling an innovative new technology tool on Dec. 3 at the CityAge Conference in Kansas City, Mo., that is designed to help public sector authorities coordinate and manage all activities related to use, construction and maintenance of public rights-of-way and thoroughfares.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell will be unveiling an innovative new technology tool on Dec. 3 at the CityAge Conference that is designed to help public sector authorities coordinate and manage all activities related to use, construction and maintenance of public rights-of-way and thoroughfares.

PublicWayTM, a proprietary, web-based tool developed exclusively by Burns & McDonnell, has been initially designed to assist the Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department in its efforts to coordinate a massive $4.5 billion, 25-year project to reduce and eliminate overflows of contaminants into the metropolitan sewer system. PublicWay integrates and coordinates data from multiple databases on its exclusive web-based platform, allowing City staff to see relevant information from operation and maintenance records, citizen call-in information, systems information and capital projects data. By providing this information on an interactive mapping program, users can better plan and implement capital projects, manage operations and maintenance activities, and provide enhanced customer service to rate payers.

CityAge, a summit that serves as a forum to discuss the "New American City," will be held Dec. 3 and 4 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. For information about the summit, please contact info cityage.org or go to www.cityage.org for registration details.

On Monday, Dec. 3, Wesley Hardin, an information technology manager for Burns & McDonnell, will team with Ron Coker, vice president and general manager of Burns & McDonnell's Water Division, in presenting the unique features and benefits of PublicWay. Hardin led the software development team for Burns & McDonnell, and Coker coordinates Burns & McDonnell's role as program manager for the Water Services Department Overflow Control Project.

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James is hosting the event and will introduce the presentation along with Burns & McDonnell CEO Greg Graves. Hardin and Coker will provide a detailed demonstration of PublicWay features that will be available to municipalities who utilize it.

"We are excited to have the opportunity to show public leaders throughout North America how PublicWay can help solve some of their most difficult project management issues," Graves said. "The CityAge conference will generate a lot of conversation about how urban centers will be the leading generators of job growth and economic development in the 21st Century. Part of that conversation needs to be focused on how the work gets done. PublicWay will be instrumental for many public sector managers as they are searching for better tools and processes to demonstrate that public resources are being used wisely."

PublicWay is based on OneTouchPM®, a similar proprietary project management tool developed by Burns & McDonnell that has greatly improved efficiency and execution for many large, complex projects. PublicWay will integrate information from myriad sources into a Google-based platform that facilitates intuitive access to pertinent project information via a visual representation of the project geography in question. These project management tools have proved to be effective in resolving many issues that typically arise due to the need for better communication with the general public regarding project plans and schedules of work crews on project sites. By improving communication with all stakeholders, PublicWay will provide public managers greater control and less risk in all phases of the project.

Mayor Sly James and other Kansas City department leaders were recently given a detailed briefing on the PublicWay project management tool and have already offered several suggestions on adding customized features that will greatly enhance the system. Current plans are to beta-test the system beginning in January 2013 and go live by early summer 2013. The system will be available to all residents who request access. It will include a feature allowing them to be notified via email or text message of any project that may be planned for their neighborhood or other area of interest.

The PublicWay tool will be greatly enhanced by the rollout of Google High Speed fiber project as it is completed throughout Kansas City neighborhoods.

About Burns & McDonnell
Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services firm. Burns & McDonnell is currently the 23rd largest AEC firm in the Engineering News-Record Top 500 ranking. With the multi-disciplinary expertise of more than 3,700 professionals in more than 30 regional, national and international offices, Burns & McDonnell plans, designs, permits, constructs and manages facilities worldwide with one mission in mind — to make our clients successful. For more information about Burns & McDonnell, visit www.burnsmcd.com.

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