Livermore, Calif.-based Topcon Positioning Systems and Professional Pavement Products have formed a partnership to create a custom mapping solution for specialized asset management projects.

The collaboration includes retroreflectivity readings along with the capability of documenting other attributes to update or create asset management programs. Using this process enables users to implement and or update programs from mapping signs using the Topcon Tesla or GRS-1 to documenting the condition of the signs using PPP’s RoadVista 922 retroreflectometer.

The RoadVista 922 is used to measure the retroreflectivity of the sign itself and the Tesla or GRS-1 collects location, attributes and pictures of the asset. The use of this multitool method will help agencies or anyone with a sign inventory program meet regulated minimum reflectivity standards.

Jason Hooten, GIS sales manager for TPS, said, “In many situations, these types of asset management projects are time sensitive. Additionally, the locations and data required (are) immense and can be repetitive, leaving the project subject to large amounts of human error. Topcon and PPP have partnered to develop a solution to increase the accuracy of the data collected, speed up and automate parts of the collection process and basically streamline the overall workflow.”

Steve Norkus, PPP retroreflective technical manager, said, “Our partnership with Topcon was simple; we had the same customers trying to do the same things and offered complementary technologies. Why not combine them and offer a total solution? It’s been great. The patented measurement technology and intuitive touch screen display on the RoadVista 922 enables users to know the retroreflectivity values of the sign which helps ensure compliance with regulated minimum reflectivity requirements.”

The collaboration between Topcon and PPP enables eGIS mapping software on a Topcon Telsa or GRS-1 device to communicate by Bluetooth to the RoadVista 922, Hooten said. “The data from the 922 is automatically stored in the appropriate data fields in eGIS such as the barcode, background and legend reflectivity readings,” he said. “Due to the advanced integration within eGIS, the resulting field data is stored into the shapefile with no additional data manipulation required. This allows the data to be utilized in GIS queries immediately once the data is received in the office.”