Using Diamond Maps for Smoke Testing
How you can use Diamond Maps to record your smoke testing data.
Diamond Maps is a great tool to help you track the progress of a sewer smoke testing project. You can use it to record your observations and track the progress of repairs.
To get started, first, create a smoke observations layer using our template. Do this by clicking the Layers button, click the Add button, and select the Smoke observations template. You will also want to give all of your staff edit permission on this new layer. You can do this by Clicking on the Menu button and clicking User Permissions. Check the box for the Smoke Testing layer under the user’s name. Then, Apply Changes. Then as you are doing your testing add a point to this layer everywhere that you observe smoke. You can record things like the quantity of smoke. You can also record the defect type like “missing bolt on manhole”, or “uncapped cleanout”, or “smoke coming from gutters on house.” You can enter a location such as an address, and there is a check box you can use to indicate if the issue has been corrected. You can also use the attachments field to take pictures to document your observations. If I switch to a map where I have already marked several of these points, you see that they get automatically color coded according to whether or not they are marked as corrected. If I click on a point, I can add a note saying we replaced a bolt and mark it as corrected. And you see the “X” change color. You can also use these notes to track the progress of longer-term resolutions. Such as noting that you notified the homeowner of problem on a certain date. If you have multiple people or even multiple crews doing this work, they can all work on this same layer at the same time. As you can see, this can be a great way to track both the initial observations and on-going repair of a smoke testing project.