NOVATO, CA – BetterGIS, formerly known as UndergroundGIS, today announced the nationwide availability of a newly enhanced platform that offers greater capabilities to manage utility and facility infrastructure.
The expanded features in UVARA, the new name of the company’s cloud-based solution, provide owners, operators and third-parties with a streamlined, simplified GIS that maps a wide range of underground, surface and above ground assets, including pipes, lines, conduits, and structures. Previously available only in California, UVARA is now available nationwide.
In conjunction with the nationwide launch of UVARA and its corporate rebranding, BetterGIS also announced a special partner program for architects, engineers and contractors.
BetterGIS CEO Michael London said, “Our new company name better reflects the expanded value proposition to all those assigned the complex task of managing utility and facilities infrastructure. UVARA’s powerful visualization, analytics and archival technology addresses the $1 trillion challenge of managing aging infrastructure and the costly, unforeseen problems that arise when there is no visual understanding of where assets are located.”
With implementations at 20 facilities in California, UVARA has mapped more than 25,000 structures, $200 million in replacement cost value and almost 3 million linear feet of assets – more than the distance between San Francisco and San Diego.
Chief Operating Officer Charlie Rudkin said, “UVARA is the simplest and easiest to use GIS on the market today. UVARA promotes collaboration throughout the lifecycle of the asset with your entire team, including capital and master planners, architects, engineers, construction teams, facilities operations and maintenance teams, and public safety and disaster preparedness professionals. UVARA is also an opportunity to preserve and centralize your knowledge as the current generation of infrastructure professionals begins to retire.”
UVARA supports teams managing educational facilities, such as colleges and high schools; healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and assisted living centers; commercial real estate, including retail centers, office complexes, and industrial buildings; utilities, such as water and sewer, power and electric systems, and communications assets; and municipalities managing public works, storm sewer systems, convention centers and parks.
Expanded Value Proposition
UVARA delivers the following benefits:
BetterGIS was founded in 2015 by a team engineers and utility infrastructure professionals seeking to address the industry’s No. 1 problem: Managing out-of-sight, out-of-mind utility and facilities infrastructure. BetterGIS is focused on the $1 trillion challenge of managing infrastructure operated by municipalities, colleges and schools, water and sewer districts, hospitals and medical centers, and commercial real estate companies. UVARA, the firm’s easy-to-use Geographic Information System (GIS), provides digital mapping of underground, surface and overhead assets with decision-support tools that reduce cost overruns, accelerate construction and design, improve risk management and facilitate smarter maintenance decisions. For more information, visit www.BetterGIS.com or call 855.999.9911.