Meet Kenn Hamm, Superintendent of the Operations and Maintenance Division for the Howard County Bureau of Facilities Department of Public Works in Maryland.
Here’s what his department at Howard County is tasked with…
With inspections being done by various departments across the county, there is a disconnect and lack of information sharing.
Inspections are a huge responsibility within county governments. Whether it’s the Bureau of Facilities, Public Health Department, or Environmental Services folks. These departments are tasked with ensuring county entities and operations are safe for the public. This requires a number of routine inspections, most of which are done by hand.
Many of these inspections start to overlap, multiple departments are overseeing a building, storage tank, or operation. With paper inspections, even when inputted into a database, this information is isolated and departments are left in the dark. If the department of Environmental Services finds a hazardous spill at a county storage tank, the Facilities crew won’t know until they visit the site themselves.
Moving County Inspections Online
Taking the bureau’s inspections online lead to an idea of heightened information sharing within the county. With so many moving parts and shared responsibility, it made sense to include multiple departments in this digital effort.
Stay tuned to learn additional efficiencies that the Howard County Department of Public Works Bureau of Facilities experiences by digitizing their county inspections and sharing information between departments in a central repository.