Latest News – May 2017

Welcome to the latest 2NFORM News! We are excited to provide our interested stakeholders with a place to catch up on all the latest software news.

As always, we want to hear from you. For all our software, we have created Google forms and spreadsheets to collect your comments and suggestions about the tools. Click Provide Feedback under Learn More in the banner of any tool to add your ideas.

Latest Software News

Upgraded MS4 Catchment Delineation Guidance now available

  • The content is the same, but the document has been revamped to improve readability and clarity. We have strived to create a more streamlined document that gets right to the point about the data layers and attributes needed and provides an easy reference for common sticking points.
  • The document is available through any of the tools or at http://2ndnaturellc.com/documents/MS4_Mapping_Guidance.pdf

TELR Results

      • Now in addition to the Runoff Rates and Particulate Rates, the Municipal Progress results view includes the Percent Runoff results for each catchment. The table at left provides the runoff % value and the map ranks the results into 5 categories based on the data distribution.
      • Access the new map from the drop down on the Municipal Progress page.

TELR Planning Scenario

        • The ‘Reset Planning’ button allows you to revert the planning scenario inputs back to what they are for the current year. Play around with improvements in parcel condition, road management, and structural BMP distribution and condition without worrying that you must remember the original inputs.
        • The new button is located next to the planning scenario results.

Mobile BMP RAM

      • Based on feedback from field personnel, we have made improvements to the layout and interaction on BMP RAM to improve the usability of the tool on mobile devices.

Parcel RAM & BMP RAM integration

      • Structural BMPs can now be displayed on the MS4 view of Parcel RAM, including a filter to view by public or private ownership. This is part of our larger commitment to integrate the functionality and display across the entire 2NFORM software platform.

Other News

We have started to design and code an upgrade to Parcel RAM (www.parcelram.com) that integrates development/redevelopment project information, BMP RAM inspection results, and owner communications to meet annual reporting requirements. We’ll keep you updated as our progress continues.

As stormwater resource planning comes to the forefront on municipal efforts, we know that our customers want not only to report on progress made but also plan and prioritize future actions. We are beginning to design a broader planning interface that allows users to plan actions throughout multiple catchments draining to a receiving water, save multiple planning scenarios, and compare results. Look for more updates in the coming months.

Sincerely,

The 2NFORM team

May 27th, 2017

Welcome!

Welcome to 2NFORM News! We are excited to provide our interested stakeholders with a place to catch up on all the latest news.

 
Latest Software News

Upgraded BMP RAM spatial platform on bmpram.com

Now when you inventory a structural BMP and drop a pin on the map, the MS4, catchment, land use and parcel APN are automatically assigned, preventing data errors due to spatial inconsistencies with the MS4 urban drainage mapping.

 

layers

New map layers are now available to help you identify your BMPs and prioritize actions – MS4 catchments, land use, parcel boundaries, and swTELR baseline runoff and particulate ranking
layers within BMP RAM. Access the layers from the map layers button on any map.

 

Changes to BMP RAM inventory in bmpram.com

The date the construction of the structural BMP was completed has been added as a required field. This field will align BMP RAM inventory with swTELR modeling, and matters most for any structural BMP constructed in 2017 and beyond.

 

maintain marker

“Maintenance needed” has been added as a required field. This allows municipalities to identify BMPs that need maintenance prior to completing the inventory step. Following maintenance, add the date the work was performed and then continue with inventory data collection. BMPs needing maintenance are denoted with a red outline in the map.

 

Updated BMP RAM User Guidance v3.2 available for subscribed users at Download at bmpram.com

Guidance associated with the viewing the new spatial layers and adding data to the new inventory fields.

Change to the structural BMP type table – a Tree Box Biofilter (TreePodTM) is more likely to be a decentralized Biofiltration BMP rather than a centralized Media Filter BMP. These BMPs are typically treating a smaller impervious area draining a single land use. Keep in mind that some designs include an infiltration component, which would mean the Tree Box Biofilter is a Bioretention BMP.

 
User account improvements – In all tools, an administrative user can manage the group’s user accounts to create and delete accounts as necessary.
 
Data downloads – All users can download their data in spatial and tabular file formats in swtelr.com from the Export link under Import/Download.
 
Updated Stormwater TELR Technical Document v1.1 available at Learn More at swtelr.com and from 2ndnaturellc.com/reports
 
Other News

We had a great regional BMP RAM training – How to Inventory Your Structural BMPs Using BMP RAM – for over 30 municipal and regional board staff from the Central Coast region. We spent the morning in the office learning concepts and strategies to identify structural BMP types and the information needed to complete the inventory step, and then took that knowledge into the field in the afternoon. Thank you to the Central Coast Regional Board for funding this important opportunity to share experiences, and to the City of Salinas for hosting a fun day!
 
We continue to collaborate with a small group of municipal and regional board stakeholders to improve Parcel RAM (parcelram.com). We are working to identify and prioritize improvements with the goal of the Central Coast Regional Board accepting use of Parcel RAM by Central Coast MS4 permittees to document and demonstrate annual PCR reporting requirements. Look for more updates in the coming months.
 
As more subscribers are completing the municipal drainage mapping, we continue to receive feedback on how to improve the clarity of the user guidance document. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions. Reach us through http://www.2nform.com/contact/ or give us a call.
 
We want to hear from you. For all our software, we have created Google forms and spreadsheets to collect your comments and suggestions about the tools. Click Provide Feedback under Learn More in the banner of any tool to add your ideas.
 
Sincerely,
The 2NFORM team

April 25th, 2017