Latest News – February 2018

Welcome to the latest 2NFORM News!

Here’s what we’ve been doing.

Revamped BMP RAM

  • The BMP RAM user interface got a facelift! The interface is now map based, and popups guide the user through the steps to inventory, set benchmark and threshold values, and enter field observation data to generate a condition score.

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  • Other functional improvements include:

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    • Extensive filter options, including by BMP type and ownership (public vs private)
    • Expanded map layers, such as land use, parcels, and TELR runoff and particulate results
    • BMP photo management directly within the website
  • We received considerable feedback from customers on the BMP types:
    • Catch basins are now Sediment Traps. Sediment traps have at least a 1ft sump to capture and settle particulate pollutants in stormwater, and require regular maintenance to ensure they are providing water quality benefit.
    • New decentralized BMP – Filtration Device. These BMPs function similarly to Media Filters, but treat a smaller impervious area, such as one parcel or 1-block section of road.
    • Confined space BMPs are any structural BMPs that cannot be readily accessed. Some confined space BMPs have observation ports to view standing water or material accumulation. If not, then BMP condition scores are based on the user-entered recommended maintenance interval.
    • BMPs can be inventoried as low flow bypass, dry weather diversion, or capture and reuse, depending on design specifications to convey stormwater into and out of the BMP.
  • Based on new literature and field testing, we have updated the permeability, soil substrate, and remaining capacity protocols for improved user precision in the field.
  • We have added an FAQ to the Help menu, which we will continually update as we hear from you.

New swTELR result displays

  • Now, in addition to the opportunity maps that show the areas of greatest runoff and loading rates (ft/year and ton/acre/year, respectively), you can view the catchments where the greatest volume and load reductions have been realized. As seen below, the darker blue catchments are the areas where the most (and most effective) stormwater improvements have been implemented to reduce stormwater runoff.
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Platform-wide improvements

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  • Regional partner view – For those of you in constant collaboration with your regional neighbors, we have created a view that lets you see everyone’s spatial data all in one place directly within the platform. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.
  • Storm drain layers – View your storm drain system in any 2NFORM map. Simply provide us with the layer, and we will add it to your account.
  • Discharge points popups – Click on a discharge point to view and edit the name and dimensions, and upload and manage photos.

2NFORM Tracking & Reporting Compliance with State Trash Amendments

    Stormwater managers and regulatory staff across the State are struggling with the same issue – how to communicate meaningful progress towards the trash goal without overburdening staff with already limited resources. For the past several months 2NDNATURE has been working closely with municipal and regulatory partners to develop a new approach to the Trash Amendments.
  • The Trash Module of 2NFORM is a web-based application that combines the power of spatial analytics with a user-friendly interface to streamline the field assessments necessary for both Track 1 and Track 2 and automate annual compliance reporting. The goal is improved communication through (1) mapped results of effective trash controls that can be verified in the field, (2) a standardized, defensible approach that directly informs stormwater managers decisions, and (3) an interactive, web-based platform to facilitate conversations that get to the heart of the matter – what has been accomplished and where are the new priorities.
  • Like all of our applications, we have been vetting the technical approaches with stormwater professionals across the state. We have been pleased by the quality of the reviews and feedback, and are continuing to refine the spatial analyses.
  • We look forward to the phased release of the Trash Module in the coming months, in plenty of time for our customers to meet the December 2018 reporting deadline.

As always, we would love to hear from you. Use our Feedback Forum, pick up the phone, or send an email to info@2nform.com. We are happy to give you a demonstration or answer any of your questions.

Sincerely,

The 2NFORM team

February 15th, 2018

Latest News – September 2017

Welcome to the latest 2NFORM News!

Latest Software News

User interface improvements to swTELR for enhanced usability

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  • The results map and progress chart are now on two separate pages. No more scrolling down to see the map!
  • You can now expand and collapse the catchment navigation by receiving water, to reduce scrolling. Click a specific receiving water to expand the list to see the catchments draining to it. Click all to expand to see all catchments.
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  • Use search and filter fields to find a specific catchment or filter the view based on specific characteristics. Filters can be used in the Results and the Inputs maps.
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  • The catchment popup windows are now color-coded based on the map display, and provide the most relevant information based the selected data view.
  • The map layers and legends are dynamic, providing more clarity on what your current display is showing you.

Hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS)

  • The 2NFORM software suite is now hosted on AWS, one of the most reliable and trusted cloud services in the world. For our customers, you can rest assured that we have a secure, reliable, and flexible platform that can continue to provide fast response times as we expand to meet your stormwater management and permit compliance needs.

Parcel RAM Guidance Webinar – Tuesday, October 3rd at 10am

Other News

We are currently collaborating with Central Coast municipal and regulatory stakeholders to develop a trash software module to incorporate into the 2NFORM platform. This module will be spatially-based and streamline data collection, management and analysis to assist municipalities in adaptively managing their trash programs and reporting compliance progress towards the State Trash Amendments. If you’d like more information, please contact us at info@2nform.com.

Sincerely,

The 2NFORM team

September 22nd, 2017

Latest News – August 2017

Welcome to the latest 2NFORM News!

Latest Software News

LID Project Tracking Module in Parcel RAM

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  • A whole new module has been added to Parcel RAM – LID Project Tracking.
  • Municipalities can now manage the necessary information for each LID project that falls under the specific MS4 permit requirements for (re)development. Data fields capture the critical information needed for annual report compliance and regulatory audits, including size, performance requirements, alternative compliance, special circumstances, and off-site mitigation projects. Municipalities grant access to regulatory agencies to review the data via the online platform.
  • Additional data entry beyond compliance allows stormwater managers to manage and track project files, owner communication, and O&M tasks for LID projects to streamline tasks and improve program efficiencies.
  • Parcel condition assessments and BMP RAM results are seamlessly integrated into the LID Project module to ensure annual assessment history associated with an LID project is easily captured and tracked.

Parcel Condition Assessments

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  • In addition to adding LID project tracking, the parcel assessment protocols have been improved to provide clear guidance for field personnel on how to determine parcel condition.
  • We have also added a third parcel condition state: Reduced Runoff. This allows for increased flexibility to reward landowners for making incremental efforts towards reducing stormwater runoff from their parcel and motivating the widespread implementation of LID practices. swTELR uses these parcel condition data to quantify the benefits of LID practices by urban catchment and demonstrate stormwater program progress over time.
  • Read all about this and the LID Project Track Module in the updated Parcel RAM Technical and User Guidance document.

2NFORM Feedback Forum

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  • We want to hear from you! (And we really mean it.)
  • Gone are the Google forms and cumbersome spreadsheets. We’ve created a Feedback Forum that lets you easily report a bug or add a comment on a functional or technical improvement to any of our tools. You can also easily view other people’s ideas, join a conversation thread to contribute your thoughts on a suggestion, and vote for your favorite ideas.
  • This new format will help us respond to your ideas faster and more clearly, understand what improvements are most desired and useful for our customers, and communicate to you when we are working on one of your ideas.
  • The Feedback Forum can be accessed from the banner of any of our tools, under your user name.

Other News

As we reported in May, we are continuing to design and develop a multi-catchment planning interface in swTELR. We know this planning and prioritization of future actions is a critical need as municipalities formulate their implementation strategies in high priority catchments and start looking for funding for design, permitting and construction. We’ll keep you updated as we develop a user interface that allows our users to plan actions throughout multiple catchments draining to a receiving water, save multiple planning scenarios, and compare results.

Sincerely,

The 2NFORM team

August 8th, 2017

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.

 

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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.

 

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“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