Medford Lakes Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 23, 2018 – The Borough of Medford Lakes, of Burlington County, has recently upgraded to the SDL Enterprise License. With this upgrade, Medford Lakes will have use of SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

SDL Mobile, will provide Medford Lakes inspectors with the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, while syncing all data in real-time to the SDL Desktop. The SDL Portal provides Medford Lakes administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to town data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Medford Lakes has been a client of SDL’s since 2004, and will continue their use of the SDL Municipal Management Software throughout their Building and Land Use departments. We are veryy happy to continue working with Medford Lakes and we look forward to assisting them with their software expansion.

Manville Borough Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 14, 2018 –  The Borough of Manville, of Somerset County, has just selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout many of their municipal offices.  With the Enterprise License, Manville will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the SDL Citizen app.

At this time, Manville has chosen to launch the SDL software within their Building, Land Use, Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement departments. We are very thrilled to have Manville as a new client, and we look forward to working with them in the future and assisting with the launch of their software.

Rockaway Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 9, 2018 –  This past February, Rockaway Township, of Morris County, became one of SDL’s newest clients, choosing the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipality.  With the Enterprise License, Rockaway will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the newly released SDL Citizen app.

At this time, Rockaway has chosen to launch the software within their Building, Land Use and Code Enforcement departments. We are very happy to have Rockaway as a client, and we look forward to working with them.

Little Falls Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – May 9, 2018 –  This past January, the Township of Little Falls, of Passaic County, decided to select the SDL Enterprise License for use within their municipality.  With the Enterprise License, Little Falls will have access to the entirety of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Currently, Little Falls is utilizing the SDL software within their Building Department. We are so thrilled to have Little Falls as a client, and are happy to assist them with  the implementation of the software throughout their Building Department.

Evaluating Your Potential Construction Revenue

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) made some changes to the types of home improvement work that require permits. As a result, replacing siding or a roof on a single-family dwelling are now “ordinary maintenance”, and no longer require permits.

 

Construction Fee Analysis Tool

This is great news for contractors and homeowners, but it causes a dilemma for municipalities. Budgets that counted on revenue from those permits faced a shortfall. Several SDL clients wanted an easy way to run “what if” scenarios to see how fee schedule changes might make up the difference. Since the data they needed to use was already in their SDL systems, they asked SDL’s developers for a solution.

This led to the new Construction Fee Analysis Tool for SDL Desktop. Now any SDL Desktop user can learn in seconds:

  • the impact from lost permit revenues (in dollars and as a percentage of revenue)
  • how small changes in other fee schedule items could make up the loss.

SDL users were using the tool the day it was released, without database queries or even spreadsheets. As an example, we used some real-world data to see how the loss of fees would affect the town modeled in our figures. The result was serious… a 7% revenue decrease.

Then, using to tool to see which fees were collected most often, a couple of painless increases (from 8% to 13%) in other areas not only made up the shortfall, but brought projected revenue to 5% over targets.

A Cautionary Tale… and a Couple of Solutions

Fee changes are easy to make in test data, and harder when you’re wondering how residents will react. There’s an assumption that any fee increase will lead to an uproar. However, a recent article about the DCA decision made an interesting point. According to one construction company owner, “It’s not so much the cost of the permits… but the time.”

The fees were never the problem… the problem was the time spent (during working hours) calling or visiting town hall, applying for permits, getting status updates, notifying contractors, etc. Most of New Jersey’s local governments lost revenue this year… not because folks won’t pay, but because the process takes too much time. If this is the problem, what is the solution?

The solution is to modernize processes for citizens who are used to transacting business any time, from anywhere. SDL clients do this with the SDL Portal (a web-based municipal portal) and SDL Citizen mobile app.

The portal can transact the entire permit process (except for picking up the document) online. Other possibilities include license applications (e.g. mercantile, food truck, pet), Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests and online issue reporting (e.g. pothole complaints). The companion SDL Citizen mobile app (for iOS or Android) offers a simple phone-based interface for issue reporting, scheduling inspections, checking on permit statuses and more.

All this can be done at any time, from anywhere a data connection is available. That’s ideal for a working person who can’t visit or call during business hours; it’s also a relief for municipal employees who find that empowered citizens gladly eliminate a lot of the repetitive paperwork that takes up hours every week.

The Construction Fee Analysis Tool exists because we were asked to help fix a problem, and we did. However, we’d be less than conscientious if we didn’t point out that there are ways to avoid such problems. If you’re an SDL client, we’ve not only offered the solutions, we’ve delivered them… you probably already own everything you need to deploy your SDL Portal and SDL Citizen app, both of which are free for users. Please reach out to us if you want to know more.

Contact us to Take Advantage of the Analysis Tool

If you’d like to know more about using the tool, please contact our support staff at support@spatialdatalogic.com, or call (732) 357-1280.

If your municipality does not use SDL’s municipal management software, but you are still interested in Construction Fee Schedule Analysis, please contact sales@spatialdatalogic.com, or call (800) 805-9695.

 

Hopewell Selects SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – April 6, 2018 –  The Township of Hopewell, of Mercer County, has recently selected the SDL Enterprise License for use throughout their municipality.  With the enterprise license, Hopewell will have access to all features of the SDL Municipal Management Software, including SDL Desktop, SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Hopewell has chosen to launch the software within their Building, Land Use and Engineering departments, among others. We are very happy to have Hopewell as a new client, and we look forward to working with them in the future and assisting with the launch of their software.

Berkeley Heights Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – March 5, 2018 – Berkeley Heights Township, of Union County, has chosen to upgrade to the SDL Enterprise License. The Enterprise License will allows Berkeley Heights usage of SDL Mobile, SDL Portal and SDL Citizen, in addition to their current use of the SDL Desktop software.

With SDL Mobile, town inspectors have the ability to start, update and complete inspections from in the field, while syncing all data in real-time to the SDL Desktop. The SDL Portal provides township administrators, employees and citizens instant and easy access to town data, maps and requests. Township citizens also have the ability to access data and submit requests from the newly released SDL Citizen app.

Berkeley Heights has been a client of SDL’s since 2003, when they chose to deploy the software throughout multiple municipal offices. Currently they will be utilizing the software within their Building, Land Use, Fire Prevention, Engineering, Assessor and Public Works Departments. We are thrilled to continue working with Berkeley Heights and we are looking forward to assisting them with this expansion.

 

Washington Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – February 2, 2018 – The Township of Washington, of Bergen County, has recently upgraded to the SDL Enterprise License. With this upgrade, Washington will have access to the SDL Portal, SDL Mobile and SDL Citizen, in addition to the SDL Desktop software. The SDL Mobile app provides town inspectors the freedom to start and complete inspections from in the field. Highly configurable, the SDL Portal provides town administrators, employees and citizens easy access to select town data, maps and requests. Town citizens also have the opportunity to submit requests and view town data with the use of the SDL Citizen app.

Washington has been a client since 2011, and has chosen to continue the use of the SDL software within the Building department.

SDL is happy to continue to work with Washington, and we look forward to assisting them with the implementation of SDL Portal, SDL Mobile and SDL Citizen.

SDL Mobile Update

SDL has just released the latest version of SDL Mobile (3.1.235). With this version, we are introducing the Land Use module, along with hundreds of other new features, fixes and improvements. Please note that you may need to uninstall the old version of SDL Mobile before using the new version.

      

If you like using SDL Mobile, please rate our app in the stores!

 

Core Updates

  1. New Homepage Button View
  2. New Search View
  3. New Statutes View
  4. New Calendar View
  5. Inspection Templates
  6. New Signature Capture
  7. Inspection Save Options
  8. Change Inspection Date and Inspector
  9. New Photo Watermark options
  10. New Checklist options
  11. New Inspections Map
  12. Improved Inspection Routing
  13. Improved Directions with Google Maps
  14. New Module – Land Use
  15. 100+ major and minor fixes

 

Module Updates

Construction

  1. New Permits View/Map
  2. Permit Attachments (Tech Cards etc)
  3. Arrival Notification Email
  4. Plan Review Status and Notes
  5. Change Inspector

Code Enforcement

  1. New Statutes View
  2. Statutes Quick List from Desktop
  3. Inspection Templates
  4. New Inspection – Spot or Area Wide
  5. Inspection Editing on by default
  6. Signature Capture for Report
  7. New UI for Add/Remove Violations/Statutes
  8. Save Options for Recurring, Reinspection and Abatement

Land Use

  1. Newest Module – Includes all Core Items
  2. Create and Edit Land Use Inspections
  3. Add Violations using LU Statutes
  4. Signature Capture for Report
  5. Zoning Applications View/Map
  6. Zoning Application Attachments

Fire Prevention

  1. New Statutes View
  2. Statutes Quick List from Desktop
  3. Units View/Map
  4. Edit Units Emergency Contacts
  5. Units – Permits and Invoices
  6. Inspection Templates
  7. New Notice of Violation Report
  8. Email to Agent/Owner/Tenant
  9. Save Options for Recurring, Reinspection and Abatement
  10. Signature Capture for Report

Health

  1. New Chapter 24 Risk Based Report
  2. New Statutes View
  3. Signature Capture for Report

Public Works/Engineering/Water/Sewer

  1. New Time Tracking for Service Requests
  2. New Road Closings View/Map

Road Closings                                Statutes Search                             Time Tracking

Phillipsburg Upgrades to SDL Enterprise License

SOMERSET, NJ – January 8, 2018 – The Town of Phillipsburg, of Warren County, has recently upgraded to the SDL Enterprise License. Phillipsburg has been a client since 2006, when they began using the SDL Desktop software within their Building and Zoning departments. Currently, they utilize the software for their Code Enforcement and Land Use Departments as well.

With the upgrade to the Enterprise License, Phillipsburg will continue its use of the SDL Desktop software, while gaining access to SDL Portal, SDL Mobile and the recently released SDL Citizen. The SDL Mobile app provides town inspectors the freedom to start and complete inspections from in the field. Highly configurable, the SDL Portal provides town administrators, employees and citizens easy access to select town data, maps and requests. Town citizens also have the opportunity to submit requests and view town data with the use of the SDL Citizen app.

SDL is happy to continue to work with Phillipsburg, and we look forward to assisting them with the implementation of SDL Portal, SDL Mobile and SDL Citizen.