Recent funding by the Bureau of Meteorology has seen the development of SWIMLocal – a software system designed to operate within each WSP, synchronise with the central SWIM system and, most importantly, see the Quality Assurance (QA) procedures built into SWIM moved closer to the point of capture. The system allows WSPs to have ultimate flexibility in their water and sewerage data management while integrating with other local systems.
The participation from our members has been crucial in the software’s development, with Cairns, Cloncurry, Toowoomba and South Burnett Councils partnering with us to directly guide the development of the SWIMLocal tools. In fact, SWIMLocal is substantially modelled (at least in look and feel and partly in concept) on a system developed by Gympie Regional Council to help manage its own internal reporting needs as well as input to SWIM.
Approximately 30 Queensland WSPs and one NSW WSP have shown interest in the software with six WSPs now signed up and actively using the SWIMLocal system (the software went ‘live’ in November 2012).
The annual licence and maintenance price for the software is based on the number of users needed within a WSP and can be provided by contacting David Scheltinga at firstname.lastname@example.org. The SWIMLocal system of pricing is based on a cost recovery model and pricing will hopefully decrease with increased uptake.
Several new modules and additions are already being planned, such as:
A tasks module to record all tasks needed to be completed at a particular site
A SMS/email alert system for exceedances
An ipad/android platform for data entry directly from these and other mobile devices. Currently the software essentially works with any computer running Windows.