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LOS ANGELES-- Mayor Eric Garcetti today presented the second Mayor’s Civic Innovation Award to Bureau of Engineering Surveyor John Tosto for developing a new way to do his job with a smartphone and off-the-shelf technology that saves time and taxpayer dollars.
Tosto developed a new way to mark mile intervals and main entrances along a 7-mile stretch of the LA River bike path. Previously, this would have required a three-person crew working on the ground for two weeks. But when Tosto incorporated off-the-shelf technology including Google Earth and his smartphone, he was able to hop on a bike and do the job himself in just two days, a savings of hundreds of work hours and thousands of taxpayer dollars.
The City's Bureau of Engineering’s Survey Division is now adopting Tosto's system to digitally map the location of maintenance holes throughout the city. Maintenance holes are often paved-over during street repairs, requiring multiple surveying trips to mark and locate them, which was done on paper. This new system will allow them the quickly and accurately digitally mapped and archived.
The Mayor's first Civic Innovation Award was awarded to Bureau of Sanitation employees who replaced paper maps with a smartphone app that allows them to work more efficiently and better communicate.