The latest release of UVARA is now available, and we are excited to share it with the world. This release provides a series of upgrades that includes a more robust user experience, search capability, and new data filters. Our goals with this release are a better organization of infrastructure data as well as to provide users with faster access to the information they need. These changes were a direct result of valuable feedback from our users, and we will continue to work with them now and in the future, as we evolve the product to better serve their needs.
Upgraded User Interface
The most noticeable change in this release is the new design of the user interface for the Map and Plan Room modules. The old design was serviceable. It did the job it was designed to do, but admittedly, it felt somewhat dated and sometimes clunky when navigating through the platform. The new design offers a more modern look and feel with a purpose. The most ambitious effort was redesigning UVARA’s signature iconography. Every icon (more than 100 in total), from backflow preventers to security cameras, has a fresh new look, and collectively they provide a more informative and consistent view across the map.
To provide a larger viewing window in the Map module, the Asset and Base Map lists are tucked into flyout menus, the module navigation tabs (Map, Plan Room, and Reports) are now at the top, and the UVARA tools, such as zoom and measuring tool, are now located at the lower right corner of the map. The result provides users with a more robust and comprehensive view of their facilities.
Map Search & Data Filters
UVARA provides its users with a massive amount of useful information, all within a single pane of glass, whether it be a computer or smartphone screen. It’s one of the most important benefits of the platform, taking data that was once hidden in a dusty, cluttered corner of a paper plan room and moving it to a clean, dynamic interface that is simple yet powerful. New search capabilities and data filters in the latest release now make it even easier for our users to find the information they need. Users can now locate a specific asset on the map using search fields at the top of the Assets list or in the top right corner of the map viewing window.
Accessible via a button at the bottom of the Assets list, the data filters allow users to easily view assets that have an unknown construction data or an unknown manufacturer, as well as assets that are overdue for replacement. Users can also filter assets by operational/abandoned status and by ownership, as well as view only assets associated with a specific plan set. Two new filters in the Plan Room give users the ability to search plans by date and to isolate all plan sets associated with a specific architect, engineering, or construction firm. We plan on adding more filters in the next few product releases.
Up until now, UVARA mainly focused on everything between the buildings of a facility or campus. A new layer option added to the Base Maps list has changed that. If users have facility condition needs index (FCNI) data for buildings, that information can now be viewed in UVARA. Each building is clickable, with its own data box and FCNI color code.
We are excited to make the latest release of UVARA available to our user community. Our existing users can access the upgrades using their current login information. Please send us any comments or suggestions below.