It’s an App! Carry the 2013 Report Card on Your Smartphone, Tablet

March 18, 2013
To help spread the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure’s message far and wide, for the first time it is available anytime, anywhere as a free digital interactive “app” optimized for smartphones and tablets.

With the swipe or tap of a finger, users can easily access information in each of the 16 categories, share the findings with others, bookmark favorite sections for easier access, and print any or all of the report.

The app includes the Report Card in its entirety, complete with category summaries for each grade, tables and charts, more than 100 infrastructure project “success stories,” an executive summary, and an introduction by ASCE president, Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE. But the app will go even further, with videos, interactive graphics, and news feeds that will display real-time updated information on issues raised in the report.

Want to know how a state fared? Past Report Cards allowed information about each state to be presented in a table only by sector. Now, the app automatically generates pages that provide an overview of infrastructure in each state, incorporating data from that state’s infrastructure Report Card, provided a Section has released one.

Bookmarking functionality will allow a user to save pages most relevant to them, by category or state, for convenient access. Pages can be easily shared via social media, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or e-mail.

The free app is available for the iPhone, iPad, and all Android devices at the Apple App and Google Play stores (search “American Society of Civil Engineers”), and via the official Report Card website.

“The app and website are much more interactive than anything that ASCE had put together in the past,” explained Robert Victor, P.E., M.ASCE, ASCE Region 2 director, and chair of the Advisory Council for ASCE’s 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. “The idea is to make the information more transportable and more accessible to people, and also provides [news feed] updates as things change or as information is refined.”

“The app is the first of its kind and it allows elected officials, staff people, and the general public, to get a better sense of what infrastructure means, what the grades mean, what the value is, and what the investment needs to be,” DiLoreto said. “It’s a pretty innovative tool that we have developed for this Report Card.”

Users of the app will find reading the Report Card easy. They will be able to browse through the application and swipe up or down to explore its content. There is an easy to use navigation menu at the bottom of the page that allows quick access to charts, videos, news and more.

“The reason why we went a digital app is so that ASCE is able to present and incorporate much more information then we could with a hard copy that we had in the 2009 report card or prior,” said ASCE past president, Andrew W. Herrmann, P.E., SECB, F.ASCE, chair of the Advisory Council of ASCE’s 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, and member of the present Advisory Council that produced the 2013 Report Card. “And the great thing about the app is that people will always have access to the entire report card. So long as you have a tablet in your hand, you’ve got the report card, no matter where you are in the world.”

Both the app and the Web version of the Report Card are also easily printable. So people who need hard copies will be access the report that way too.

“Statistically, we know people are more and more using apps, smart phones, tablets, and even to the Internet,” Victor said. “So what ASCE is doing by going to the app, is reflecting the way that people are consuming content.”

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