Exploring OpenGov Reporting 3 of 5: Capital Projects

September 23, 2015 – Brandon Camhi

Capital projects are major investments in long-lived infrastructure. Project managers, typically civil engineers, oversee projects and ensure construction aligns with contract specifications and budgets. Funding often comes from complex combinations of reserves, revenue sharing, fees and grants. Project managers produce reports for management, grantors, Council and other interested parties, authorize progress payments to vendors, and commission own-force labor.

OpenGov helps project managers oversee their capital projects. It stores and reports on the specific funding, payroll, and vendor accounts for each project. Reporting also links to your transactions, allowing you to see specific vendor transactions for each project. Users can share automatically-updating reports with relevant stakeholders — ensuring everyone is on the same page for complicated projects.

OpenGov reporting can include budget information for the current and any number of future years in addition to actual revenues and expenses. When planners forecast large projects for completion in stages over several years, the ability to visualize the entire project on one screen supports complex resource allocation and management processes.

For example, San Diego employees use OpenGov to visualize capital projects through different views. The image below depicts San Diego’s water distribution infrastructure improvement projects. Each element of the pie chart corresponds to a specific project approved in the 2015-2016 Capital Budget.