Looking to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of your asset network? Gather data through inspections!

Create a single inspection against one asset (e.g. to investigate a possible defect), or a batch of inspections against multiple assets. With Alloy you can add a one-off inspection where needed, or set up a recurring schedule. You can also create a new inspection to sign off on a completed job.

Alloy Mobile users can create and complete new inspections while in the field. See Creating inspections in Alloy Mobile.

Creating an inspection

There are five key steps to creating an inspection:

Selecting an asset

The process of adding an inspection can be done one of two ways:

  • Selecting an asset directly
  • Using the Activities module.
Selecting an asset directly
  1. Select an asset (e.g. a street light) associated with the inspection to view its details in the Item details panel.
  2. Select the more actions button from the action bar.

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  1. Select Create inspection. The Create inspection page appears on the left hand side.

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  1. The first two steps of the process indicate that they are complete for this item.

    The remaining steps are described below.

Using the Activities module
  1. From the dashboard select the Activities module.
  2. Select Create inspection. The steps required to create the defect are listed.

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  1. The first step of the process indicates that it is complete for this item, you can edit the relationship setting if required.

  2. Select step , then select the asset from the map (make sure the correct asset layer is active). You can also select from the search panel if the asset you require is listed there.

    The asset details are displayed in the Item details and the selected item appears in the left panel.

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You can select more than one asset using the map tools selector. This allows you to apply an inspection to multiple assets, see Selecting multiple items from the map.

  1. Select Done to accept your selection and move onto to the next step.
  2. The first step of the process indicates that it is complete for this item.

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Selecting an inspection type

Once you have selected an asset the next step is to select an inspection type.

  1. Select step , a dialog is displayed with a list of available inspection designs.
  2. Select the design that you require. The design is displayed in the left hand panel.

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  1. Select Done to accept your selection and move onto to the next step.
  2. The second step of the process indicates that it is complete.

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Enter inspection details

When you have selected the inspection type you can enter the details of the inspection for the selected asset type.

  1. Select step , the inspection details page is displayed. The details required will vary depending on the inspection design. Mandatory fields are displayed at the top of the details page.

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  1. Select Show options to display additional detail fields that your processes may require you to complete, see standard inspection details.

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  1. Select Done when you have completed all the jobs details that are required.
  2. The third step of the process indicates that it is complete.

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The remaining steps ( and ) are optional and are not necessarily required to complete the inspection. You can finish creating the inspection after step by selecting Create inspection. If at a later date you need to change the geometry or assign inspections you can edit the inspection.


If you selected more than one asset, Alloy creates an inspection for each item that you selected with a unique inspection number for each one.

Selecting an inspection location

When you create an inspection, by default it takes on the location and geometry of the asset that you associated with the inspection. There are occasions when the geometry and location of the inspection needs to be different from the asset, for example where a pot hole is associated with a carriageway, see Adding an inspection location.

Assigning an inspection

Although an inspection is associated with an asset, by default it is not assigned to a project or a team. When you first create an inspection this is an option. You can always assign the inspection to a team later by editing the inspections or the project it belongs to. You can assign an inspection to a project or team when you create the inspection if required, see Assigning an inspection.