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Beneficial Designs, Inc. Updates Trail Assessment Equipment and Software


Beneficial Designs, Inc. has now released improved High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) software 2.5 and Wheeled Instrumentation Sensor Package (WISP) 2.0. Both the Rolla-Wheel and three-wheeled cart systems have been re-designed to be more durable and user friendly.

Minden, NV, January 20, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Beneficial Designs, Inc. has now released improved High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) software 2.5 and Wheeled Instrumentation Sensor Package (WISP) 2.0. Both the Rolla-Wheel and three-wheeled cart systems have been re-designed to be more durable and user friendly. The three-wheeled cart has stronger 1” tubing construction, solid “no flat” tires, and a complete upholstery upgrade that provides greater storage for gear, water bottles, and has a clipboard pouch.

The software has many improvements including the following:

Improved camera connection and functionality now allows any connected camera to be chosen and provides access to that camera’s settings from the HETAP software;
Improved control over feature naming is given through the feature type manager;
The program no longer requires a restart when the sensor box drops offline or is disconnected;
Metric data is now fully supported, even in the report system;
The units input field in the cover sheet screens handles many forms of unit specification and has default fallback values;
Improved queries are available for certain design criteria;
Sound alert notification that the sensor box is offline is removed unless the data collection screen is active;
New Excel automation makes it easier to create reports;
Custom Trail Access Information (TAI) output is possible;
Improved licensing management improves serial key security and protects your software.

The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas (ABAG) are now the law for Federal lands as of November 26, 2013. Defined in the new law are trailhead signage requirements to display data that needs to be collected for each Outdoor Developed Area. HETAP is the only automated assessment process that processes the required data to meet the new guidelines for trailhead signs.

HETAP use continues to expand and succeed. State and national agencies are using the system to improve safety and limit litigation liability. Using HETAP-collected data, Trail Access Information (TAI) signage has been created and posted at trail heads and at strategic locations to inform state park visitors of the risks and hazards and to improve wayfinding in the trail system. Early this year, a National Park incorporated HETAP to assist in this process. The HETAP was implemented to help identify areas where access improvements can be made and inventory the entire trail system to improve maintenance and management within the national recreation area.

Fast and efficient equipment is available to assist organizations in the assessment and inventory of trails, access routes, and shared-use pathways. To purchase HETAP or WISP please visit http://www.beneficialdesigns.com/services/trails-shared-use-path-assessments/hetap-wisp or contact Beneficial Designs, Inc. at (775) 783-8822.
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Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Jaime McGuire
775-783-8822
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