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LOGIS PIMS Welcomes City of Le Sueur

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LOGIS is excited to announce that the city of Le Sueur has started production use of PIMS on June 25, 2018. A LOGIS staff person was available on site on the 25th and 26th to answer questions, assist with unique configurations, and offer hands on support as City Staff began to dive in to the software.

Le Sueur is also pursuing implementation of PIMS Business Licenses and online ePermits. City staff will be attending training to configure and use the Business Licenses module later this week, and will begin the project to configure ePermits in the near future.

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Category: Permits & Inspections Management

City of Farmington Gearing Up to Incorporate ePermits

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HouseThe City of Farmington is getting ready to introduce ePermits as part of their daily business process.

After months of preparations, database/web site setup, training, and testing, the City of Farmington is excited to introduce this new functionality to contractors and homeowners.

Currently, there are 20 cities utilizing the ePermits module. With so many cities offering this option, contractors are accustomed to applying for permits online utilizing this familiar interface. Great job Farmington staff!

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LOGIS Welcomes the City of Le Sueur

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welcome1LOGIS would like to welcome the City of Le Sueur as a new member!

Le Sueur reached out to LOGIS to request a demonstration of the entire PIMS (Permits and Inspections Management System) in December 2017. Staff scheduled the PIMS demo in early January 2018. Following the demo, Le Sueur immediately responded and elected to incorporate PIMS as their software solution for permits, inspections and scheduling.

The PIMS software implementation project began with a kick off meeting in April 2018. LOGIS has initiated data discovery for migration purposes. LOGIS will also set up meetings to build code table definitions and add permit fee schedules for automatic fee calculations. We will include an in depth PIMS training session for all Le Sueur staff, to help facilitate maneuvering comfortably within the application.

City staff has also expressed interest in ePermits as well.

We are very excited to work with the City of Le Sueur to implement PIMS.

Please join us in welcoming the City of Le Sueur to LOGIS and PIMS!

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New Health Inspections Module

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Health_InspectionsLOGIS Staff has been working with the City of Edina to develop a PIMS health inspections module. Initial design and development started in early 2017 and focused on food establishment inspections. Food inspections went into beta testing in the fall of 2017.

We are pleased to announce that the City of Edina went live with Food Inspections in PIMS in January of 2018!

Health Inspections build upon the Business License framework that already exists in PIMS. The new module provides an interface to review upcoming health inspections, tracking of inspection dates and frequencies, and custom reporting – which includes CFP’s and detailed inspection reports.

LOGIS staff are currently working with Edina staff to add Lodging and Pool inspection types. These inspections use a similar design as food inspections but are being tailored to meet the unique needs of both. Lodging and Pool inspections are currently in internal testing and will be moving into beta testing soon!

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City of Savage Implementation of ePermits, eScheduling, Business Licenses and Code Enforcement

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Many ModulesPIMS (Permits and Inspections Management Systems) was initially launched into production with the City of Savage in June of 2017. They began using the permits, inspections and scheduling modules. Since that time, city staff and LOGIS have been working hard towards implementing other modules available within PIMS.

After months of meetings, preparations, data entry sessions, database/web site setup, training and testing, Savage introduced new functionality for homeowners, contractors, business owners and city staff.

In September 2017, Savage went live with ePermits and added eScheduling in November. At the beginning of the 2018, Savage also implemented Business Licensing and Code Enforcement within PIMS.

There are many modules offered within PIMS which can fit the needs of several departments within a City. This allows the City to utilize one software package with multiple functions to increase efficiency and improve customer service. Great job Savage staff!

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City of Minnetonka Live on Electronic Plan Review

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Floor_PlanWe are pleased to announce the City of Minnetonka is live using Electronic Plan Review!

As of September 2017, Minnetonka is offering plan review permits online using ePermits. Some time ago, only permits that did not require plan review were offered online, now cities have the opportunity to offer all permits online.

For permits that require a plan review, our PIMS software begins the process by allowing the applicant to apply for a permit online. Once submitted and fees are collected, a permit is created in PIMS.  The permit has not been issued at this point, but a percentage of the permit fee can be collected upfront and subsequently subtracted from the total fee.

Next Step: Documents and drawings (plans) are submitted electronically by the applicant and reviewed by city staff for accuracy and proper orientation.  All electronic plans can be reviewed by multiple departments within a city concurrently.

Once approved, an approved date will be transferred from the electronic plan review software to the PIMS system.  This action will alert the applicant (via email) that the submitted plans for the permit have been approved, and final payment needs to be completed before the permit can be issued and approved plans can be downloaded.

Since going “Live” in September, Minnetonka has approximately 400 projects submitted online using ePermits and electronic plan review.

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Coming Soon: eLicenses!

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e-invoicing-featureLOGIS has been working on developing and testing eLicenses at the request of many members. This feature builds upon existing animal and business licenses that are tracked and maintained within the PIMS system.  eLicenses allows customers to renew business and animal licenses, and apply for new animal licenses. Customers are able to pay for their elicenses online.

eLicenses is moving into beta testing in January. Two member cities have volunteered to beta test and provide feedback.

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City of Maple Grove Live on Electronic Plan Review

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Floor_PlanWe are pleased to announce the City of Maple Grove is now offering permits that require a plan review online through ePermits.

In early October 2017, Maple Grove went live with Electronic Plan Review. Currently, Maple Grove is offering Commercial Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Fire Permits that require plan review online. There are a number of permits that do not require plan review that are now available online. In the future, the city will also offer residential building permits that require plan review online.

Documents and drawings specifically related to the project can be submitted electronically by the applicant. Once all uploaded files are reviewed for accuracy, the review process begins. Due to the nature of the electronic plan review software, all plans can be examined by multiple departments at the same time. This increases efficiency and precision throughout the project. All correspondence with the applicant regarding the project is communicated via email.

More cities are realizing the value of electronic plan review and deciding to incorporate this solution to completely renovate the permit application and plan review process.

LOGIS will be hosting a user group meeting for cities that utilize electronic plan review. The first meeting is scheduled for November 21st, 1:00 PM at the LOGIS Office (5750 Duluth St., Golden Valley). Future periodic meetings are anticipated.

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City of Ramsey Live on Electronic Plan Review

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blog_1We are pleased to announce the City of Ramsey is now offering permits that require a plan review online via ePermits!

As of August 2017, Ramsey is “Live” with Electronic Plan Review (soft launch). Currently, Ramsey is offering Building Commercial and some Residential permits, Commercial Mechanical and Commercial Plumbing permits.  The city is still accepting paper submissions, but will be requiring all submissions transition to electronic, beginning January 2018.

Documents and drawings specifically related to the project can be submitted electronically by the applicant. Once all uploaded files are reviewed for accuracy, the review process begins. Due to the nature of the electronic plan review software, all plans can be examined by multiple departments at the same time. This increases efficiency and precision throughout the project.

All correspondence with the applicant regarding the project is communicated via email.

More cities are realizing the value of electronic plan review and deciding to incorporate this solution to completely renovate the permit application and plan review process.

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PIMS Scheduling interfaces with Outlook via Office365!

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SchedulerPreviously, this interface only worked with locally hosted Exchange or Groupwise servers. If your city has started using Office365 for email and calendar management, LOGIS has tested and updated the PIMS Scheduling interface to interact with your Outlook calendar.

The PIMS Scheduling interface with Outlook allows users to see PIMS appointments in Outlook and Outlook appointments in PIMS. This can help to reduce confusion in the field and back in the office, as an inspector only has to reference one Calendar to see both schedules.

This is an optional interface, and the feature is available now. There is some set-up involved in order for this functionality to work properly. LOGIS will work with specific staff members at each city to ensure a successful transition.

Contact PIMS Support at pims@logis.org or call the PIMS team at (763) 543-2601 to get started!

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