ESA has developed Comment Tracker, a web-based comment management system that collects, tracks, and manages comments through the review process of technical documents.
The application features a customizable, publicly accessible web form for comment submission, allowing comments and edits from project stakeholders as well as comments from community members. The application also offers a secure management portal for designated project team members and clients, heightening communication and collaboration during the response-to-comments process.
Comment Tracker brings consistency and efficiency throughout the entire document review and approval process, saving time and money. The use of one coordinated platform streamlines and simplifies review, resulting in a collaborative, accurate, technical review of responses while reducing time-consuming back and forth between project team members.
We have employed Comment Tracker on projects in California, Washington, and Florida, where we have successfully demonstrated its effectiveness at managing a large volume of comments on complex projects across a range of disciplines.
ESA has been exploring new ways to use technology to increase our efficiency collecting and managing data both in the office and in the field. Here are three ways we are streamlining workflows for the public comment process, monitoring, and developing complex climate models.