Case Hamburg Port Authority: Bringing Asset Survey Data in One Place Saves Time and Effort in Port Maintenance

Port of Hamburg is the biggest seaport in Germany and the third biggest in Europe, handling 140 million tons of cargo and over 8000 port calls annually. The busy seaport is also a forerunner in port digitalization and technology. Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) follows the smartPORT philosophy, considering all the aspects of port’s operations from traffic and logistics to smart asset management.

In large seaports, there is a wide variety of departments and teams involved in asset management and operations; Hamburg Port Authority has approximately 1900 employees in total. The port has its own surveyor team, which performs regular seabed surveys, as well as surveys on quay walls and structures. One challenge HPA has encountered, is sharing of the 3D data needed in asset management and maintenance planning to everyone involved. Therefore, HPA started a co-operation with GISGRO to enhance the 3D data utilization in the port.


Clearly visualized survey data enables efficient predictive maintenance

HPA’s hydrographical department uses survey vessels and USVs to gather detailed point cloud data from the port area and assets. To help the asset management department in utilizing the data efficiently, the point cloud data is uploaded to GISGRO online platform for visualization and analysis. Clear visual data of the assets’ condition is a priority for maintenance planning.


“Our department produces and operates with a range of different types of data: multibeam and laser scans, orthoimages, and 3D reference models. For example, earlier we used to deliver underwater structural scan data to our in-house clients in 2D format. With GISGRO, we can assist them by enabling the easy access and utilization of different 2D and 3D data in asset management”, says Thomas Thies, Head of Hydrographic Data Collection at HPA.


3D data gathered by HPA's surveying crew.

GISGRO provides HPA’s asset management team an opportunity to really dive below the waterline. Whether working at the office or from home, the team can access the 3D data and examine the condition of assets thoroughly with well-designed analysis tools. Instead of just receiving a report with a few snapshots of the data, the 3D survey data saved in an online platform enable following how the possible damage develops, for example. This kind of exact information on the structures is essential for efficient predictive maintenance.


Cloud platform improves the communication between the departments

One important value of cloud technology is to have an access to the survey data anywhere and anytime. For example, in repair and construction projects, asset data can easily be utilized at any time, or shared with the contractor when needed. The easy access ensures the 3D data is not left unused, but instead it is a significant part of daily asset management in Port of Hamburg.


“From our perspective, HPA is a perfect fit for GISGRO. We can clearly see the significant effort HPA’s survey department has put into their scan process from the level of details they are able to achieve. Next logical step in the organization is to enable easy access, analysis and cross departmental collaboration to exploit all the benefits this data provides”, describes Karri Koistinen, Head of Sales in team GISGRO.


The work for more efficient 3D data utilization will continue in close co-operation between Hamburg Port Authority and GISGRO team.


Want to know how GISGRO can smarten up your port?

Book on online demo meeting with GISGRO specialist to discuss more about how cloud technology can help to boost your port’s asset management and operations. Team GISGRO has over 10 years of experience in port digitalization and survey projects. Simply contact Ville directly or book a time suitable for you from the calendar.

Ville Mäkeläinen


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