Cloud services provide ports an easy way for asset management while working remotely

Many of us have lately stumbled on the fact that the information and tools used in our work need to be found easily, no matter where we work.

In the port industry, the working environment can be anything from the home office to the truck’s cabin, and the logistics industry is buzzing 24/7. This is the reason why all the necessary asset information must be available anywhere and anytime.

The traditional way to store asset information contains sheets of paper in binders. In case the first steps of digitalisation have been taken, the paper sheets are scanned to a digital format and saved to hard drives.

Many have gotten to a point where the information has been stored in digital formats, such as CAD files and point clouds, to a cloud-based file system. However, even in this case, you need special software to open these digital files.

In situations like this, getting a piece of information might take time and effort from multiple people. This means lots of time and resources are lost in simply finding the needed information. Let’s see how a map-based cloud service could change this.

In the cloud, the information is available for everyone, anywhere, and at any time

When you need certain information, the best option is to have it yesterday. If a ship is arriving at the port, and you have to figure out the loading capacity of a quay, there’s no time to waste.

That is where a cloud platform is an answer. Make sure that you have all the asset data in the same place so that you don’t need to go through multiple files and databases.

Being able to reach the information often requires compatible software. Especially in asset management, the variety of different data formats is vast, so the natural assumption is that you also need a vast variety of software to open the data.

GISGRO supports several 2D and 3D data formats so that you can access all the asset information simply via a web browser.

Asset information is needed in many functions of a port, from maintenance to sales. If you need a technical drawing of a storage building or to confirm where the recycling bins are, everything is found easily by logging into a cloud service.

You can travel to clients, work from home or at the office, and still quickly reach all the needed information. This also means that the “telephone game” effect is cut down as everyone can check the information themselves.

No need to install multiple difficult software

Sometimes the license CAD program is for one computer only, so you might even need to be at the office to use it. One major benefit of a cloud platform is that you don’t have to install new software on your computer because you can use the service via a web browser.

Cloud services are also designed to be as easy to use as possible, so you don’t need special know-how or training to use all the tools and features. This minimizes the time spent learning to use the new software or chatting with technical support, and you can also benefit from the tools at the home office.

Could only one online platform really do the trick? We believe so. The availability of the asset information and the variety of analysis and operation tools included in the Utilizer license ensure that you can use the same platform for everything from asset inspections to maintenance management.

The visual platform makes finding information easy

We may be used to traditional tree-structured menus, but many of us forget to count the hours spent searching for the right information within them.

Visual, map-based view connects the information to its actual location, so you just need to know which asset, building, or structure you need the information from.

The complete picture of the assets is easily obtained on the map or in 3D view. Diverse search options help you to fetch assets by certain criteria.

Visualisation is also the key to clearer communication. If you are a technical manager working remotely, what would be a better way to guide your team with planned maintenance than showing it in 3D?

For example, Port of Uusikaupunki has found that the visual digital twin of the port in GISGRO easies communication within the maintenance team. Read more about the example from the case story!

Want to know more about GISGRO?

Book an online demo meeting with our expert to discuss more GISGRO benefits for your port.

Ville Mäkeläinen
+358 44 513 2222


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