Three Elements of an Easy-to-use Online GIS Platform for Ports

Various GIS tools are in everyday use in ports and harbors. Typically, the information such as asset data, maps of the harbor, 3D models, and much more are in different databases and software. Most of the traditional GIS software are quite tricky to use, so you must get a comprehensive training to work with them.

Geographical information is an essential part of a seaport’s asset management. Online asset management platforms, such as GISGRO, are designed to enable simplified utilization of GIS for all working with the harbor asset data. Read on to know how GISGRO differs from the traditional GIS software available.

1 Map-based user interface

Assets have a certain location in ports. Information related to assets is easier to find, when the assets are in visualized in a realistic map view. For example, if you need to find out who’s the owner of certain warehouse, you don’t need to find the code name or property number of the warehouse, just find it from the map and click it to view the information related to it.

In GISGRO’s map view you can quickly see and measure if some storage area has enough space and suitable access to roads or rails, without trying to compare only the area’s size or coordinates. And you don’t need to go through several subfolders to find the information.

2 Combine 2D, 3D and asset data into one platform

Often you need different software to handle 2D data, point clouds and other information needed in port’s asset management. We decided to combine all of them into one database.

You can swiftly change the view from 2D map to a 3D model of the port area, depending on the task. Examine the location of bollards and cranes in 2D and then take a closer look on the seabed in the quay area in 3D. Measure the amount of bending in older steel sheet wall in 3D view and click open the structural drawings of the quay to figure out the best way for repairs.

3 Save time and money with the easiness of an online platform

Importing data into GISGRO is easy, just drag and drop the wanted files (for example point clouds, common vector formats, photographs, PDFs) to your databank. Exporting is as easy, if you need the data to be handled in another software. You can share the information simply by sending an invitation link to join the platform to a colleague or a project team member. This way you don’t waste time in bouncing the information back and forth.

A license fee of an online platform is typically very affordable compared to fees of traditional desktop software. With the easy deployment and use you save time and money also in reduced training and consulting costs.

Don’t just take our word for it, test GISGRO for yourself by starting a demo or contact Ville for more information!

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Ville Mäkeläinen


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