A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words -How to Improve Communications in a Port?

Communication. This is the heel of Achilles in many organizations, regardless of the size of the organization or the industry they do business in. The common question is how to exchange information effectively to all parties needed, and how to ensure there are no communication errors affecting the quality of the work.

In ports, the personnel come from different backgrounds, but all the teams need to work seamlessly together. The difference in education and daily tasks of personnel can influence their prioritization, from which angle they look at different situations. Also, work in a port is highly time-sensitive: when a vessel arrives, everything needs to be done efficiently from berthing to loading and departure. This means there is no time to waste with unfinished repair work or trying to find information on the needed port services.

We believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, and hence GISGRO has a highly visual interface with multiple opportunities to emphasize the message via different visualization tools. The most important thing is to get all the information in one place and accessible for everyone needed. In this article, we go through a few concrete examples how you could improve the communications with an online platform also in your port.


Visualize the situation map easily

Often the staff in the field gather loads of information on assets’ condition and possibly needed repairs along with their daily tasks. This information needs to be saved easily to be included in the maintenance planning. If adding information to the port’s asset management platform is not easy, the probability for the task to be done decreases.

Ports also have many recurring maintenance procedures which need to be monitored to ensure the safety of marine traffic. Keeping all stakeholders informed about the status of the maintenance tasks require efficient communication.

When all this information is gathered to one place, you can see the complete situation with one look. Where are the needed repairs located, where are the operations going and what is a good place to start the repair tasks at this moment? Efficient maintenance planning is possible only with appropriate information, as you don’t need to guess the difficulty or time needed on repair work or which berths are in use at certain time.


“In our weekly meetings with the staff, it is handy to check the situation of the maintenance tasks from GISGRO, show added pictures to clarify the needed repairs, and discuss about the next steps.” Sanni Leino, Traffic Manager, Port of Uusikaupunki



Highlight the important aspects

Some assets of a port are critical to marine traffic, making the response time for repairs naturally shorter. Predictive maintenance saves money, as you don’t need to hassle with urgent repairs, and the assets stay in shape by planning the maintenance interval according to the information gathered on the condition.

Visualized asset information is easy to understand so everyone involved in maintenance decisions can easily verify the situation and decide on the needed maintenance operations. You can point out the important things with markers and assign a maintenance task to a certain person. Or send a PDF map of the planned area to be dredged conveniently with few clicks. With GISGRO in use, maintenance management has never been easier!


“GISGRO allows our asset management department to visualize one of our most important assets that are hidden from the unaided eye. This helps us assessing the condition of these assets in a fast and accessible manner, which results in an optimal support to our day-to-day asset management processes and the digitization of it.” Karel Saey, Asset Manager, North Sea Port.



The plans need to be shared to be put into practice

The ports operate in an international and competitive environment; hence they need to develop their service and infrastructure constantly to keep up with the competition. Development of the port infrastructure involves many different stakeholders, and it is critical to consider all aspects which could be affected by the construction, already in the planning phase. When you have all information in one place, sharing the plans is much easier.


“The digital twin of the port helps enormously in planning. As an example, when planning a location for a new storage building, we used to confirm the measurements in different drawings and plans by actually going to the area. Now we can do the measurements in the office with GISGRO’s tools, being also able to pay attention to the transportation routes or location of the gates, for example.” Johanna Heinoja, Technical Manager, Port of Pietarsaari


Port of Pietarsaari aerial image



The port’s digital twin may not be accessible to everyone in the project, so we developed a handy tool for printing out PDF maps of the plans from GISGRO. Sharing the map including all the current assets and plans of the new construction explains your project perfectly. You don’t need to use any tricky GIS software to visualize the location of a new storage area, just use GISGRO!

Efficient communication is the key to success in any business, but in ports’ operations it is even more important. After all, the core function of a port is to keep the logistics going smoothly and without interruptions. The goal of this article was to present different situations where visual explanation can ease communications considerably. Can you figure out more similar situations in your port, where a picture could tell more than a thousand words?



Want to know how GISGRO can help your port’s communication?

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.

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