How to Manage Operations of Physical Assets Remotely?


Recently, many industries have faced a heavily increasing need for handy remote working solutions. The situation raises many questions. How can you get access to the needed software or archives from the home office? How can you effectively communicate upon a project when the project team is not able to meet face to face? Read on to find out how an online platform, such as GISGRO, can help solving the challenges of remote management of physical assets, such as harbors, power plants, mines, etc.


1. Access the physical asset online via a web browser

The cloud technology lets us handle even the larger datasets via a web browser. You will be surprised to see how agilely a 3D point cloud can be handled in cloud. Due to this, it is now possible to have a digital twin, in other words a visual digital counterpart of the physical asset in cloud, where all relevant people can access it via a web browser anywhere and at any time.

To build a digital twin, you need georeferenced 3D data of the asset. Read more about this in our previous blog: 3D data as a starting point of asset management. One major benefit of having the data in a visual format is that it is easy to understand and access for all regardless of a professional background or expertise. In GISGRO, we have paid special attention to enabling a detailed analysis of the 3D data. In practice this means you can zoom into the 3D data and take a closer look of it without the points being blurred or scattered.

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Digital twin of a harbor with under and above water data 


2. Use the digital twin in cloud as an asset data bank to enhance communication

Having a digital twin of the asset online is just a starting point. To make it a proper remote communication tool, make sure all relevant asset data is attached to it for everyone to access in one place. Assets, remarks, drawings and photos, just to name a few. You can continue working on repair planning, make CAD-drawings and calculate volumes wherever you work.

When many people are working on the same project, it is essential to have all the stakeholders up to date with the changes. Online platform enables real time editing of asset data; by refreshing the page all the new updates are visible to every user.

In most platforms, the admin of the organization can modify user permissions and access rights to make sure that possible confidential information is available only for the designated persons.

Digital twin as an asset data bank


3. Use the platform tools to optimize the asset operations

Many of us have been used to the idea of all “real” 3D and CAD software being desktop solutions with only few features available online. The cloud platforms, in the contrary, have been designed to work fully online, with all features accessible in web.

For example in GISGRO, you can create and export contours, calculate areas or volumes, make asset condition reports, do 2D or 3D CADs, send work orders, and more. For harbors, the online platform is a helpful tool in planning of vessel allocation.  You can add the arriving vessels in scale on the map, ensure the safe clearance depths and optimize the location of the vessels.

Instead having several software for each action, an online platform acts as an interface for different functions and people around the asset.

Seabed target depth visualization tool in GISGRO platform


Test an online platform in GISGRO demo account

So how does an online platform work in practice? Try it yourself in a demo account with a pre-uploaded dataset included (you’ll get the best idea in a desktop view – more mobile friendly version coming up soon).

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What are the benefits of easier remote working in your work life? Discuss more with our CBDO Ville and book an online tour of GISGRO!

Ville Mäkeläinen


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