It is time to embrace cloud technology in the survey industry
This year has been a final breakthrough for cloud services due to the rapid growth of remote working and a need for an easy access to information wherever you work at. Cost-efficiency of cloud services is also an important factor when the economic situation of companies has been affected by the global pandemic.
Cloud services have been commonly used in many industries already for years because, among other benefits, they reduce the need of processing power of computers, mobile phones and other devices. Instead of downloading multiple software into your device, you can just use your browser to login to the services you need to use. Hydrographic surveyors are typically used to performing their processes with high-performance computers and desktop software. But in many cases the surveyors’ clients do not have access to the software nor the computing power the surveyor is using. Hence the interface between the surveyor and their client is the most natural phase to start the leap into the cloud.
Introducing the whole new digital workflow for surveyors
GISGRO makes the digital workflow for surveyors as easy as possible. With a visual user interface, it guides you through the three steps: visualizing, analyzing, and (most importantly) sharing the survey data, even in 3D format
Step 1: Visualize
The story of survey data starts from the field, after which the data is fine-tuned according your normal processes. Then the processed 3D survey dataset is uploaded to GISGRO simply by dragging and dropping the ZIP file on to a map or an upload window. After uploading, the first step is to add the basic information; name of the dataset and the correct coordinate system, with which the dataset is placed on the map. Additional information can be added to inform the client about further details of the survey.
Visualizing the data makes it more understandable to everyone. Add a colormap to point out depth levels and use bathymetric tools, like contours and soundings, for a more detailed view. Adding chainage helps you locate the observations you may add in the next step.
Step 2: Analyze
The amount of analysis done by a surveyor varies quite a lot. GISGRO’s analysis tools are designed for hydrographic surveys as well as structural or condition analysis. Whether you want to point out a possible threat to the clearance depth in a seaway or measure the extent of a damage on a quay wall, you can pinpoint all those observations in the data. The observations with your comments are automatically gathered to a final report.
Step 3: Share
Now you’ve finalized the survey data and enhanced it with your expert observations. In the old school way, you would probably have a package of pdf charts and reports and a point cloud file to be transferred to your client via a cloud file transfer system, such as Dropbox. But with GISGRO, you just type in your client’s email and click share, and (s)he’ll get an invitation to view and utilize the dataset in GISGRO. This is by far the easiest way to receive 3D data for your client; (s)he gets the dataset and the report with a downloading possibility, in addition to the beautifully visualized 3D view, and without any software installations.
In this video, our expert James goes through the workflow step-by-step and also clarifies what’s been changes from the previous version of GISGRO.
The benefits of GISGRO for surveyors
It is time to put the survey data to work. Via GISGRO your clients can easily utilize the survey data in their own operations and asset management. Enabling data sharing via an online platform you make sure everyone can access the data anywhere and anytime. This improves the client experience, while your data delivery process gets easier.
From our previous blogs you can read how ports utilize GISGRO in their asset management or find out what kind of benefits a surveyor company VRT has found while using GISGRO. You can also book a meeting with our specialist to discuss how GISGRO could be aiding your survey business.
The easiest way for knowing the benefits is to try it out yourself. We offer the first 28 days for free, start a trial today and get into the era of cloud services!
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