GIS connects the field crew and office staff seamlessly, thereby ensuring efficient coordination of all stakeholders during the lifecycle of the project.
Geographic Information Systems are emerging as an inevitable tool for efficient geographic surveys. GIS components assist in collecting, storing, and analyzing spatial data accurately and also play a crucial role in connecting the field survey crew to the office staff. It also acts as a reliable platform to streamline and coordinate the data sharing between the field and in-house staff.
The success of a survey project depends on reliable information sharing between the field and office staff. However, there are many challenges involved in the process. The field crew needs a system that can ensure the quality and accuracy of data, and also allow updates or corrections. They also need assurance of data security and protection of data from accidental loss while coordinating with the stakeholders. This becomes difficult in complex projects.
Data duplication, poor coordination, incompatible formats, low quality, and insufficient data security often bring hurdles while connecting the field crew and office staff. The GIS system extends advanced technology to overcome these challenges and ensure smooth coordination among the stakeholders during a survey project.
Let’s see the importance of GIS in supporting the integration of field crew and office staff during a survey project
Seamless connectivity of the survey location and office through GIS
GIS supports every aspect of a survey project right from data collection to planning and operations management. The field crew and office staff has access to a single data source that eliminates the need for multiple files in disparate systems and helps to manage, organize, visualize, and make data-driven decisions.
- The field survey staff requires seamless connectivity with the office for the uninterrupted progress of the project. New tools that leverage the capabilities of mobile technology and cloud computing create a simple framework for the survey staff to connect with the office and carry the experience of the work environment to the survey site. They can transmit information to the office or store it for synchronization at a later time. This also facilitates the real-time quality check of the information during the progress of the survey. The process also helps to build an accurate database for future use.
- GIS serves as a central repository for data and provides reliable retention of data records. The system stores historical data, maps, and other documents required for the survey project. The database contains historical data, documents, and maps to use as a basis for project feasibility. The availability of accurate information and easy access to it by all stakeholders leads to the smooth progress of the project.
- With rapid advancements in GIS, there is an increased demand to have the data delivered in GIS format. Spatial data stored in GIS format supports the real-time sharing of information between the field crews, office staff, and the external clients. The field crew can update the data effortlessly. The data updates are reflected in the centralized database and make it convenient for the customers to access the latest information.
- When the field staff explores unchartered territory to collect data maps can provide information about their specific location. During emergencies GIS in surveying can support in planning evacuation routes and ensuring the safety of field staff.
- The field crew can use the centralized database to conduct spatial analysis and integrate with other solutions and systems. GIS is not based on individual project files. Rather it is built on a database that supports the easy management, reuse, and sharing of data. GIS solutions are interoperable with other data formats that are used in the field and office and thereby allow the field staff to share data in the required format with the stakeholders while maintaining data integrity.
- GIS also allows the field crew to share the information securely with all the stakeholders. They can also retrieve information from the database and other business systems for quick decision making during the survey activities. GIS provides a centralized spatial database that can accept dynamic updates of field data. GIS also allows producing custom reports and aid in coordinated decisions. They can also update LiDAR data to the database and display it to the office staff and clients.
GIS provides seamless connectivity between the field crew and office staff by allowing data sharing during the project and maintaining data integrity. It also eliminates redundant tasks and increases the efficiency of the process. The information can be stored, updated, and reused without any delay. Better communication and accurate data-driven decision making are possible throughout the organization.
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