GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com Visualize, analyze and share your geo data online. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:26:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Mapping Pathogens in Public Transit Systems Worldwide with GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com/blog/mapping-pathogens-in-public-transit-systems-worldwide-with-gis-cloud/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/mapping-pathogens-in-public-transit-systems-worldwide-with-gis-cloud/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:32:41 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12274

Every day, hundreds of millions of people around the world use public transit systems without noticing a complex microbiome that is invisible to the naked eye. In more than 50 cities around the world, scientists are working on building a molecular and genetic atlas of these transportation systems in order to establish a worldwide “DNA map” of their microbiomes.

Researchers studying these microbiomes as part of the MetaSUB project will use the GIS Cloud Mobile Data Collection app, highlighting the importance of its geospatial component. The initiative started with the pilot project called PathoMap, first conducted in 2013 in New York City. Three years later, this pilot has expanded into the global MetaSUB project.

On Tuesday, June 21, each transit system will be swabbed for samples that will be collected from different surfaces such as emergency exits, ticket kiosks, benches, stairwell handrails, garbage cans and elevators, as well as inside of  trains, buses, and mass-transit hubs.

Sample collectors will use GIS Cloud Mobile Data Collection to map the data points according to their geographic locations. Data fields in the form include a sample ID, place, surface, traffic level, notes, and an option to take a picture, while automatically adding a timestamp for each submission. Forms in the Mobile Data Collection have been expanded to include swabbing of different surfaces, including buses, taxis, parks, and airports. In the words of

Christopher E. Mason, an associate professor of physiology and biophysics and of computational genomics in the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medicine:

We’ve been using MDC since 2013 and the app works seamlessly to enable us to collect samples across the world’s cities and literally anywhere else in the planet. We will be able to watch in real-time as data is collected around the world.

Follow the swabbing process on Twitter using the hashtag #MetaSUB

 

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Falas Português? Languages of GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com/blog/falas-portugues-languages-of-gis-cloud/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/falas-portugues-languages-of-gis-cloud/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:42:29 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12257 We are happy to announce that GIS Cloud apps have been translated to Portuguese!
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We are looking forward to making our products closer to Portuguese speaking countries.
Except for Portuguese, GIS Cloud platform is constantly updated with new languages and we are very excited to make it available for more and more people from all around the world.
 
Thanks to joined efforts of our team and partners worldwide, GIS Cloud supports multiple languages across our platform. Some translations are still in progress.

 
With the updated translation platform, we strive to make user experience even better for our global community. So, feel free to send us feedback and we’ll make sure to use it to improve the experience for all of you.

 

You can change your interface language in the My Account tab:

GIS Cloud language

Have feedback? Contact us.
 

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Webinar: Solutions for Road Infrastructure and Maintenance http://www.giscloud.com/blog/webinar-solutions-for-road-infrastructure-and-maintenance/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/webinar-solutions-for-road-infrastructure-and-maintenance/#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:05:00 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12247 Next Monday (June 20th) we will host a short 30-minute webinar showing an effective way to collect, manage and visualize data for road administration and maintenance.  

Roadworks and Traffic
 
When we talk about road maintenance, field data collection is one of the essential parts of road management. The most important data collected for road maintenance purposes is information on the road inventory, pavement condition (riding quality, surface distress and pavement strength) and traffic characteristics. Considering the fact that this process can be lengthy and expensive, it is necessary to ensure the best and most efficient solution for data collection and visualization.

That’s why we decided to create a showcase for an efficient and cost effective road infrastructure and maintenance data collection process proven by experiences from all over the world.

Monday, June 20th at:

At 7:30 am PDT    10:30am EDT    14:30 GMT

REGISTER HERE  

 

Following Topics Will Be Covered:

 

Who Should Attend:

  • Those who work in Highway Departments, Public Works and Infrastructure Departments
  • All involved in road asset management, infrastructure, maintenance and administration
  • Those who want to make their data collection workflow more efficient and eliminate unnecessary paperwork
  • Contractors, Consultants and Local Governments involved in Roadwork projects
  • Those who are interested in smart city solutions across departments

 

Interested in GIS Solutions for Roadworks? Check out our How to Transform City Public Works in a Few Simple Steps webinar recording or contact us here.
 

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Why Offline Maps? http://www.giscloud.com/blog/why-offline-maps/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/why-offline-maps/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:43:57 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12227 Offline Maps for Android and iOS

One of the benefits of cloud GIS is a simple access through a web and mobile based intuitive interface. Cloud based systems make it easier to collaborate and work with people across departments, companies and different locations.

For those who often work in offline conditions, bringing all of their mapping data offline – stored on tablets or smartphones – makes it easier to manage fieldwork in different environments. Offline maps capability helps you to deal with unexpected situations providing a way to access your maps in case there is no internet connection.

 

Today (June 10th) is the last day to subscribe for early access to offline mobile maps.

Offline maps capability for Map Viewer and Mobile Data Collection will be officially released (in beta) by the end of this month.

Subscribe here.

 
 Why we’ve decided to develop offline maps capability for Android and iOS devices?

Many GIS Cloud users rely on their mapping data outside of the office. By making their projects accessible via smartphones and tablets in all conditions, it becomes easier for different users to ensure the most efficient and smoothless workflow.

 

What are the possibilities of Map Viewer and Mobile Data Collection?

  • Map Viewer is an app that enables you to access your cloud GIS projects in real time using Android and iOS Devices.  The app is user friendly so that anyone can use it as a great collaboration tool. GIS Cloud Map Viewer allows accessing different maps depending on user permissions in synchronization with other parts of the GIS Cloud system. It is important to mention that Map Viewer enables viewing large maps rich with features quickly, with unmatched rendering speed.

Want to try it out? Sign up for a free GIS Cloud account, or subscribe for Offline Maps capability in beta.

 

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‘Beyond Fieldwork’ Webinar Recording Available Online http://www.giscloud.com/blog/beyond-fieldwork-webinar-recording-available-online/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/beyond-fieldwork-webinar-recording-available-online/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:45:34 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12215 Last week we held Beyond Fieldwork: What’s Next After Data is Collected? webinar, focused on adding extra value to field data through GIS Cloud apps.

A recording demonstrates how to efficiently analyse, update and communicate using collected data.

A recording also includes use cases and a live demo showing how to easily manipulate data in web based GIS system.

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Liburnian Waters: Efficiently Mapping Water and Sanitary Infrastructure http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-for-utilities-managing-water-infrastructure/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/gis-for-utilities-managing-water-infrastructure/#comments Tue, 31 May 2016 13:24:20 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12141 Water Utilities GIS

Cloud GIS is a valuable contribution in terms of planning, managing and maintenance of utility infrastructure such as water resources and services. An efficient and smart use of high-quality spatial data becomes an imperative in growingly competitive economy for many electrical, gas and water utilities. Locating facilities, tracking jobs, planning operations and even doing marketing in utilities relies on having all of the data accessible online and open for collaboration between different stakeholders – managers, field crews, local governments and citizens.

GIS Cloud enables collaboration between our company and local government units. Our management now has an overview of existing water infrastructure and drainage data on their smartphones while in the field. Moreover, our employees are using forms to enter information about sanitary network cleanups, field inspections and water supply shortages. All data can be monitored from any location – with GIS Cloud Map Viewer, those who are in need of an accurate information now have a way to access it quickly and efficiently.

We bring you an example of using cloud based GIS for water utility services firm in Croatia, Liburnijske vode (Liburnian Waters), responsible for water network maintenance in 4 local government districts in the region of Istria.

Liburnijske vode are using GIS Cloud for collaboration with local government units, together with data collection, field inspections, and an infrastructure overview, maintenance and planning. We talked with Siniša Čulić, GIS officer in the Water Supply and Drainage department.

Liburnijske Vode GIS

 

What were the challenges?

Liburnijske vode needed to comply with government regulations that required having a backup for all of their data. They needed a solution for a secure backup of their spatial data that could be updated easily and quickly.

The other challenge was to facilitate their collaboration with external stakeholders such as local governments and citizens. At the same time, their idea was to improve communication and collaboration between people in the company while reducing the paperwork involved in field inspections. Extensive paperwork and paper maps often involved outdated information, slow data collection processes and slow information flow between their employees.

 

Solution was cloud-based GIS

Liburnijske vode had a priority to comply with regulations and store their data to a secure location. Having this in mind, the logical choice was to transfer their data to a cloud-based system that could be updated regularly.

In words of Siniša Čulić:

GIS Cloud was a logical solution for a number of reasons, the most important being a price model, user support and the ease of use.

 

They were already using ArcGIS desktop solution and this meant that the existing data could be easily transferred to the cloud using Publisher for ArcMap. This was a first step toward having a reliable backup system accessible from anywhere.

The second step was to work with the data using Map Editor, providing different GIS tools such as polygon, line and points editing, and attaching additional data with information about their facilities.

Liburnijske Vode GIS Cloud Portal

After they have made sure that everything was in compliance with regulation thanks to GIS Cloud, Liburnijske vode started working on improving their internal processes and collaboration. They used Mobile Data Collection for fast and accurate field data collection, providing customized data entry forms that helped in reducing paperwork. Even more importantly, it was easy to use the application and this didn’t require any specialized training for their field crew, it also greatly improved their coordination and communication. Field inspection and maintenance, adding new sanitary network, facilities, drainage and water shortages data took significantly less time therefore raising their productivity.

GIS Cloud enabled our employees to add different types of data such as sanitary network cleanups, inspections and water shortages directly from the field.

All of this data was now available to the office crews and management enabling them to plan their operations and prioritize tasks with more efficiency than ever. It also helped them to collaborate with local government units giving them an access to different segments of spatial data.

Map Viewer allowed an easy access to spatial data using smartphones and tablets, what was especially useful to management that was now able to monitor the situation any time regardless of the location or device.

Encouraged by the excellent results achieved with GIS Cloud, Liburnijske vode are planning to continue improving their business processes further by including field workers in the process of infrastructure data accuracy ensurance.

To sum it up, Siniša Čulić listed the main reasons for using GIS Cloud for water utilities:

  • Intuitive platform for collaboration with people within an organization, as well as with stakeholders from local government and citizens
  • Reasonable cloud service pricing in comparison to alternatives
  • Easy-to-use and doesn’t require additional training or IT resources.

You can visit their public portal here:


Water Utilities Map GIS

Interested in GIS solutions for utilities? Contact us.

 

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Sign up for Early Access To Offline Maps! http://www.giscloud.com/blog/sign-up-for-early-access-to-offline-maps/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/sign-up-for-early-access-to-offline-maps/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 15:32:05 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12178 Maps for smartphones and tablets

 

We are preparing new, exciting Map Viewer and Mobile Data Collection capability for smartphones and tablets – Offline Maps!

 

Sign up for early access to the GIS Cloud Offline Maps

 

If you are doing field work in offline conditions, take all of your mapping data offline and explore the benefits of GIS Cloud Map Viewer.

The feature will also be available in Mobile Data Collection app.

Offline maps feature gives you an opportunity to access your maps on smartphones and tablets providing the best experience for its users due to the fastest map engine in the world the app was built on. That means that any amount of data stored on your device will load with an incredible speed.

With an early access, you will get open access to offline maps feature.

 

Why would you choose Map Viewer for accessing your mapping data on smartphones and tablets?

These are the main reasons:

  • Free mobile app that allows viewing and accessing maps
  • The fastest map loading speed out there
  • Supporting multiple raster and vector formats
  • You can upload any amount of data on mobile and tablets
  • Info tool
  • Supporting media integration (photos and other file formats)

 

Sign up for the early access here.

 

 

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Cloud GIS is a Key to Efficiency in Data Sharing and Collaboration http://www.giscloud.com/blog/cloud-gis-is-a-key-to-efficiency-in-data-sharing-and-collaboration/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/cloud-gis-is-a-key-to-efficiency-in-data-sharing-and-collaboration/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 15:25:33 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12136 One of the greatest advantages of cloud based GIS solution is its unmatched data sharing and collaboration potential for a wide variety of businesses, especially data and service providers.

When it comes to industries such as oil and gas, where maps are usually rich with land, infrastructure, wells and distribution data, cloud GIS solution is one of the necessities for creating a more efficient business environment. Cloud based GIS replaces expensive desktop solutions or paper-based workflows with intuitive, fast and easy to use web based software.

We talked with Xingwen Chen, owner of a company providing GIS services for clients in a wide range of industries such as municipalities, environmental protection, energy and agriculture. He also works as a consultant for oil and gas, mapping pipelines, wells and providing other spatial data and analysis relevant for oil and gas companies.

 

Challenge

One of the main challenges Xingwen Chen faces in providing GIS services to clients is in sharing a large amount of spatial data. Creating many duplicates of the same data and sending it via e-mail took significant amount of time and wasn’t the optimal way of data distribution considering large file sizes. Moreover, updating maps with different information and changing data attributes was slow and inefficient when using desktop solutions. This was especially the case when sharing data with users who have no experience in GIS and are not equipped with expensive desktop solutions. Xingwen Chen wanted to make data sharing, updating and collaboration process easier, faster and more efficient.

 

What was the solution?

Cloud GIS proved to be the simplest and fastest answer for data sharing and collaboration challenge.

My work is so much more efficient with GIS Cloud for its great sharing and collaboration features. We don’t have to create so many duplicates of the same data, and email it back and forth.

He used Map Editor as a powerful mapping tool that enabled him to upload spatial data in the cloud, add different layers and use GIS features such as polygons, points and lines, as well as for media integration (attaching photos and other media) and rich GIS symbology: “GIS Cloud is a miniature desktop GIS platform with some cool features desktop GIS doesn’t have. I use GIS Cloud to publish data that are pertinent to some of my users and update on weekdays. Some of my users use the Editor as their mapping platform to perform their daily work.”

Map Editor is a perfect tool for updating maps that are easily shared with clients through Map Viewer app.

Spatial Data web GIS

Collaboration among groups or departments in GIS mapping are the prime advantage of GIS Cloud. Easy to use and flexible data manipulation make it ideal for clients who are not normally GIS users.

Map Viewer proved to be optimal solution for sharing data updated in real time, from any location and using any device. This also improved collaboration with clients who are now enabled to access spatial data in a matter of seconds.

As a long time GIS practitioner, I found it’s convenient to share information with designated person or group using GIS Cloud. The incorporation of Google maps & Bing maps is definitely a plus.

In abstract, cloud based GIS platform is an optimal solution for data sharing and collaboration for businesses of all profiles, especially those who are in data business. In the same manner in which paper-based workflows are slowly becoming a thing of the past, cloud GIS transform businesses that no longer have to rely on expensive desktop software, IT departments and GIS training to benefit from the spatial insight. At the same time, updating and accessing data in real time increases efficiency and accuracy and contributes to better decision making based on timely information.

 

Interested in trying out the fastest online mapping platform in the world? Sign up here.

 

If you want to learn more about GIS Cloud mapping platform and apps, join our free webinar scheduled for May 25th – Beyond Fieldwork: What’s Next after Data is Collected?

 

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Beyond Fieldwork: What’s Next After Data is Collected? http://www.giscloud.com/blog/beyond-fieldwork-whats-next-after-data-is-collected/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/beyond-fieldwork-whats-next-after-data-is-collected/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 14:23:46 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12097 GIS webinar

You eased your paper-based data collection workflow with the help of Mobile Data Collection app. All the relevant information is in place and although your data collection process is now much more efficient, there is still a lot of work to be done.

So, what’s next?

Following the last month’s webinar dedicated to the benefits of Mobile Data Collection, in ‘Beyond fieldwork’ webinar, scheduled for May 25th, we will show you how to get more value out of your data and complete the process of improving overall efficiency using GIS Cloud apps.

“Beyond Fieldwork: What’s Next After Data is Collected?” webinar will emphasise benefits of cloud based collaboration for organizations that want to reshape the ways thing are done regardless of the industry or their level of expertize in GIS technologies.

 

Wednesday, May, 25th At:

At 8:00am PST    11:00am EST    15:00 GMT

REGISTER HERE  

Following Topics Will Be Covered:

  • What to do with the fieldwork data and improve efficiency on all levels, both in field and in the office
  • How to get more value out of your data with GIS Cloud applications
  • Setting up your project in GIS Cloud
  • Benefits of GIS Cloud applications for different industries
  • Real life examples of utilizing collected data using GIS Cloud platform  – GIS in Business Operations, using data collected with drones, optimizing tree inventory workflows and other examples.

Who Should Attend:

  • Those who already use Mobile Data Collection app and want to improve their field and office workflows further
  • Governments, Consultants and Businesses that want to discover benefits of geospatial technologies for increasing efficiency and to improve collaboration within and outside of organization
  • Anybody involved in a fieldwork project who is interested in making the most of collected data
  • Consultants who want to help their clients to transform their businesses and organizations

Want to know more about GIS Cloud news and webinars? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.  

 

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Rabine Paving Use Case: Efficiently Managing Operations in Construction Industry http://www.giscloud.com/blog/rabine-paving-use-case-efficiently-managing-operations-in-construction-industry/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/rabine-paving-use-case-efficiently-managing-operations-in-construction-industry/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 15:42:27 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=12072 “In operations, we’re always looking for ways to take a process and make it better and faster. For me, GIS has helped to speed up the job tracking process that would normally require massive amounts of paperwork and organization.”

Rabine-Paving Geospatial intelligence plays an important role in construction industry.  In the words of Brad Rouse, the operations analyst for Rabine Paving in Chicago, Illinois:

I think that GIS is very valuable. Construction specifically is very much focused on location efficiency. It’s difficult to keep track of massive amounts of jobs the old fashioned way.

Different types of construction works require efficient planning, coordination and collaboration between many stakeholders involved in a project, such as project managers, field workers, clients and contractors. Especially if your job is to coordinate a large amount of construction works of a smaller scale such as pavement repairs or reconstruction jobs, geospatial technology can be of great help in organizing, prioritizing and coordinating various activities. This is precisely the case with Rabine Paving, a paving company that provides comprehensive, innovative commercial asphalt and concrete pavement solutions in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. Being the leader in parking lot engineering, concrete construction and asphalt maintenance, they are always looking for ways to make their operations better and more efficient utilizing  the most innovative concepts in the field.

 

What were the challenges?

 

In our talk with Brad Rouse, the operations analyst at Rabine Paving, we found out what are the main daily challenges in managing operations in the construction industry. His job consists of analyzing costs and revenue associated with incoming concrete and asphalt work Rabine Paving receives from the city, as well as tracking how much of that work they actually have on hand on a day to day basis. Incoming workload can be very demanding, entailing a lot of paperwork. Keeping track of massive amounts of jobs incoming everyday can be a very time-consuming process if you don’t set up a reliable system for managing operations. That is why Rabine Paving operations needed an accurate and efficient way to reduce paperwork and at the same time have a real-time overview of the all incoming jobs as well as of those that are in the process, and to create a report on the finished works. Basically, they wanted to speed up a job tracking process, increase efficiency and therefore save time and money.

 

How did they improve their daily operations?

Since we are a paving company, we decided to use cloud based software to essentially create a map of all the work we receive throughout the year and plot the addresses using points to give us a visual representation of where our work is located. – Brad Rouse

Rabine Paving used Map Editor and Geocoder to manage incoming work and geocode addresses where the job is located, represented by a specific color point on the map. Each job was marked with a different color, depending on its current stage. For example, if a job is new then the color of the point would be black. If the job is completed, then the color of the point is changed to green. Rabine Paving staff does this procedure every day to keep track of what has been completed and what hasn’t. This helps them to have an excellent real-time overview of the situation and at the same time it improves their team coordination and helps in saving time and money:

  Our efficiency has definitely improved! By seeing where the jobs are located in the city, we can plan out daily routes to send our crews to. We need to be efficient in planning out where we haul our equipment since time is money. The longer our crews are out working, the less profitable we become. Therefore, planning out how to get done as much work possible in the least amount of time is crucial to our success.

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Rabine Paving also encourages their field crews to use Mobile Data Collection if they want to enter any important information regarding a specific job out on the field. This significantly improves the communication between operations team in the office and workers who are doing paving jobs in the field.

  We improved our efficiency greatly by using GIS and communication has improved as well. If something goes wrong during a job, crew members can enter any notes right on the spot using GIS as opposed to trying to remember what exactly happened during the day.

To sum it all up; the 3 key features that Brad Rouse would recommend GIS Cloud for in the construction industry and operations are: job tracking, job planning analysis, and job information storage.

With the help of GIS Cloud Map Editor, Geocoder and Mobile Data Collection, Rabine Paving have set up a an excellent system for tracking a great amount of daily workload, observable in real-time, with an innovative approach to team coordination that helped them to be more efficient and save time, money and improve the reporting process.
 
Interested in GIS Solutions for Engineering and Construction? Contact us here.
 

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