GIS Cloud Visualize, analyze and share your geo data online. Mon, 23 May 2016 14:44:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sign up for Early Access To Offline Maps! Wed, 18 May 2016 15:32:05 +0000 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 Tue, 17 May 2016 15:25:33 +0000 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.



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? Thu, 12 May 2016 14:23:46 +0000 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


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

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Rabine Paving Use Case: Efficiently Managing Operations in Construction Industry Tue, 10 May 2016 15:42:27 +0000 “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.


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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Video: Collect, Inspect and Visualize Data with Minimal Effort Thu, 05 May 2016 13:28:26 +0000 On April 28th we held a webinar focused on exploring the benefits of Mobile Data Collection for organizations and businesses of different profiles, including the live demo.

Watch it here: Find out about different types of fieldwork and data collection environments, how to transform your daily workflow and what are the real-life examples of using Mobile Data Collection for making your job more efficient. The recording includes a live demo showing how to set up a Mobile Data Collection project and what is new in the app. The main presentation was followed by a discussion dedicated to answering lots of questions posted by webinar attendees during the presentation. For more GIS Cloud news and updates, follow us on Twitter.

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Mapping the Disease: Using GIS for Improving Malaria Interventions in Nigeria Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:31:18 +0000 Malaria GIS Day project

25th of April was World Malaria Day, an international observance commemorated every year. This year, the main theme is “End Malaria For Good”, building on the progress made in the last 15 years, with malaria mortality rates decreased by 60%. Despite the successes made in defeating malaria, there is still a lot to work on – over the last century, there have been dozens of resurgences of malaria in countries around the world. Many of this cases are directly linked to decreases in funding to fight the disease.

We did an interview with Ayodele Adeyemo, a geogeek looking for ways to leverage geospatial technologies to provide solutions for human, social and environmental challenges. Ayademo and his team – Ojumu Tijesu, a full-stack web developer Eyo O Eyo and Ogunbanwo Olumide, specialized in electronics, won the 1st prize in GIS Day Contest, awarding project ideas focused on doing valuable work in local communities with the help of geospatial technologies.

With their Malaria Risk Map project, Adeyemo, Ojumu, Eyo and Ogunbanwo want to contribute the global initiative in defeating Malaria using their expertises. Knowing that 35% of malaria deaths occur in just two countries – Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the potential impact of their efforts can be a valuable part of the worldwide fight in ending malaria for good. Find out more about their project using GIS in solving global health problems and what they are planning to do next.


You won the 1st prize in GIS Day contest. Can you tell us more about your project? How did you get an idea to create Malaria Risk Map?

Yes, our project is “Geospatial Modelling of Malaria Risk and Vulnerability (Severity) using Environmental, Climatic and Socio-economic factors”.

This initiative was drawn from a number of project ideas that arose in collaboration between myself and my geogeek partner Tijesu, during our internship at the National Space Agency, Nigeria. Tijesu continued to work on the idea for his final year project and this helped us to understand the dynamics of GIS in the public health. Looking at the concrete problem – Malaria, we can say that it is a big challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa based on the percentage of people that have fallen victim as well as the number of lives that are being claimed by malaria across African communities. We were also looking into finding out the number of intervention programmes focused on malaria as well as the amount of grants that have been pushed into the system. On our side, we have now made a plan to help people across communities to find out about their risk of contracting malaria (through the internet and SMS for people without internet connection) as well as a dashboard that will help the intervention programmes know where, when and how much of intervention is needed.


What’s the current status of your project –  in which phase are you now?

The project has been coming up slowly but at a steady pace. We have been working on different models for integration while looking for sustainable partnerships that would help us to make the project a success. We are intending to do a call for volunteers in order to gather the datasets that we need. It is worth noting that we had to scale down the project to a small geographic area at this point, so that we could have a pilot done with limited resources, to prove the concept. At the moment, we are talking with a few prospective partners who could help us with the funding for a pilot project. We hope to start with the full implementation of the pilot by the June 2016.


What are the main challenges you are facing with in doing this kind of a large-scale project?

The main challenges we have faced are related to data acquisition and finding funds to provide incentives for the volunteers involved in the programme as well as covering a part of our operational costs. Our partnership with GIS Cloud has alleviated over 60% of our software licenses costs. Basically, our main challenge is getting enough funds to bootstrap the project.


How do you think your project will impact local communities in Nigeria?

If individuals across communities can have access to real time information on their risk for contracting malaria, then they can protect themselves more efficiently from malaria by knowing what is the best time to use the antimalaria drugs. Our platform will also help intervention teams by knowing what are the best places to focus their aid per time, based on the risk indices of the communities. This could go a long way in increasing the accuracy of interventions per time.


April 25th is world Malaria day. What is the current situation with the spread of Malaria in population of Nigeria and what can be done to make it diminish it in the future?

Nigeria still has a long way to go as a developing country. Malaria is still endemic in this part of the world, especially in the rural communities due to a number of factors ranging from socioeconomic situation to climate etc. There are a number of NGOs, civil societies and health communities that are focused on providing aid for areas prone to malaria. Nevertheless, most of the interventions are not data driven, these organizations have a schedule of operations and they mostly focus on distributing treated mosquito nets to individuals across communities. On the other hand, there are a number of organizations that support operations with interventions using a data driven approach like Ehealth Africa. So, i think if organizations will start looking into data driven approach for solving health problems and partnering with tech startups with solutions focused on the social processes, then we can have a more efficient and effective public health system around the world.


What is the role of GIS in solving global health problems and helping to reduce the impact of Malaria in particular?

The relevance of GIS for public health can not be over emphasized because it provides us with the ability to conceptualize and visualize public health data while having a tool for us to understand the spatial trends and patterns of diseases and epidemics.

For instance, GIS was used by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International during  the Ebola case in Africa in 2014.  Also, with tools from GIS Cloud health officers can now gather field data in a professional and efficient manner. In the malaria case, GIS provides us a platform that enable combining different thematic layers and also creating visualizations together with running predictive model algorithms that will help to create an informed health community.


You are looking for local partnership to help you with the project. Can you tell us more about your plans for creating strategic partnerships?

Yes, on the local partnerships, we are working closely with Tech4Dev and Hacey Health Initiative and we currently talking about a partnership. We are also looking forward to partnering with the National Youth Corps Service programme if we can leverage their national presence for data collection using corps members as volunteers. We will also consider partnering with other health organizations within and outside Nigeria.

Follow Malaria Risk Map project on Facebook.

To support the cause, you can contact the project team via e-mail.


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What is New in Mobile Data Collection? Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:16:45 +0000 Mobile Data Collection 1.5.9 is now available on the Google Play for Android and App Store for iOS devices.

data collection with mobile

What’s changed?

MDC features

Auto sync is a new feature implemented in Mobile Data Collection. It prevents data collection within the current form in MDC if the form is changed or deleted before or during data collection process.

If the data is sent after the form is changed user will be notified and asked to edit the data.

If the layer used to collect data is deleted from the database or a project is deleted completely, user will be notified that he can’t collect data anymore.

To assure better data accuracy Mobile Data Collection implemented GPS check up. This feature alerts a collector if the GPS signal is lost.

After 2 minutes, user will be notified that location is old.


Also, the biggest novelty brought by releasing Mobile Data Collection 1.5.9 is Form Field Descriptions.

The feature provides an additional description of optional length to a particular field.

Description field MDC

  Want to know more about Mobile Data Collection and its benefits for various industries, projects and organizations?

Join us on a webinar “How to Collect, Inspect and Visualize Data with Minimal Effort” scheduled for Thursday, April 28th 2016. You can register here.


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Reinvent your Workflow: How to Collect, Inspect and Visualize Data with Minimal Effort Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:59:07 +0000 On Thursday, April 28th, we will host a webinar dedicated to benefits of Mobile Data Collection for organizations and businesses of different profiles.

GIS Cloud webinar

Field data collection is a part of workflows in various organizations and businesses. Whether you work on infrastructure maintenance, non-government projects, retail, forestry, roadworks or park maintenance and management, collecting and updating information with smartphones and tablets in the field can help you reduce time, costs and workforce necessary for various daily tasks.

Mobile Data Collection is a perfect tool for team coordination, inspection and supervision, asset management in real time. If you want to know how to use it, what are the benefits of including MDC in your regular workflow, and see it in action, join us on:


Thursday, April, 28th At:

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



Following Topics Will Be Covered:

  • What is new in GIS Cloud, Mobile Data Collection and future developments
  • Creating your field data collection project, setting up forms and exporting maps
  • Benefits of using Mobile Data Collection for different industries
  • Real life examples of using MDC in roadworks, non-profit initiatives in remote areas, watersheds, public health, tree inventory and other projects


Who Should Attend:

  • Everyone who is in a need for an effective data collection process in order to improve daily workflow and overall business
  • Local Government Departments, Contractors and Consultants working with infrastructure, utilities, asset management, planning and roadworks
  • Businesses that want to monitor and visualize data from various locations in real time, want a better quality assurance or control over work done by their contractors
  • Consultants who want to help their clients to transform their businesses and organizations
  • GIS Cloud users who want to know more about Mobile Data Collection and future developments

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Meet the People of GIS Cloud: An Interview with Antonija Netolicki, Sales Manager at GIS Cloud Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:10:38 +0000 ANT

GIS Cloud Sales team takes care of our user accounts and does an irreplaceable job of consulting and advising organizations and individuals in making the most of our solutions. Therefore, following an interview with Tatjana Urvan, Head of Support and Quality Assurance Department, we decided to talk with Antonija Netolicki, a Senior Sales Manager.

Tell us a few words about yourself: why did you choose geography as your field of study in the first place and how did you end up as a Sales Manager at GIS Cloud?

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a Scout. You can say they helped to make me the person I am today. Nature, orientation and reading maps were always present in my early days. I learned to read maps even before I knew how to write. Maps have always fascinated me as well as traveling, learning about other cultures and really understanding historical and geographical background of the place I am visiting. So, geography as a field of study really came natural to me, and I knew from the start that GIS would be my major. I fell in love with GIS because it gives that additional, missing data component to mapping and I wanted to learn about it as much as I could, since this is a field that is constantly growing and developing.

The great thing about GIS Cloud was that this environment enabled the team to grow and gave us a chance to decide for ourselves what we wanted to do. So I took a try at everything, but I really found myself in sales. I still remember my first call with a user, I was terrified that I’ll say something wrong but at the same time it was really exciting. I’m a real people’s person and I love to chat with our users. To hear about their stories, use cases, how they are using our solutions, it’s really exciting to me. I don’t think of myself as a sales person. A more fitting word would be consultant, because I listen to all those stories from different industries and sometimes it can be quite demanding to find the best fit for their needs. But this is what makes it so interesting and fun.


How do you feel being a part of GIS Cloud’s team?

From the moment I saw the job opening at GIS Cloud, I knew that this was something different from everything else out there. At the time  GIS Cloud was just a small team, but the ad really caught my eye, especially the part about cooking in the office and how the team enjoys to prepare meals every day. I liked the idea of a casual lunch with fellow coworkers, an opportunity to catch up and hang out. They were like a small family. The only logical thing for me to do was to bake a cake for my interview. Obviously they loved it :)

So what can I say, even though the team has tripled in numbers from then, the spirit from the beginning is still present and that is what makes working at GIS Cloud different than working anywhere else.

How does a regular working day in life of a Sales Manager look like?  

A regular day in Sales starts with making coffee and chilling out on the balcony.

Then I evaluate emails that have arrived and prioritize. We always try to respond to a query as fast as we can. There are also many requests for live demos, so I’m booked with calls as well. I love having calls with our users when I get to show them how to implement our solutions in their work. Every day is special and different from the day before. And I love it.

Name the biggest challenges you are confronted with in a day-to-day work?

The biggest challenge is a time difference. Sometimes, due to different time zones our users come from, arranging phone calls in a middle of the night can be challenging. Like I said, we try to accommodate our users as much as we can. It is a great opportunity to chat with somebody from the other part of the world. This is what makes it worthwhile.

What do you consider the best part of your job?

The best part is a chance to hear about all those great use cases from our users. The things they do with our solutions are amazing and just to be a part of that is really rewarding. To listen to them, provide them with the best solution and to see the results is just awesome. In that way, I consider myself to play a small part in their projects as well.

Do you have any favorite projects you were doing as a part of GIS Cloud’s team?

Each story is special in its own way so it’s really hard to single out just one of them. I can say that I really love and appreciate NGOs and environmental stories. I love nature and before GIS Cloud, I was working in the Nature Park so this is something I can really relate to.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to spend my free time in the nature. For example, I enjoy riding a bike, hiking, taking care of my garden, relaxing on the lake, reading books, listening to music… But it must be in the nature. I’m still a member of my scout unit and we have gatherings each month so I try to join them as often as possible. This really charges my batteries.

What are your main professional interests in geography/GIS?

My main interest is environmental protection. Couple of years ago I had a publication on the topic of fire risk management in Croatia and now I have all sorts of great ideas regarding implementation of GIS Cloud in the protection of natural treasures.


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How to Transform Your City Public Works in a Few Simple Steps? Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:05:32 +0000 Last week (March 31st) we held a webinar “How to Transform your City Public Works in a Few Simple Steps?

This webinar was a part of GIS Cloud Smart Cities series, with a focus on Public Works, Infrastructure and Roadworks Departments in local governments as well as different organizations and businesses dealing with infrastructure maintenance and management.

Watch the recording and find out more about the role of public works, basic requirements for adopting smart solutions in an organization, GIS Cloud platform and, most importantly, real-life examples of smart organizations deploying GIS solutions for improving all segments of their daily workflows.

Want to know more about GIS Solutions for Smart Cities and Public Works? Contact us at:

Want to know how to collect, inspect and visualize data with minimal effort? Our next webinar is scheduled for April 28th, 2016.

You can register here.


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