GIS Cloud http://www.giscloud.com Visualize, analyze and share your geo data online. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:04:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Benchmark (Surveying) Case Study: Monument Inventory in Orange County, CA http://www.giscloud.com/blog/benchmark-surveying-case-study-monument-inventory-in-orange-county-ca/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/benchmark-surveying-case-study-monument-inventory-in-orange-county-ca/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:04:39 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9618

We did an interview with the Orange County Public Works about their Monument Inventory project. Their Geodetic Unit is responsible for maintenance of the Horizontal and Vertical control networks. Responsibilities include updating, revising and distributing the most accurate and current data available.

Background

GC: Can you tell us some basic information about the project you are doing and why was there a need for a cloud GIS based solution?

OC: We are capturing photos of control survey monuments that our field crews use for their surveys. Having access to these photos in the cloud greatly benefits our surveyors in identifying the correct monument as well as its location.

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Challenges

GC: What were some of the challenges that your project had and that you overcame with GIS Cloud apps?

OC: Verifying whether a monument exist or not has always been a challenge. These monuments can be very unique and require proper character descriptions. A detailed photo is worth a thousand words. What you see is what you get.

Solution

GC: Is your project workflow more efficient with GIS Cloud apps and how?

OC: GIS Cloud adds another layer of verification data that is essential to our work. For instance having the editing option of the data from the field, as well as collecting the data in remote areas makes a great difference.

GC: How has GIS Cloud specifically helped you given your industry and area of expertise?

OC: It has given us a better way to collect and manage data. Mobile Data Collection and its Forms Manager make our collection projects really easy. App is very user friendly so there is no tame waste in terms of long and expensive team training.

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Recommendation

GC: What would be 3 key features in your opinion that you would recommend GIS Cloud for coming from Agriculture/Precision farming perspective?

OC:

  • Real time posting of photos to website
  • Ease of MDC smartphone application
  • Public access to view photos

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Agriculture Case Study: Using drones and GIS Cloud for precision farming in Greece http://www.giscloud.com/blog/agriculture-case-study-using-drones-and-gis-cloud-for-precision-farming-in-greece/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/agriculture-case-study-using-drones-and-gis-cloud-for-precision-farming-in-greece/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:59:13 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9600

We did an interview with NubiGroup, company that creates a new generation of services and products, exploiting the geospatial information and cloud computing. The focus is on collaboration between different actors and their customers.

Background

GC: Can you tell us some basic information about the project you are doing and why was there a need for a cloud GIS based solution?

NG: This project is a “pilot” project dealing with precision farming. More specifically, we are using NIR (Near Infrared) images acquired by a drone (eBee, Geosense company Greece) in order to monitor corn fields and to correlate different spectral transformations with crop growth and crop yield and also to investigate the performance of different cultivars under different fertilization treatments.

We used the GIS Cloud apps, since the project is a small scale project and the spatial data have to be shared, in a short period of time, to different groups of interest. In that way, we exploited the ready to go apps which are provided at affordable cost and have great performance.

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NIR drone image (6cm pixel size), false color composite (RGB: NIR/R/G). Light blue pixels denote low crop growth

Challenges

GC: What were some of the challenges that your project had and that you overcame with GIS Cloud apps?

NG: In the project framework there is a need for field data collection as well as for cooperation and exchange of spatial and attribute data among different groups of people involved in the project such as agronomists and farmers as well. For these reasons, we considered to use the GIS Cloud’s apps in order to overcome the “challenge” of “collaboration”.

Kostas NDVI

NDVI image – Quick assessment of the crop condition. Light blue pixels denote bare soil and light green pixels depicts low crop growth, in contrast with yellow and red pixels

Solution

GC: Can you describe us your project workflow once you deployed GIS Cloud apps?

NG: With the use of GIS Cloud apps such as Map Editor and Mobile Data Collection we established a “direct” collaboration between the people who are involved in this project and are not located in the same region. So, we overcame the difficulty of the regular meetings and the hardcopy job (printing maps, photos etc).

Moreover, the GC apps provide an easy to use interface that can be used even from non -“GIS experts”. For example, the MDC with predefined forms can be used easily from the farmers in order to provide us with field data.

GC: How has GIS Cloud specifically helped you given your industry and area of expertise?

NG: Generally, that kind of projects require the involvement of people with different expertise and also spatial data exchange between them is absolutely critical. In that way, we managed to collaborate from a distance, with an affordable cost, without any need of investment in hardware /software and maintenance.

Kostas field photo

Field survey crop filed photo – Corn plantation

Recommendation

GC: What would be 3 key features in your opinion that you would recommend GIS Cloud for coming from Agriculture/Precision farming perspective?

NG:

  • Great performance
  • Affordable cost
  • Ease of use

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Cloud Solutions for your Local Government GIS http://www.giscloud.com/blog/cloud-solutions-for-your-local-government-gis/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/cloud-solutions-for-your-local-government-gis/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:16:15 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9539

Using GIS in Governments, whether it is Local, State or Federal has become a necessity. It helps departments work together much faster, it improves decision making process, it engages community and improves day to day operations and long term planning.

Local Government incorporates a lot of different departments, that all use GIS in a different but also similar way at the same time. From Public Works, Land Administration, Planning and Development, Fire Risk and Management, Emergency Management and Response to Water Management all have following geospatial needs:

  • Data Uploading
  • Creating and collecting
  • Sharing projects
  • Collaborating inside and out of organization
  • Analyzing
  • Achieving effective and accurate results

Yet, each and every department has their own custom way of applying these needs to an actual workflow. GIS Cloud has been used for that exact purpose, by many different government agencies, organizations and companies.

Focus of GIS Cloud solutions is to bring in the Cloud component to your workflow. Cloud enables the freedom to tailor your workflow to your exact preferences as you are no longer locked to your workplace. Collaborate with your team on smartphones, tablets and iPads while being on different locations, simultaneously in real time.

Collaborative approach that GIS Cloud solutions are based on, makes an irreplaceable addition to your GIS needs. It enables all the departments to work together in a cloud environment by sharing, creating and analyzing new and existing projects. It doesn’t replace your current solution but extends it to the next level.

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Land Administration
Manage your land data in an accurate and interactive way. Engage communities in exploring the parcel data from a web environment accessible on multiple devices, from taxes, location to parcel value.

Public Works
Get the most accurate data on parks, traffic and road infrastructure. Maintain your assets in the most collaborative way possible by working together with teammates in real time no matter the location, time zone and device.

Planning and Development
Create, develop and plan new web based and field projects by involving the community in inventories, cleanup events and surveying. Make your decision making accurate and effective as possible.

Fire Risk and Management
Put your fire departments in the office and in the field in sync and improve firefighter safety. Perform fire hazard, danger and risk mapping, plan and implement the fire control and fire use activities.

Watershed and Water Management
Maintain water utility assets by improving their infrastructure and optimizing field operations. Enhance and create the sustainable water management that benefit you, residents and environment.

Emergency Management and Response
Organize, coordinate and direct your resources by sharing your response plans in order to bring the emergency under control. Map hot spots of the locations of the emergency events and create public maps for the community.

Cloud-enable your entire Organization
Bring in the Cloud to your GIS workflow by using the tools you need to make your organization collaboration easy, fast and accurate.

Have a question? Send us an email.

Stay tuned for more industries and use cases.

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Connecting GIS Cloud with SFTP Clients http://www.giscloud.com/blog/connecting-gis-cloud-with-sftp-clients/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/connecting-gis-cloud-with-sftp-clients/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:08:59 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9558

In this video we show you how to upload and export your data by connecting to GIS Cloud with Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) clients.

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Google Street View in GIS Cloud Apps http://www.giscloud.com/blog/google-street-view-in-gis-cloud-apps/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/google-street-view-in-gis-cloud-apps/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:14:50 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9510

Imagine you are walking in the field and collecting data, let’s say about electric poles. You are sending your collected data to your manager’s account in the office. Manager gets the data in real time, and all the associated data to the asset. He can click point location and review the data you collected.

He can also click on the Google Street View and see the assets in an interactive environment directly from his account within the project you both are collaborating on.

Is this new? Yes it is. GIS Cloud implemented the Google Street View as an additional option so that your projects can be even more interactive.

Contact us to try it out in your own maps and projects!

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Hiring Frontend Engineers! http://www.giscloud.com/blog/hiring-senior-frontend-engineers/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/hiring-senior-frontend-engineers/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:33:02 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9476

Looking to add new outstanding developers to our existing team!

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GIS Cloud, a global leader in cloud-based geospatial technologies, is hiring frontend engineers. The company has a presence in more than 40 countries worldwide and has developed its own cloud platform, world’s fastest vector-based map engine, and a variety of platform modules and end-user products.

We invite engineers to join our team in Zagreb and partake in the development, architecture, and design of a modern platform for the new generation of geospatial applications.

You would be responsible for:

  • JavaScript API development
  • Implementation of application logic
  • Development of UI components (HTML/CSS)
  • Client-side module extensions of our unique HTML5 vector-based technology

We would expect:

  • Advanced knowledge of JavaScript

Additional skills (desired)

  • Design and architecture of JavaScript API-s
  • Experience with AngularJS
  • Knowledge of HTML5 Canvas technology
  • Experience with mapping technologies: Google Maps, MapBox, Bing Maps, Leaflet, Open Layers,…

We offer:

  • The excitement of working for an industry game-changer
  • Salary based on knowledge and experience
  • Interesting and challenging tasks
  • Pleasant and motivating company culture
  • Flexible working hours

More information about us:

http://www.giscloud.com
http://developers.giscloud.com

Contact us at job@giscloud.com

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Getting Started with Mobile Data Collection http://www.giscloud.com/blog/getting-started-with-mobile-data-collection/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/getting-started-with-mobile-data-collection/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:24:04 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9471

In this video we show you 3 basic steps on how to start using mobile data collection. From creating a custom form in MDC Portal, sharing your project with your coworkers and collecting data using your mobile device.

GIS Cloud solution for the field data collection makes your workflow in sync across all the devices in real time and among multiple users simoulatenously. Create projects specific to your needs, location and industry.

The data collection adventure continues…

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Pick a Select Feature Color http://www.giscloud.com/blog/pick-a-select-feature-color/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/pick-a-select-feature-color/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:23:56 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9465

We just implemented an option for defining selected features color. If you have a specific color you would like your maps to have features selected in, follow the steps below.

All you need to do is:

  • Go to Map Properties
  • Click on Map Options
  • Add HIGHLIGHT_COLOR as an option name and a preferred color hex code (0xff0000) as a value
  • Click save

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Getting Started with Map Editor http://www.giscloud.com/blog/getting-started-with-gis-cloud/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/getting-started-with-gis-cloud/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:20:12 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9424  

We present you a short video that contains all the needed info and steps on how to get started with GIS Cloud. Check out the 4 basic steps to start your GIS Cloud mapping adventure:

  • Create a map
  • Upload (drag and drop) your data
  • Style your data (classify, change colors, set your transparency)
  • Share and publish your maps and projects (with coworkers, users, public)

The focus with GIS Cloud apps is that we want you to do your mapping in the easiest way, with only couple of steps, while achieving maximum effective results for your clients and your organization.

The mapping adventure continues…

 

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Arborist Case Study: Using GIS Cloud in Tree Maintenance and Management http://www.giscloud.com/blog/arborist-case-study-using-gis-cloud-in-tree-maintenance-and-management/ http://www.giscloud.com/blog/arborist-case-study-using-gis-cloud-in-tree-maintenance-and-management/#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:47:37 +0000 http://www.giscloud.com/?p=9408

We did an interview with Sean Grant with the Vivaldi Arborists from Sweden that have been using GIS Cloud apps in their workflow.

Background

GC: Can you give us some basic information about projects you are doing and why was there a need for a cloud based solution?

SG: I find GIS Cloud useful for both short term and long term projects within my work as an arborist and group leader in Stockholm, Sweden.
Larger projects include carrying out tree inventories and subsequent tree care plans. The tree data is collected quickly with the MDC app and a photo database can be kept of injuries to the trees to be followed up or other important visual information which doesn’t necessarily need to be included in the protocol but is otherwise important to have available to the customer.

Challenges

GC: What were some challenges that in your opinion you overcame with GIS Cloud apps?

SG: Using the GPS function in my mobile device has also proven problematic but the MDC pinpoint function allows me to select the exact position of the tree which can often be seen in the MDC base map.

Being able to export the layers in common GIS file formats is also important in case, for example, the data is to be analyzed in another program or the dbf used to be used create graphs in Excel.

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A map showing the positions of trees which is part of a tree care plan for the property

Solution

GC: Is your project workflow more efficient with GIS Cloud apps and how?

SG: My work flow is much more efficient when using the GIS Cloud as a basis for my quotes and work orders and collection of all field data. I can easily find the geographic data I need regardless of when it was collected and allows me to focus more on care for the trees themselves and less on keeping track of all of the data.

I use the Mobile Data Collection app on a daily bases to collect tree information and pictures too be later used for pricing and planning jobs. With the MDC app I can quickly collect the information I need such as species, vitality, risk class and tree care to be carried out. The photo function is invaluable as I often take many pictures which I can refer to later.

Before GIS Cloud it was time consuming to keep track of the pictures. Now using GIS Cloud the pictures are always available and stored in their geographic locations so even if I need to look at them a year later I can search using the Google place search function and my photos are there waiting for me.

When leaving quotes to customers I find that a picture or map in this case, speaks louder than words and with GIS Cloud I can produce maps quickly to be attached to a written quote so there is no question about what is to be carried out. This map is also used as a base to work orders so the correct work is carried out on the correct trees (import when felling trees for obvious reasons.)

Recommendation

GC: What would be 3 key features in your opinion that you would recommend GIS Cloud for?

SG: I can recommend GIS Cloud for those who don’t have an advanced understanding of GIS (such as those out collecting data) as it is a user-friendly platform and can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection or any mobile device with the downloaded app. I can recommend GIS Cloud where photos attached to geographic location can be helpful in keeping track off asset data. I can recommend GIS Cloud to clearly convey information to customers or employees to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings.

GC: How has GC specifically helped you given your industry and area of expertise?

SG: GIS Cloud has allowed me to streamline the administrative side of work flow which allows me to work more effectively and provide tree care of a higher quality.

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