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7 GIS features to speed up your field work

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How to save time in the field with a mobile GIS

When you tell someone you work in the field, they may conjure up images of you strolling through the countryside, listening to birds singing and feeling the gentle breeze through your hair.

However, we know that fieldwork can be noisy, dirty, cold and wet or blisteringly hot, but always time consuming and exhausting.

This is why we have implemented time saving features in Mappt, so you can get the job done quickly and efficiently with only a light Android device to carry.

1. Geotagged Photos

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Mappt’s geotagged photos displayed on an Android phone

Geotagged photos help you find specific assets again faster both on your map and on foot, as they give your important data a far more visual element than just a marker point. For example, if you find a break in a fence, you can take a geotagged photo and let Mappt pin it on your map.

Mappt’s geotagged photos can also be assigned attributes, given annotations (as of Mappt 3.3) or you can move the photo around to re-write the image’s exif metadata.

2. Drop Down Data Entry Forms

Drop downs and attributes


Drop down forms are fantastic for saving time, as they allow you to select previously entered data from a list as opposed to typing in information each time.

Drop down data entry forms were created to:

  • give you consistent information
  • cut down repetitive tasks
  • reduce human error
  • keep your workers happy!

3. WMS, WFS & WMTS Support (Professional licence only)

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Mappt is fully compatible with WMS 1.1.1 & 1.3.0, WFS 1.0, 1.1, & 2.0 and WMTS, so you can pull whole maps or selected data from the web into Mappt to work with.

Not only does using existing data save you time, but if you choose selected data from a set area within these maps, the file size will be greatly reduced, allowing Mappt work as quickly as possible.

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4. Read-Only Data Sets

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Mappt’s read-only data sets allow you to load huge KML and Shapefiles into Mappt without saving them. It does this by turning vectors into rasters, so Mappt won’t be slowed down by the  large files.

This feature is ideal for field workers who have large but fixed data sets, such as miners, geologists and surveyors.

5. Annotation tool

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Recently released in Mappt 3.2, the annotation tool allows you to draw, add shapes and type text over your map and its data, then send it off or save it in your Mappt screenshots folder.

This feature is handy for highlighting a certain marker point, polygon or geotagged photo etc, as opposed to trying to describe.

6. Thematic Mapping

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Thematic mapping is used to get a greater visual overview of your data for rapid assessment.

We’ve sped up this process a little more by automatically adjusting the colours of your layers. However, if you want to choose your own colours to convey your information, that’s easily done (the developers will never know).

7. Offline caching

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Mappt is fully functional offline, but before you head out to the field you need to cache your online imagery for offline viewing.

Before you head out into the field, load your imagery whilst online then zoom and pan around to develop the cache. Once you’re done, you’re ready to work without WiFi or 4G, making poor connections and loading speeds a problem of the past.


Pen and paper maps are well and truly gone! Head over to our Features page to see what else Mappt can do.

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