How does Mobile GIS Help Civil Engineers and the Construction Industry?

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Civil engineering encompasses the built environment. It is the brains behind the construction of buildings, bridges, roads, railways and water supplies – to name a few.

Engineering and construction play a vital role in the development and sustainability of our cities and urban infrastructure., so how is GIS and more specifically, mobile GIS, shaping the industry for the better?

What is a GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a software that allows you to create, edit, store and share location-based data. It is a powerful technology used by a variety of industries for multiple purposes to solve real world problems, and the engineering and construction industries are no exception.

Mobile GIS is a relatively new concept for many industry experts due to the colossal enhancements in technology, which are allowing users to move away from desktop GIS. Mappt™ – a mobile GIS and data collection application – works offline and gives users the power to simplify field data collection and mapping in remote areas.

Operating on compact devices like tablets and mobile phones, Mappt has cast out the need for paper maps, forms, notepads, GPS tools and other finicky objects by combining them into one simple app.

Building infrastructure requires in depth planning and investigation of surrounding environments. Utilising a GIS allows you to view areas, coordinates, and parameters that would remain imprecise without the visualisation of data. Overlaying data on top of your map is an integral part of building comprehensive and accurate planning resources.

Mappt has the following features to make predesign analysis and calculations more efficient through onsite data collection and mapping. Below are just some of the ways mobile GIS is transforming the engineering and construction industry.

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Importing & Exporting

Mappt allows you to quickly import any kind of map or GIS data for offline viewing in the field or onsite. Import a map with specific data onto Mappt and view this in any area you are working in on a light and compact device. Multiple maps can be imported and layered within the app, and you can adjust the opacity to see various attributes at once.

Points, Lines & Polygons

Once you are in the field with your maps loaded onto your device, you can drop a point, create a line or draw a polygon (straight-sided shape). Once you’ve added this kind of data onto your map you can add attributes or characteristics to each point, line or polygon to record more information.

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Drop Down Forms

When recording additional information about a marker point, geotagged photo or polygon, users have the option to choose a drop-down form. Drop-down forms allow you to create several options to select when recording data out in the field, for example damaged or undamaged, slope stability, volume or material. This makes data collection faster and less repetitive for the field worker.

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Geofencing

Geofences mark out inclusion or exclusion zones to ensure workers don’t go out of unmarked boundaries. If you step inside an exclusion zone such as heritage land, an alarm will notify the user and the event will be logged in Mappt. Alternatively, if you’re working in a small area, you can create an inclusion zone, and make sure you never step outside your boundary.

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Gridding & Measurement

Mappt has inbuilt measurement tools to calculate exact distances between areas. An overlaying grid with specific coordinates or sizes can be turned on and off to allow workers on site to visualise distances easier.

Map Annotations

Draw, add shapes and type text over your mapping data to give others clarification of your data. This handy, fun and colourful tool allows users to highlight areas of interest or point to a specific marker. You can screenshot the data and send it back to the office, or save it for later.

GPS Tracking

Whilst holding the device, Mappt will track and map your exact movements to provide transparency and accountability for workers on site. This is also handy if you ever need to retrace your steps but can’t remember the safe way back.

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Import WMS/WFS/WMTS data feeds 

You can easily pull maps or their data from the web and into Mappt to work with out in the field.  If you’re worried about file sizes, you can choose to pull selected data from a set area within these maps to reduce the file size, allowing Mappt work as quickly as possible.

Aside from these valuable features, Mappt also gives users:

  • The ability to import vector data
  • Advanced API caching
  • Full layer control
  • Export data to local disk, email or Google Drive
  • Thematic mapping
  • Upload unlimited offline size files
  • Read-only data sets for huge files

Civil Engineers can use GIS to plan livable communities and create lasting and meaningful infrastructure. With the recent surge in powerful mobile devices, GIS has become affordable and practical for all kinds of industries to increase efficiencies and accuracy for collected data.

So whether you are analysing site suitability or implementing an underground piping system, Mappt is your number one tool for collecting, viewing, storing and sharing every type of geospatial data on and off your mobile device.

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Ssiobhan-profile2iobhan Herne
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Siobhan has no background in GIS, she’s a beginner, just like you. Follow her stories for an easier digest of all things geospatial.