Business Mobility Solutions For Surveyors In The Field

A solution to locate, capture and record spatial data

THE BRIEF

Help Surveyors working in the field to do more with less

Spatial Services approached Mobiddiction to build a “Survey Mark” on-field mobility application. They wanted to empower Surveyors in-the-field with information about survey marks. In the process saving time an effort in reporting.

New South Wales Spatial Services, a division of the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, on behalf of the Surveyor General, creates and maintains a spatial representation of the State and acts as a ‘single source of truth’ for foundation spatial information and survey infrastructure and services in NSW. Spatial Services supports the legislative and statutory requirements for the NSW Surveying and Spatial Information Act 2002 and provides these services to individuals, business, government agencies and non-profit organisations throughout NSW and Australia.


I would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to the Mobiddiction team for a job well done and for delivering a fantastic result!”

Shem Semple. Senior Project Manager, ICT Spatial Services Department of Finance, Services & Innovation


The Insight

Empowerment Through Technology

SCIMS Online, developed and operated by Spatial Services, is the source of truth for the dissemination of control survey spatial data and related metadata for NSW. It has proven to be an efficient and valuable tool for the survey industry. A survey of SCIMS Online users identified the development of a SCIMS product for mobile devices as an appropriate and useful addition to the service capabilities Spatial Services provides to surveyors. Spatial Services invited and chose to work with Mobiddiction for delivery of this mobility solution.

The Experience

Spatial Services set out to work with us to develop a framework that aimed to deliver a solution ready to facilitate future organisational mobile development initiatives for Spatial Services. The Survey Mark mobility applications focus was to enable Surveyors working in the field to readily access information regarding survey marks and submit feedback regarding the status of the mark.

Survey Mark was developed using a hybrid model with a single codebase and leveraged existing Spatial Services technology frameworks including SCIMS online, ArcGIS for spatial information for SCIMS marks and ESRI JSAPI for the display of the imagery.

 

On-field spatial integration with a touch experience

We placed great emphasis on the simplicity of the user experience and the presentation layer to carry out the task at hand as the on-field surveyors are familiar to using the online tool. This task was now to be carried out on a mobile device with a touch enabled geo-smart device. The interface design leveraged the best of the hardware, location based abilities and smarts that a mobile device offers.

Repeatable Test and Release Framework

We also established a Repeatable Test and Release framework specific to meet the requirements of the Survey Mark application and to bring in more efficiency for ongoing development and releasing subsequent updates to the app.

Co-working teams: Spatial Services and Mobiddiction

Both teams at Spatial Services and Mobiddiction collaborated in an agile project delivery methodology and our delivery included a requirements review, design, documentation, building, testing and release of a new publically accessible Survey Mark mobile application.

Internal team members and stakeholders at Spatial Services included the Project Lead, Survey Services group within Information Sourcing, ICT staff, Directors of IS and ICT and other Senior Spatial Services and ICT Management. The Mobiddiction delivery team consisted of our Project Lead, our mobile GIS and technology consulting specialists, UX, UI, QA delivery and our product development team.

The project team at Spatial Services visited our offices on a few occasions to work closely with our team members whether it was to help us understand their tool in greater detail or as a group try to come up with a solution on a feature set. This collaborative approach enabled us to achieve a great outcome which was the on-time and on-budget delivery of Survey Mark.

The Survey Mark application has been very well received and we plan to work continually with Spatial Services with an aim to support the Survey Mark application and build out new features over time.


Features

  • ESRI ArcGIS integrated geo-location aware mapping
  • SCIMS integrated Survey Mark delivery
  • Map tools (Map layers, measure, distance, co-ordinates etc)
  • Spatial delivery using the SIX Maps delivery environment
  • Foundation Cadastral Data (Marks, Labels, Boundaries, Street info etc)
  • Report and feedback on Survey Mark status