Geographic Information Systems Data collection. Precision agriculture. Mapping. Land surveying.

Each of these terms represents an industry, occupation or field of expertise that focuses on measuring the earth for a specific purpose, using specific techniques.

  • A geographic information system (GIS) represents information visually and spatially in order to improve understanding and aid analysis of data trends, patterns and relationships.
  • Data collection is the systematic process of gathering accurate, high-quality information. Reliable data collection forms the basis of research in many fields of study, from physical science to business development. It ensures that answers to relevant questions are credible, convincing and based on a significant amount of quality evidence.
  • Mapping refers to creating maps — graphic, symbolic representations of the earth’s features.
  • Surveying (or land surveying) determines spatial relationships, such as distances and angles, between set points, usually on or below the earth’s surface. Using these points, surveyors create three-dimensional maps in order to view the relationships between geographic features, establish ownership and other land boundaries, and plan land development.
  • Precision farming is a highly technical practice enabled by modern GPS and GNSS technology. Farmers and researchers use precise location data in order to create visual and spatial representations of a huge range of relevant data, which they use to fine-tune their management practices. For example, GPS data collectors mounted on farming vehicles can measure real-time data such as moisture levels and crop yield, and farmers can use this data to automate optimal distribution of resources via spraying and seeding technologies.
  • Forestry professionals use GIS data collectors to assist with forestland management, both on plantations and in natural stands. Foresters use measurement tools to cruise plots, collect timber measurements and calculate inventory volumes.

GIS data collectors for every industry

Handheld makes tools that work where you work. Our computers, tablets and smartphones are built rugged from the inside out and include a wide range of features designed to help you collect accurate GIS data efficiently in harsh outdoor and industrial conditions.

Our partners and their customers have used Handheld GIS data collection solutions in countless innovative ways.

Here are a few of them:

GIS contracting. GIS contractors are using the Nautiz X8 rugged data collector to record utility pole measurements for telecommunications companies — and as a result, they’re improving efficiency, saving significant time and increasing profits. They use the Nautiz X8 to record information such as utility pole height, weight-bearing capacity, strand clearance, height and type of conductors, anchoring data and distance between neighboring poles. The rugged data collector can be used in conjunction with surveying equipment such as a range pole with a mounted GPS receiver, a telescoping measuring stick and a laser rangefinder.

Read the story: GIS professionals use NAUTIZ X8 to collect data for telecom companies 

Data collection. Enormous efficiency gains can be made by shifting from a time-wasting paper-based data collection process to a digital system using rugged Algiz mobile tablet PCs and customized field software. Electronic data collection virtually eliminates typos and errors, as well as problems with writing legibility, loss of writing utensils and weather-damaged paperwork.

Read the story: Return on investment with rugged handheld computers

Environmental sciences. Often, field technicians need to measure specific data points at specific locations. Government environmental agencies and city employees have been able to replace multiple GPS units, multiprobe displays and field PCs with just one specially configured Algiz tablet. They can save all their work directly on the unit, with no paper forms to fill out by hand. They can also send data to the office before leaving the field, using the unit’s built-in Wi-Fi.

Read the story: Rugged tablets save time and preserve power for water quality technicians

Algiz data collection tablets also allow environmental researchers to carry a single lightweight system and perform radar surveys on foot in some of the coldest and most remote locations in the world.

Read the story: Rugged ALGIZ tablets assist glacier researchers studying climate change

Mapping. Surveyors in the Australian Outback depend on rugged mobile technology to navigate and map remote regions in paperless field surveys. They need a solid understanding of the terrain and topography, so they record the locations of obstacles in their mapping software on the Algiz 10X. These points are then uploaded into the corporate GIS system.

Read the story: ALGIZ 10X helps surveyors navigate and map remote regions of the Australian Outback

Using specialized surveying software and the robust, ultra-rugged Algiz 10X tablet computer in combination with a GNSS GPS Rover allows an Austrian woodland cemetery to precisely locate burial sites.

Read the story: ALGIZ 10X locates trees for burial sites in woodland cemetery

Forestry. Foresters can use the rugged Nautiz X8 GPS data collector in conjunction with mapping and inventory software to navigate to cruise plots, collect timber measurements and calculate inventory volumes. Handheld business partners offer software that lets you gather positions and attribute data on a rugged Nautiz handheld or Algiz tablet. Contact us to connect with one of our forestry-expert partners.

Read the story: Timber buyers increase accuracy, efficiency and profits with NAUTIZ X8

Engineering and construction. The ability to gather and store geotechnical data quickly and securely enables safer roadway construction and makes sure projects are done right the first time. This vastly improves engineering efficiency and saves time and money by preventing costly, time-consuming repairs.

Read the story: Safer highway construction with rugged mobile computers

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To learn about making your GIS data collection faster, safer, more accurate, more efficient, more cost-effective and more reliable, contact us.