By: Jessica McCall
In recent months, we have been developing SynCumulus, a web and mobile viewing application. This application allows users a simple GIS view and the creation of inspection records and GPS coordinates, as well as the ability to capture imagery. The SynCumulus solution for web and mobile utility visualization is based on years of experience in consulting with customers across North America. Our approach is uniquely rooted in the simple integration of off-the-shelf components, open source frameworks and enterprise database technology.
Here is a quick snapshot of the viewer within a browser window.
Some of SynCumulus’s features include:
Google Maps Integration
Base maps can be provided by Google, and street views and directions are integrated to show visual and test descriptions. Navigation within the map is easy with the simple icons located on the menus, and with the integration of Google Maps, users can find their location and get directions to the next inspection or to a particular feature.
The layers of data and imagery are published directly from the available data. Currently, this is integrated with the AutoCAD Map 3D display models and produces the same symbols and layers used in the application. In the future, we are looking to make the integration available with other GIS applications.
SynCumulus will feature a list of assets for the Inspector, and the Inspector can enter the inspection data into simplified inspection forms. The Inspector can identify assets in the map that need to be removed or new assets in the field that are not on the map. Updates to the GIS are made via the synchronization architecture, and the Inspection Coordinator can review and promote the assets. Photos can be taken to add observation information to the record.
Search and Features
The search function allows for a search by Asset ID, which can retrieve the location of and directions to the desired asset. The feature’s properties are available to view upon searching for the asset, and the display allows the user to see asset information, including associated documents and previous inspections.
Because SynCumulus utilizes Microsoft Sync Framework, we have created our own components that bridge these world-class technologies. Employing these features allows users to work in a connected environment to create real-time updates to the GIS, or in a disconnected environment where synchronization can occur at any point when a connection is available.
Several of our customers are implementing this technology right now, and we are looking for other organizations to be among our “beta testers.” If you want to mobilize your field crews to have access to up-to-date information, please contact us. We look forward to showing you how we can make your field operations more efficient.