I have a problem collecting rubbish and recycling saturation data. I’ve tried developing on existing ESRI apps to collect data and store it in the cloud. Its failed every time. These approaches failed because no one likes doing data entry on a phone or tablet, the guys who drive the truck. A clipboard is still more reliable than a smartphone but that cannot collect the street or time stamp. But who doesn’t like hitting an old arcade button right? I’m trying to develop a data collection method that’s manual but digital, easy and cheap.
A lot of manual work can be avoided by using scripts to automate the processes. However, you inevitably end up with a lot of scripts to automate different pieces of a process.
Since Roman times city planning has included the provisioning of Water. Moving forwards a couple of thousand years has taken us away from the obvious aqueduct to an immensely complex underground network of pipe’s servicing the 3 water system; Wastewater, Storm water and drinking Water.
In the immediate aftermath of the Kaikoura earthquake a well practiced response went into effect. Within a few days information about the event increased exponentially as the various agencies began reporting. The tide of information was overwhelming. Organisation such as Environment Canterbury began requesting GIS support to help make the relevant information visible to people who could use it. I was lucky enough to be selected to go down and help out at the Environment Canterbury offices. Here is the process as I experienced it.
Location based to do lists move us towards a map centric way of getting things done. Yes, they improve efficiency but the benefits goes much deeper.
- They give our workers freedom
- They give our managers confidence
- They make our work more pleasant
In short they are awesome.
Workforce takes operations from ad hoc paper based system or a disconnected collection of GIS features to a systematic flexible and programmable to do list. At its heart there is a focus on keeping work loads simple. That means seeing only the information you need to perform the tasks relevant to you.