In today’s digital world, scientists and engineers enjoy ready access to a wide range of Geo-data for managing land and resources, building and maintaining infrastructure, and modelling and forecasting environmental change. But what about non-technical professionals? Can Geo-data be liberated beyond the confines of highly specialised skillsets to benefit the average citizen?
The answer, of course, is yes. Broadening access to Geo-data provides a foundation for self-service analytics among an extensive variety of users, which is vital to a sustainable future. Take coastal mapping: across the globe, government agencies collect and publish authoritative data depicting low-lying communities prone to sea-level rise and storms. Experts within these agencies use the data to perform various analyses, such as damage estimates, risk-level determinations and coastal resilience strategies. Easy access to this expert analysis would also benefit non-governmental users, helping individuals and business owners make informed decisions in support of a safe and liveable world.
Flood analysis using Fugro RAMMS coastal lidar data over Sint Maarten. The example models a continuous rise time series where the water level is raised by a certain amount every hour, over a period of 8 hours. The spatial analysis is accomplished within Fugro’s SIMmetry platform and can be used to understand impacts on the social, environmental and economic impacts of these events.
Done well, expanding your Geo-data user base becomes a case of “if you build it, they will come.” That’s because Geo-data supports faster, more-informed decision-making by experts; associated GIS tools make this information more valuable by offering the general public greater transparency in the decision-making process and a deeper understanding of how the science impacts them directly. Fugro helps clients liberate their Geo-data for public consumption through a variety of platforms, from simple Esri StoryMaps that guide non-technical users through expert analysis, to immersive platforms that enable advanced queries and 4D visualisations.
“Technology is best when it brings people together.”
Here are some start-to-finish tips for building a comprehensive Geo-data programme that also implements user-friendly tools for non-technical users:
GIS tools like Fugro SIMmetry, remove the guesswork for non-technical users. With a few clicks of a mouse, users can access slope analyses to demonstrate potential water flow direction on the island of Sint Maarten.
Fugro offers multiple GIS solutions to help technical teams manage, share and collaborate on Geo-data. Fugro’s SIMmetry platform helps clients take Geo-data outside the enterprise, making complex analyses accessible to everyday users.