MapGage Documentation

1.Introduction

MapGage geospatial dashboard combining drones, blueprints and inspection reportsMapGage allows you to create project specific applications on the web and mobile devices to track geospatial records and manage team actions using:

  • Blueprints & Building Plans,
  • Surveyor Maps,
  • Drone Maps or
  • Crop Maps (NDVI)
  • ….and a mobile App (FieldApp)

MapGage on mobile DeviceOur MOBILE FIELDAPP BUILDER allows you to build, distribute and manage self-contained, lightweight GIS apps across standard mobile devices. All without the need for specialized hardware, software or training. Replace all your paper forms with our mobile app and add powerful location tools to collect and leverage geospatial data. Visualize the data in interactive maps, blueprints and tables. Your records are now linked to specific locations on a drone map or a technical drawing and can be used to track:

  • Issues,
  • Inspection Records,
  • Field Observations
  • Work Orders

Use MapGage to increase the practical & operational value of your drone acquired maps and blueprints.

MapGage has been successfully used to manage:

  • Construction Sites
  • Infrastructure Inspections
  • Building Maintenance Projects
  • Agricultural Businesses
  • Golf Clubs
  • Parks & Resorts
  • Municipalities

PDF Report of a GeoSpatial RecordMapGage also allows you communicate with 3rd parties and share PDF REPORTS of activities and GeoSpatial Records. These reports will link the recipients to the original images and maps providing a powerful communication tools to manage your projects.

This Documentation provides a detailed explanation of all the Features. If you want to add some points to this manual just suggest an Edit and we will read your comments.

You can also contact our HelpDesk anytime.

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2.Projects

In MapGage everything is organised in PROJECTS.

  • Users
  • Maps
  • Tilesets
  • FieldApps

are all ASSETS assigned to a specific Project. Projects can include multiple if these Assets. For example a Project can include multiple User and Maps.

MapGage Project Overview to manage Drone Projects and Geospatial Data

A Project could for example encompass multiple construction sites for the same client, or just one construction site if you want.
Users can have different access levels for different Projects. When you create a project you become it’s OWNER and primary billing contact.

Basically, if you need to organise your maps and data by user groups (e.g. different clients) you need to a separate Project for each client in order to avoid sharing sensitive information across different clients.

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3.User Types

Users can have access to your project data via the web Map View or the mobile FieldApp.
There are 5 USER TYPES that determine ACCESS LEVELS:

  1. MAP ONLY VIEWER (can only view the FieldApp Map with the GeoSpatial Records marked on it)
  2. VIEWER  (can view Map & GeoSpatial Record Details)
  3. USER  (can also create & edit GeoSpatial Records using FieldApp and Web Record Editor)
  4. MANAGER  (can invite new Users, change access levels, create Maps and FieldApps, upload Tilesets …)
  5. OWNER  (all of the above PLUS manages account payments)

User types are PROJECT DEPENDENT. You could have Viewer access for one Project and Manager access to another Project.

user-access-levels

You need to have at least USER access to be able to ADD & EDIT RECORDS. Else you can just view maps or record details without the ability to change or add anything.

Contact your PROJECT MANAGER to change your USER ACCESS.

The above user and access logic applies to both Web Application (http://app.MapGage.com) as well as the mobile FieldApp.

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4.Maps

Your Geospatial Records are collected in the Field using mobile FieldApps.

These Records can be viewed in MAPS where they are shown against Tilesets (Drone Maps, Blueprints, etc.).

A Map is therefore a combination of:

1. FieldApp Records (you can attach multiple FieldApps to a Map), and…
2. Tilesets (e.g. all the Blueprints of a building project incl. drone maps).

Maps combine records and tilesets linked to a specific location, for example a specific Construction Site, using Drone Maps, Blueprints and Records such as Site Memos and Safety Inspection Records.

MapGage Web Map Overview

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5.Tilesets (Map Layers)

Your Geospatial Records should be shown on top of relevant MAP LAYERS (called TILESETS) such as:

  • Blueprints & Building Plans,
  • Surveyor Maps,
  • Drone Maps or
  • Crop Maps (NDVI).

What type of Tilesets you want to use depends on your project and resources.

Layers in MapgageTo manage GOLF CLUB operations you might use Crop Maps to identify turf issues, a Drone Map to precisely locate issues & work orders around the club grounds and clubhouse blueprints to manage its maintenance. Golf Turf and Clubhouse Maintenance Records would be recorded using 2 different FieldApps. You can share both Golf Turf and Clubhouse Maintenance Records on the same map or different maps depending on how your teams are organised.

A CONSTRUCTION SITE project on the other hand would mainly use Blueprints (PDF, Autocad files) and occasionally drone maps when working on specific stages such as Excavation, Foundation, and Roofing. Thus, **Tilesets** are project specific and depend on available map data.

Tilesets can also be added to FieldApps if you plan to link your records to specific Tileset. In a building maintenance or construction FieldApp you would link a Record to a specific Blueprint (e.g. Electrical Wiring Blueprint Floor #6)

Adding Tilesets to a Map is OPTIONAL. MapGage comes with a set of standard global Tilesets such as:

  • Satellite-,
  • Streets-,
  • and Terrain Layers.

FORMATS:
MapGage at this moment accepts georeferenced GeoTIFF maps, MBTiles and PDF and AutoCAD files. We offer a premium feature that allows you to georeference these right in MapGage if needed.

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6.Mobile FieldApp Overview

The mobile NexDrone App allows you to create, edit and follow-up on GeoSpatial records that can be linked to satellite maps, high-resolution drone maps or blueprints. It can be used to manage construction sites, infrastructure projects, roads, parks, plantations and agricultural businesses or make insurance claims

This App allows to view all the FIELDAPPS (effectively smart digitized forms) you have created or been given access to. Each FieldApp contains a customized database and map layers (tilesets) associated with that FieldApp.
Generally every Work Site will need its own FieldApp since the clients and people who access it would normally not be the same.
You can have multiple FieldApps for the same Work Site if you want to track different datasets separately (e.g. Track safety issues, project issues, road damages, crop health issues, etc…)

get MapGage on Google PlayThe FieldApps are designed in the FIELDAPP BUILDER which can be accessed in the web application at http://app.NexDrone.com
You login credentials for the Web Application and Mobile App are the same.
You need Manager access level to be able to create your own and edit FieldApps.

 

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6.1.Synchronizing your Records

The FieldApp SYNCHRONIZES all the data records with the main server.
Each mobile device therefore has its own local database. This also allows you to create and edit records while you are OFFLINE.
The records can be synced manually or automatically. To change the auto-sync settings (time interval etc…) you need to access the SETTINGS MENU.
The Maps need internet access to load map tiles but once you load a map at different zoom levels while you are online, the FieldApp will load the map tiles from your device cache in the future (even if you are offline). If you know you have no internet on site, just view the maps while you are online in the office (and zoom in an out to cache all the map tiles), then you should have access to the map when offline later on the site.

 

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6.2.Record List View

The Mobile App has 3 Screens:

  • Record List View (List of all the records. Allows to Search and Filter records)
  • Map View (View the Records of a FieldApp on a Map. All records are coloured according to their Status. Filter records by Groups)
  • Record Edit Screen (Allows you to edit records)

 

The RECORD LIST VIEW will show a list of all your records. You can FILTER & SEARCH records.
To EDIT a Record TAP ON IT or SLIDE RIGHT to reveal a BLUE EDIT BUTTON.
To DELETE a record just SLIDE LEFT to reveal a RED DELETE BUTTON. You will need to confirm any delete action.

 

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6.3.Mobile Map View

The MAP VIEW will show a map view of all your records for a particular FieldApp.
To EDIT a Record TAP ON IT’S COLORED MARKER and press the DETAILS BUTTON at the bottom of the screen.
Maps can have multiple MAP LAYERS that you can access in the TOP RIGHT CORNER ICON.
If you choose to link your RECORD GROUPS to MAP LAYERS, selecting a GROUP LAYER will only show records linked to that GROUP/LAYER

 

 

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6.4.Record Edit Screen

The RECORD EDIT SCREEN is where records are CREATED & EDITED.

The Format of Records depends on how the corresponding FieldApp was designed.
To change the LOCATION of the record just tap in the MAP SCREEN at the top of the record edit screen. You can change the MAP LAYER if you wish.
Below the Location Map you can see all the datafields available. Just tap on each to edit the content of that datafield.
Add or Remove PHOTOS and VIDEOS. Videos are limited in time and size to reduce overall data consumption.
Make sure to SAVE your changes before leaving the Edit Screen if you wish to keep the changes.
Once you are back in the RECORD LIST VIEW all the new & edited records will show a RED CIRCLE indicating they have not been SYNCHRONIZED with the main server yet. After synchronizing this RED CIRCLE will vanish.

 

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