Location Tagging and Repeatable Data

07 February 2014 by Coleman McCormick

With the recent release of parent-child data relationships in apps using Fulcrum’s new Repeatable sections, even further possibilities have opened up for creating more advanced survey forms. An additional feature we added here is the ability to store location data for each child item independent of the parent record. The use cases for this are many.

This quick video screencast shows an example where repeatable sections and location data can be used to great advantage for field service applications. Here we have a Park Inventory survey for managing and inspecting assets within city or county park properties, things like benches, shelters, wastebaskets, playground structures, or any other amenities that a municipal department might be responsible for maintaining. Using this form, a maintenance team in the field could survey attributes of the park itself (the parent), and the individual assets within the property. Each asset can have its own independent tagging and geolocation:

Repeatable data types in Fulcrum apps have hundreds of use cases, and this is just one example. After collecting data using these advanced capabilities, you can then export data in multiple relational GIS datasets, which can be joined together in ArcGIS or QGIS for spatial queries and analysis.

Unique location geotags

Take a look at the repeatable fields functionality and let us know how you might be interested in using it by checking out our forums or by pinging us on Twitter.

About the author

Coleman is a geographer and our Executive VP, working every day with our customers to bring better data management capability to their operations.

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