InSiteful Applications

InSiteful ImageryŽ allows project professionals, including field inspectors, to more efficiently understand, document, and communicate actual conditions on a project site.
Why They Do It

Project people are visual beings. They think primarily in terms of what can be seen and understood. Being able to see what is happening on our projects over time, gives us better insight and leads to higher performance.

Applications include the following:

1. Geotechnical Engineering/ Geological Assessment

2. Environmental Monitoring/ Natural Health Assessment

3. Construction and Land Development

4. Real Estate Asset Management/ Portfolio Assessment

5. Homeland Security/ Disaster Assessment

6. Bridge and Critical Infrastructure Assets

7. Agriculture

What are some examples of how InSiteful Imagery® is used?

Geotechnical Engineering/ Geological Assessment

  • The geotechnical engineer uses InSiteful ImageryŽ to reduce costs affiliated with multiple site visits and ground surveys. The engineer needs to monitor and document all earthwork construction on a major commercial construction project. The engineer needs to verify, document, and report the precise locations and amounts of bad soil encountered, rock blasted, and the disposition of topsoil to the construction manager and project owner (to approve additional payment requests, as well as to conduct engineering analysis, etc). The engineer’s soil technician uses a mobile device like an iPad to send scaled custom photomaps and notes back to the office. The end result in the long term is more profit to the developer and the engineer, as well as a drastically reduced potential for construction-related disputes.

*Earthwork documentation using 3 inch GSD orthophotography

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Environmental and Natural Resources Health Assessment

  • InSiteful ImageryŽ is used by consultants to cost-effectively supplement ground inspections and efficiently monitor, document, report problems, and avoid potential enforcement action costs. These projects include wetlands and stream restoration sites, invasive species identification, timber health assessment, as well as other sensitive ecosystem health evaluation. Instead of simply noting the location and taking ground photos of adverse conditions, the field professional can now make a custom map from custom imagery for superior visualization, documentation, and communication. The regulatory agency responsible for monitoring of permit conditions is severely understaffed and cannot visit all projects in the assigned region, nor should they have to. A more efficient and responsible private sector drives change, resulting in less government, and a better protected environment.
  • The use of InSiteful ImageryŽ by aquatic biologists means that aerial assessment and monitoring budgets go a lot farther with higher quality (resolution) imaging results made more readily available to those on the project team. The aquatic biologist is engaged in helping to assess, monitor, and control the growth of various aquatic weeds along the shoreline in a large reservoir serving millions of people. The current means of monitoring weed growth throughout the year includes expensive (and potentially dangerous) mobilization of people in small boats to survey multiple shoreline areas. Alternate means to map the entire reservoir by use of traditional mapping aircraft are also expensive, less responsive, and entail lower resolution, non-digital photographing techniques. Using InSiteful ImageryŽ results in more effective decision making, better water quality, and better use of public money.

*Stream restoration monitoring project using 9 inch GSD orthophotography

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Construction and Land Development

  • InSiteful ImageryŽ is a Best Management Practice for many large construction projects with numerous stakeholders. The savvy construction company uses InSiteful ImageryŽ to eliminate capital, overhead, and variable costs associated with storing, managing, and sharing digital photos as a business tool. A multiple-office large commercial construction company has traditionally allowed the individual project managers discretion in using aerial photography to document construction progress in managing a project. Digital oblique photo files are traditionally provided for the PM to share as desired, or the files are posted to the company share drive for viewing on demand. InSiteful ImageryŽ is a documentation tool to support construction reporting, client briefings, email communications, and pay requests across the enterprise. In-field personnel may obtain, annotate, and email current field photomaps to "higher-ups". Frequent monitoring greatly reduces the need for site visits by lenders and higher management. Any member of the leadership team can check on construction progress, query PM's, share the information with lenders, or check on the performance of subcontractors. A big bonus is having access to project data pre-loaded to the map service and having earthwork data at your fingertips. The end result is that properly shared aerial photography and photomaps leads to drastically improved business efficiencies and increased knowledge, all resulting in larger profits and decreased business risk.

*The oblique photo viewer is ideal for construction professionals to track progress

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Real Estate Asset Management/ Portfolio Assessment

  • Inspectors and facility engineers for large industrial warehouses, shopping malls, and other large-footprint facilities use InSiteful ImageryŽ to help in assessing, documenting, and reporting the condition of rooftops, pavements, and other high-dollar real estate improvements to asset managers and capital planners. The custom map tools allow identification and quantification of visible defects such as cracks and potholes for more accurate pavement condition assessment, as well as export GIS files that can be used for pavement rehabilitation planning. InSiteful ImageryŽ allows nearly unlimited sharing of very high resolution aerial information to assist in better decision making for repairs, capital improvements, and capital reserve planning.

*Roof, pavement, and grounds condition assessment using 2 inch orthophotography

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Homeland Security/ Disaster Assessment

  • InSiteful ImageryŽ is a powerful tool that can be used at all levels to conduct response planning and critical infrastructure assessment during emergencies. Either remotely, or in the field using a mobile device, all personnel have a common operating picture for time-sensitive collaboration, documentation, and decision making.

*View of tornado damage at lakeside homes

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Bridge and Critical Infrastructure Assets

  • InSiteful ImageryŽ is used by bridge inspectors and engineers to assist in bridge deck condition evaluation without having to shut down the interstate or risk getting run over during field work. Using a mobile device such as the iPad or Galaxy s5, an inspector can order custom-processed imagery prior to the inspection, and use the photomap-making capabilities to prepare more detailed documentation of the deck surface for reporting. The custom map tools allow identification and quantification of deck defects such as cracks and potholes for more accurate deck condition assessment and condition rating, as well as export GIS files that can be used for deck rehabilitation planning. The patented sub-inch resolution imagery is then used by inspectors, engineers, managers, and repair specialists on-line to make smarter decisions for deck assessment rehabilitation. Yet another example of how the private sector can take the lead in assisting more efficient infrastructure management.

*View of sub-inch resolution imagery used to inspect 3-mile long bridge deck

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  • The farmer competes in a world where monitoring of the land and the crop from above is paramount to effective decision making and precision agronomy. The farmer and their crop consultants use high resolution color and color infrared imagery to assess pre-plant soil and drainage conditions, to monitor the health of the crop during the growing season, to plan time-sensitive interventions, and to determine proper crop rotation schedules. InSiteful ImageryŽ makes it easy to perform detailed analysis, share the information with other specialists and advisers, as well as suppliers and buyers who may be located far away from each other. A huge benefit is also to be able to use the high resolution imagery to sub-sect the land into management zones and export GIS files essential for the precision application of appropriate interventions like water and fertilizer.

*Screen capture from map service used by crop consultant to identify Southern Rust infestation

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How They Do It

InSiteful Imagery® is used as a stand-alone business tool, or it is easily integrated with other Information Technology (IT) programs such as Primavera, Microsoft Project, Microsoft SharePoint, Quickbooks, and virtually any other project management program, accounting system, or executive dashboard.

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