The decisions we make while managing natural resources are more important in a world of increasing demands.
We need to ensure that our natural resources are preserved for future generations and that our decisions and actions will preserve and sustain. Good information underpins good management and allows us to reliably monitor, and measure the impact of our decisions.
We work with natural resource management groups across Australia to help them harness the power of data and information so they can more easily manage implement and assess their actions on land management and invasive species control.
Are you getting the information you need to make better decisions?
Are you confident you have the right information to decide how to allocate precious recourses? Do you know whether the decisions you are making are improving the situation or are they making matters worse? If you are managing a weed infestation then it helps to see the location and extent of the weed on a map of the area. You can then plan a course of action and use the map to see where the actions have been applied. Subsequent updates of the weed map will then show if you are having a positive or negative impact and will help you plan further remedies.
Are you able to combine information from different sources?
It’s often the combination of different pieces of information that give us a clearer picture of a situation. If we can see a weed outbreak in relation to other environmental or man-made phenomena in an area then we can begin to better understand the problem and develop better solutions. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) enable the integration of information from different sources, data sets that would normally be unrelated can be linked, queried and analysed because they share a common location.
How long does it take to get the information you need?
When you ask for a report, do you get concerned looks from your staff? Does a simple routine request result in a flurry of activity lasting days when nothing else seems to get done? This is typical in organisations that use paper based field notes or spreadsheets to collect and store data. In this situation your overworked team managers need to collect data from disparate sources and aggregate it into useful information. Usually there is not a streamlined process for collecting and maintaining operational data, so it can’t be easily aggregated to provide management reports. The situation is even worse in larger organisations consisting of teams that have developed their own unique solutions for managing information about their operations.
Are your double handling your data?
Double handling of data is costly, inefficient and can lead to errors. Double handling can occur when field data is recorded on paper and then later entered into a spreadsheet in the office. Spreadsheet data may then be transcribed to a central spreadsheet to produce aggregated results. Human handling of data should be kept to a minimum and should occur at the point of capture. Handle it once, get it right, and then use technology to transport it to where it is needed.
Are your field data capture activities integrated with your office?
Integrated field data capture is all about ensuring that the collected data reliably ends up in a central repository with the least amount of fuss and effort. Configuring the technology to transfer the data (live or delayed) is better than relying on humans to correctly transfer files to the correct location at the end of a long day. With an integrated data capture system, the office database is always up to date and up to date reports can be produced without delay.
Can you capture information in the field rapidly and efficiently?
Capturing field data can be an arduous and frustrating process if you’re using paper forms to record observations, GPS details abd details about photographs taken using a camera. This is compounded by the office time needed to make sure that the forms are transcribed and linked to the photos and GPS coordinates. Capturing data in the field can be made simpler by using the right tool with the right software. Handheld devices are available which are designed for fieldwork and consolidate data from an integrated camera and GPS and use powerful mobile software for data collection. Going from paper forms to digital forms will slash the time you spend recording data and automates the process of getting it back into your desktop database. This approach enables rapid and reliable mapping in the field so that you can handle situations which require urgent response at let you get on with your work.
Do you have the expertise to develop your own solution?
Let’s face it, you didn’t get into the environmental sciences in order to specialise in information technology. Developing integrated field data capture solutions is a specialist activity. Let us do we what we do best by helping you to do what you do best. It’s the quickest way of getting a system up and running and it’s not as painful as you might think.
Environmental GPS Data Systems Portfolio
Invasive Species Spatial Data Management Review
The Invasive Species Branch of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE) had evolved rapidly to deal with the threat of invasive species in Tasmania. In a short period the group had to integrate disparate existing work groups…
Park Information Northern Territory (PINT)
The NT Parks and Wildlife Service wished to develop a customised data capture system to allow staff to easily capture and manage new data to be entered into their geographic information system (GIS) to support park management. The new system was to be based on modern mobile GIS technology…
Eyre Peninsula Natural Resource Management Board
RIA Mobile GIS worked collaboratively with the field officers at Eyre Peninsula NRM Board to develop a solution that would overcome their data management bottlenecks.
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board
The board required mobile GIS and supporting tools to help their field officers with land management and pest control. They also required the data captured by the field officers to be consolidated into a central database so that their activities could be reported, monitored and better managed.
Harvesting Crocodile Eggs
Next time you think you are doing it tough managing your assets, spare a thought for the crocodile egg collectors at the Darwin Crocodile Farm in the Northern Territory. Would you walk through eighty meters of waist deep water in the wet season, unable to see below the surface, in order to raid eggs from crocodile nest…
Need an Environmental GPS Data System ?
If you are looking for a GPS based mobile solution that helps you manage environmental and natural resource issues then please contact us for a free consultation.