We discussed in the previous blog about port managers’ challenges, and one of the main issues in efficient asset management is having up-to-date information in the place everyone can access it easily. The information is needed in maintenance, traffic operations as well as sales. A comprehensive situation map -how is it done?

Digitising the assets is the first step towards the situation map

First you need to gather the spatial information of the port. The modern survey technology with drive-by multibeam sonar surveys and drone photogrammetry aids enormously in this phase. When the whole port is surveyed and the data combined, you have a comprehensive, georeferenced 3D point cloud of the port, in other words a digital twin.

A digital twin of the port can replace dozens of paper maps, CAD-files and software. You see at one glimpse all the areas below and above the waterline. GISGRO has multiple analysis and measurement tools to use the spatial information to different purposes.

Add value by adding assets

The surveyed 3D model itself has visual information about the area, but you can also add smaller objects like bollards or light poles. In GISGRO it is done easily by uploading DFX or GeoJSON files, and the assets are automatically placed to the model.

Adding assets and their attribute information is the second step towards using the 3D data as a situation map. The reason to do it is to concentrate the essential information to one place. The digital twin is a visual representation of the port, so it is easy for everyone to find the needed information, for example load bearing capacity of a quay or a leaseholder of a rental area.

Integrate to external information sources

Port managers and their staff need a variety of information regarding the environmental circumstances, traffic and ongoing operations during one workday. You can search the information from different sources, portals, emails and calls to the colleague, but why not integrate them to the digital twin in GISGRO?

Work orders can be created easily online: find the digital counterpart of the area needing repair and attach the work order straight to that asset. Or check the dimensions of an arriving vessel and plan the suitable quay for it using depth charts of the port with target depth tool. See the current, pinpointed weather data from your own weather station integrated to GISGRO. All you need for your work in the busy port is easily available.

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