For years, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing methods have been utilised in various industries for visualisation, monitoring and management. However, the potential to use GIS to work from home or the office is increasing in popularity as we face various levels of restrictions and safety precautions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
These technologies enable access to reliable and important information occurring over the Earth’s surface without having to make physical contact. As the technology continues to evolve, the work that previously required people being ‘in the field’ can be done remotely. This opens up a multitude of opportunities for businesses to save time and resources when it comes to requiring physical presence on work sites.
So, how can GIS and remote sensing methods help us work from home or the office? We have identified three key options for you to consider.
Earth observations (EO) is the method of using satellite imagery to monitor changes and global events and provide geospatial insights at rapid speed, all from a birds eye view. Organisations can monitor areas of interest on the ground, validate information and discover trends relevant to their industry.
In Australia, mining, agriculture and utilities dominate the industrial landscape. By leveraging EO and remote sensing methods, these industries can gain insights and make better operational decisions remotely. EO can be used in each industry to:
Discover how NGIS’ technology partner and satellite imagery provider, Planet, provides data that can be used to monitor and assess changes despite limiting COVID-19 travel and health restrictions:
Intelligent digital twin solutions are digital replicas of a physical entity. This pairing of the virtual and physical world allows the effective monitoring of systems to address problems before they occur, develop new opportunities and plan for the future from anywhere in the world.
Skyline is a market-leading intelligent digital twin platform and NGIS technology partner that combines extensive, real-time data integration with advanced visualisation capabilities to provide detailed and immersive outputs for users in various industries.
Planning and infrastructure
Explore the ways you can stream and use digital twins to make more informed business and operational decisions from home or the office:
Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) is a remote sensing technique that maps changes in ground height to detect and measure displacement over time. This technology can help prevent environmental accidents, improve safety, and maintain operational success - all from our desk.
Market leader, 3vGeomatics, uses InSAR techniques to detect and measure ground and infrastructure displacement across large areas. In partnership with 3vG, NGIS can provide customised InSAR services across a range of industries including mining, transport and infrastructure, oil and gas, and agriculture.
Listen to the NGIS Location Matters podcast episode with 3vGeomatics to learn more about InSAR and how it can be used in Australia and New Zealand to monitor ground displacement remotely. Here are some additional resources about InSAR that are also available:
COVID-19 has reminded us how useful GIS and remote sensing technologies can be when working remotely in a time of crisis. It can be used to help report, explore, monitor and solve problems from a safe distance.
Get in touch with our team if you want to learn more about one of our technology partners and their product. We are happy to have a chat!
About the author: Amy Boyes
Amy is the Marketing Assistant at the NGIS Group.