Cost -Effective Methods for Gathering GIS Data

The cost of implementing GIS services and processes can add up quickly, especially when your team is new to GIS. Though the value of a quality GIS far outweighs the cost of implementation, there are several steps you can take to maximize your GIS and keep it budget-friendly (as always, our AssetAlly team is here to help you along the way, but you’ll have to find your own interns!).

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GIS WITHOUT BREAKING YOUR BUDGET:

  • Employ Interns

    • Allows your team to take advantage of cost-effective, short-term support.

    • Extra help around the office has been shown to increase employee productivity and prevent full-time employees from becoming overburdened by side projects.

    • Bonus! Employing interns helps young people in your community by offering them valuable career training.

  • Use Aerial Photos

    • Allows your team to quickly identify the location of utility structures, storm water facilities, etc.

    • Budget friendly and easy to access.

  • Digitize Field Survey Data

    • Ground survey provides your team with accurate information, especially when gathering attribute data.

    • Timeliness: can help your team find what they need when imagery is not readily available.

    • Coincidental collection: allows your team to collect additional data en-route.

    • Transforms your field data into digital data.

    • Scanning of as-builts and other documents for geo-referencing.

  • Use Drone Images and Survey

    • Gathering data from drone images is more efficient than traditional survey.

    • Drones are a cost-effective way to collect large amounts of data in a small time-frame.

    • Can help your team capture data in real time.

    • For more information on how drones can help your team, please check out our article 6 Benefits of Drone Use for Municipal Projects.

If you’d like to learn more about how your team can maximize your GIS without breaking your budget, please contact our experts today!