Case Study

Streamlining Survey Project Management with ArcGIS Experience Builder

Challenge

Moore + Bruggink is a full service professional engineering, survey, and inspection services company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its survey department, consisting of seven staff members in the field and four in the office, faced significant challenges when managing its topographic surveys, boundary work, and staking projects. The primary issues included the following:

Solution

To address these challenges and enhance the efficiency of project management, Moore + Bruggink developed a comprehensive solution with ArcGIS Experience Builder.

The solution serves as a reference for project notes for the duration of a project and enables users to filter projects by survey type, making project information retrieval more efficient.

Upon the completion of a project, survey department office staff draw project boundaries and then assign the survey type, project number, and other attributes. Field notes and other relevant documents are then attached to the feature. Editing is done through ArcGIS Experience Builder in ArcGIS Online.

Scanned field notes are added as an attachment to a project feature in GIS

The key components of the solution include the survey repository and the record viewer. The survey repository (including editor and viewer) is used specifically to survey project information. The record viewer is used for as-built documents to retrieve information regarding site plans and design drawings.

Both components are available on the home page so that office staff can access all information easily.

In May 2023, the survey repository was transitioned from ArcGIS Web AppBuilder to ArcGIS Experience Builder, enhancing the user interface and data presentation.

Results

The implementation of this solution yielded significant results:

Navigating to project area to enter new project. Left side of screen shows filters possible to narrow down search. Right side shows editing with the option to enter a new Survey Record.

The solution has transformed project management for the survey department, reducing administrative overhead and enhancing field crews’ work efficiency. It serves as a model for other organizations seeking to streamline their project documentation and management processes.

Entering specific project information regarding an ALTA Survey. Conditional field display configured in web map keeps the form tidy and only shows selected project fields.
Demonstration of popup. Project information is visible along with location-based attributes that were automatically populated.

Future Considerations

Moore + Bruggink is considering several future enhancements, including the following:

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