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Refining Mobile Solutions for All Types of Users

Presenter(s):  Lindsay Spencer

Abstract: GIS field data collection via collection of a point or line using a GPS unit or GPS enabled device is simple in theory. Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation's (NRPR) experience with field data collection and resulting data workflow has been a challenge to implement because NRPR has multiple divisions staffed with people having a range of technical expertise. NRPR GIS staff, with help from Esri and collaboration with other Pima County GIS departments, has had to be flexible in supporting these divisions. Throughout this development process we realized that field staff require different mobile platforms with tailored interfaces specific to their scope of work. The Collector platform became a go-to for our Natural Resources division whereas Survey123 was the best solution for our Operations and Trades divisions. This presentation covers our solutions from a variety of field collection methods, to online QA/QC, to final geodatabase input and photo processing and management.

Key Takeaway: The audience will gain insight on how to develop and manage multiple types of workflows for support in multiple types of work environments, as well as how to identify what types of workflows best suit their clients' needs without overwhelming them with technicalities.

Intended Audience: Field Data Collectors, ArcGIS Online Users, people who are thinking about implementing field data collection

About the presenter(s):

Lindsay Spencer is a GIS Analyst with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). She primarily works on development and implementation of mobile solutions for the 5 NRPR divisions, as well as maintaining many of the public-facing NRPR data services. She holds a Masters or Science in GIS from Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor of Science in Geoscience from the University of Arizona.