Improving Field Data Collection: How FieldSource Enhances Productivity

Field Data Collection

Streamlining your field data collection operations has never been easier. Replace paper processes with easy-to-use mobile applications that compile all your data in one place.

What is Field Data Collection?

To start, it is important to have a basis of what field data collection actually is. Field data is information collected outside of a traditional workplace. Collecting field data is the process of gathering data from an environmental system. Generally, data collection happens  in a variety of ways, including through measurements, GPS receivers/devices, drones, and through direct observation. 

Data collection methods encompass a wide variety of purposes, industries, and applications. For our purposes, we are focusing on the process of field data collection for utility mapping and  industrial applications. It is important to note that we are only focusing on one type of data collection. Field data collection can also include data collected for scientific study.  

Collecting data in the field is some of the most valuable information available to a company. It provides visibility into what is happening on the job site, when. Gathering information and quality data also leads to more informed decision making and increased safety on site.

Types of Field Data Collection

Collecting field data can look like many things, it may be surveys, interviews, observations, case studies, and reviewing records and documents. Collecting field data often relies on complex paper processes. These paper processes can lead to mistakes, lost data, and time-consuming workflows. 

Innovations in field data collection has opened a new world of possibilities for record keeping and data entry of field data. GIS field data collection apps and survey apps change the way companies collect field data. Being able to access these valuable tools on your mobile device gives greater visibility into the job site.

There are many industries that would benefit of mobile field apps, including:

  • Utilities
  • Telecom
  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas
  • Environmental Protection
  • Water & Sewer
  • Engineering

Challenges of Data Collection in the Field

Collecting data outside, in the natural environment, brings its own set of challenges. These challenges can make field data collection more complex and time-consuming.

Common challenges during data collection include: 

  • Weather
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Time Restrainments
  • Managing/Training Staff

After collecting the data, analyzing real world data in the office brings an entire new set of challenges. Not only is compiling data from paper records time-consuming, but there is additional chance of errors. In office challenges include:

  • Illegible Handwriting
  • Transcription Errors
  • Lost or Damaged Forms
  • Incorrect or Incomplete Forms
  • Inaccurate or No Location Data

Moving to mobile-based applications can help reduce common issues with paper processes, leading to increased productivity and better data records.

How to Improve Field-Based Data Collection

Innovations and emerging technology have made data collection more reliable, more accurate, and updated in real time. Mobile forms have replaced paper processes, giving your crews more visibility. Go paperless and reduce transcription errors and inaccuracies in data collection.

Streamline workflows and eliminate paper processes. Collect data in the field, one time. Take photos of the job site to verify data collection on site. Export data quickly and easily with the press of a button, share with all relevant stakeholders. 

Data is easily collectible on a single mobile device – whether that be a tablet or smartphone. Record data, take photos, and tag GPS locations all from one easy-to-use device. No more juggling multiple tools at the same time.

Increase productivity on site and make your crews’ lives easier. Mobile data collection apps, like FieldSource, save your field personnel time and save your company money. 

OpSource’s Suite of Field Software

With FieldSource, change the way you collect data. Our apps can be accessed from anywhere and are easy-to-use. All you need is your cell phone. Our full suite of software simplifies your workflows. Update field maps with GPS points in real time. Increase the accuracy of your data points.

Applications, such as OpSource’s suite of software, allow companies to quickly and easily collect data in one place. Mobile collection software can replace antiquated paper processes and increase on-site visibility. Collecting data in the field helps companies stay compliant with current government regulations and improves record keeping on the job site. 

Our suite of software can help businesses locate underground assets, updating maps in real time, and keeping all parties in the know. Increase job site visibility and mitigate liability in the event of a strike. FieldSource comes equipped with ready-to-use forms to streamline data collection activities and better record keeping. Easy-to-read dashboards automatically assign tickets and keep all your field data in one place. 

FieldSource maintains all your field documents in one place, without the need for paper records. Manage all of your locate tickets, manage inventory, and track materials from one application.  Reduce utility strikes and document locates on the job site before construction starts. Increase on-site safety, better track progress, and maintain your documents with one application. 

Contact us for more information on our software and how it can help your operations. 

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