Mateboer goes digital: ‘The TerraIndex-app offers the fieldworker enhanced functionality and great convenience’
Whether it is about execution of exploratory soil surveys, further soil survey or the execution of a soil remediation. ‘Mateboer Milieutechniek’ sends their staff into the field with the new TerraIndex-app since the beginning of 2016. Why? “It enhances the functionality and efficiency of the activities in the field”, is the response of the head of the department of soil survey Henk Oort.
The word ‘transparency’ is written in capital letters as one of the core values of the company and even though the Psions were a reliable partner in the field, they did hinder this somewhat. “The added value lies within the functionality. The fact that the app has a better visualization, makes it easier for the fieldworker to enter the data and makes sure less errors will be made. Next to that it allows you to work faster. For that matter, the app means a big leap forward.
While we are having a conversation about the vision of Mateboer on the execution of soil survey and soil remediation Oort explains that the new TerraIndex-app responds to their objective of providing fieldworkers with the best tools. “Fieldworkers are our eyes on site”, he explains. “They are the ones who literally extract all the useful information from the soil and they are the ones to record this. And by making it easier for them to conduct the fieldwork at this initial stage, this will result in more reliable and more accurate information. Thanks to the app the delivered data is more reliable and quicker access to the data is possible because of the easy online communication. Eventually this helps us with setting up a well-supported advisory report. Hence a win-win situation.”
More understanding and convenience
Fieldworker and colleague Martijn Zunnenberg is sitting next to Oort and nods affirmative when Oort talks about facilitating the fieldworkers. “The fact that it is possible to load KLIC (Cables and Pipelines) designs in the App from the office means, for example that we know exactly where important cables and pipelines are located. This is displayed on a digital map. And if we need more information? In that case, they can directly send this to us from the office. This online connection just makes it way easier for us to conduct the work correctly. And more important: it prevents unnecessary damage during drilling operations.”
He continues: “From my perspective it is furthermore convenient that we don’t have to remember all the codes of, for example sand or grain sizes by heart. When entering data in the Psion you were not able to easily adjust anything. It was a bit like an old cellphone. Now everything works intuitively. That just saves a lot of time for entering the data. And let’s not forget about errors. Thanks to the app a lot of procedures are automated, for example the process of creating soil samples with the drilling profile.”
Everything digital in the future
Still these are not the only benefits Zunnenberg experiences. He tells us the application also offers fieldworkers more benefits in the practical sense. “Something totally different, but until recently I used to walk through all kinds of weather with a laptop, camera, telephone and handheld in my hands. You can probably imagine that this is not convenient if you have to go into the field. Now I have everything I need with only one tablet. Last step would be to digitize the fieldwork form and then it’s all complete”, with this he means that on a rainy day you are standing outside with a completely soaked A4 paper. In addition to the online fieldwork forms the possibilities for digital processing of map material by means of ArcGIS-online and related apps are also being researched.
“Everything digital, that is our ultimate goal at Mateboer!”, Oort wraps up.
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