GeoSpatial Experts, Inc., founded in 2001, is the world leader in photo mapping software for business. Over the past decade, its flagship product, GPS-Photo Link, has emerged as the industry standard solution for mapping photographs because of its advanced functionality, consistency, and reliability.
GPS Photo-Link helps users streamline photo-based field data collection and information management. The power and agility of GPS-Photo Link enables organizations to meet compliance requirements, effectively capture project data, and capitalize on new business opportunities.
GPS-Photo Link enables users to accurately map the locations of photos taken either with a standard digital camera and hand-held GPS receiver, with a GPS-enabled camera, or with a Trimble® handheld computer with built-in camera. The automated software correlates each photo with its GPS coordinates and other data collected in the field.
In addition to writing GPS and other attribute data into the EXIF header of photos, GPS-Photo Link offers functionality for data QC, report creation, and integration with GIS and non-GIS databases. Users can create watermarked photos, as well as word, html, or .pdf reports to share the geotagged photos and maps between organizations. The program, which can run as an extension within ArcGIS, outputs data into Shape Files, Esri Personal and File GeoDatabase, as well as ArcSDE Enterprise GeoDatabases. It can also output to .csv files and Access files for integration into a non-GIS database.
Staff members of Ayres Associates Inc. combined mobile GIS and digital photomapping technology to more quickly and accurately verify the location of alluvial fans on a proposed building site near Phoenix, Arizona.
Stormwater conveyances in 17 parks and golf courses within the Croton Watershed and along 75 miles of county roadways were mapped. In addition to location, crews recorded structural characteristics of the features (type, shape, material, size, condition), and volume and clarity of any running or standing water they observed. GIS staff supported the multi-department effort to inventory storm water infrastructure, an important step in implementing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) management practices. Outfalls, culverts, catch basins, and open drains in all County-owned facilities were inventoried and inspected. Potential illicit discharge was also captured in photos and tagged for follow up.
GeoLogic VR, LLC, a geosciences firm specializing in exploration, monitoring, and visualization services, devised a method that significantly improves the efficiency and accuracy of geologic fieldwork by making a radon survey essentially paperless. The firm used GPS-Photo Link, Ricoh GPS cameras, and Trimble GPS units.
Documents apparatus attached to utility poles using Ricoh camera to scan pole bar codes, Trimble GPS receivers with Bluetooth® to record locations and GPS-Photo Link software to create maps with hotlinks to photos.