We wear clothes that capture our body temperature, our heart rate and the number of steps we walk. We are building self-driving cars that use sensors and GPS to navigate. We are designing rail stations and tunnels using laser scanning and Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. Throughout it all, we are gathering information of all kinds, both online and offline, to better understand and work with the world we live in.
This is one of the projects that WSP’s team in Sweden has been working on over the past few years: data gathering. There, Patrik Karlsson, a GIS specialist, has developed a modular and expandable system called Voodoo that is simultaneously collecting information from hundreds of different sources across the country.
The question becomes, however, what to do with 15,000 air quality observations in Gothenburg, in Sweden? With 62,000 water level measurements of lakes and rivers, all around Gothenburg? With 108,000 roadworks and incidents records, we put together for the Swedish Transport Administration? What about the 39 million weather observations we’ve gathered from 800 monitoring stations?
“When you add value to the data-gathering effort, that’s where it gets interesting,” says Mats Önner, Leader of the Global Asset Management practice at WSP.
In Singapore, his team used Geotracker, a proprietary vehicle equipped with cameras, sensors, and other mobile mapping technologies to capture information on the mass rapid transit system of the city-state. “The project’s objective was to assess the condition of the network and prepare an advanced degradation modelling in order to optimize asset management,” explained M. Önner.