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Digital surveying the public domain yourself

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This article has been published by Vakbeurs Openbare Ruimte in September 2022. Vakbeurs Openbare Ruimte is a 2-day event designed for the government and all organisations who participate in the Dutch public domain and will be held on October 5th and 6th.

This year, the Trade Fair for the Public Domain (Vakbeurs Openbare Ruimte) is all about a sustainable and circular public space. A great theme to include in making future plans for both the same public space itself ánd for organizations involved in it after the fair. Exhibitor marXact supports this by enabling them to map the same public domain thanks to their own digital surveying.

Centimetre accurate positions

Before we talk about the possibilities of mapping something ourselves, let’s look at what digital surveying actually is. Hereby is a digital receiver used that receives satellite signals, making it possible to indicate points, lines, and polygons on a map. This self-created data is automatically synchronized with your own online cloud environment, so that you or colleagues at the office can see if something is forgotten immediately.

A circular and sustainable public domain can be (re)designed on the basis of these centimetre accurate positions. Existing elements such as traffic lights or ponds that are preserved, can be drawn. For example, an urban architect then makes a new design for a sustainable living environment full of recycled materials and components. Think of benches made of bamboo, playground equipment made of recycled plastic, or a lush lawn with a tank full of stored rainwater below. These parts of the new design can be built to the nearest centimetre. To do this, the drawing is uploaded into marXact’s survey software, after which it is used for its exact layout on location. That goes faster than before, because you already know exactly where which item should go.

A sustainable and circular process

Digital surveying yourself contributes to a sustainable and circular work process. The self-created data is stored online and can be accessed from any location with an internet connection. In addition, it can be collected by people who are already working at that location, no one else has to come just for this. This in turn saves emissions, time, and money. The data remains accessible and there is no expiration date for it, new elements can even be measured at a later time.

By working digitally, old-fashioned drawing on pen and paper disappears. As a result, organizations are once again taking a major step in making their work processes more sustainable.

Questions about sustainable digital surveying

Are you curious about how you can digital survey your projects in a sustainable way? marXact is on stand 2.2.02 during the Public Domain Trade Fair. They are happy to think along with you about a structurally circular and sustainable solution for your question.


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