GIS can be of great use in many different work processes. However, many GIS applications are very complex and specialized. At Geodan Research we have been working on a Microsoft Surface application -SchetsGIS- that can easily be used by non GIS professionals. The Microsoft Surface platform is great for creating such kind of applications. With the help of of WPF and the touch interface an application with a Natural User Interface (NUI) can easily be created. The only problem we are facing with the Surface table is meeting all the design guidelines for the Surface table. The application should have a 360 degrees orientation, which can be done in our case but then we risk disorientating the user when rotating the map.
SchetsGIS can be seen as a discussion platform, participants can stand or sit around the table and explore areas of interest by zooming, panning and managing layers. The biggest key feature of SchetsGIS is that users can add their own information by creating drawing layers and draw on top of the maps in a very easy and natural way by using objects and fingers. This user input is the discussion input for the different participants.
In the next movie an example of the use of SchetsGIS can be seen:
A short overview of the currently implemented features:
- Adding different layers to the application (WMS/TMS/ArcGIS (dynamic and tiled))
- Creating drawlayers and drawing lines, polygons and points on it with different styles.
- Editting drawings.
- Different social media layers such as Panoramio, Twitter and Flickr.
- Importing images and georeferencing them.
- Exporting drawings as jpg, pdf and shapefile.
- Measuring with the geo-ruler.
- Opening legends.
- Getting featureinfo from layers.
- Managing layers (Visibility, Transparancy, adding, removing and changing the order)