COVID lockdown in 2020 afforded Skyside the unique opportunity to plan and develop mobile applications to facilitate the swift and accurate capture of field data in real-time.
Internal discussions suggested that two areas of dustfallout project work could benefit from being able to log field data using mobile Apps. The first application developed was, DSAPP, for site audits, which Skyside performs upon installation and then annually to ensure that sampling sites remain compliant to the requirements of both the Dust Control Regulations and the ASTM 1739D: 1970 method. All sampling locations are checked against a list of the siting requirements for both methods above, photographic evidence is included and a report is issued.
Data relayed instantaneously to Skyside database
Recommendations for amendment or improvement and best practice are automatically provided, drawing on over 35 years of experience with this type of testing. The App uses the phones GPS function to pinpoint the exact location of all sampling sites (although this information can also be manually entered) and with a simple click the audit results can be emailed in secure document format. This application has been field tested and implemented for all projects across the company. This App is also a service which can be provided to clients who are responsible for managing their own networks and would like to easily check the siting compliance of their dustfall locations.
Field Sampling Data
Currently also in development is an integrated set of Apps which automate the collection of field sampling data associated along with planning and reporting. The phone and mobile application allows the site location to be scanned from a tag on the dust stand and the sample bucket labels, both retrieved and deployed to be scanned: no transcription errors! The time and date are logged; there is no need to manually enter this information. Commissioning and decommissioning of sites can be achieve through a few clicks. The data is relayed to the Skyside database and stored from the moment it is taken on site. This saves time during sampling, reduces technician recording errors and removes several steps in the reporting process. Efficient and innovative!
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How to make it work for you
This application is currently in final beta phase testing, will be field tested in mid-May and implemented in July 2021.
For more information on how this could help your dustfallout programme please contact:
Loren De Koker: 011 590 3000 or email@example.com
Mia Antoni-Naidoo 031 1001303 or firstname.lastname@example.org