ikeGPS is changing the way the world is measured, utilizing its cloud software and smart laser measurement solutions to capture, analyze and manage asset information.
I’m a pretty organized person, and when I worked at a sign shop, having my ducks in a row leading up to Black Friday was the key to surviving the signage holiday rush! I’ve seen people lose important information and customer surveys, forcing them to go back and remeasure or contact the customer for details they’ve already been given. This causes the shop to lose money on a second survey, or worse still, appear unprofessional to the customer, thus losing the job altogether.
Don’t fall victim to disorganized chaos this busy season. Spike not only helps you save time and money on your surveys, but can also help you to keep your projects on track.
I’ve seen sign shops use a variety of techniques to stay organized on projects, from clipboards hung on the wall for each job, to digital tools like KeyedIn and Casper. Spike supports your project management technique of choice, by allowing you to categorize projects into folders and rename individual photos.
Separating your site surveys into individual Spike folders within the mobile app and Cloud makes them easy to locate and share, and ensures you’ll never let a key survey suddenly disappear. Additionally, if multiple people are using one Cloud account, it’s easy for them to identify the project and pick up where you left off.
We’re in the thick of the busy season, so here are my top tips for organizing your Spike photos and measurements into folders:
- Before going into the field, first create a folder in the Spike mobile app, label it by the project name or date and set it as your default folder. Then, all the photos you take at the job site will automatically save into that folder.
- Once you’re done snapping your photos, upload the entire project folder to the Spike Cloud and a folder will be automatically created in the Cloud with the same name.
- Bonus tip - rename the photos in the Spike Cloud folder by double-clicking on the name of the photo (the default name for all photos is “New Measurement”). Consider naming the photos after location, such as “North Elevation” and “South Elevation”, or including instructions for your designer by adding labels like “Sign Here” or “No Sign Here”.
If you have any other questions about how to utilize Spike’s folder feature, please get in touch. You can reach me at email@example.com.
About Glenn Chambers
Glenn Chambers, business development manager for ikeGPS, is a 15-year signage industry veteran. Prior to joining ikeGPS, Glenn was an enthusiastic Spike user.
ikeGPS announces a new distribution agreement with Duncan-Parnell, who has been supplying architects, engineers, construction contractors, surveyors and designers since 1946. This agreement expands the availability of IKE’s Spike product to the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee while increasing its presence in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Geospatial industries across the United States.
Duncan-Parnell is a family-owned business with vast coverage across their territory, including 13 retail locations and 140+ employees. Their product lineup spans Autodesk® software to Trimble® equipment,
Wide-Format printers to 3D printers. Some of the other product brands supplied by Duncan-Parnell include 3D Systems, MarkedForged, Canon, and HP.
“Working with Duncan-Parnell means partnering with a market leader across not just one industry, but three main industries where Spike meets the demand for an easy-to-use and effective mobile measurement solution. Their knowledgeable staff has equipped themselves with 20 Spike units for launch, and will be providing in-person demonstrations of Spike to their customers,” says Glenn Milnes, CEO of ikeGPS. “We believe that Duncan-Parnell is poised for success with Spike, and will be able to also leverage the recent integration of Spike with AutoCAD for their Autodesk customer base.”
"We believe that adding Spike to our portfolio of products meets the need for a laser measurement solution that works with the one device every customer has – a smartphone,” says Daryl Huffman, Executive Director of Duncan-Parnell. “Spike is quick to learn and deploy, and enables our AEC and GIS customers to have a powerful estimation solution for their everyday measurement requirements."
For more information on Duncan-Parnell, visit www.duncan-parnell.com/
Since 1946, Duncan-Parnell has been the trusted supplier to construction contractors, engineers, surveyors, architects and designers. From Autodesk® software to Trimble® equipment, Wide-Format printers to 3D printers Duncan-Parnell specializes in providing high-quality hardware, innovative software, and invaluable services to make projects successful. Today, we’re proud to remain an independent, family-owned business with 13 locations to deliver excellent customer experiences.
When your role encompasses building operations and facility management, taking measurements is a daily task. Whether it’s measuring damages for repair, windows for energy use, or renovations and office improvements, building operations needs to be able to quickly and safely capture measurements and a photographic record. However, some of those projects can be next to impossible to reach with a tape measure or require the assistance of others. These measurement tasks were significantly simplified when the Esri Broomfield Office began using Spike, a mobile laser measurement solution powered by location intelligence technology.
For the last 28 years, Kathy Burton has worked for Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics and maker of ArcGIS, the world’s most powerful geographic information system (GIS) software. In her current role as Regional Office Administrator and Building Operations for the Broomfield, Colorado location, she is responsible for the day-to-day building maintenance and operations of a demanding office. The Esri, Broomfield facility is unique in that it is owned as opposed to leased, which means all requests regarding building maintenance and improvements fall on Burton’s shoulders.
Any budgetary decisions pertaining to facility improvements need to be approved by Esri’s corporate headquarters in Redlands, California. “Since our corporate headquarters is almost a thousand miles away, in order for the decision makers to be able to identify with my requests, I typically need to send photos and measurements for projects I am pursuing. Oftentimes it is difficult to get the measurements I need because the ceiling is too high, or the tree is too wide, or the ledge is too hard to get to,” says Burton.
ikeGPS is an Esri Business partner, and Burton heard about Spike from one of the Business Partner Managers who was testing the device and thought it might be of use to her in her facilities role. “It seems like I am always running around with a tape measure, measuring something. I was loaned a Spike device and I started using it for various projects. I was having so much fun with it, and it was making taking measurements so much easier, that I had to have one for myself” adds Burton.
One of Burton’s first projects using Spike was when she was tasked with having security cameras installed in Esri’s parking lot. She first had to get measurements of the light poles where the proposed cameras would be, then make note of any obstructions in the vicinity of the light poles. To do this, she used Spike’s Point-to-Point measurement tool on the Spike app coupled with her iPhone. Burton says, “getting the measurements I needed was an easy task with the Spike unit. I took photos of the light poles and the surrounding area, then took a height measurement of the pole itself and of any trees that were nearby. With this information, we know where obstructions exist, and decisions can be made on mitigation.” Burton admits that prior to using Spike, she would have had to make a wild guess on the measurements that were out of reach with a tape measure.
The light pole project was a huge undertaking and Burton was thankful to have Spike in her toolbox. Being able to send Esri corporate headquarters photo records of the light poles with measurements included on the photo made the approval process go much more smoothly. Burton credits Spike as a huge time saver to her workflow. She was able to take the light pole measurements in about 20 minutes and estimates it would have taken hours and a lot of guesswork before.
Since using Spike on the light pole project, Burton has begun integrating Spike into more and more assignments – even on ones that she could easily complete using a tape measure. Burton says, “using Spike has made the task of measuring so much easier. Instead of using my tape measure and writing down each measurement in addition to sometimes having to guess at measurements because the object(s) I need to measure are not really accessible, all I do is take a photo with my phone, and I have the information that I need.”
Most recently, Burton used her Spike during the renovation of a conference room. She was able to capture the dimensions of the room using Spike’s Photo Measurement tool on the app then uploaded the photos to the Spike Cloud where she calculated the desired measurements. Having the photo record was vital to this project as it allowed them to see where light fixtures were located and wouldn’t compete with where the projector and screen needed to be installed. Burton has also used Spike to measure ceiling heights in order to request the right amount of scaffolding for a light replacement project, in addition to measuring Esri’s employee kitchen to gain approval on adding a second refrigerator.
Burton immediately saw the value of Spike after its first use. Not only does it save her valuable time, but it allows her to complete projects by herself and safely. Before Spike, she would often need the help of another person to hold the other end of a tape measure or the base of a ladder when she attempted to access the hard-to-reach areas. Burton says, “with Spike, I can just attach the unit to my phone, take a photo and have accurate measurements within seconds. Not only do I have the measurements I need, but they appear right on the photo so I can share my results instantly.” She continues, “I would definitely recommend Spike to my colleagues. When you are responsible for the maintenance of a facility, this tool makes life so much easier. Spike has been a big time-saver for me.”
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