Spike for Government Agencies

For quickly and safely capturing measurements and location

Spike turns a smartphone or tablet into a geospatial multi-tool allowing you to measure the following: external building features, signage, right-of-way, urban and rural environments, and natural features simply by capturing a photo from your smartphone or tablet. From that photo you can measure heights, widths, areas, and distances. In addition, you can quickly and safely capture a target’s location, your location, and a scaled image of the target. Location data includes latitude, longitude, and altitude.


Measure Objects and Collect GPS Location From A Distance


Take a photo of the object/location you want to measure, such as a building or disaster site, using the Spike app and your smartphone or tablet. From that photo, capture measurements in real-time including height, width, area, distance, and length. Photos can be measured using the Spike app or the online-cloud based tools. You can access your photos at any time to remeasure, eliminating the need to return to the location for additional measurements.

All measurements are saved with the photo, and can be exported and shared with your team, colleagues or customers. Use the exported photo and measurements as photo verification for reports or evaluations. The Spike app and cloud allow you to select the export format for your needs. From the Spike app you can export photos and measurements as a JPG, PDF, Spike file (XML), or KMZ. Photos that have been uploaded to the cloud can be exported as a PDF, JPG (with measurements or image only) or a viewable URL.

Quickly capture assets and assess hard to reach objects


Spike enables you to evaluate and catalog physical structures and asset locations such as, buildings, disaster/damage sites, and signage, by capturing positional data (Latitude, Longitude, Altitude) remotely. You can also measure hard-to-reach objects that would have otherwise required additional equipment, labor or tools. All it takes is one person to capture all the measurements you need, and while from a safe location and distance. Each photo can be exported as a JPG, XML, PDF, or KMZ file and imported into popular GIS tools, such as ArcGIS and Google Earth.

Spike Stories: City of Westminster Streamlines Inspections With Spike


Whenever a private entity in the city of Westminster proposes a new building or structure, the city’s Department of Community Development approves the plan and issues a permit with certain construction parameters. After construction, Scott Kolowitz, official development plan inspector for the city of Westminster, visits the build site to ensure the facility is in accordance with the permit. From landscaping to signage and even parking spaces, Kolowitz measures nearly every structure outside of the new building.

“Almost every time I would pull out my tape measure, it would break on me, or the wind would blow it over,” Kolowitz says. “My inspections would take much longer than they probably should have, but now I go out with Spike, hit a button, and it takes only seconds.”

Point-to-Point: measure the distance between two objects in 3D space


Point-to-Point Measurements determines the distance between two objects. For example, to measure the distance between the side of a house and a nearby tree, a store front and a sign in the parking lot, the side of a highway and a light pole, a utility line and a tree or the ground up to the roof line of a house. Point-to-Point Measurements allows you to work quickly and capture hard-to-reach measurements from a safe distance.

Simply aim Spike at the first object, such as the side of a house, and take a photo. Then, aim at your second object, such as a tree or fence, and take a photo. Spike then calculates the distance between those two objects. In addition to the distance measurement, Spike also calculates the linear distance for vertical and horizontal measurements.

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