VGI in surveying engineering: Introducing collaborative cloud land surveying


  • Ioannis Sofos
  • Vassilios Vescoukis
  • Maria Tsakiri


volunteered geographic information, engineering applications, spatial data, service sharing, collaborative cloud land surveying


Volunteered geographic information (VGI) has enabled many innovative applications in various scientific fields. This paper introduces a new framework called "collaborative cloud-based land surveying" (CCLS) that uses VGI principles for data sharing among surveyor engineers to boost the productivity and improve the quality of their applications. A cloud-based spatio-temporal data repository is presented, aiming to facilitate the sharing of VGI among surveyor engineers. A fully-functional distributed software application has been developed and used to apply CCLS in a large-scale land surveying project run by the Greek Ministry of Culture, which involves the mapping of the historic center of Athens. Results from the data analysis of hundreds of measurements indicate a substantial (30% to 60%) error reduction and also a significant productivity raise (~22%). The collected measurements are shared in an online database, accessible by professional surveyors who can in turn contribute their own data to further enhance the CCLS system.







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