If you have an existing dataset that you would like to expand on, importing the data into Fulcrum in CSV or Shapefile formats is easy. Once it has been imported you can begin adding additional fields, modifying the existing records, add new records, and more.

As an example, in the case of a hurricane, there is an immediate need to assess and document damage after the storm has passed through. If there is already an existing GIS inventory of a feature, such as billboards, power lines, traffic lights, etc, it is simple to import the data into Fulcrum and then add additional fields to the app to create a hurricane damage assessment form. Since the data points have been imported, basic information such as feature id, year of construction, materials, etc do not need to be collected from the field. Instead, data collectors can navigate to the structure and document the damage, even taking pictures from the field.

Prepare Your Data for Import

To import data into Fulcrum, it needs to be point data in either a CSV or Shapefile formats. Be sure that the table has latitude and longitude fields. To convert your data to CSV format, simply save it as a CSV file in QGIS.

Import Into Fulcrum

Follow the steps of the import wizard to bring your data into Fulcrum. During the import, toggle on ‘read only’ for all of the fields, since data collectors will not need to edit this information.

Edit Your App

You will need to first create fields in the app that will be used for the existing data you plan to import. To prepare this portion of the app for this use case, arrange these fields into a section.

Add a second section to create the damage assessment portion of the app. In this section you can add fields for assessing the level of damage, documenting specifically what types of damage has occurred, and adding pictures. You can also add a status field to keep track of repairs.

Assess Damage from the field

Once you have finished editing the app, it can instantly be deployed to the field. Data collectors will need to download the existing records to their device. Once this has been done, they will simply need to tap the records to enter the damage information.

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