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The Katapult Method, Part 3: Photo Uploads

When our pole survey is complete, we are ready to upload our data and begin processing the job in KatapultPro.

We offload our camera photos to a folder on a hard drive containing the date, as well as team members’ initials. This increases the speed of photo uploads, and allows us to quickly find photos if they get misplaced.

The next step is to open the the upload tool in our software. The /upload page greets us with labeled folders that contain camera files

. We then create a new folder, naming it and assigning it a date and user.

The folder then prompts us to add a camera. By dragging in the field details photo (“sync shot”) from either camera, you can enter the details of who was collecting pole data and what time they collected it.

This step allows our software to compensate for the differences in our cameras’ internal clocks.

Because our field teams use their mobile device to indicate the subject of their photographs in the field (poles, midspans, drops), our software automatically associates each photo to the correct object.

After entering the field details, our software may provide warnings to assist in more intelligent uploading.

After checking these warnings, we then drag all of the photos from that camera to the folder. The software then queues these files until all cameras are ready for upload.

We then add our second camera’s photos by repeating the process (within the same folder). Once both cameras’ photos have been queued, uploads can begin. Each camera displays the status of its photos, allowing us to monitor the uploads’ progress.

To decrease upload time, uploads can be initiated from multiple computers. To do this, we simply offload the the files onto another desktop, and then repeat the upload process. On a second (or third) computer, we do not need to create another folder or cameras, we just drag the photos into the folder that is already uploading.

This methodology also tracks how many photos have been tagged and associated.

Tagged photos are those that have been either calibrated for heights, have pole tag, birthmark data, or other information noted, or are simply classified by type of photo (ie: side shot, hallway, back shot).

Associated photos refer to those that have been placed on a pole or midspan in the job.

Our uploading process provides structure during our high-volume weeks when we need to process 10,000+ photos across 1,000+ poles using several different scopes of work.

This process is also more intuitive for our software subscribers (typically working with smaller volumes), who will receive this update in early 2018.

Next, we’ll take a look at how we process and deliver our data in KatapultPro.

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