The City of Alexandria, Virginia is working in conjunction with the State of Virginia and the National Park Service to conduct a field survey of historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. They wished to use tablet devices to collect the information while at the physical location rather than the traditional method of taking notes and then entering them back in the office. An application needed to be built to track their location and allow direct data capture of the attributes not only of the overall structure but its individual components such as doors, windows, facades, roofing, and the like. The goal was to collect better data while reducing the amount of time required. To support the application, a database design meeting city, state, and federal level requirements had to be designed.
A few benefits to the City:
- Field collection directly into the database reduced collection time and prevented entry errors
- Database design allowed for collection of information for multiple agencies
- Volunteers were able to run the application
- Pilot project cleared way for full collection of remaining structures