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Live reporting app for engineering projects developed for TfL competition

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London-based start-up Geve is working with Transport for London (TfL) to develop a new geo-spatial mapping service that lets users report issues with transport and construction directly to TFL.

Called Spatial Messenger, the app-based platform will allow users to report a multitude of incidents and problems with the London road-network, including issues with construction, congestion, and near-accidents.  

User reports (called pins) are tagged to a geographic location and can be supplemented with photographs and documents. The pins are automatically assigned to whoever is responsible for that area, be that a TfL operator or construction project manager – who can then view this information and respond directly to the user in a “Whatsapp-style” conversation.  

Spatial Messenger is currently being developed as part of the London RoadLab competition run by TfL which aims to improve safety and reduce disruption to roadworks sites. 

The data uploaded into Spatial Messenger is all machine readable, and can be used to analyse long term trends, allowing TfL to optimise future road works, potential road closures and street planning. 

Geve coder Michelle Loi told New Civil Engineer that access to the app could be limited to trusted individuals to prevent abuse of the system – ensuring TfL receives a reliable and accurate stream of data meaning much quicker response times.  

The current version of the app monitors London’s roads, but Geve founder and director Mark Beckett told New Civil Engineer the app could also be used on specific civils projects to relay site-specific information between engineers on site and designers. “We can change the app right down to a local grid, down to the inch,” he said.  

The pins can also be viewed in a 3D rendered environment [pictured] created using the latest technology behind gaming, allowing designers or project managers working miles away to accurately visualise issues raised on site.  

Other companies on the RoadLab scheme include RSK Group, SAM Desk, Oxford Plastics, Grid Smarter Cities, Route Reports, Mobilized Construction, Emu Analytics and Immense Simulations.  

TfL will announce the winners of the RoadLab contracts at the end of May.  

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