2019 Mid-Year Review: What Has Propeller Built for You?

The first half of 2019 has been a big one for Propeller Platform features. We’ve launched a bunch of new ones for safety, terrain editing, and much more. 

So we wanted to round up a few of the biggest releases to show you how Propeller can help you track, map, and measure your worksite even better than before. 


1. Safety 

Safety is always the top priority for any worksite, no matter your industry. That’s why we released new features to help improve safety using the data you already collect on site. 

As you know, frequent site surveys give you the opportunity to spot hazards and detect irregularities, fissures, and potential slips.

The Propeller Platform lets you create a digital, interactive, precise visual record of site hazards, road grades, and berm heights that can be tracked easily and shared with your team. 

Colorize road gradient Propeller Platform

Using Propeller, you can improve safety in four main ways:

  • Easy Detection: Safety templates and measurement tools give you the opportunity to spot hazards and detect irregularities
  • Digital Tracking: Create a precise, digital record of safety hazards such as steep roads, visitor parking lots, and more 
  • Notify Your Team: Alert your team to potential hazards on site by sharing a link or sending an email notification directly from Propeller.
  • Streamline Reporting: Easily export a PDF or CSV report showing all or specific site safety hazards that’s ready to share with the people who need to know.

Safety labels on site Propeller Platform

Read more about how to track and share safety hazards with 3D site maps in our blog


2. Material properties

If you’re a quarry or mine, your stock is where your money is. So why not track it better with less effort? 

With Propeller’s material properties feature, you can now upload material properties to create stock sheets and aggregated material reports in a few clicks. This takes the hassle out of managing, measuring, and reporting on the stock you have on the ground.

Material properties screenshot

With this info easily accessible in the Propeller Platform, you can calculate density, value, volume and tonnage of any stockpile on site. Simply drag and drop a CSV file with the relevant material properties into your site settings and apply to any volume measurement. 


3. Full DXF support

No matter what site you’re on, you’re probably using CAD designs in part of your workflow. We now provide full support for DXF designs in the Propeller Platform. Simply drag and drop a DXF file onto your Site via the Layers menu.

This functionality reduces the time it takes to create measurements against your designs. Using a drag-and-drop simplifies the process of creating site measurements into three easy steps, cutting time by as much as 70% versus a traditional CAD workflow.

And because you have your DXF in Propeller, you can precisely measure your progress or conformance to design and avoid costly mistakes and rework down the line. 

DXF design cut/fill

Lastly, being able to upload one or multiple designs means you can visually share what the site looks like now, as well in one, two, or five years time. Easily turn different layers on and off depending on what the team needs to see.

Want to know how else you can use DXFs on Propeller? Check out our blog on five ways you can use them in Propeller. 


4. Terrain editing

Accuracy is both the goal and standard for useful worksite data. When it comes to 3D site surveys like those generated with drone data, having the ability to edit terrain to remove inaccuracies is key.

Further, being able to create and share accurate measurements is critical to making sure any project stays on track, which is why we built terrain editing for our customers. 

Terrain Editing in photogrammetry

With this new feature, you can now:

  • Remove features such as vehicles, stockpiles, or debris
  • Patch over holes in a terrain caused by foliage or missing photos
  • Edit out bridges or other structures covering earthwork

terrain editing bridge

Having precise control over your terrain lets you have total confidence in your site data. Being able to track and restrict editing means you can share surfaces with other teams without worry. 

Read about how terrain editing can be used on your worksite on our blog


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