Geospatial Innovations Inc. has released a cloud-based storm damage assessment software for utilities that supports digital data collection and analysis for major storm events.

The new software, GSI Scout, cuts time and costs by allowing assessors and patrollers to record equipment damage and restoration requirements in the field. GSI Scout sends the assessment data to dispatchers without radio traffic and assists with communication for optimal service restoration.

Storm damage assessment allows mutual assistance contractors to use their own mobile hardware, saving utilities the cost of purchasing and maintaining expensive devices. With GSI Scout, cooperatives can eliminate paper in the field and use smart phones, tablets or laptops.