Guide for Infrastructure and Utilities on Grid

Vahishta Mistry
February 15, 2024
5 mins to read
infrastructure workers conducting a maintenance check on an utility pole

If you're drowning in paperwork, wrestling with spreadsheets, or just can't find a software that "gets" how your business really works, this post might be for you.

Making sure everything and everyone in your company is working smoothly and efficiently has always been a bit of a juggle. Traditionally, this meant a lot of paper logs, endless spreadsheets, and a bunch of tools that never quite fit together. Plus, every business does things a bit differently, which makes finding the perfect software solution kind of a nightmare.

Meet Grid: Your Data Superhero

Now, imagine a world where you can ditch all that paper and those clunky spreadsheets for something that fits your business like a glove. That's where Grid comes in. It's a no-code platform (which means you don't need to be a tech wizard to use it) that helps you digitize your core operations quickly and easily. Whether you're in the office or out in the field, Grid's got you covered.

Digging Deeper into Grid’s Worksheets

Grid’s interface is quite similar to Excel or Google Sheets, in some ways. Just like those spreadsheet programs, Grid has a similar interface called worksheets. Imagine a worksheet in Grid as your digital playground. However, unlike typical spreadsheets, these worksheets are designed to handle just about anything you can throw at them. Here's a closer look:

  • Customizable Columns: Each column in a Grid worksheet can be tailored to capture different types of data. Whether it's text, numbers, dropdown options, images, or even geo-locations, you can set up a column for it. This means you can capture the specifics of almost any operation, down to the finest detail.
  • Real-World Example: Let's go back to our streetlight survey project. You decide to create a worksheet to capture data on each streetlight. You set up columns for the streetlight's location (using the geo-location data type), the type of bulb (a simple text field), the light intensity (a number), a photo of the streetlight (image upload), and a dropdown to indicate if it needs replacing. This structured approach not only makes data collection comprehensive but also organized and accessible.

The Power of the Grid Mobile App

The Grid mobile app transforms your fieldwork from a chore into a breeze. It's designed to work seamlessly with the worksheets you've set up, bringing a host of powerful features:

  • Offline Capability: One of the coolest things about the Grid app is its complete offline mode. Your team can be in the most remote location, collecting data on the app, and once they hit a spot with connectivity, all the data syncs up with your worksheets. No more lost notes or waiting to get back to the office to update records.
  • Data Capture Made Easy: When your team uses the Grid app, they're presented with a mobile entry form that mirrors the columns you've set up in your worksheet. This means they can easily enter data, snap photos, or tag geo-locations right from their mobile device. It's data capture without the hassle, ensuring accuracy and efficiency.
  • Advanced Features for Precision: The app doesn't just collect data; it lets you set up default values, required fields, and use the device's camera and GPS for capturing images and locations. This level of detail ensures that the data you collect is not just comprehensive but also precise and relevant to your needs.

Bringing It All Together

With Grid’s worksheets and mobile app, your data collection process becomes incredibly streamlined. From setting up a digital worksheet that captures every piece of information you need, to empowering your team with a mobile app that lets them collect data easily and accurately, Grid is changing the game.

Imagine finishing the streetlight survey project with data that's not only quickly collected but also instantly ready for analysis and action. This efficiency and ease of use is what makes Grid so powerful for businesses looking to digitize and optimize their operations.

In essence, Grid's combination of customizable worksheets and a feature-rich mobile app provides a solid foundation for transforming your frontline data collection into a streamlined, efficient process that saves time and effort. By leveraging these tools, you're not just collecting data; you're setting the stage for smarter decisions and more efficient operations.

Real-World Magic

Think of Grid as the Swiss Army knife for your operational data. Here are just a few examples of how businesses are using Grid to work smarter:

  • A mining company tracks drilling costs to optimize spending.
  • An infrastructure firm saves a bundle on surveying for a smart city project.
  • A hotel chain automates maintenance across dozens of locations to cut costs.
  • A manufacturing company slashes quality issues by getting real-time insights into production.

Why It Matters

Beyond saving time and money, Grid helps you make better decisions because you've got the right data at your fingertips. Plus, it's secure and customizable, so you can trust it with your most sensitive information and tweak it to perfectly suit your needs.

Wrapping Up

In a nutshell, Grid is like giving your business a data supercharge. It streamlines collecting, processing, and using your data, so you can focus on what you do best. Whether you're looking to improve efficiency, cut costs, or just get rid of those pesky paper logs, Grid might just be the solution you've been searching for. So, why not give it a try and see how it can transform the way you work?

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Vahishta Mistry
Content Team Lead at WorkOnGrid
“Using Grid to track drill program progress and day to day expenditures has allowed VR Resources to make better decisions more quickly. The highly customizable and elegant interface allows me to track and manage all aspects of our field work and it’s clear after just a few weeks that the possibilities are nearly endless. Cost tracking estimates were consistently within expected variance of invoices received giving me further confidence in managing agile drill programs. Further the development team and customer support have been top notch!”
Justin J. Daley
PGeo, MSc, Vice President Exploration
VR Resources
VR Resources
“Grid has been extremely helpful in changing the course of multiple operations, here at U-Solar. We started with one module for Materials Management, and have now adopted Grid for 3-4 more processes, all of which have been smooth and quick to implement.”
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“GRID has helped Hotel Polo Towers group to manage their assets and inventory through its simple, user-friendly yet dynamic application. Managing asset data have really been simple and it goes without saying that the technical support team members have done a tremendous job by providing quick and effective troubleshooting measures whenever required.”
Anirban Chatterjee
IT Manager - Corporate
Hotel Polo Towers
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