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By on August 13, 2015 - New Features

We’re improving the Boréalis application as you read this. Here’s an overview of the latest enhancements.

If you remember correctly, our July release was quite exciting with the integration of Google Maps and Google APIs to our application. Well, we’re happy to announce that we’ve continued enhancing the mapping capabilities and improved various other features of the Stakeholder Engagement module.

Search results now available directly on map

Users can now view any search results directly on the map. How is that making a typical user’s work simpler? Issues, complaints, meetings, stakeholders, etc. can now be linked to a topic and a location. Here are a few examples of how this will make things a lot easier.

Let’s say a Community Relations Officer would like to locate all the meetings she attended over a specific time period in order to locate in which areas she has been working more for a project. In a few clicks, she’ll be able to visualise the information. Results can even be stored as a quick link and used as a custom map layer. Time spent reporting is reduced tremendously and management can access relevant project information to assist decision-making.

Search-results

 

Users will also like this feature to assist grievance management. A Field Agent could know where noise complaints have been registered over the past 30 days. He could easily identify which areas represent higher risks and allocate resources accordingly. For instance, if there had been a lot of complaints about trucks driving by a residential area at night and complaints linked to these events represent a risk for the project’s social acceptance, it could be easily flagged and taken care of. The map feature thus becomes a heat map of hot spots where actions are required and why.

Projects have a long lifecycle with many periods and although some elements can be relevant during development, this doesn’t mean it’ll affect operations. By being able to view search results on the map, users access only the information that matters for a specific time period.

Streamlined data entry for stakeholder engagement

Keeping our customers happy is the number 1 priority on our to-do list. That’s why every comment, suggestion or idea clients submit to our product team is carefully investigated. We just made various adjustments to enhance our Stakeholder Engagement module and simplify data entry. For instance, many fields that used to be required are now optional and additional fields users requested have been added to different forms. Furthermore, some fields now fill in automatically with your latest choices or with the most probable value (depending on context).

We’re always looking for new ways to improve our application. We work hard to keep our product up-to-date with the latest technologies and features you like. Stay posted for our next features release!

About Philippe Grégoire

Philippe is a Development Team Lead at Boréalis. He’s been with the company since 2006 and his contribution brought success to several extractive projects, more specifically in Australia and Africa. He’s always had great interest in developing quality software tailored to user’s needs, which got him his position as a Team Lead in 2010. Philippe is a new father whose next challenge is to figure out how to bring his son on his annual cycling trip!


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