First of all I have to say that I am not a GIS user. My background is civil engineering and I've done some work on CAD softwares such as Autocad (I don't know if that helps).
I am currently doing stormwater inspection work for a local council. The outcome of each inspection (deliverables) are a video footage of the inside of the pipe and a PDF report. As council runs and manages its assets through a GIS system, I would like to explore ways of making my deliverables GIS compatible. What I mean by that is effectively when my client click on an existing pipe asset on their GIS screen, I want them to be able to access inspection data easily from there.
My initial line of thought is:
-I need to import council's shape file into google earth
-hyperlink inspection data (videos and pdfs) to google earth lines
-export kml back to council's GIS...
The big question is is this going to work? Would hyperlinked data still show up on GIS as hyperlinked? Are there any other suggestions maybe using Mapwindow?
Thanks for help
in order to help you there are several points which need to be explained in more detail:
1. why using Google Earth and not directly go to GIS?
2. Are all your deliverable goods catered for by linking to a web link or is there information which can be delivered as GIS object properties (attributes)? By that I mean information you could show as tabulated data for example in Excell?
3. Where in Australia are you? I am just outside of Brisbane (contact in person)? My phone number is 07 3468 0036
4. If any work from my side is required to solve your problem other than giving you hints and advice, would there be any funding available?