Have you noticed a project running slower than normal? Does it take a long time to sync your device with the website? If your Internet browser or device seems to be bogged down by a single project, it may be time to rethink your project management.

Below are two common problems users face with large datasets and our suggested solutions.

My MapItFast project is slow on the website.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: There several factors that can cause a project to slow down the website. First, the limit for map objects in a project is 5,000 points, lines, or polygons. If this limit is reached, you will receive a warning message in MapItFast and browser performance and responsiveness will be affected.

You do not always have to reach the 5,000-object limit to see decreased performance in a project. Map objects that are data-intensive can cause a project to reach its threshold before the object limit is reached. For example, lines and polygons are made of multiple points called vertices. When these are drawn using GPS, they have more vertices. A project with lines and/or polygons that contain a total number of vertices exceeding 100,000 can also cause a project to slow down.

Another possible cause of project slow-down on the website is the addition of a large number of form photos, geo-photos, and/or signature images. Forms with minimal photos and signatures will not typically increase the size of a project enough to slow it down.

SOLUTION: The best way to prevent slow-down of MapItFast projects is to split existing projects into smaller, more manageable projects or set up new projects so that smaller amounts of data are being saved in each one. Some examples of different ways to organize projects would be by month, by user, by customer, or by region.

My data is not reaching the website or syncing from the device is slow.

POSSIBLE CAUSES: One possible cause of data not reaching the website is a large amount of un-synced data.

SOLUTION: If you have a large amount of un-synced data it could take more than the typical 15 minutes to sync with the server. To prevent this problem from happening in the future, it is a good idea to make sure that you allow your device to sync any new MapItFast data at least every few days of data collection, ideally every day.

By setting up manageable projects and regularly syncing map data, you will ensure a more seamless experience for all users in the system. When you get to the end of the season and want to see the “big picture,” our export tool allows you to export both shapefiles and KMZ files for additional analysis and viewing of large datasets in third party GIS software.