The Offline Capabilities of SmartShape: Ensuring Continuity in Remote Areas

Victor Bommelaer

Read : 4 min - 11 July 2024

In the modern industrial world, connectivity and real-time access to data have become essential elements for effective project and infrastructure management. However, not all regions benefit from stable internet connections or permanent access to data networks. This is where SmartShape’s offline capabilities come into play, offering a robust solution to ensure operational continuity even in the most remote areas. This article explores how SmartShape overcomes connectivity challenges and ensures smooth and efficient industrial project management.


Connectivity Challenges in Remote Areas

Remote areas, whether they are distant construction sites, offshore installations, or infrastructures located in rural regions, present unique challenges in terms of connectivity. These challenges include:

  1. Lack of Data Networks: Many remote areas lack adequate network infrastructure, making real-time access to data difficult or even impossible.
  2. Harsh Environmental Conditions: Extreme environmental conditions, such as storms or extreme temperatures, can disrupt existing network connections.
  3. High Connection Costs: Establishing a stable network connection in remote areas can be extremely costly.
  4. Data Security: Unsecured or unstable networks can expose sensitive data to security risks.

SmartShape: An Innovative Offline Solution

SmartShape is designed to address these challenges through its advanced offline capabilities. Here’s how this technology ensures operational continuity in remote areas.

1. Data Storage and Synchronization

SmartShape allows critical data to be stored locally on devices used in the field. Whether it’s 3D plans, sensor data, or maintenance information, all necessary data is available offline. When the network connection is restored, SmartShape automatically synchronizes local data with the central server, ensuring that all information is up-to-date and accessible to all stakeholders.

2. Real-Time Collaboration, Even Offline

Collaboration is essential for industrial project management, and SmartShape maintains this collaboration even without an internet connection. Teams can work together on the same 3D models, add annotations, and share critical information. Once reconnected, all changes are synchronized, ensuring continuity and data consistency.

3. Universal Accessibility

SmartShape’s offline capabilities are available on a wide range of devices, including tablets and laptops. This universal accessibility enables field teams to work efficiently, regardless of environmental conditions. Additionally, SmartShape’s intuitive user interface ensures quick and easy adoption by all users, even those with little experience with digital technologies.

4. Enhanced Data Security

Data security is a priority for SmartShape. Locally stored data is encrypted, ensuring its protection even in the event of device loss or theft. Moreover, secure synchronization protocols ensure that data transferred to the central server is protected against interception or alteration.

5. Case Study: Chantier de l’Atlantique

A concrete example of the effectiveness of SmartShape’s offline capabilities is the project conducted with Chantier de l’Atlantique. Located in a region where connectivity can be limited, the shipyard benefited from SmartShape’s offline features to manage the construction of over 10 ships, comprising 3 million unique elements and 400 million attributes.

  • Data Management: 3D plans and critical data were available offline, allowing field teams to continue working even without internet access.
  • Improved Collaboration: Teams were able to collaborate in real-time, add annotations, and share essential information, ensuring continuity and data consistency.
  • Security: Data was secured through local encryption and secure synchronization protocols, guaranteeing the protection of sensitive information.


Advantages of SmartShape for Remote Areas

SmartShape’s offline capabilities offer numerous advantages for industrial operations in remote areas:

  • Operational Continuity: Teams can continue working without interruption, even in the absence of a network connection.
  • Cost Reduction: Avoiding the high costs associated with establishing network connections in remote areas allows for significant savings.
  • Increased Productivity: Constant access to data and the ability to collaborate in real-time enhance team efficiency and productivity.
  • Data Security: Data is protected through advanced security protocols, reducing the risk of loss or compromise.


In a world where connectivity is often taken for granted, SmartShape’s offline capabilities stand out by offering a robust solution for industrial operations in remote areas. By enabling data storage and synchronization, real-time collaboration, universal accessibility, and enhanced security, SmartShape ensures operational continuity and improves field team efficiency.

Concrete examples, such as the project with Chantier de l’Atlantique, demonstrate the significant impact of this technology on managing projects in challenging environments. By adopting SmartShape, companies can not only overcome connectivity challenges but also optimize their operations and proactively and effectively prepare for future challenges.

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