in the ski rea. In the past, a surveying company had to be
commissioned to manage this data. Thanks to the GIS Data
Manager, a new digital SNOWsat solution, the employees in
the ski area are now able to update this data on their own.
How the SNOWsat GIS Data Manager works
The SNOWsat GIS Data Manager is a solution for managing
the GIS data in the ski area. Data points are either added
manually or recorded using the snow groomer. Vehicles
equipped with SNOWsat are capable of recording anchor
points or positions of snow guns, for example. In addition,
they can follow slope edges. The user can then adapt the
existing slope edges to the recorded driving paths using the
software and thus update them. An accurate map of the
entire ski area is created that is automatically available not
only in the office, but also in all snow groomers.
Maximum precision and efficiency
In the SNOWsat GIS Data Manager, plans for snowmaking can
be created and areas to be covered with machine-made snow
can be defined. A snowmaker or slope manager compares the
current snow conditions to the plan. They can derive concrete
measures for snowmaking and slope grooming from this
plan. At the same time, the software supports coordination
between teams as all responsible persons have access to the
data. Working with the snowmaking plan not only increases
efficiency in the ski area, but also reveals new opportunities
for saving money.
The SNOWsat GIS Data Manager is an
Cedric Degraeve is in charge of snowmaking in the Saint-
Gervais ski area in France. Since last winter, his team has
been using this new solution and he is enthusiastic about it.
He said, “The data helps us to identify critical areas ear-ly
on and to adjust our snowmaking and slope grooming
activity with a clear focus. The software simplifies com-munication
between the teams and provides the basis for
Prinoth to groom Beijing 2022
Following successful negotiations all is decided: The alpine
ski runs at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2022 will be brought
into top form by Prinoth snow groomers. The company, with
business worldwide, has revealed itself to be in the top league
and will be a partner in the most important wintersports
event in the world.
To prepare the pistes for the Winter Olympics, over 50 of the
latest generation vehicles, complete with fleet management
and snow depth measuring equipment, will be employed.
Prinoth’s high-end technology will once more stand in the
spotlight of top-level sport.
Prinoth was to supply vehicles for the FIS World Cup race
in Yanqing, China, this past February. However, due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, this event was canceled. Therefore, the
first Prinoth vehicles will be used in preparation for the FIS
Nordic Combined World Cup in Guyangshu, Zhangjiakou,
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38 September 2020 | snowopsmag.com