Is there a way to auto-populate fields base on location in Collector or an ArcGIS online web app?

04-11-2016 01:00 PM
New Contributor III

I recently demoed the collector app for one of field crew management teams. They like the app but are worried about too having too many fields to fill out.   The field crews will be standing in front of one parcel (house or commercial building) at a time collecting several features.  They are looking for concrete repairs on gutters, curbs, driveway apron, driveway, ADA ramps and sidewalks.  For each layer they will need to enter the features length and width.  They will also enter field that will be the same for every parcel; these are the street, address number, date and agencies that they will need to contact in order to complete these repairs.   I would like to see if there is a way to only enter these in once per parcel.  I have thought about creating only 1 point per parcel however since they will be entering multiple lengths and widths I could see this be very confusing.  I realize this is probably beyond the capabilities of collector and I am not apposed to doing a web app.  I am just hoping someone may have a better idea of how to make the collection process simple for the end user and point me in the right direction.  We also have thought about using Survey123 so they can fill out a form more like what they are used to however since Survey123 currently doesn't support existing data this is not an option.

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Occasional Contributor

If the data is in the tax lot then you could try setting up a related data feature but this only brings one field over the data is related by, if it is not you could try the smart editor, it has a preset option you can fill in the fields before collection and it will put that data in each feature created after.

I am also looking for an auto-populate fields option.

I would like to place a feature and have it pull data from another feature based on the spatial location. not related features that have to be set up in the desktop environment first. It should be able to pull one or many fields from one feature to another by spatial relation.