Getting Started: Planning Your Sidewalk Data Collection Project with DeepWalk

June 5, 2024

In this video, learn how to plan your sidewalk data collection project with DeepWalk. This guides you through logging in to the web application, customizing manual tags for specific data points, and using the planning tools to select sidewalk areas within your area.


0:03 Hi everybody. Today I'm going to walk through how to plan out a data collection project using DeepWalk. So first go to Go to the web app login in the top right corner, and then log in with your DeepWalk potentials.

0:18 And if you want your DeepWalk credentials, you can also go directly to And this is one of our test projects out here in Chicago, and it'll take you a couple scans.

0:37 If you have not taken any scans yet, the map will not show up and you'll just have a spinning loading bar.

0:45 As soon as you take your first scan, the map will show up. And then, the first thing you'll want to set is your manual tags.

0:53 So, by default, there's a red manual tag called vertical. By default, it's called trip hazard, but this person was able to rename that tag to vertical because they did not want to call it trip hazard, but you can call them whatever you would like.

1:08 You can also set a definition. You are required to have at least tag that corresponds with vertical discontinuities or displacements or change in level or whatever you'd like to call them.

1:22 But this this feature is for adding I guess custom tags to DeepWalk inspections that are not built in. So if you want to know where your pedestrian signals are while you're scanning, you can add a tag and your data collectors can tag pedestrian signals while they're out scanning.

1:41 Same with trash cans, we have people who will tag utility boxes and at some point we'll make an article about that.

1:50 The different things that people have added. But for now, use your creativity. Uh, anything that DeepWalk doesn't collect, you can add here.

1:59 So make sure to save your changes if you change anything. The next thing you'll want to do is go to plan, and then, this is where you can plan out a data collection project.

2:13 So, say if I want my data collectors to go and scan some specific section of sidewalk. Maybe, say, this one. I want them to scan from here to here.

2:30 Uhm, you can do that, and once you save this, this will show up on Data Collector’s web application. You can make multi-lines if you would like.

2:40 So, say, if I just wanted them to do this, uhm, mark out that area. So this is for marking out specific areas for data collection.

2:49 So that's the first way to do it. The second way to do it is to click on this polygon tool.

2:53 And this is good for marking out whole neighborhoods or areas. Let's say we want to do this whole Humboldt Park region.

3:02 You can mark this area out and then your data collectors will have this polygon to know where to scan it.

3:07 And then the last option is if you have a GeoJSON file with line work of the sidewalk that you'd like to be added to the plan page, you can upload a GeoJSON file directly from here.

3:19 And yeah, it's pretty easy. Make sure to save because it will not save unless you save it. So make sure to save.

3:29 And then if you want to to adjust your polylines, you can click on them and adjust them. And then if you want to do a mass delete, you can hold shift, sort of drag over an area.

3:41 It'll highlight them and you can delete. So that's a good way to plan your data collection project. So that's everything we have as of June 5th, 2024.

3:53 I imagine we will add new things in the future. So feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions, and happy scanning!

4:04 Thanks!