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Counting Cars

Counting Cars

We had an interesting request not too long ago and it really sparked our interest. On the surface it entailed days of data collection that was honestly quite a large project to chew on. It involved the process of Counting Cars. Sounds like this project could apply to just about anything right? Want a hint? It’s a Commercial Real Estate project. Counting Cars So let’s back up. One of our long time clients needed some assistance in figuring out what infrastructure…

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Heat Mapping

Heat Mapping

Data is everywhere and usually it’s locked up in excel or simple tables somewhere. You can analyze it with graphs and charts but what happens when you want to see the geographic patterns? Applying your excel data on a map can start to open new views of your data. One way to describe this approach is heat mapping. Let’s explore.   Heat Mapping While most datasets can be huge there are a few ways to make sense of the noise….

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Drive Time Analysis

Drive Time Analysis

If you are in CRE you typically need to know how people travel to your location. In Retail you are looking at more of a local service area, Industrial is a regional area and Office, well that’s where we will focus this article. The details of Drive Time Analysis when applied to the office submarket.   In the Office market tenants rely on access to good employees. Maybe they have a demographic in mind that they want to locate next to….

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GIS isn’t valuable, It’s what you do with it that is.

GIS isn’t valuable, It’s what you do with it that is.

When we say GIS we are pretty sure most people have no idea what that means let alone what you do with it. Which we have gotten pretty used to over the years. That lead us to our title of GIS isn’t valuable, It’s what you do with it that is. And in reality that’s probably true to just about everyone. GIS isn’t valuable But wait what? Yes we said it and here is why. For the vast majority of people…

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Mapping vs GIS

Mapping vs GIS

We had a conversation with some associates not too long ago on the topic of Mapping vs GIS. To those in the know there is a huge difference but to the general public can anyone really tell the difference? We thought we would explore the basics. Mapping vs GIS The conversation started out innocent enough with our associate leading with, “Why would people need to know anything more about things than where they are?” They finished it off with “We…

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Creating Data from Data

Creating Data from Data

We read an article this week that was highlighting Google Maps and several items behind the scenes. But one thing stood out to us as a key item that makes maps and GIS for that matter really go the extra mile. It’s called Creating Data from Data. While that doesn’t mean much to most people lets explore a bit. Creating Data from Data means taking one existing dataset, lets say aerial photography, and inferring new data like building footprints or…

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Tracking yourself with GPX

Tracking yourself with GPX

With our devices beside us at all times recording everything we do, they also can track where we do it. If you have ever accessed your location history in Google Maps you will see everywhere you have been. You can use a variation of this in location apps that is pretty interesting. We call it Tracking yourself with GPX. (No that’s not a typo, read on to get the details.) Now don’t get all strange on us just yet that we…

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Traffic

Traffic

Have you ever been stuck in traffic and wondered is there a better way? We have been noticing traffic getting more difficult to navigate lately and while this is typically a sign if a good economy it creates mobility issues when you are in a car based city. So what do you do about it? We have some thoughts. So what what exactly does traffic have to do with maps? Well when you watch the morning news they typically have…

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CCIM-STDB Demographics from BAO

CCIM-STDB Demographics from BAO

So you are in commercial real estate and you are a CCIM and STDB. (We introduced the basics on a previous post.) Maybe you are not a CCIM and just want access to the great STDB platform. You can do that too if you want just sign up. But what’s in there? The first piece we will dive into is CCIM-STDB Demographics from BAO (Business Analyst Online). CCIM-STDB Demographics from BAO (Business Analyst Online) We previously wrote a bit on Demographics…

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CCIM and STDB

CCIM and STDB

If you are in commercial real estate you probably know what each of the abbreviations CCIM and STDB stand for. CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member and STDB stands for Site to do Business. Many CRE agents are members of CCIM and that get’s them access to the great platform of STDB.  What does this have to do with GIS & Mapping Tech? Let us explain. CCIM and STDB If you are a CCIM you know that STDB exists, but do you…

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