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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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Aggregation

Aggregation

Data Aggregation might not make total sense to most, at least for casual users the mapping world. But it is one of the hidden items that really make a difference in what you ultimately get in your end products. Aggregation As per Merriam-Webster Aggregation is; “a group, body, or mass composed of many distinct parts or individuals” or “the collecting of units or parts into a mass or whole” So how do you apply that to maps? Pretty easily actually….

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Latitude and Longitude

Latitude and Longitude

Continuing from a previous post about Geocoding is the topic of Latitude and Longitude. How exactly are they related? Well for starters when you geocode an address the resulting location has an associated Latitude and Longitude or exact never changing place on the globe. Latitude and Longitude So why is this important? Well if you know that specific location you can actually bypass the process of geocoding. Geocoding by nature is an estimate of where a location is based on several…

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Geocoding

Geocoding

One of the most popular things we are asked to do is map out large lists of addresses. This is known as geocoding in the GIS world. Or better said by Wikipedia… Geocoding is the computational process of transforming a postal address description to a location on the Earth’s surface. While this can be a fairly straightforward task and generally an everyday occurrence, there are two key things that drive the success rate. How accurate/complete is your list and how current is the geographic network you are…

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HOA Maps

HOA Maps

At a HOA meeting a while back we were discussing the ways to use Maps and GIS in new ways with several associations and managers. The topic came up that the existing HOA Maps they had on hand were either original plat maps or screen grabs from google maps. Neither option satisfied their needs and they were looking for better map options. What was missing in the two options they had access to? The plat had addressing and lot information…

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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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Legal Descriptions

Legal Descriptions

We have been spending a lot of time lately helping people figure out exactly where certain legal descriptions are located. So much so we thought we would dive in and explain what they are and how understanding where they are can help you understand the bigger picture. Legal Descriptions So what is a legal description? According to USLegal it’s “Legal description is the geographical description of a real estate property for the purpose of identifying the property for legal transactions….

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