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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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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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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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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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Power of Together

Power of Together

Power of TogetherWe saw some interesting things the last week and it made us pause and think. Seeing multiple powerful datasets together in one place made us think how useful that is. Or better said the Power of Together. So what does this really mean? Power of Together What we saw was the combination of core datasets from multiple websites could not have easily been brought together in the past. Doesn’t sound that interesting without context does it? Not really,…

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Location Analysis

Location Analysis

You use location analysis every day and you probably don’t even know you are doing it. We wanted to shed some light on this core principal in the GIS world that makes complicated data easy to understand. What is Location Analysis? Simply put, it’s asking location based questions of data that most likely originated in a database or excel file somewhere. So why don’t you just ask that excel file where something is? Well you do that too. You search…

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