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GateKeeper

GateKeeper

Have you ever wondered, “Where are the Gates?” Skimaps have always been missing the advanced areas of the mountain. The super special top secret areas that are bound by rope lines and only allowed access by gates. We we thought why not start indexing this valued resource? The Why Why are we doing this? Well Gates are not noted on any resort map, at least not for the public. They are the hidden goods for the experts and ski patrol….

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Ski Passes of North America 2019-20

Ski Passes of North America 2019-20

Why struggle with where to ski. Compare 15 passes here! Ski Pass Mapping Major Multi-Resort Ski Resort Ski Passes 2019-20 by Mapsynergy Comparing all the major multi-resort passes in one place. If you are looking for your next ski pass, start here first! With passes changing all the time and the sheer number of locations in each pass getting overwhelming. We decided to take a slightly different approach this year. With the major difference not being where can you ski…

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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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Navigation Challenges

Navigation Challenges

We have spent a lot of time riding chairlifts lately and we have been noticing one glaring item from our short term friends on the chair. While everyone is trying to figure out where to go next they are having navigation challenges in where they are vs where they want to be. Now imagine the groups of people huddling in the lodge around folded maps trying to do the same thing. It seems like it’s everywhere. What do you do?…

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Mapping Ski Passes

Mapping Ski Passes

It’s Labor Day weekend and while lots of people are out celebrating the end of summer, some of us are looking forward to winter. All the ski gear mega sales and season pass special pricing is all around. Have you ever wondered exactly where each pass will let you ski or ride? We thought it would be beneficial to do just that in mapping ski passes for you so you can compare in one place. Mapping Ski Passes When investigating…

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Map Photos Automatically

Map Photos Automatically

We have had a few requests lately asking if it was possible to map photos automatically if they just had the photo and nothing else. Intrigued we went off in search of such a tool. We came back with a solid yes that is possible. Of course there are prerequisites. Lets dive in. Map Photos Automatically Lets say you are out taking pictures with your phone. Possibly for an upcoming real estate tour. ¬†Go into your phone settings and make…

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Case Study – Optimizing Union Election Locations

Case Study – Optimizing Union Election Locations

We recently completed a new mapping analysis project in another new space, Unions. Huh? Yes Unions. Let us explain. Optimizing Union Election Locations We were contacted by Food Workers Union whose members *(numbering in the thousands) covered multiple states and hundreds of locations. The Union wanted to optimize poling locations for their upcoming elections. They wanted targeted locations within a certain distance and drive time of each store. The Union also wanted to keep crowds to a minimum so an…

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Trade Area Basics – Part 4, The Example

Trade Area Basics – Part 4, The Example

Now that you have seen trade area basics of how they are created, how can you effectively use them? Remember that trade areas are a subjective thing that can be adjusted on the fly when new data is presented to the equation. So lets start adding more data to see if our trade area approach works. Trade Area Basics We had a client project that fit this sample set perfectly. We started from a location list of over 300 stores…

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Trade Area Basics – Part 3, The Trade Area

Trade Area Basics – Part 3, The Trade Area

Step three of our example set continues on with Trade Areas. We will focus on the art of designing a potential trade area based on multiple variables. Straight distance or a radius, drive times, mental barriers and taking into account other locations. The Trade Area We take the best of all variables and draw what the typical pattern would be for someone to get to your site. Most importantly including number of other locations someone could go to. Radius and…

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Trade Area Basics – Part 2, The Drive Time

Trade Area Basics – Part 2, The Drive Time

Step two in our Trade Area Basics is the Drive Time. The Drive Time takes a center point or site and runs through a road network to find acceptable routes a driver can traverse within set times. The Drive Time Basically this is done by accessing road type and an associated speed for each road segment. The software estimates out the area one could travel at assumed posted speeds. Also the model typically does not include for any time stopped…

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