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Mapping out the SkiUtah Interconnect

Mapping out the SkiUtah Interconnect

In working with SkiUtah (and being a member, which we love) we found they were having a hard time explaining to guests what The SkiUtah Interconnect Tour was. Where the tour went, what resorts it covered and what the terrain looked like were popular questions. What is The Interconnect Tour? It’s a day ski tour that crosses multiple resorts in the Wasatch Range led by a dedicated guide all geared for the advanced skier. Because that is hard to explain in text so we…

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Geo Locate Photos Automatically

Geo Locate Photos Automatically

Lets say you are out taking pictures of locations with your phone. Possibly for an upcoming real estate tour.  Go into your phone settings and make sure that location tags (Geotagged) are enabled. This means that every time you snap a picture with your phone, location data will be captured and tagged to your photo in the background. Think time, date, location (Latitude & Longitude) based on your inboard GPS or Triangulated position. Geo Locate Photos Automatically without breaking a sweat….

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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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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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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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Trade Area Basics – Part 1,The Radius

Trade Area Basics – Part 1,The Radius

Trade areas are not a new thing by any means but they are often misunderstood. Sure they are a way to show where people tend to be based on location and distribution of target locations. Most people start with a simple Radius. The Radius While this is useful in a simple yet standard setup, it could miss very important items like physical and mental boundaries. Kind of like this sample.   While we are showing a 3 Mile radius, we…

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