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.
So let’s back up. One of our long time clients needed some assistance in figuring out what infrastructure they had. Specifically how many parking spaces they had in front of each of their stores. While they had all of the data locked up in old documents, specifically engineering plats of the property when they were built. It was faster to start over to account for any changes to the property over time.
After some deliberation over how to best approach the task we came up with a working solution and off we went in counting cars. or more appropriately counting parking stalls. Starting with the highest resolution imagery we could find (which varied greatly by the area) we counted every row of every lot. Then totaled the rows up by the associated store ownership parcel boundary. We also added a total square footage to the mix and came up with a list ranking each store by total parking and ratio of parking per thousand SF. All displayed in one map per store and delivered a corresponding excel with all the results.
This approach yielded a client that within hours of seeing the maps and data knew exactly what they needed to know and could make decisions that same day. Talk about fast results. And everyone was supper happy with the result. All by taking a novel approach to a straight forward question of Counting Cars using maps.
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