Hidden Geospatial

Hidden Geospatial

We love reading stories where companies get a leg-up on their competition by infusing tech into new and exciting areas. Especially when the tech they are referring to is really something else. We call it the hidden geospatial kind. What started all of this? Well Pizza Delivery of course. How do you get a pizza delivered if you don’t have an address? Sounds techie enough but really this is a map or hidden geospatial solution. It is all about where…

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Map Format Trends

Map Format Trends

This week we were taking a step back and looking at general trends in map creation. Focusing on map format trends relative to the end deliverable. Since that is what everyone sees in the end and not the mess of things that make up the map. So what did we find? Overall not surprising things on the surface. Maps have historically been something you hold maybe a globe or big paper map that you can fold up. Then seamless maps…

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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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Retail Logo Maps

Retail Logo Maps

If you are in Commercial Real Estate one of the most popular items you need mapping for is Retail Logo Maps. They are the universal item that is requested to properly marketing your site. Why are these logo maps so in demand? Well they do a fantastic job of showing where your site is in comparison to other major draws in the immediate area. They show access points, parking areas, co-tenants and how the overall flow of traffic and people. Overall…

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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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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 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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ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online

As a GIS shop we use a lot of different tools to tell stories. One of the tools we use quite often is ArcGIS Online. Primarily this platform is for presenting webmaps but can also be used for a variety of other light to medium duty map preparation. Let’s take a look under the hood. ArcGIS online is an esri product. Basically the company that started GIS way back when. But it’s not meant to be the full suite of…

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