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Counting Cars

Counting Cars

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. Counting Cars So let’s back up. One of our long time clients needed some assistance in figuring out what infrastructure…

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Aggregation

Aggregation

Data Aggregation might not make total sense to most, at least for casual users the mapping world. But it is one of the hidden items that really make a difference in what you ultimately get in your end products. Aggregation As per Merriam-Webster Aggregation is; “a group, body, or mass composed of many distinct parts or individuals” or “the collecting of units or parts into a mass or whole” So how do you apply that to maps? Pretty easily actually….

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Latitude and Longitude

Latitude and Longitude

Continuing from a previous post about Geocoding is the topic of Latitude and Longitude. How exactly are they related? Well for starters when you geocode an address the resulting location has an associated Latitude and Longitude or exact never changing place on the globe. Latitude and Longitude So why is this important? Well if you know that specific location you can actually bypass the process of geocoding. Geocoding by nature is an estimate of where a location is based on several…

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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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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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Legal Descriptions

Legal Descriptions

We have been spending a lot of time lately helping people figure out exactly where certain legal descriptions are located. So much so we thought we would dive in and explain what they are and how understanding where they are can help you understand the bigger picture. Legal Descriptions So what is a legal description? According to USLegal it’s “Legal description is the geographical description of a real estate property for the purpose of identifying the property for legal transactions….

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Business Lists

Business Lists

Ever need to prospect for clients based on location, type of business or size of company using SIC or NAICS classifications? Do you have your CCIM or STDB handy? See our other posts on STDB for more good tips. Well you have everything you need. Let’s explore how to use this module to you advantage and make your searching a bit more targeted. So what exactly are Business Lists? When you start a business you have to tell the governing body…

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GIS Wares

GIS Wares

We attended an interesting half day conference today showcasing what’s new in esri GIS technology and it’s current offering of GIS Wares. Overall it was interesting to see what is new and used as a showcase by other industries. So what were the hot topics? We will break it down for you. GIS Wares First notion was that the future is all about the web and interactive maps. Paper maps were frowned upon overall due to how long they take and…

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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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