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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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Case Study-Maps in the Legal Industry

Case Study-Maps in the Legal Industry

  We find maps are needed in a lot of different professional areas. In this post we will explore a new area that is quite intriguing to us. Maps in the Legal Industry. Not what you were expecting? Let us dig a little deeper into this topic. Or primary exposure to maps in the Legal Industry as been in the Real Property section. Things in this area revolve around property ownership. Not only who owns what right now but what…

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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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Maps Everywhere

Maps Everywhere

We never thought we would be making maps everywhere including for a rail yard operated by a huge rail road. But here we are doing just that. This is a great example of an established company who does the same thing every day over a very long time that stops and says what if we could look at things differently. The backstory is the long standing rail operators were starting to retire and new operators were coming on board that…

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