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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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Drive Time Analysis

Drive Time Analysis

If you are in CRE you typically need to know how people travel to your location. In Retail you are looking at more of a local service area, Industrial is a regional area and Office, well that’s where we will focus this article. The details of Drive Time Analysis when applied to the office submarket.   In the Office market tenants rely on access to good employees. Maybe they have a demographic in mind that they want to locate next to….

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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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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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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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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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