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GIS Worth

GIS Worth

For most people GIS is one of those words that don’t really mean anything. And lately we have seen many articles downplaying the term GIS. While we do agree that GIS is a confusing term for the masses what it does is lost in the message. Going further it’s value is always overlooked especially in the private sector. So what is GIS worth? GIS Worth How do you answer this ambiguous question? One could start with the value of assembling…

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Seeing the Bigger Picture

How do you use maps? While we hate to say this, is it in a traditional PDF or Image? Showing an aerial or street map with simple yet easy to understand dots, labels or logos? Does it get the job done? If so stop here. If not read on about seeing the bigger picture. Seeing The Bigger Picture This week we found that the above question is front and center in most of our clients minds and resulting projects. Are…

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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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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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