GIS For You

GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry. There is a growing interest in awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS.

  • GIS allows you to map the location of objects.
    • Natural resources, cultural resources, wildlife, springs, wells, fire hydrants, water lines, streams, roads, and houses are all examples of data that can be inventoried and displayed using GIS. Terrain models can be generated to aid with 3-D visualization. Densities and quantities of a specific item in a given area can be calculated and displayed, as can population changes over time. Specific street addresses and coordinate data (i.e., longitudes and latitudes) can be accurately situated on a map using geocoding methods. Future conditions of resources can be predicted based on current and historical data.
  • Patterns are often more clearly observed when viewing mapped data.
    • GIS provides a very effective means for graphically conveying complex information. Layouts created with a GIS are extremely useful when included in reports and presentations.
  • A GIS can help you organize and centralize your data.
    • A GIS database can link all of your organization’s digital data together based on a location, such as address. This could enable all departments of an organization to have access to, and share the same data, and ensure all departments and individuals are using the most up-to-date information. Better access to better quality and time-relevant data may help your organization make better decisions.
  • Spatially-enabled websites can provide an excellent tool for education and public information.
    • Websites can be developed with GIS software for either the internet or a company intranet which can help your company, organization or department effectively convey information to members of a private group, or to the public at large. Maps can be created dynamically and served over the web.
  • Field Collected GPS Data Can Enhance Your GIS Database.
    • Frank Springer & Associates, Inc. frequently uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to facilitate on-site data collection. Once the site-specific data is collected, it can then be imported into your organization’s GIS database, analyzed displayed and plotted.

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