What is GIS?
A Geographic Information System (GIS), is a tool used to capture, store, analyse and manage mapping data (also referred to as spatial, location based or geographic information) and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth. Photomapping utilise an array of advanced GIS software and spatial applications including ESRI ArcGIS™, ER Mapper, ERDAS Imagine, and Microstation in our day to day operations. A critical business tool, a GIS is used to view imagery, analyse, revise and enrich spatial data, and are usually integrated with geo–databases to search, store and manage large spatial datasets and image collections. Different from plain textual information databases, geo–databases store data that are each linked to location such as geographic coordinates, latitude/longitude, or a map reference.
If you have used an online mapping tool, marine or in–car navigation system or mobile phone enabled street directory then you have experienced a basic form of GIS.
Advanced GIS software allows the management of entire road networks, communities, transport, our land and natural resources, and are also used as a tool to analyse, manipulate or manage spatial data themes and features.
Who uses GIS?
We all use maps and spatial information in our day to day lives, from catching a bus or public transport to heading to a new restaurant. The uptake of GIS services and spatial information is rapidly increasing with new users and applications harnessing the benefits of location based information. More advanced GIS services are regularly used by a number of government agencies, industries and companies such as:
- Transportation; Road, Rail, Shipping, Ports and Logistics Companies
- Municipalities, Councils and Local Governments
- Town Planners, Surveyors, Developers, Builders, and Engineers
- Water and Drainage, Electricity, Telephone, and Gas Utilities
- Emergency Services, Police, Health Service Planners
- Scientists, Environmental Protection and Natural Resource Management
- Franchise Stores and Restaurants, Marketing Companies
- Schools and Universities
Why do they use GIS?
Information stored in a GIS can be searched and analysed to optimise the way a business or agency services it’s clients or simply manages their information and records. These companies and organisations value knowing information about the distance or location of clients, citizens, students, suppliers, warehouses, docks, distribution centres, depots, branch offices or franchises.
Location based information is used to graphically represent planned developments and constructions, determine the service area, school districts, or emergency response times for populations.
Topographic mapping and 3D GIS data of our natural and built environments allow decision makers to confidently make informed decisions and consult communities and their constituents.
How do they use it?
GIS mapping is done to provide a more efficient way to manage and manipulate your data. Photomapping Services can overlay photogrammetric mapping or road network mapping with other key information to allow you to better understand the behaviours of your clients, workers, or assets. Utilising GIS can assist you in seeing patterns and assessing information when viewing customer related data, address information geographic data, demographic information, census data, residential information, or other database mapping information.
Why Photomapping Services?
Our clients choose Photomapping Services for accurate and comprehensive GIS mapping services because we have access to extensive mapping databases including archival photography and mapping from State and Federal governments. We can also assist you with programming and customisation of GIS software.
Photomapping Services are industry leaders in mapping and GIS solutions. If you would like more information on how we can assist you with a Geographic Information System solution, please contact us today.