Anthony Calamito, vice president of product at Boundless Spatial, couldn’t do his job without geographic information systems (GIS). Whether he is working on customer data, solving an internal problem or testing out new software, he doesn’t go a day without it.
In the world of storytelling, maps provide context and can help consumers make better sense of the information they are taking in. The more complicated the information is, the more helpful maps can be in revealing patterns and relationships.
Thinking limitless means figuring out how to use geospatial technology to make models of the world that mirror reality; they can’t just account for one layer of data at one point in time, multiple layers of data at one point in time or one layer of data at multiple points in time.
While there is a tendency to think that historical big GIS users like construction, civil engineering and surveying are in the vanguard of this new application development, it is actually new users of GIS and GPS that are paving the way to innovation.
While precision agriculture is fundamentally a science, it can also become an art — especially when the geospatial characteristics of a field don't conform to a perfectly square or rectangular grid in a grower’s or consultant’s geographic information system (GIS), or when field topography is far from flat.
For utility companies that continue to use map books, there is growing awareness of information lapses and even disconnects between field crews and headquarters. “This is an area where mobile technology that now makes viewing GIS data in the field very practical can deliver enormous benefits,” says Brady Hustad, CEO of Argis Solutions.
Evolving technologies and expectations have blurred the traditional distinction between surveying and GIS. As a result, surveyors should expect to be asked to provide more GIS-ready data and GIS professionals should plan to provide positions with higher accuracy than previously required.
The gathering and use of geospatial information is critical to drone operators, who must have visibility of weather patterns, flight conditions and locations, as well as ground locations that relate to the flight.