What can you do with GIS?
GIS is a very powerful decision-making tool that has a massive range of applications, whatever your business – resource management, logistics, planning, transport, surveying, demographic studies, epidemiology and environment, to name but a few.
With GIS, you can analyse topographic, environmental, demographic and land use data to help you with your business decisions and project management. See below for some example applications, or read about our Success Stories.
Changes in a particular area or feature over time can be measured. For example, land use change can be monitored using remote sensing technology to identify increases and decreases in vegetation cover, waterways and urban areas over 10, 20, 30 etc years. Production of interactive maps with a customisable timeline make it easy visualise the changes over different time periods.
Transport route planning
If a transport department is planning a new railway route, by adding topographical, environmental and housing data to a GIS, they can immediately visualise and analyse the best path based on criteria such as flattest route, least damage to important habitats and least disturbance to local people. And presenting this information in an interactive/and or physical map makes the public consultation phase of the project much more understandable for all.
Koala habitat mapping
An environmental organisation wanting to find, map and assess all potential koala habitat areas can use tools such as ground mapping, aerial imagery and remote sensing techniques to identify forest with value as a koala habitat. Presenting this data on a map allows easy visualisation of the areas and helps with habitat management and koala conservation efforts.
Flood risk mapping
A local government needing to map flood risk areas can use a combination of historical flooding data and modelling techniques to produce a map showing all waterways and the potential flooding levels in the surrounding area. By making real-time updates to the model during a flood event, the public can be kept up to date with if and when their homes will be affected.
GIS for selecting a site to place a new feature in the landscape can be highly useful. For example, a local council wanting to find the best location to site a new hospital can use geospatial analysis to identify current hospital locations, examine suburb population sizes, calculate distances/drive times to existing hospitals from different suburbs, and study the demographics of areas to see where has the greatest need for a new hospital.
Weed and pest management
Invasive weeds and pests can lead to massive economic costs. GIS is used to determine the areas infested by mapping in the field (recording perimeters of infested areas or recording individual points/sightings) or using satellite imagery/remote sensing. This helps in the development of weed/pest management plans and means that changes over time can be measured to identify how effective the management is.