Beyond Maps: The Unseen Power of GIS!

7 February 2024

Written by Joel Campbell

GIS is more than maps – it’s a tool for unlocking spatial intelligence. Data is transformed into insights, showing us new patterns and relationships. Imagine having the power to follow your data's journey in the real world, right as it happens. The beauty of geographically tracking data measurements in real-time lets this dream become a reality. The secret lies in the perfect blend of algorithms, data, and models. GIS isn't just about maps; it's a strategic tool that unveils why location is crucial for your business. By harnessing the power of spatial intelligence, GIS empowers you to manage your business with greater efficiency and precision. We further outline how GIS can serve your business in our GIS strategy and roadmap.


Data Connections: Unraveling Relationships and Gaining Insights


Let's explore the world of geography through the lens of Geographic Information System (GIS). This powerful tool integrates various types of information and uses maps and 3D models to analyze where things are located. With GIS, you can compare different locations, revealing new connections and relationships between objects.


But that's not all – GIS makes accessing detailed information about specific areas on a map a breeze. Simply by pointing to a spot on a digital map, users can uncover details about the number of residents in an area and the available facilities. Using GIS is like having a virtual tour guide that makes geography more interactive and helps you discover interesting details about different places!


Embracing the Geospatial Mindset: A Journey into Spatial Thinking


While maps are helpful for displaying data, they aren't the primary focus in geospatial work. The geospatial knowledge gained by applying geographic principles to typical algorithms and models used to analyze complex problems, such as societal behavior or risk evaluation, is essential for a thorough understanding of the problem at hand. As the way we approach representing data evolves, "geospatial thinking" is taking a more central role in our perspective. Avineon can seamlessly integrate algorithms, data, models, and more into analyses, even without relying on a GIS-centric system.


We used to view information as independent layers stacked together to make a map. Now, we see things differently, focusing more on understanding the relationships between the interconnected and always changing data. To bring GIS into everyday business tools, we should shift from the traditional focus on maps and move towards a more automated approach in handling spatial data. Modern tools support this shift by allowing users to collect data with greater accuracy in terms of locations. Thanks to wireless technologies like GPS and the ability to handle large amounts of data, we can track various data processes – whether it's monitoring stream flows or keeping tabs on issued building permits – in real-time and in the real world.


Location Matters: Unraveling the Impact and Importance


Companies have been using spatial data for a while, even before GIS. Spatial data has historically been used for a wide variety of business activities, from deciding where to drill for oil to monitoring environmental changes. Understanding the "location component" enhances how spatial data is used and helps you figure out what you need for your business to work more efficiently.


Avineon, a leader in spatial intelligence, can help to assist you in your journey. We have a rich history as an Esri Partner for over 20 years, and we are experienced in delivering a complete suite of geospatial products and services to our clients in numerous industries, including utilities and local, state, and federal government agencies.


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