What Is GIS And How Is It Used?

What Is GIS And How Is It Used?

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Hundreds of thousands of organizations are using GIS to solve problems. But what is GIS, and how is it being used?

GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a technological field that incorporates geographical features with tabular data for one to map, analyze, and assess real-world problems. According to Esri, the company that builds and manages ArcGIS, “a geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth.” However, GIS is more than just a generated computer system and, in many ways, GIS can change the way we view the world.

Geographic information systems operate on various levels.  On the most basic level, geographic information systems technology is used as computer cartography or straightforward mapping. The real power of GIS is through using spatial and statistical methods to analyze attribute and geographic information giving one a deeper understanding of the layers of collective data.

GIS works as a tool to help frame an organizational problem. The tool can help organizations make various analysis with acquired data, and to share results that can be tailored to different audiences through maps, reports, charts, and tables and delivered in printed or digital format. Geographic information systems allow organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry to better visualize, question, study, interpret and understand the relationships, patterns, and trends in their data.

GIS Integration

Geographic Information System (GIS) and Data ManagementEEC Environmental’s (EEC) technology professionals assist in all phases of new application development and adoption of GIS design and asset management software implementation. We match the appropriate technology to our clients’ business needs and deploy these solutions to ensure that they remain sustainably effective.

EEC retains business partnerships with companies like Esri, Cityworks (CMMS), and Amazon Web Services which gives us access to the latest in GIS and information technology software, infrastructure, and best practices. EEC’s engineers utilize computer-aided design (CAD) software for drafting and updating As-Built plans, and database technologies to support and manage a variety of projects across all divisions of the company.

The technology services team at EEC can provide the tools to meet their mission whether they have a small-scale project or need enterprise implementation. Our team of expert consultants will help our clients establish their organization’s vision for their GIS and craft a pragmatic, budget-conscious, step-by-step approach to getting the most out of all software investments.

Contact EEC for more information.

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